We contacted a Russian teenager in Moscow during the month of April
'99. Below are his opinions and beliefs.
About NATO's Involvement with Kosovo
Nowadays everybody in Russia are discussing Yugoslavia and
Kosovo. As you know Serbian and Russian nations are Slavs and we have
the same religion. So the discussion point is should we send troops
and weapons there or should we not. The opposition (Communists,
liberal democrats) say we should send both troops and weapons.
Conservatice and liberal organizations and others say we should find a
political way to solve this problem. My opinion is that sending
weapons is essential, but no troops.
My granddad took part in World War II and he says that the man that
has been at war will never want to fight again. I'm not for Milosevic
(of course), but I'm not for what NATO is doing.
You see - United States mass media and Russian press and television
have radically different points of view. In your country [the USA] CNN
name it a "strike" to Yugoslavia. Russian politics and journalists
name it aggression. Aggression term suits the situation much better
You see - sending troops is very dangerous. You've seen three
Americans caught by Serbian troops. German, French, Italian, American
soldiers will die not for protecting their homes but for something very
unclear. Serbians are very good gorillas. They fighted with Germans
in WWII and they won.
NATO is doing quite barbarian things - like destroying memorial
place for people died.
The situation in economics is very, very bad and it's Russia, not
Yugoslavia.Tthe situation is more stable than in August, but still there
are a lot of problems. The cause of the modern problems is a problem
of non-professionals in government. They thought not about their
country but about their wages. One book of character says that "no great
capitals were earned in a legal way" - that's true for Russia of
course, a lot of politics are still communist-minded but the "young
reformators" are worst than communistic-minded democrats. We should
choose between people who ruled our country for seventy years and ruled
it to a crash in 1985-91 and young ambitious democrats that ruled our
country to three greatest economic crisis. A great choice, really.
If the elections were tomorrow, I'd vote for our present Moscow
senator Yuri Luzhkov. He is in the middle between communistic part and
"truly" democratic part. Another good choice is our present Prime
Minister - Evgeny Primokav. He is the only clear (non-corrupted)
person in all our government; he tries to do all his best to make
Russia and Russians happier, to get Russia out of this economic gap.but
he's alone. We should wait half a year or so - then there will be
results of his economic politics.
Nowadays young people in Russia aren't interested in politics - only
drugs, smoking, alcohol.Where there is no drugs (like in big cities) -
there's vodka and when you speak to people on the Internet your
understanding of the situation isn't representative - only the big
cities are connected to the Internet and only those who can pay for it
(or their institution does). The most part of people don't even know
what Internet is. They have much more problems to solve than the
problems of new technologies. When you aren't paid your monthly wage
that equals $15 - would you care about the Internet?
During our interviews, we developed a set of questions to ask.
This Russian teenager gave us some answers, and the whole interview can be viewed by
clicking the link below.
Our Interview with
the Russian Teenager