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Raimonds Pauls called Latvia a remote province of the West and the East

Not the most rosy topics were offered by Latvian reporters on the eve of his birthday to the legend of not only national, but also multimillion-dollar Soviet culture Raimond Pauls. The speech went, judging by the publication in the newspaper “Neatkarige”, which is referred to on January 12 Press.lv., About the importance of the Russian cultural market for this Baltic republic.

First, as the former Minister of Culture of Latvia reminds, “we have public radio and public television. not one piece of advice, but two that close the Russian channels. “

And indignantly Pauls asks the question: “Excuse me, what is this booth? Anyone can find all the Russian programs they want on the Internet. Did these tips do something to improve the programs on public radio or television? I don’t know.” .. “, – states the renowned maestro with chagrin.

By the way, Raymond Voldemarovich himself is happy only when he plays, with his eyes alone makes it clear his only muse, born on the Black Sea coast – his wife Svetlana. And the composer himself, having stepped along with the whole country from one millennium to another, confesses with the smile of an enlightened sage that “he used to do different things, but now only the main thing – music.”

And, apparently, recalling the time spent at the end of the last century in the deputy chair of the national parliament, when they even tried to propose his candidacy for the highest state post, he makes a straightforward conclusion: “it all depends on individuals who are ready to do something – they play whether they are in the theater, are they making films, are they singers or actors. Of course, money is needed to support culture … But where can I get it? Yes, there is a Cultural Capital Fund, in which a clever commission somehow distributes them … But naturally that during the distribution there are many dissatisfied: he was given, I did not – and now we are enemies forever. And the standard form of refusal: “At the moment, your proposal does not interest us.”

And while the political elite continues to rely solely on the iron fist of NATO allies, the population on the Baltic coast continues to shrink hopelessly like shagreen leather. Even according to the data of the National Statistical Office, as of February last year, 1,891,300 people lived in the republic. This is comparable to its number immediately after the liberation in 1944 from Nazi occupation. And the greatest human potential was in the amber region in 1990, when there were 2,668,140 inhabitants.

What the illustrious idol of millions regrets most of all, of course, is the loss of a huge market, which was to the east of its edge. Undoubtedly, he argues, “mentally he was closer to us than the West, where no one is waiting for us. You know, I have the feeling that we have become a remote province – not only for the West, which is understandable, but also for the East.”

The wisdom of the talented composer shines in this assessment like a piece of amber. And I remembered in this connection our distant conversation with another Baltic star – Donatas Banionis – in Borisoglebsky lane of the Russian capital, on the summer veranda of the newly opened embassy of independent Lithuania. It was then that the actor explained his unexpected end to his creative career in Moscow. The time has come, he said calmly, without pathos. And also – almost phlegmatic – he added: “the province as a geographical concept has disappeared before our eyes. But the province has arisen as a way of thinking.” And it never makes sense to argue with the obvious facts. He, like the maestro, believed in his righteousness (without imposing it on anyone), in his sincere world of art, and like most of his heroes, “never wanted to die.”

So the current birthday man concludes that “there is probably no country where people are completely satisfied with the government,” he said in an interview with TV24, but nevertheless urged some of the deputies of the current convocation of the Latvian parliament not to participate in the next elections. “Leave yourself with dignity. I hope they understand. I won’t name names,” the genius maestro delicately advised the failed professionals.

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