was a day -- this one during the Breshnev
era -- when Armenia celebrated the Day of
Today, our former "Soviet society"
if not celebrating, at least recalls the Great
October Revolution that had marked the beginning
of the Bolshevik Regime.
November 7 is still a "red-letter day"
on many calendars. But only in the cradle of revolution,
in Russia, and even there it has been renamed
"A Day of Reconciliation and Concord".
"Reconciliation with whom?" critics
But is it possible not to mock when the matter
concerns the event that has changed the course
of historical development? The wish arises to
say "the natural course of historical development".
If the revolution of 1917 didn't take place then
it wouldn't be "so cruelly painful for aimlessly
spent years," believe many of us whose fates
were shaped by October.
The general mindset seems to be: "Because
of the revolution we had been in degradation for
more than 70 years and as a result we found ourselves
thrown back to the edge of civilization
Any opinion can be supported by arguments and
facts. But who knows for sure what would have
happened if the October Revolution hadn't taken
place? And is it so important now to theorize?
Rejecting the revolution of 1917 it's not likely
that we, Post-Soviet people living in the Post-Soviet
space, reject revolution (as a means of systematic
change) itself. From time to time Bolshevist calls
like "dethrone", "expropriate",
"crash contra" (short for counterrevolutionaries)
can be heard in different parts of Post-Soviet
expanses. And "the spark will kindle a flame"
is clear to minds and near to hearts of everyone
"from Moscow to remote parts of the country"
(as our well-remembered communist anthem told
Unlike Russia, November 7 is an ordinary working
day in Armenia and in many other republics. It
is a holiday in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. However,
residents of Kyrgyzstan celebrate the Day of their
Press but not the Revolution of 1917.
Yes, the "press" (imprint) of October
is still strong. It manifests itself in our mentality,
our manners, in the way we think, talk and even
walk and look. And despite that today a unified
Country of Soviets doesn't exist anymore, a unified
"homo soveticus" mentality brings us
together and it's harder to change it than to
change a regime. And still the same cadres, who
came from one Soviet "grey-coat", are
now heading former republics of the USSR. And
something different couldn't happen as independent
countries are too young. Those who were born in
modern times, haven't reached "decisive"
age yet. And those who were raised with ideas
of October, are yet young enough to lead, but
not so old as to forget the "lessons"
they were taught.
"It looks like in the nearest future people
will be talking about 'bright 70 year period of
Soviet power' as about, for instance, The Hundred
Years' War. Everybody learned in school that there
was a war like that but nobody, except specialists,
can tell when it took place, who started it and
why," a Russian newspaper recently opined.
The wish for oblivion doesn't seem to be the
best way "to take revenge" on October.
And attempts to pretend that it never happened
won't help either. At least middle and older generations
can't do that. In their turn young people escape
from October with the help of jokes and bywords.
There are thousands of postcards in the Internet
with pictures of the Leader of Revolution, Lenin,
on them for those who like "red" symbols.
There are also anecdotes and other entertaining
stuff - jokes about something that wasn't funny.
But again it is information. And it means you
don't even think about forgetting it. For instance
Kazakhs "forget" about October of 1917
the following way:
"At the Day November Seven
Russia chilled for three days more
We are cool with that therefore
We forgot it long ago"
International "informal youth" dedicate
their hymns of protest to the revolution. Of course,
for the protest they have to look through the
pages of history:
"Year seventeen was mean
it caused dirty mess
but could you ever guess
cool man nicknamed Lenin
Stood at the border stone,
Rapping that Tsar is alien . . .
If it is a protest then it's peculiar enough.
It is a rather new and uncovered look at the historical
records where Lenin is the main club kid. And
it is another story that was the result of that
"party" and how it influenced us.
No matter how trivial it sounds, one cannot change
or rewrite history. The wisest is to become reconciled
with it. Concord and reconciliation are not just
alphabet soup in the name of this Russian holiday.
It is as absurd to fight with your own history
as to try to forget it. And why should we forget?
It turned to be that we are children of October.
Therefore after remembering fatal 1917 let's take
a look at the future. Let's make it plain, as
we used to say as little Soviet Pioneers: "Go
forth! The bugle sounds!"