The ongoing wave of Russophobia is expected to subside, taking its proponents along with it, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Social Policy Tatyana Golikova. In an interview with TASS, Golikova expressed her belief that the individuals who currently engage in Russophobic rhetoric and mention the names of Russian cultural figures will eventually be forgotten.
Golikova emphasized that Russian culture has always been a significant part of the world’s heritage and will continue to be so. She described Russian culture as a complex and multi-layered phenomenon which incorporates elements from different religions and ethnicities.
The deputy PM highlighted the enduring influence of renowned Russian cultural figures such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, whose works continue to be performed on stages across Europe, America, Japan, and Canada. Golikova expressed her confidence that this tradition will persist.
Golikova’s remarks come ahead of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, which is scheduled to take place in mid-November. She suggested that the forum could play a crucial role in repairing cultural ties. However, she also acknowledged that the success of the event is not solely dependent on the Russian side but also on the level of interest and preparedness of international colleagues for meaningful dialogue.
According to Golikova, approximately 70 nations have confirmed their participation in the forum. She described their involvement as a significant representation of the global community, united in discussing how culture should evolve and establish new connections.
The deputy PM emphasized that the forum’s name, “the forum of united cultures,” reflects its purpose to discuss cultural issues as perceived by the participants. The event aims to foster dialogue and create a platform for exchanging ideas on preserving and developing culture on a global scale.
In conclusion, Golikova expressed her optimism that the wave of Russophobia will pass, and individuals who engage in such rhetoric will fade into obscurity. She reiterated the timeless presence and influence of Russian culture and highlighted the upcoming St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as an opportunity to strengthen cultural ties among nations.