Sergei S. Rublëv (ssr) wrote,
Sergei S. Rublëv
ssr

Гусинский в Financial Times: I was born and grew up in the Soviet Union and I know fear well. My grandfather was executed by Stalin. My grandmother spent long years in the gulag. Like everyone else I was scared to speak about certain issues out loud. I did not dare to think of challenging the power of the state. Some 15 years ago, I started to lose that fear, as the state we were so afraid of collapsed. I was certain that fear would not return. Freedom of speech and elections came to Russia. Political parties and politicians emerged who, it seemed, were not afraid of anyone.

Гипотетический Гусинский: It became possible that you appropriate what belongs to the state and to other people and you will not be punished for it! It seemed to me that I could freely take everything I can stretch with my hand to and, given enough strength with my personal security force, nobody can stop me from doing that! I felt myself I could build my own empire including my own media services and influence people's minds so people themselves will bring money and goods to me! What a gorgeous fantasy! What a sparkling dream!

Unfortunately, someone else had enough luck to accomplish the same idea, and I was forced out of the territory of freedom. My dream never came true. Oh, God, what a pity.
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