Ukraine, Meril: “Russians never loved, hated even by intellectuals”

The French actress, of Russian origin: “my family spent many months in Ukraine, the Gagarine possessed immense expanses of land, a gift from the tsars. Ukraine was part of Russia, it was not an ‘extreme edge’ of the country as it would have President Putin said later “.

“My family spent many months in Ukraine, the Gagarine owned immense expanses of land, gift of the tsars, as indeed many families belonging to the Russian aristocracy. Ukraine was part of Russia, it was not an ‘extreme edge’ of the country as President Putin would later say. “This is what the actress and writer told in an interview with the French weekly ‘Point de vue’ French of Russian origin Macha Meril (her real name Maria-Magdalena Vladimirovna Gagarina), widow of the great composer Michel Legrand.



“The Russians – he still remembers – have never been loved in Ukraine. The Russian families were considered as a sort of settlers. A bit like the French in Algeria. In fact they very often resorted to labor from Poland and Czechoslovakia to manage their their businesses. Fertile, enchanting lands – Macha Meril continues – lush with fruit, vegetables, legumes. My mother dedicated a book to Ukraine, ‘Blonds était les blés d’Ukraine’ “.

What do you remember about Ukraine? “Another language, another way of life. It was a multicultural society, as my mother used to repeat. There were Germans, Poles, Hungarians, Jews … A peaceful coexistence, so different from what is happening today within a multiculturalism, I repeat, which knew no ideological and linguistic frontiers. Today it is different – he concludes – In some regions, such as Georgia or Ossetia, the Russian people have done everything to make themselves not particularly sympathetic to the Ukrainians. They are detested, not only by a large part of the population, but also by the intellectual elites. ”



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