‘Migrants will Save Russia as Long as They Aren’t Chinese,’ Belanovsky Says
July 21 – “In order to survive,” Sergey Belanovsky of the Russian Academy of
Economics and State Service says, Russia “must become a melting pot” that will
absorb immigrants into itself on the basis of a matrix of Russian culture,
something that will be possible as long as the influx is not dominated by
know how realistic it is but I want that Russia remain a whole county,”
Belanovsky says. And that leads to the question: “What must be done so that
this outcome won’t be hopeless?” First of all, Russians must focus on their
demographic situation, one that is anything but encouraging.
there will remain only about 130 million Russian citizens, “of whom the ethnic
Russians will be still fewer. But the end of the century, if the number remains
at the current level, half of them will consist of migrants or their children.”
That means that there won’t be enough Russians to master the territory they now
of a Russia do we want, Belanovsky says Russians must ask themselves. If they
want it to have something like its current borders, this means they must
promote the Russian language but transform the state to hand over more power to
the municipalities and to allow for the planned arrival and integration of migrants.
he says, “RUSSIA MUST BECOME A MELTING POT DOMINATED BY RUSSIAN CULTURE – or it
won’t exist at all.”
it mean if Russia ceases to exist? “Some consider that nothing terrible will.
The war in the Balkans was horrific, but now peace rules there, and Montenegro
has become one of the favorite resorts for Russians.” That could happen in a
post-Russia future too, but Belanovsky says he prefers a future with a Russia
saying that, he ever ore often recalls the words of the Marquis de Custine that
in Russia if not immediately will eventually be a revolution more horrible than
was the French one.” Can that be avoided? “I don’t know, but one must try” if
one wants Russia to survive, the sociologist says.
means that Russia must become a melting pot that makes those who arrive into
its own rather than remaining “a collection of ALIENS.”The time for doing this was in fact
yesterday, but it must be done now – and this requires forgetting about all the
plans of Kudrin, Titov and Putin.”
stands before a choice: to be a melting pot or to become “a universal flood.”
Which one do Russians want?If it
rejects the melting pot, then it will see the lands beyond the Urals gradually
absorbed by China as Chinese labor moves in. And then it will have only one
possible option, something that may not work.
That would be an international
consortium involving all the countries of the Pacific Rim, including the United
States, which would manage the Chinese entry into this region but keep it
within Russian borders. Whether that is possible, Belanovsky says, is far from