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Je Suis Russia #3

Friday, October 14, Moscow.Really catching a lot of sleep. Last night another 9 hours.

Nickolai came around 3 pm to take me on a stroll through the immediate neighborhood. This is a housing development completed by Nikita Khrushchev to provide housing for Russian people. Sometime around 4pm, Aleksey Mavroyev arrived with instructions to take me to see some of the sights.

The weather here is getting cold. Since I’ve been here there has been complete overcast and temperatures hovering around 50 F during the day and dropping down to the 30’s overnight. It was quite cold tonight as we toured the center of Moscow.

I have been to Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Geneva, Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, NYC, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., LA, Dallas, Miami and everywhere in between, but there is no other city in the world that can compare to Moscow. It is unmatched in beauty, architecture, cleanliness, scale, and history. Founded in the 11th Century, this city of 17 MILLION and 20 Million in the metropolitan area is unbelievable. It would take more than ten days to even begin to scratch the surface.

Russian people look no different than Americans anywhere in the U.S.. The women are stylish and elegant, yet some are dressed in blue jeans and I even saw one young woman with dreads. The men sport short hair and dress causally. But I saw many very stylish men in suits, ties, and expensive coiffures. There were also many with long hair and beards.

I saw only two people begging on the streets. No sign of homeless people, but I was told there were many very poor people and some homelessness.

I’m beginning to see that not all Russians hold the same beliefs about many things: Communism, Lenin, Stalin, Marx, the Soviet Era. I was told that most Moscovites are “apathetic” when it comes to politics and many believe they are powerless to do anything about the political environment. Hmmmm…just like Merica and the EU.

Nickolai explained that the first law of Capitalism was to maximize profits. Couldn’t disagree with that. He said that the first law of Communism was to ensure that the people had what they needed. When I asked to differentiate between  Capitalism and free market Capitalism or unregulated Capitalism, Nickolai just laughed.

I must conclude by saying, I feel completely at home and safe. Several friends cautioned me to “be careful” in Russia. Not sure what they were thinking. I walked the streets for several hours today and rode the metro and never felt uncomfortable or much less threatened. Moscow is a very safe place, and I think safer than New York. There are policemen in the subways and in some areas of the city, but no machine guns, riot gears, or any of that stuff as there is all across America. At JFK airport, there are regular patrols of National Guard personnel with M-16s everywhere. Nothing of the kind here.

I will begin working (filming) tomorrow and that will include my first interviews. I just wish all Americans could experience Russia and Russian people as I have. They are not evil. The real evil exists in Washington, and everyone else knows it.

  • Benjamin Bernier

    I’m hopeful you’ll get to meet the federal project “Stop a Douchebag” soon! If you double-park in the city it will increase your chances for this 😉

    • RegisTremblay

      Ben, that went over my head….:)

  • David Snieckus

    Nice to know information. Keep reporting!

  • Susan Lubner

    Thank you Regis! I am so enjoying your commentary–I imagine Russia is a complex, diverse county, with many different perspectives on the political, social and cultural
    nature of the country.

    • RegisTremblay

      Hello Susan,

      You got that right about diverse in many ways, but yet, they are all Russians, very proud and stoic.

  • Jeff Brummer

    Regis, another revealing commentary. Thanks. Just wish you’d combine Washington with Wall Street when identifying the locus of evil. It’s important for Russians, just as Americans, to understand what drives a warfare economy. They have one too, just not as big as ours.

    • RegisTremblay

      Jeff, point taken, but they do understand it is Capitalism.


      • Jeff Brummer

        I’m sure, in ways that most Americans have no clue.


  • Irene

    Thank you for kind words, Reggy! Apart from visiting quite a few countries of the world, I visited America many times and have been to many places – New-York, Washington, Chicago, Saint-Louis, Atlanta, San-Francisco etc. When my friends and me first got into the NY metro and had to go out at Queens, with our hotel being within 10 minutes walking distance, we so were scared by what and whom we saw around us that we took taxis… The same raw fear I only had in Johannesburg in South-Africa in 2001. For my American friends it was always stange that I was very happy when the time would come to pack my things and direct for home, that awful, uncivilized, ugly Russia as they might think. “Why are you so happy? What do you have there in Russia, that you are so eager to come back???” Well, what could I say – I had my great culture, my kind- hearted people and my challanging but interesting life. And no civilization (meaning, gadgets or processed food, or plastic money, or access to money etc). would substitute this great feeling – being a part of great Russia. Other parts/regions/cities of Russia are not like Moscow (I personally am from St. Petersburg), but it is still great, warm and enourmous. It is place to live and feel.

    • RegisTremblay

      Irina, is this you?

      • Irene

        Yes, it’s me

        2016-10-15 16:28 GMT+03:00 Disqus :

    • Jeff Brummer

      A beautiful commentary Irene. Thanks.

      • Irene

        And please keep on writing – it is very important! I am also trying now to note down my memores of the USA – and I remember great people,great places and very generous attitute! In fact America made me a professional in my field – and I am very grateful for that! The problem is that politicians are SO different from people, and there is a tendency in both of our countries to confuse politicians and the people they should act on behalf of…

        2016-10-15 23:40 GMT+03:00 Disqus :

        • RegisTremblay

          Irina, thanks for commenting. I agree, politicians and the agendas of the oligarchy who control them are very different that the people. It has become very clear to me in my travels from living in Rome for four years and traveling through Europe, to my two trips to the Pacific, Ukraine, and now Russia that we are all one family divided only by political agendas. So, Je Suis Russia!

          Warm wishes and heartfelt thanks for introducing me to Ruzhena.

  • Patsy Messier

    I am anxious to hear you report about the gay community. Are they being mistreated? Is there extreme prejudice as being reported in the main stream media in US? Very interested. And the architecture is just too beautiful. And the cleanliness you describe, I wish we had it here.

    • RegisTremblay

      Hello Patsy,

      I have asked many questions already, but am waiting for the right opportunity to raise the gay/lesbian question. It is high on my list. Trying to be careful and sensitive.


      Regis Tremblay
      Independent Filmmaker
      209 River Rd.
      Woolwich, Maine 04579

      “He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.”

      Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

      “How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.” Henry David Thoreau

      • Patsy Messier

        I understand. I have faith in you.

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