Thursday, October 06, 2005

an Old Leftie visits Moscow

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, an MP at the Europarliament, and the former leader of 1968 in Paris, visited Moscow to deliver a public lecture.
If you read Russian there is one article and an informal account of the meeting. The latter one is espcially hilarious as it depicts how the unfortunate leftie came under attack of the 'young wolves', Moscow Trotskytes, anarchists and so on, "a young fellow in an old rusty leather jacket", or "a girl with an expensive cellphone who kept scoffing at the speaker every time he uttered the word democracy..."
Chadaev's article got a lot of things horribly wrong. His prediliction to see the non-existent connection between the Orange revolution in Ukraine and the events in Paris made his analysis highly prejudicial. However, as a Russian, who displays a remarakable ability to add a healthy dose of cynicism, which helps him to see what often gets conveniently overlooked in the West.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit obviously has a speech prepared for any occasion, especially on his "month of triumph", the Red May which he has been collecting the rent for throughout the last 38 years.


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