A Young Musician
In comparison with Viktor, one sees the same thoughtfulness in the eyes of both children. Indeed, one could say that both are “older than their years”. Realise that both boys have just lived through a tempestuous period in their country’s history. One lived through the Civil War, and the other lived in the chaotic times after the fall of the USSR. Americans should bear this in mind.
The Russian “shared experience” is far different from that of the US, and we can’t expect these people to share “American values”. They haven’t “eaten from the same plate”. It’s one of the reasons that President Putin is so genuinely popular. He brought stability and order back to his country. The Russian people are duly grateful for this. Americans should understand that their country was represented in the ’90s in Russia by greedy businessmen and pushy Protestant “missionaries”. As a result, many Russians now mistrust everything that Americans stand for. It shall take a long time to overcome the damage that these people did. May God have mercy on us for doing such to a proud people and nation.