Valeria Novodvorskaya

The Death of Illusions

2011 January 3

[Below is a translation of several major excerpts from a speech given by Valeria Novodvorskaya on Dec. 30, 2010 to The New Times News, a Russian newspaper. She is discussing Russian dissidents’ loss of faith in the West and in Obama — and for this reason she calls the new year the “Death of Illusions.” The video of her speech (in Russian) can be seen on YouTube.]

I think that it is time to turn to Tolkien, for darkness is descending upon the world.  This is not because of the volcano (or whatever it was called), but because a new age has begun, and the sun will not rise. It has begun because the West — our hope and our foundation, our Promised land to which we looked in admiration — is giving up its perennial principles and values.  It is an époque of a total and absolute betrayal — the year of absolute betrayal. read more…

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