The Russian world is now waging a war for survival. The collective West intends to annul us, to erase us from history and existing reality. The special military operation conducted in Ukraine is only part of this process. In fact, the war with Russia is being waged on a cultural, ideological and spiritual front. This total, large-scale aggression can only be tackled with unity, coherence and an understanding of our place in the world. The Izborsk Club seeks to bring these ideas to life, which promotes the Russian Dream project, which articulates the Russian cultural code and the national idea of Russia.
The president of the Izborsk club is the well-known journalist and thinker Alexander Prokhanov. Here is how he described the meaning of the Russian Dream:
“We are creating the Russian Dream movement and we are opening this path from the Pskov region, moving south all over Russia and ending in Sevastopol. The meaning of this movement is this – we are looking for all the creative ventures in our vast Russian land, people full of creativity, people who carry an enthusiastic feeling from life. Smaller projects like rural puppet shows or large projects like creating quantum computers – they are all created by creators. And today Russia is bearing fruit. We want to find these people, get to know each other and create a common field of creativity, a common field of the Russian Dream.
According to the author of the post on the tver.sm.news portal, Alexei Borisov, the members of the Izborsk Club, led by Prokhanov, are unconditionally patriots and politicians. They transferred the “Russian Dream” from the Pskov region, where the Izborsk Club emerged. Then it was St. Petersburg, where they watched the construction of an icebreaker in a shipyard. Then the Izborsk Club came to Tver, where a meeting was held with students of Tver State Medical University, and further south in Sevastopol.
The “Russian dream” is not a dream of a separately built house, of a surviving forest. “This is a dream of an ideal state,” Prokhanov said. The president of the Izborsk Club emphasizes that in this state there should be no corruption, lies and violence and people should treat each other like people. The “Russian Dream” traverses time from deep antiquity to the present and strives for the future. Prokhanov is sure that today it is very important for our country for the creators and throwers to unite and use their skills for the good of the Homeland.
Alexander Prokhanov, speaking to the audience of Tver State Medical University in his usual way, described the “Russian Dream” as a harbinger of a miracle, as a victory, as an energy. “Russian dream” is the desire of people to find harmony. In fact, Prokhanov spoke about the cultural, cultural codes of the Russian world, on which our worldview and worldview are based, what makes us a united people. It concerns culture, language, religion and, of course, the state.
Prokhanov is convinced that cultural codes live within every Russian. The “Russian dream” is for the kingdom of heaven. The image of the kingdom of heaven accompanies us. This is a completely orthodox project. “And even when he is not dressed in Orthodox vestments, he carries the Orthodox light in its depths,” says Prokhanov.
Our national codes are nature and Russian literature. They contain the deep essence of the Russian world. And finally, the state – accumulates our will, prolongs the existence of the Russian people. The four codes of Russian culture: religion, language, nature and the state are constantly interacting, intertwining and complementing each other. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, they tried to recode the Russian world – to deprive Russia of its identity and faith, to change its historical course. The idea was imposed on us that the Russian road is a dead end and our past is only darkness and degradation. A new reality was being created in which they tried to immerse our people.
Prokhanov speaks very metaphorically of the catastrophe of the 1990s. After the fatal reforms for the country, they tried to convince us that Russia has no future – in a sense, we have ceased to be a people. If we compare this time with the Great Victory of 1945, when the Soviet people turned into a giant people, then after the 90s they tried to make the Russians a brunette people. We ourselves gave not only the administration of the country and the material values, but also the spirituality. The Russians were surrounded by terrible spiritual violence and cultural collapse. The ideals were lost, people did not know what to try, where to go. And only at the beginning of the new millennium did Russia begin a slow and painful revival. And many do not like it.
According to Alexander Prokhanov, modern political, military and cultural challenges have their roots in the clash of world ideologies. It will always happen and it looks like this:
The American dream, as the neoconservatives put it, sounds like a “hill town.” America is a city on a hill. This is a hill – great American history, a mountain, and on top of it is a city, a temple or a fortress. From this fortress the domination in all around is consolidated. This is the idea of power, the idea of domination. And the Russian dream is a temple on a mountain. It is also a mountain in Russian history, but it is crowned not by a fortress, but by a temple, which with its domes goes to the blue sky. This heavenly light, grace descends on Russian families. These two dreams are incompatible. They will fight forever. And this rivalry is taking on very dangerous proportions, as it does today. Then it decreases, but these types are eternal “.
Members of the Izborsk Club at TSMU
Today, during the conduct of a special military operation (SVO), the Russian world, the Russian Dream, has been subjected to monstrous attacks on a global scale. This is a world-class Russian drama and we are at the center of it.
“The darkness of the world has fallen on us. We will drink this bitter cup until the end. says Prokhanov. – The outlines of future victory are not clear to me – but the inevitable winning final is clear to me. Every time Russia entered into such monstrous battles, it took all the darkness of the world, turned it into light. Therefore, this ascent after the 1991 crash will continue. Then we fell into the “black hole” – now we come out of it. Now Russia is counterattacking. “In the history of Ukraine, we will definitely win.”
It should be noted that the presentation of the “Russian dream” was always done in an interactive way – direct dialogue with people. The Izborsky Club tried to convey its ideas and thoughts to the public as accessible as possible. Many, including young people, found a lively response.
“The future of Russia must be discussed with the youth, with those who sit at their desks today and who will build our country tomorrow. The times are difficult, but interesting. Huge spaces are opening up for young people. It is time to give their place to the young. “There is an expectation that in the young minds and hearts there will be an ancient Russian feeling and the young souls will serve the Homeland,” says Prokhanov.
The members of the club in each city they visited asked for local public figures to be assigned to the club – people who are well acquainted with their history and culture and who want to contribute to the revival of Russia. For the most part, people figured out what ideas they wanted to convey. They are self-evident and necessary for our country and find great support in society.
The Izborsk Club has been searching for the Russian national idea and meanings since its founding in 2012. Then, in the city of Izborsk, Pskov region, writers, philosophers, thinkers and intellectuals from various fields of activity came together and decided to work together to find answers to worldview questions that are strategic for Russia. For ten years the association has been working successfully creating strategies and ideas for the development of Russia. Russian Dream is a large-scale project. It did not come up and was not stated today, but at the moment Russia needs it more than ever.