Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Why Democracy: Russia's Village of Fools

Alternative Title: For God, Tsar and Fatherland

New BBC 4 documentary. Part of the "Why Democracy" series.
Aired: Tuesday 9th October 2007 on BBC 4
Watch this clip if you don't feel like seeing the whole documentary

Info: "
Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, good Christian and successful businessman. He owns Durakovo - the “Village of Fools” - 100 km southwest of Moscow. People come here from all over Russia to learn how to live and become 'true' Russians. When they join the Village of Fools, the new residents abandon all their former rights and agree to obey Mikhail Morozov’s strict rules. “What we have here is a society that respects the vertical of power, this is what our country needs most of all," says Morozov quoting his idol President Putin. The whole spectrum of power - political, spiritual and administrative – is represented in the village and people gather for semi-private meetings with Morozov. They discuss the future of Russia, their ambitions and their goals. For God, Tsar and the Fatherland shows what drives Russian patriotism today and why these citizens are against democracy."

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