5 May 2023
by Lev Shlosberg
The criminal case against Evgeniya Berkovich and Svetlana Petriichuk is a case of the Hongweibing against culture. It’s about the same as filing a case against Fedor Dostoyevsky for Rodion Raskolnikov’s murder of the elderly pawnbroker.
The play Finist, the Clear Falcon is anti-terrorist. For writing and staging an anti-terrorist play in 2023, Evgeniya Berkovich and Svetlana Petriichuk could be imprisoned for five to seven years in Russia for the crime of “justifying terrorism.” This isn’t Kafka or Orwell, it’s the Hongweibing. These aren’t even “art critics in plainclothes,” they’re just Hongweibing, met with support from an incompetent investigation and a court that is no longer a court of law.
The denunciation of the play was written by activists from the far-right nationalist organization NOD, who have ended up continuing the Hongweibing’s practices in Putin’s Russia. It is a kind of oprichnina, publicly proclaiming its special closeness to the “Tsar” and acting in the “Tsar’s” interests.
Moreover, the denunciation was written back in 2021, but it didn’t evolve into a criminal case back then. Apparently the government is now ripe for it.
The “expert” grounds for the denunciation against Evgeniya Berkovich and Svetlana Petriichuk was provided by charlatans: Roman Silantyev, head “destructologist”; Galina Khizrieva, the “destructologist linguist”; and Elena Zamyshevskaya, the “destructologist clinical psychologist/sociologist.” But the investigation and the court accept “destructological” junk that swaps black and white as adequate evidence that creative people are “guilty.”
I think the word “destructology” will be symbolic of this fraudulent case.
In Chinese, Hongweibing means “Red Guards.” The Hongweibing’s level of cultural needs and knowledge has always corresponded to the government’s political commands.
The case against Egeniya Berkovich and Svetlana Petriichuk is further evidence of the total degradation of the judicial and law enforcement system, a system that justifies its actions and decisions using blatantly pseudoscientific and anti-cultural assessments made by people who are truly ignorant of science and culture. These people are now in full demand.
Evgeniya Berkovich and Svetlana Petriichuk are victims of the new Hongweibing. Add your name to the list of those who oppose the Hongweibing: https://clck.ru/34Lbaj
Translated by Nina dePalma