Thirty years ago, on December 25, 1991, Red Square had no merry-go-round or stalls, Mikhail Gorbachev was still in the Kremlin for a few hours and the Soviet Union was on the verge of disappearing.
Three decades later, the nostalgia and resentment have not gone away.
“We lived well, we were at peace …” confides a former teacher of the Crusader schools in front of the Lenin mausoleum. ” Everything was fine until the traitors came to power. Gorbachev ruined the Soviet Union. And that drunk Yeltsin helped him .”
“This is something my parents are very interested in,” an 18-year-old smiled for his part. “They were tagged. But I am a citizen of Russia. I didn’t even know it was an anniversary.”
For his part, Mikhail Gorbachev believes today that the fall of the Soviet Union had made the United States “arrogant” and sufficiently “imbued” with their power to support the enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance to the east.