Unknown Russia and the misunderstood West
This and the following account demands a few fundamental explanations.
One of the motives of some of the RSC researchers was, probably, to become known in the West through their results, especially in the U.S.A. One has to appreciate that many Russians have an exaggerated admiration of the West and, in particular, of the U.S.A. The possibilities and conditions, also those for scientists, in the West, are almost always overestimated. Frequently, one finds irrational ideas, about a paradise with a high living standard and almost unrestricted possibilities, among those who live in the former Soviet Union. The high work pressure and the consequences for the individual cannot be understood usually. The reason for these wrong conceptions lies in the long existing lack of information and the bad Russian economic situation. The hard conditions of life in Russia encourage people to believe in a paradise in heaven and, on the earth, in the West.
was respected in the old Soviet Union, but often laughed at because
his naive questions showed that he did not understand that a lot of
things were completely different to those in the West. Again and again,
Western logic broke down when applied to Russian conditions. "Russia
cannot be understood with the mind." is a Russian proverb.
The belief that this enormous country, with it's dangers, is still closed to foreigners, evidently is partly due to the RSC. In the West, they only distributed carefully selected information. Apparently, the RSC had not considered that Western researchers had been able, for a number of years, to work in Russia. Almost no-one in the Soviet Union could guess that suddenly this state would cease to exist and that the country would be open to foreigners. Naturally, the Russian researchers was afraid that their "secrets" could be profitably sold in the West, something impossible in Russia. This fear is understandable and right, but is no justification for some of the RSC's practices.
It was the
president of the RSC, herself, who attracted the sensation hungry Western
journalists to Russia. She knew better than anyone else that these people
were totally unsuitable for field-work. Her official offer to Pallix
was, "You supply the finance and the equipment and we will give
our experience.". It is hard to believe that she intended to give
thirty years of field-work experience to French journalists.
The experiences with the president of the RSC, from which we have only been able to mention some of the events, is a reason to examine some of the publications of another well known representative of the RSC, Dmitri Bayanov.