The straight line with Vladimir Putin reminded me of a beautiful historical plot, which was instantly overgrown with myths that have come down to us in the form of popular expressions.
It is about the journey of Empress Catherine II to the Crimea conquered from the Turks in 1787. Six months on the road from St. Petersburg through Smolensk and Kiev to Sevastopol and Feodosia. Return to the capital via Belgorod and Moscow. 3000 people took part in the unprecedented inspection of the Russian lands, the organization of which was assumed by the Most Serene Prince Grigory Potyomkin, and the Austrian Emperor Joseph II made up the company to the incognito empress.
Thanks to the memoirs of the Swedish adventurer John Albert Ehrenstrem and the Saxon diplomat Georg Gelbig, a myth appeared about the Potemkin villages, which meant the events creating the feeling of well-being and prosperity that reigns throughout Russia. Hastily repaired roads, painted on the screens of the village, happy peasants along with abundance in warehouses and shops should have pleased the empress in her inspection. The gossip was picked up by the French, and the more years separated the new memoirists from the voyage undertaken, the more the grotesque was in the description of the phenomenon, which the people called fraud.
The truth in these gossip was still. Huge money was spent on decorating the Empress's stops and entertainment, such as fireworks, which impressed even the enlightened Austrian emperor. This movement, which aims to preserve the favor of the first person in the state, hastens the movement, allows me to draw parallels with the straight line of the president.
The miraculous influence of the head of state on the private processes that are taking place in our country became a talk of the town, and 2019 was no exception.
At the gas stations of the same network, gasoline prices fell right in front of a straight line. On average, a half ruble. What is not magic? Krasnoyarsk region managed to distinguish itself twice. The president did not have time to instruct the governor to deal with the park area in one of the microdistricts, as Governor Alexander Uss, even before the president’s communication with the people was over, turned out to be among the residents, communicating vigorously and, of course, finding no reason not to solve the problem.
In the Arkhangelsk region, the construction of a landfill site in Shies, which is opposed by environmentalists, suddenly took out all construction equipment. It seems to be no construction - and no questions to the documents.
The whale prison in Primorye began to part almost completely with beluga whales and killer whales. At the same time, three months after the president ordered to deal with this issue, the mammals remained in their places, and the prison owner vehemently defended his property.
As we could see, on the air, which the president is watching, the queues to the doctors are being resolved. By the very experts, where in normal times, people can not go.
The Investigation Committee decided not to lag behind in demonstrating its effectiveness and opened a criminal case against the director of the refinery, who did not pay the salary of 121 employees. They also opened a case on the complaint of residents of the village of Varna in the Chelyabinsk region, which was cut in half by railway tracks, not arranging a move. They are conducting an inspection on complaints from residents of emergency houses in Asbest, Sverdlovsk Region.
Russia is a country in which there are no unsolvable problems. A country in which there are no problems with communication between officials and people. True, the mechanisms for solving those very problems begin to move faster when the head of state turns its attention to them. This is our national phenomenon.
“I travel around the country. And even through freshly painted grass and benches, one can see what is really happening, ”said Vladimir Putin during a straight line. “When it is visible, then it happens,” I would add.
It is wonderful that we have such a tool as direct communication of the president with the people. It is wonderful that we have his attention, in which the ministers, heads of regions and municipalities are focused, are gaining additional miraculous impulse.
But I would urge our officials to get used to the transparency of the new time. Attention from below works no less effectively. Behind the painted facades there are people who can and want to speak out about the painful.
So behind the renewed lawns and benches, as if from under the legendary Potemkin screen, the reality that you cannot hastily hide is brighter and brighter. This means that the most miraculous attention of the president will be more and more.