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Sarcophagus: How the palace near Gelendzhik and the spiritual bonds of Russia are connected

In the photo: the construction of a palace in the Praskoveevka village on the Black Sea coast, Krasnodar Territory

In the photo: the construction of a palace in the village of Praskoveevka on the Black Sea coast, Krasnodar Territory (Photo: TASS / RuLeaks (Russian Vikeliks))

Film Alexey Navalny about “palace Putin»Cannot be viewed solely from the point of view of irrepressible appetites and corruption in the highest echelons of power. To understand the essence of what has been shown to the citizens, it will be necessary to go beyond the rational perception of contemporary Russian politics. And no matter how strange it may seem at first glance, you will have to look for answers even in the field of mystical and other pseudoscience.

To understand this, it is enough to ask the question “why was this palace built?”

The official version presented to citizens states that the complex belongs to Arkady Rotenbergwho decided to open an apart-hotel. It would seem that everything is logical. An old friend of Putin, whose firms are engaged in the largest construction projects in the country, from the Olympic facilities in Sochi to the Crimean Bridge, decided to invest his hard-earned money in real estate that will make a profit. Navalny’s film and the scandal around him can even be considered an unprecedented advertising campaign for Rotenberg’s new business. Of course, everything looks a little wild, but still it is within common sense.

In the photo: the interior of one of the bedrooms in a palace under construction in the village of Praskoveevka in the Gelendzhik region on the Black Sea coast
In the photo: the interior of one of the bedrooms in a palace under construction in the village of Praskoveevka in the Gelendzhik region on the Black Sea coast (Photo: TASS / RuLeaks (Russian Vikeliks))

The problem is that the constructed structure can hardly be adapted for a hotel or an institution of this kind. Judging by what is shown in Navalny’s film, the palace was originally designed as a place of residence for one family and a maximum of her friends. There are too few living rooms and the necessary infrastructure, but there are many facilities for entertainment. In addition, the complex is not very conveniently located; you can quickly reach it only by helicopter. And really some of the very wealthy people will not find a better place to stay?

Okay, so let’s say the hotel stories are cover. In fact, the owner is going to live there. Rothenberg or whoever else is not that important. Well, a certain person loves luxury. Let it be lurid, frankly vulgar, but there is no dispute about tastes, as they say. But this version does not go well either. Again, because who of the busy business people wants to spend a lot of time on the road and only to walk along endless empty corridors? Isn’t it easier to go to Courchevel, where the movement is? Or somewhere on a tropical island?

Maybe the person who built an inconvenient palace for recreation, transport far away in a not the best place on the planet, decided to save money this way? This version looks the most absurd. For the above reasons, it is basically impossible to sell such a complex, it is absolutely illiquid. Also because it requires hundreds and hundreds of millions of rubles a year for maintenance. As you know, if the house is not looked after, then very soon it will turn into ruins. Numerous landowners’ estates are a clear confirmation of this.

One can understand the Russian oligarchs and officials who bought themselves palaces and live in them. Difficult to approve, but one can understand the craving for huge yachts. Even Viktor Yanukovych’s inlaid toilet bowl in Mezhyhirya can be explained. Well, people like to use expensive things, they like to ride their own ship on the ocean, they like to live among gilded statues. And a golden loaf can be sold if necessary, because a piece of gold is always in price.

But why build a palace in which you will never live? Yes, and constantly spend enormous funds to maintain it?

And one single explanation comes to mind. A palace is not a palace, it is a kind of monument that should unite the earthly and otherworldly world for the owner (whatever his name is).

Do not laugh! The desire to leave something behind is a serious motivation. Only it is expressed differently in everyone. In developed countries, it is customary to donate to scientists and clinics. In Russia, wealthy people love to build churches and restore monasteries, hoping for intercession in the afterlife. A man will die, and people will go to the church he built. Someone, maybe, will light a candle for the peace of the soul.

And the palace near Gelendzhik is very likely from the same plan. True, with a very serious difference. It was originally invented not for people, but as a dead structure. At its core, this is not a temple, much less a clinic or research center. But it is very similar to the pyramids or tombs of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

In the photo: the complex of pyramids in Giza, Egypt
Photo: Giza pyramid complex, Egypt (Photo: Meng Tao / Xinhua via ZUMA Wire / TASS)

The rulers of the ancient country that stretched along the Nile, even in their youth, began to build themselves a gigantic structure in order to find peace in the best of worlds. Most of the inhabitants ate poorly, dressed poorly, strained themselves from overwork and endured when they were whipped. People laid health and lives in the name of the pyramid, the only purpose of which was to provide a kind of portal between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

In the tombs of the pharaohs, they found thousands of jewelry, which took hundreds of kilograms of gold. The rulers did not use this wealth during their lifetime, and they did not go to public needs. On the contrary, the people were often taken away from the latter, in order to brick up untold riches at the right time.

In ancient Egypt, the skillful propagandists of the pharaoh, who were then called priests, explained to a society that had just emerged from the primitive communal system the need for such spending by the need to please the gods.

But how to explain to modern Russian citizens, who still remember the era of space exploration, that they must eat cheap macaros so that those close to the authorities build new sarcophagi and ziggurats for themselves?

It turns out that you don’t need to invent anything new. TV presenters and experts will easily explain about the sacredness of power. And it is no coincidence that in recent years so much attention has been paid by the state propaganda to our glorious history and heroic ancestors. We are not offered to look for inspiration in the future, we are not given a coherent development project. But they propose to put all the forces on the protection of historical memory. Isn’t it a cult of the dead, a worship of spirits?

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