Vladimir Putin told about his literary predilections at a meeting with winners of competition “the Teacher of year of Russia”. The President admitted that the escape from everyday life and get into another “useful and beautiful world” to help the works of Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov.
Vladimir Putin answered a question about what books he likes to read. “Read what you don’t like. In General, from the that love, on my Desk lies constantly Lermontov in order to think about something, distracted and generally get into another world – useful, beautiful and interesting,” – said the President, (quoted by “Interfax”).
Earlier, Putin called Lermontov’s a brilliant poet and a patriot, and quoted his lines. It happened during a press conference in December 2014, when the President was asked about what the opposition is different from the so-called “fifth column”.
“This year we all celebrated the anniversary of Mikhail Lermontov, our great poet. We all remember his lines, how about Borodino, he wrote: “we will die defending Moscow like our brothers died!” But he wrote and others: “farewell, unwashed Russia, land of slaves, land of lords and you, blue uniforms, and you, his faithful people.” He was a member of the opposition? Of course he was… He certainly was an oppositionist to the government, but I believe that he was a patriot. This is a very fine line,” – said the head of state.
Note that many literary critics doubt that the words “farewell, unwashed Russia” belong to Mikhail, since no draft of a poem, or Lermontov’s autograph was not detected. Read more: was Lermontov a patriot?