I asked, “your operation costs a lot of money. Is it difficult for your parents?” He even replied: “no money! It’s all national!” He replied flatly, “there is no medicine I need to spend my own money!”

I asked, “your operation cost a lot of money. Is it difficult for your parents?” He replied: “no money! It’s all national!” I asked again, “if a country with a serious injury like you spends money, then other people have to spend their own money to see a doctor?” He said, “no! We don’t spend money to see a doctor in the national hospital now.” I don’t believe it: “don’t spend a penny?” He was also a little surprised and replied, “no! Public expenses! However, if you want to go to a private hospital, the country doesn’t care. You have to spend everything by yourself.” I still have some doubts: “you don’t spend money on emergency surgery. You have to pay for the medicine yourself?” He said with great certainty, “no flowers!” I became stubborn: “is there any medicine you need to spend your own money in the medicine you take?” Maybe I said the sentence too long, maybe he was distracted for a moment: “what are you talking about?” I repeated my question briefly. He replied flatly, “there is no medicine I need to spend my own money!” I finally had to go back to the question at the beginning: “where did your parents spend their money?” He replied, “send it to the doctor! Before the operation.” I immediately understand that this is a “red envelope”. I asked, “how much did you send?” He held out an eight figure gesture. I said, “8000 rubles?” He shook his head. “Where! 8000 dollars!”

in the midsummer of this year, when I was preparing to go to Russia, the forest fire made the country become solemn and terrible in an instant. The repeated images of smoke, dust and fog and pedestrians rushing with masks on the TV screen are warnings or indications: should I have this trip to Russia?

finally, I went. From summer fire to autumn rain, I visited more than a dozen cities in central Russia. There was no light car, no prior arrangement and no official activities. What I saw and talked about were ordinary people who knocked on the door, sat down for dinner and tea, and described their family’s strengths and weaknesses in detail. Although I can’t say that I have seen everything about Russia, after all, I have seen Russia, which is the least whitewashed, the most inaction and the least propaganda consciousness. I have come into contact with the most simple, sincere and kind-hearted Russians. Of course, I have also seen its negative people and things.

police: a special Russian symbol

in the facts I faced in the past, one thing I always remember is that my nerves will be nervous as soon as I set foot on the land of Russia. Although I can’t say I’m unfamiliar with this country, I can’t say I don’t have enough perceptual knowledge, and I can’t say I don’t have prior psychological preparation before my visit. I’m nervous because the Russians are nervous, the Russian law enforcement personnel are nervous, and the atmosphere in Russia is tense. In many visits, Russians are always in a hurry, with a sullen face. They do things like sesame seeds and mung beans, but don’t finish them, and drag them on; Trivial disputes, hair trigger, instant face change; The streets are full of soldiers of special units in black uniforms with the latest short handled Kalashnikov submachine guns on their shoulders, as well as policemen in faded gray uniforms who are always looking for; The whole atmosphere is intolerant and lack of goodwill. There is a kind of doubt, hesitation and wait-and-see that can be clearly perceived. Such a Russia is clearly in turmoil.

Russian police and soldiers of special teams like to check Oriental passports and visas in the streets, squares and markets. It is well known how many unpleasant and even ugly things have happened between them and the Chinese people in order to check their passports and visas. So when I went out of the hotel, the first thing I had to check was whether I had my passport with me. In particular, when you stay in a hotel, give your passport to the staff for formalities. The passport will be returned to you the next day or even the third day. In this day or two, you become an “undocumented person”, and you can’t go on the street. Even if you go on the street, your Russian must be enough to explain to the police and soldiers: why don’t you have a passport. When you meet the reasonable police and soldiers, there is nothing wrong. You go your way and they will check their. If you meet unreasonable people, you will have trouble: at least you will be fined, and at most you will have to “go” with them. This time, I was still so alert. I didn’t check anything before I went out, just to see if my passport was in my pocket. To my surprise, I didn’t encounter the matter of checking passports in the street in dozens of days, and I didn’t see others checked passports.

this time, as soon as I walked into the street of Moscow, I suddenly felt much more comfortable. Because I couldn’t see the soldiers, and the police didn’t walk around in the street, but in the traffic jam at the busy time when they should command. Even in the past, soldiers and police were the most concentrated“ ВНДХ” In the exhibition hall area, I haven’t met anyone who needs to check your passport. The same is true of St. Petersburg and grand norgorod, not to mention those small and medium-sized towns. I did see that the streets and alleys were full of police. It was September 1, the day of the opening of primary and secondary schools. I don’t know how many times more police force was to prevent possible emergencies, because Russia had the painful lessons of the “Beslan incident”, the “theater hostage incident” in Moscow and the bombing of the subway several times. The flowers, the innocent performance of the children and the solemn looking police in their new uniforms make up the bright colors of Russia in September. It happened that on this day, I walked to the “saliut” hotel and couldn’t distinguish the way to continue. Five policemen, male and female, stood at the right corner of the street. I went to ask the way, and the five answered almost in unison: “go ahead, go ahead!” A tall policeman said in great detail: “go ahead, go along this direction, go all the way, go all the way, you don’t have to turn, you’ll arrive!” When I thanked them and left, another policeman said behind me, “don’t turn the corner. When you see a gray tall building, you’ll be fineYes! ”

of course, I also encountered the trouble of the police once. It was on our way to bereslavli when we met a checkpoint on the road. Still far away, the driver reminded me to fasten my seat belt. But as soon as we got to the sentry post, we were stopped. A policeman stopped the car: “you broke the traffic rules. Why don’t the people in the back seat fasten their seat belts?” The driver and the owner were invited into the sentry office and took my passport at the same time.

in a few minutes, they came back and said, “fine! Who thought of the seat belt in the back seat! The police showed us the rules. There is this one, a fine of 2000 rubles.” We hesitated, so the police pulled me aside and whispered, “it can also be private, 500 rubles!” The result is, of course, private. Such a fine, from the perspective of the police, is also well founded. It is a kind of progress for the Russian police not to say that they are engaged in an unfounded fine to an unfounded fine!

but generally speaking, the Russian police have become kind and tolerant, showing their self-confidence. Of course, the problem is not only in the police and soldiers, but also in the atmosphere woven by ordinary Russians with words and actions, but also more tolerance, more kindness and more smiling faces. What does that mean? At least it means that Russians have confidence in themselves, their future and their country. People often use the growth of GDP and the improvement of military power to evaluate the strength and status of a country, which is reasonable, but it is not absolute. In these comments, one of the most important indicators is neglected, that is, the state of the people’s heart.

after the economic crisis, Russia’s GDP growth was not as expected, but the people were peaceful, tolerant and stable. It is no longer like complaining about the government, national leaders and the plummeting status of the country as in previous years. People have believed in the government and leaders to a greater extent and that the Russians will have a bright future. This can probably be said to be an extremely important factor in Russia’s increasing stability in recent years. The stability of the country, the strength of the country and the will of the people; Despite the dazzling growth and strengthening of economic and military strength for a time, there are still worrying problems hidden behind the popular support.