This 7-year-old girl featured in Russia’s Talents, a contest programme on one of the country’s top TV channels.
As you can see, Russia is still producing gifted thespians – and geopolitical prodigies. For the doggerel recited by the little girl with so much mastery, if slightly histrionic emotiveness, repeats what Putin’s grown-ups are screaming at the Russians every minute of every day.
In a few poignant lines the girl explains the history of relations between Russia and the West, analyses the present situation with remarkable insight, issues a deterrent warning to the West and explains the innate moral and spiritual superiority of Russia.
She tells the West in no uncertain terms to control its urge to occupy Russia, thereby acquiring more terrain for baseball diamonds, rugby pitches and golf courses – or else.
To those with ears to hear, she also tells everything there’s to know about Putin’s Russia. Those who are deaf to such overtones will doubtless nod their agreement – but I’ve undertaken not to say nasty things about Peter Hitchens today.
I’ve translated the doggerel verbatim, without bothering with rhyme and meter. But if you watch the video, you’ll be able to appreciate the ringing pathos of the oration:
Dear overseas neighbours, well-fed, haughty like gods,
Don’t wake up the Russian bear, let him sleep peacefully in his den!
Don’t stop his reigning and ruling, eating and drinking while his heart still beats.
You can’t even imagine how this will backfire on you.
Many times you’ve already kicked him, humiliated him, smeared him with dirt,
Crucified him on the Russian birch tree, burned him with fire, drowned him in the swamp.
Yet when you already trembled sweetly, certain of victory, the Russian bear’s mighty roar thundered at your doorstep.
Why do you, brothers, fly out of your homes attracted by the aroma of Russia’s land, to tear it from the bear’s paws?
For how many years have your papers been overflowing with wily thoughts,
Saying “What rights do we have to one sixth of the planet?”?
We’ve been sent here by God’s will, and we haven’t besmirched our honour in any way.
And it’s not up to you to judge us – we haven’t stolen our wealth.
Ladies, gentlemen, senors, senoras, don’t stumble over the line,
Don’t tease the Russian bear – your tricks will backfire on you.
You’ll cheat him hundreds of times, take his last penny at the boozer.
With you, any favour has to be paid for; gold bars are your gods.
Your creed is divide and conquer; your truth is the truth of brute force.
You’re used to lording it over your flock, putting in the grave those you don’t like.
But a Russian sees everyone as his brother, rejecting greed and lies.
For him, Truth trumps all, and Justice is dearer than anything.
Because in any hell, where no one else will survive,
The Russian will suddenly rise out of the ashes, out of the morass and road slush,
Blow away the smoke of the bloody battle, wash his eyes in a limpid stream,
Pray to an icon and then burst into your place one night.
And, before you turn your lights out, he’ll ask you, summing up the past,
“Why did you come to my Russia? Do I owe you anything?”
Those who seek new lands for baseball, rugby or golf,
Read a few stories about Napoleon and Adolf.
Tone down the volume of victorious bugles, you’ll have to answer for your folly!
Don’t wake up the Russian bear – if you don’t, you just might get away with your life.
Then again, you might not.
Let me tell you, this little girl is going places. Unless of course Shakespeare had a point, when he made his Richard III say: “So wise so young, they say, do never live long.”