Thursday, October 23, 2014


Transmission

Russian Beauty Queen Bares Her Teeth

Miss Earth's Russian entrant and former Miss Moscow Natalia Pereverzeva
Miss Earth's Russian entrant and former Miss Moscow Natalia Pereverzeva
Generally speaking, beauty queens are not known for their deep-seated political convictions.

Although there are some who argue that pageant winners are a force for good in this world, they are not usually expected to do much more than look nice in a swimsuit and utter a few platitudes about world peace.

In this sense, participants in the Miss Earth competition are not your usual run-of-the-mill models with sparkling dentures and big hair.

Unlike their Miss World and Miss Universe counterparts, Miss Earth contestants are at least expected to be environmentally aware and to use their exalted beauty-queen status to promote ecological causes (while also looking good in a swimsuit, of course).

This year's Russian entrant, however, probably gave Miss Earth's politically committed organizers more than even they bargained for.

WATCH: Miss Earth Russia 2012 -- Natalia Pereverzeva


When Natalia Pereverzeva was called upon to answer a seemingly innocuous question about what makes her proud of her country, she demonstrated a charming ability to wax lyrical about her homeland:

My Russia -- it is bright, warm, patched, but it is so pleasant to slumber under it on a winter evening when the storm rages outside. My Russia -- it is a beautiful stately girl, full-blooded, rosy, in embroidered Sarafan, with long and thick plait, in which multicolored fillets are twisted, a beautiful fairy-tale girl. My Russia -- it is a kind cow with very big eyes, funny horns and always chewing; oh, what sweet milk she gives! Oh, how it smells -- meadow herbs and the sun.

Nonetheless, despite her love for her country, it seems Miss Pereverzeva is not blind to its faults. In fact, once she gets on this subject, she really lets rip:

But my Russia -- it is also my poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people. My Russia -- it is a great artery from which the "chosen" few people are draining away its wealth. My Russia is a beggar. My Russia cannot help her elderly and orphans. From it, bleeding, like from a sinking ship, engineers, doctors, teachers are fleeing because they have nothing to live on. My Russia -- it is an endless Caucasian war. These are the embittered brother nations who formerly spoke in the same language and who now prohibit teaching of it in their schools. My Russia -- it is a winner which has overthrown fascism but bought the victory at the expense of the lives of millions of people. How, tell me, how and why does the nationalism prosper in this country? My dear, poor Russia.

Like a true patriot, however, Pereverzeva thinks the situation is not beyond redemption. Warming to her theme, she seems to follow the lead of Aleksei Navalny, Boris Nemtsov, and others by calling on ordinary Russians and civil society to reclaim their great country:

I believe that each person living in Russia should identify himself with it. Feel the participation and take a proactive stance whatever it concerns. There are moments to which we close our eyes and reject as spoiling a look. Everyday we meet the facts that are unpleasant to us, that are unworthy of our homeland. Only we can improve the situation. We must learn to express ourselves and to show our best quality traits. We should try not to live only as consumers but to develop ourselves, read books, listen to interesting music, and be interested in scientific achievements. Politics, to communicate with good people, develop creativity, bringing into this world something new. We should bring up our children and talk to them on spiritual topics, disclose their talents and only then we reject everything unnecessary, affected, and pretentious. When we seriously begin to take care of our country it will blossom and shine brightly.

Needless to say, Pereverzeva's remarks have caused quite a kerfuffle on the Russian web, and discussion boards have been hopping since her comments first surfaced on the local blogosphere.

Despite her harsh words about her country, it appears Pereverzeva's remarks have struck a chord with many Russians.

Of the several thousands who participated in an online poll conducted by "Komsomolskaya pravda," more than 90 percent said they agreed with her comments.

-- Coilin O'Connor
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by: Victor from: Russia
November 19, 2012 16:40
It is the Absolutely Truth about Russia. Natalia Pereverzeva is one of the honest Citizens of Russia.
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by: ole7272 from: norway
November 20, 2012 08:13
I here from businesman comming from russia- there have been moore corrupsion then ever and putin is one of them

by: Bosnian citizen from: Sarajevo,Bosnia
November 20, 2012 00:49
I love you Natalia Pereverzeva...you are a leader of justice...my nation loves you...world needs more people like you
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 20, 2012 15:48
Oh, Bosnian citizen, I am sure that the lady pictured above will be more than glad to go to live in the marvelous city of Sarajevo - just take her :-))
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by: milka from: Vojvodina
November 20, 2012 23:28
Euginio from vienna why are you so jealous of Bosnian citizen...he is right...and sarajevo is one of most beautiful cities in the world and bosnia is one beautiful country and beautiful people ...you should go and visit...and be open-minded as well when you do, because if you are not you will miss the beauty of the world and life will pass you by in hate,wars and capitalism
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
November 21, 2012 10:36
Hello, Milka (hopefully no relation to the Milka cow that lives in Switzerland :-))). I am totally convinced by your argument. Just one question: may I stop overnight at your place as I will be crossing Vojvodina on my way from Vienna to Sarajevo :-))?

by: Natasha from: Moscow
November 21, 2012 18:18
She said the truth... this is the truth about every country today, with corrupt governments and bankers that rob their citizens. Nevertheless it was not proper place for her to say all these things. It shows that she has poor judgement and bad taste.
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by: Ralph Raymond from: Fort Lauderdale, FL US
December 06, 2012 19:57
Natasha, should she have uttered these views only from inside a Russian jail cell, like the Pussy Riot women? Is that your point?

by: Shaheed Hasan from: New York City, USA
November 22, 2012 05:22
I loved the way Natalia Pereverzeva expressed her views about her beloved Russia but I want her to let her know that Russia is not alone in this situation. There are many countries in the world where few self chosen, close to the power people suck their own motherland dry, make millions of dollars and deposit those money in the Swiss Banks or in the Islands.
Her view are genuine, she seems to be destined to go into Politics and I am sure she will do great in Politics. She is a true patriot and I salute for that. I am a Bangladeshi American and same thing is happening in Bangladesh too. In fact, with the few exception most of the country has the same problems.
I would urge her to go to Politics and help her beloved country. Bangladeshis gave blood for their language, they fought with the Pakistanis for 25 years and only then we got freedom..but now our own people are destroying the country.
I love you dear Natalia Pereverzeva. I am sure one day you will be in a much higher position so that you could help your country.
Thanks for being so patriotic. We need more from you.
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by: Slava from: Russia
November 25, 2012 20:42
Hi! Good to realize not everyone is totally brainwashed by "democracy and freedom" from Mr Bush. It is also good to realise someone from the States is talking about this. At least there is still some education left in your country. FED rules the world and all people have had enough of this b.......t "gdp growth". American people are prisoners just like any other nation in the world. Apart from North Korea may be. But their leader is surely authoritarian and people are suffering so the FED Army should bring democracy to them. Democracy called CIVIL WAR, DRUGS, GAY PARADES, ALCOHOL and so on.
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by: Shaheed Hasan from: New York CIty
November 26, 2012 13:47
Dear Slava..
What are you talking about..? I was commenting about Ms. Natalia..not FED or Bush or anything else. Please keep the comment on the subject..don't bring anything else with it..All I am saying is that Ms. Natalia is a great human being and she should run for Political Offices in Russia..case closed. Period.

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