- Actually, I have a cousin who is a businessman living in Brazil and currently lives in Campinas, São Paulo. His name is Leonid Petrovik, and he arrived here in early 1990 as a representative and importer of industrial automobolística the Former Soviet Union. At that time, then-president Collor opened the Brazilian market to car imports. Since the company was being implemented in Brazil and I had worked at the Brazilian embassy in Moscow for about three years, had some knowledge in commercial and business area of the two countries. Because of this and have a good spoken with the Portuguese language, I was invited a year later to work in a branch office in the city of Recife, Pernambuco here.
- And what was the name of that company? - Asks the journalist who interviewed.
- It was a Lada. For four years, the Russian automaker: Lada had a relative success among Brazilian consumers, mainly because their vehicles had an affordable price (about U.S. $ 6900.00 for a Lada Laika), and a sturdy body.
But over time, competition began to set up factories in the country and invest heavily in technology, increasing its domestic market share. Lada but instead cared only their vehicles, there would innovate and design of their cars was considered outdated and poorly accepted by Brazilian consumers, even at prices lower than others. The fatal blow came with changes in the collection of import tax on automobiles in 1994, hurting companies that do not have factories here, making it to shut its doors.
- We know that Brazilian art and culture of your country is very rich, excelling in several segments, such as literature, cinema, ballet, classical music, etc.. So Arrezeb, tell us please, would you recommend a book that we read.
- My dear Leiniel, I love the work: Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. It is a novel that deals with basically the religion and existentialism, nihilism and socialism asks and seeks salvation through suffering. This book tells the story of Raskolnikov, a young student who murders an old pawnbroker and her sister after killing, burning and file.
After that, stealing some jewelry, but feel sorry and burying them. From there, the character lives a psychological drama of remorse for their crimes, suffering and inability to live. Although he was considered a suspect, the police eventually arresting an innocent. It is also narrated his relationship with Sonia, with whom the main character shares some readings from the New Testament. She even has a great influence on Raskolnikov''s confession makes the story. Anyway, sorry, he confesses that he committed the crimes, then getting stuck in Siberia.
- Why did you not tell us now about an unforgettable film, Arrezeb?
- Yes, Leiniel. I''m reminded of a movie that impressed me. I was still a teenager, must have been about 15 years ... it is called "The Battleship Potemkin."
This film is a milestone in cinema history. Without doubt, the most famous and important production of Sergei Eisenstein my compatriot. It is filmed in 1925, and describes a rebellion of sailors from the warship, a fact that occurred in 1905, it would be like an omen of the Revolution of 1917 would happen some years later. It is a universal work that denounces injustice and speaks of the collective power and their involvement in popular revolutions. The uprising took place in Tsarist Russia still on the ship Potemkin. The sailors were tired of being mistreated and humiliated. Among other things, his superiors wanted them to eat rotten meat, until some refuse. Then they send the officers to execute them.
Gradually, the situation becomes increasingly tense, to be uncontrollable: the moment of execution, some soldiers before tightening the triggers of the guns, are warned by one of his companions, Vakulinchuk, shouting that asks if they think are with the seamen or the commander. In this they hesitate and lower their rifles. Then one of the officers, enraged, tries to take one gun and causes a great upheaval in the ship, leaving one sailor dead.