Many of you surely know this tune
or this song
and maybe this dance
and certainly all of you have heard of Petr Il’ich Chaikovskii – the great Russian composer.
See then the dance of the little swans
This is an instantly recognizable classic for most Russians. Why? Because seeing the Swan Lake on the television screen on November 10, 1982 meant that something is wrong with government – and, indeed, Leonid Brezhnev died. Seeing it again almost 10 years late on August 19, 1991 turned out to be the death toll for the Soviet Union itself. That is it – history and little swans, tragedy and farce.