Mikhalkov in several issues of his Besogon program mentioned German Gref and accused him of trying to ruin his education. The director quoted a fragment of a speech by the head of Sberbank in 2012, where he criticized democracy
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Words criticizing democracy and majority power, which director Nikita Mikhalkov quoted in his Besogon program, are a phrase taken out of context, Sberbank CEO German Gref said in an interview with TASS. In his opinion, he either made a mistake or consciously tried to manipulate the audience.
In the Besogon program, Mikhalkov quoted a fragment of Gref’s speech at SPIEF 2012. According to him, he criticized democracy and spoke out that it is impossible to manage a society where everyone has equal access to information.
Gref recalled that he was the moderator of that panel and a provocative remark only tried to revive the discussion. “The panel called“ Breaking the Management Deadlock: Wisdom of the Crowd or Authoritarian Genius? ”Was called. What to do in a situation when the asymmetry of information ceased to exist as a fact? All panelists began to actively support the democratic model. I realized that the event breaks down: there is no discussion. This was my provocation panel, I acted as a moderator. And the replica, called to revive the conversation, was taken out of context and presented as my point of view, which, of course, is absolutely not correct, ”he explained.
At the 2012 SPIEF panel, Gref said: “You say terrible things. You propose that power be transferred to the hands of the population … Any mass government implies an element of manipulation ”(quote from RIA Novosti). At the same time, in concluding his speech, he emphasized that Sberbank intends to actively use crowdsourcing technology. Commenting on the discussion caused by his own words, Gref in 2012 advised commentators to be critical of them. “Is it really possible for an intelligent person to not understand that the role of a moderator involves provocative remarks that fuel the discussion? Guys, well, you need to have at least a drop of sense of humor! ” He said.
In an interview with TASS, the head of Sberbank again emphasized that “the government should be sensitive to people” and there is no alternative to attracting citizens to management. “I am surprised that Nikita Sergeevich [Михалков], a great professional, did not look at that record and pulled out a quote; or understood that this was not my speech, but a provocation of the moderator of the panel session. Then it’s a manipulation and I don’t understand its purpose, ”he concluded.