OCA PEOPLE: ANATOLY SKARGHIN

Anatoly Skarghin was born in Kyrgyzstan, worked in the system of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In 1995 went out on pension from the Ministry of Internal Affairs — deputy minister’s position. He is the president of the International Public Association “Generals of the World – for Peace,” the Police Major General.

ECG: Tell us about yourself and your activity/work
AS: I am the president of the International Public Association “Generals of the World – for Peace,” the Police Major General Anatoly Skarghin. I was born in the Kyrgyz Republic and through most of my life, I have devoted myself to serving in the internal affairs authorities where I rose to the rank of general. My career was forming in a very difficult time and in an extremely sensitive region. Kyrgyzstan, the former republic of the collapsed Soviet Union, stood at the junction of Europe and Asia and was always densely inhabited by many peoples with different cultures, mentalities and religions. In 2011, I established the International Public Association “Generals of the World – for Peace,” a progressive movement of peacekeepers with an open career structure, a single electronic platform, a charitable foundation and a complex of national missions. It has become a relevant and effective tool for promotion of the philosophy of Peace, the ideology of universal harmony and the rejection of violence.

ECG: What is Eurasianism for you?
AS: For me, Eurasianism is not just geography, it is a civilization with a big and unique history – tragic, but great. This is the cradle of hundreds of cultures, the birthplace of a huge Eurasian family with a bright and difficult fate and, of course, a great future. Eurasianism unites yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It’s a unique code in each of us.

ECG: Who are your favorite artists?
AS: Becoming older, we always look for answers to difficult questions in art, so we grow, we learn art, life, and we change. Naturally, our favourites and choices change too. Today, I like to read Brian Tracy, Robert Kiyosaki, Joe Dyspenza, and I am absorbing their practice in personal growth, I am passionate about books that help me grow and develop. I love to read Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi.

ECG: Have you taken part in the events of the Eurasian Creative Guild (London)?
AS: We participated and helped to organize many ECG events in Bishkek and Alma-Ata. Their attractive format gives a unique opportunity for talented and creative authors to declare themselves, their work and creative research. Poets, writers from more than 30 countries participated in such events. I do hope that our flag is now remembered by many people, today it is recognized throughout the world since it had visited the North Pole, the highest point in Europe, Elbrus Peak, and with the Russian-American space crew it flew around the Earth more than 5500 times on the International Space Station.

ECG: What does the Eurasian Creative Guild mean to you, and how did it affect your creativity/activity?
AS: For me, ECG is a platform for those who are advanced and relevant, constructive and caring, creative and looking. This is an opportunity to share ideas, to get acquainted with creative technology, to present your own. The opportunity to ask a question or get an answer, to inspire your project or be fascinated by someone else’s. The ECG is the anticipation of new opportunities, exciting meetings; this is the potential for creative integration.
ECG: Do you have any personal project that you would like to talk about?
AS: Yes, I have several personal projects, and our participants help me in their implementation, but I would like to talk about one of them. It is called the Bell of Peace. In 1981, the UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace. Once a year on the day of the spring equinox, the installed bell signalled the time of a general ceasefire and refusal of violence. We decided to give this initiative a new impetus, and now we promote it as part of our movement, accompanied by new creative solutions. According to the plan of founders of “General of the World – for Peace”, such Bells of Peace should be installed in the cities all over the world where our NATIONAL SECTIONS are represented. Such bells can become landmark places for holding various events, including solemn, official, private events, etc., the main thing is that such an event or action must not contradict the peaceful theme and purpose of the BELL OF PEACE.

ECG: What projects have you participated in and in which do you plan to participate?
AS: We are building bridges of friendship in science, business, art, medicine – we participate in educational, sports events, forums, discussion platforms and any other events of our Association, and we help children’s camps and schools. Corners of Peace, lessons in friendship and harmony, the Veterans Alley are some of our successful projects. The spiritual and moral education of the youth, propaganda of Peace and interethnic harmony in the modern world require new approaches, new formats. We are passionate about finding effective creative solutions to achieve the goal. The involvement of the younger generation in the digital, virtual world – the Internet, give us new challenges, and we are trying to make our content understandable to all generations.

Expanding the audience, finding creative like-minded people and new ideas – that is what I and my team want from a new project, that is why we are ready to share our experience and potential, to demonstrate our creative achievements.

ECG: What would you advise the members of the Guild, who’re just starting their career?
AS: I wish the new members of the Guild to be creative and open, to be able to accept any constructive dialogue and bring out something new – fascinating or thought-provoking because all and any experience makes our creative potential greater. And which is the most important, I wish them peace, harmony and a sea full of love.