Pyotr Patrushev was a simultaneous interpreter, journalist, writer, and polymath. He interpreted for Australian Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and John Howard when they met with their counterparts Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin and other heads of State.
Pyotr grew up in a small Siberian town, Kolpashevo near the Soviet forced labour camp at Narymsky. He showed a remarkable resilience of the human spirit, making himself a fighter, brilliant communicator, and a thinker.
A pacifist at heart, Pyotr escaped from the Soviet army at the age of 18 and then he escaped from the Soviet psychiatric hospital where he had been committed and was about to undergo torture by drugs. Finally, he fled Russia by swimming from Batumi in Georgia. This escape was unique as no other refugee had been able to survive the Black Sea swim to Turkey.
Pyotr was condemned to death in absentia by the authorities and put on the KGB’s wanted list for over 25 years. On arrival in Turkey he was jailed as a Soviet spy, regularly interrogated and sent to a firing squad to be shot with fake bullets. Many years later Pyotr went back to Russia as a peacemaker and a bridge maker and established in Moscow a CRN (Conflict Resolution Network), a pillar of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Sydney and published his own translation of the CRN’s Everyone Can Win; his ideas helped resolve conflicts in Russia at the time of the Perestroika.
Pyotr’s story became a legend, especially in Soviet prisons, gulags, and gave the persecuted hope and courage to survive. His swim was likened to a feat of the Berlin Wall escape and climbing the Everest combined.
“The life of Russian translator and interpreter Pyotr Patrushev is the stuff adventure stories are made of…Pyotr is a fascinating, an extraordinary man, a great Australian,” said Richard Fidler.
Richard Fidler’s “Conversations with Pyotr Patrushev“, ABC radio National
“The extraordinary life of interpreter Pyotr Patrushev“, Sydney Morning Herald
Audio: Pyotr Patrushev interviews
The Transcendent Ape
“I describe the human predicament in the bigger framework of evolutionary history: that of a mammal and a primate who was subjected to extraordinary selective pressures that led to his survival in the current form, with the potential for genocide and ecocide, as well as for the highest artistic and intellectual achievement,” wrote Patrushev.
“This is a Big History of humanity’s inner predicament under the microscope, shining a sharp, personal, often humorous and sympathetic light on the foibles and follies of religion, mysticism and cults as well as on several millennia of constructive ratiocination about the human condition. Were Darwin alive, he could not have suppressed a gentle chuckle.” Dr Peter King, University of Sydney.
Project Nirvana: how the war on drugs was won
A kidnapped Indian guru becoming a chess wizard, a sexy Russian spy seducing an American security expert Richard Snowden, state-controlled drugs enhancing productivity when used with meditation… this and much more provide a practical recipe for reaching world peace while simultaneously ending the futile war on drugs…
Project Nirvana is a satire with cleverly concealed thought memes that will guide social and drug reform worldwide for years to come…
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“This collection of writings shows what a brilliant mind Pyotr had – quirky, original and deep thinking. I am honored to have had him as my translator and delighted to read here more of his written legacy. This collection offers us a sample of the tremendous breadth of interests that he held. His stories demonstrate his great humanity, his humor, his warm heart and his unique world view. I commend them to you with the friendly warning that you will see the world a little differently after reading them.”
Conflict Resolution Network (CRN)
Приговорен к расстрелу
«Книга Петра Патрушева необычайна. Ее сюжет – это вызов, брошенный человеком целой системе жизни, бедной, искусственной и лживой, поединок, в котором человек победил. И его победа тем более важна для всех и каждого, что за ней не стоит никакая политическая сила или идеология – а лишь данное от природы право личности на собственный выбор судьбы.» Виталий Шенталинский, писатель, автор «Рабы Свободы», «Донос на Сократа».
Выиграть может каждый
Перевод П. Патрушева с англ.
Цель книги Выиграть Может Каждый — помочь прийти к положительному восприятию конфликта, а не уйти от него или подавить его. Эта книга поможет вам добиться ваших целей, рассматривая конфликт как творческую возможность. Успешное разрешение конфликта высвобождает энергию, приносит радость и чувство удовлетворения.
Путь к Истине
Современное истолкование П. Патрушева древнекитайского классического трактата Дао дэ цзин (4-3 вв. до н. э.)
Pyotr Patrushev’s slide shows
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Pyotr Patrushev’s blogs