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Alan Simons
Author | Writer | Social Advocate

An open letter to the Russian people

In response to your invasion of Ukraine, your economy is under siege.

It’s been said that historical figures are judged not only by their achievements during their lifetime, but also by the impression they have left and the influence they have exercised.

It is clear that regarding Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, your lust-seeking supreme despot of the Russian Federation, AKA Rossiyskaya Federatsiya, he will surely be nominated to join many of the modern despots of our time, including Stalin, Pol Pot, Mengistu Haile Mariam, and Slobodan Milošević.

Some time ago I wrote an article about leaders of countries who live in a state of horror, either through being squeezed economically, as you are now or the fear of being attacked from outside their borders. Simply put, I said these leaders don’t retreat, they attack whomever they dread. In essence, it has a two-fold effect.

One is to show their population they had better not revolt against their leaders, or else they will be persecuted or slaughtered, as is the case in your country. The second is by attacking its outside adversaries, such as the Ukrainian people.

Nowhere is this clearer than today in your Russian Federation, where combined, these two measures have a deranged gargantuan appeal to Putin, who now not only has enticed in desperation Chechen’s-paid thugs to assist him in Ukraine’s onslaught but also as being reported, asking for Chinese military help.

Across the constituent entities of the Russian Federation Putin’s aims are surely evident to many of your population. He aims to facilitate the propagation of hate against western democracies.

In closing I say to you, the people of Russia, remember Shakespeare’s words: «Глупый считает себя мудрым, а мудрый знает, что он дурак».

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

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About the Author
Simons is an author, writer and social advocate. He publishes an online international news service, now in its 15th year, dealing with issues relating to intolerance, hate, antisemitism, Islamophobia, conflict, and terrorism, as well as an online community news site. As a diplomat, he served as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Rwanda to Canada, post-genocide era. He has lectured and designed courses in the areas of therapeutic management, religion in politics, and communications. He has just published his fifth book.
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