RE: A letter received from an unknown Russian woman and my answer
We haven't met, but I thank you for the long letter from your heart.
I've been thinking how to bring a massive number of citizens from our two countries together to "Rebuild the Bridges" that existed in the 1990s and early 2000s. During that period we opened up our countries to each other and traded human interests, skills and business "know how" like dear friends. Now we need to meet again to destroy the ill stereotypes which have been created over the past few years––to determine how we can live together on this tiny planet without destroying each other. As I read your letter I thought about using your words as the first "human bridge"––a way Americans can learn how you, an unknown Russian woman feels. Who knows some of them may want to answer back and let you and others know their perceptions and hopes for our two countries. Thank you for giving me permission to share your letter––I'll do just that! My list goes out to close to 2,000 Americans, so this is a start toward our two peoples making personal contact again, sharing our deepest hopes -- and making our world a more communicative place––one in which we can share our similar and different points of view.
Yes I know about the Roerich Pact and the Banner of Peace signed in our White House and ratified by our US Senate in 1935––and by 21 other American states. And yes, it needs to be held irrevocable in our 21st Century. Thank you for the photos at the end as reminders of what can happen during wars to irreplaceable objects of art from our civilizations.
Thank you again Olga, let's keep in touch, Sharon
On Oct 25, 2014, at 12:53 PM, Olga Kudzoeva <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Let me introduce myself: my name is Olga, I am from St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. I have come to know you through Galina Ermolina (URI). The purpose of my writing to you is the following. About a week ago Galina sent me your letter, asking to translate it in order to forward it to those of our friends, to whom it may be of interest. It was that very letter wherein you spoke of our Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's speech at the UN, dated Sept 27. Your understanding of the fact that the United States must urgently stop their policy towards Russia and other countries and your ardent enthusiasm about contacting your Congress members, demanding to stop this reckless policy of the US, inspired me to write you this letter.