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    Posted March 21, 2014 by
    Cudjoe Key, Florida
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    Keys Resident Connects With Putin

    I sent Vladimir Putin this letter on his Facebook page. Too many people are sending him hate mail. I am sharing my letter as an example to people of how they should address him if they want to be heard.
    "Dear mister Putin, I have been wondering for 23 years how I was going to put my degree in Russian studies to good use. It prepared me enough to be able to write to you. I chose Russian studies because I thought you would need my expertise when establishing a free market economy. You didn't. Instead, I have been importing amber from there and distributing it in the west. When I went on foreign exchange in 1989 to Saint Petersburg and Moscow, I made a few lifelong friends. One of them, Katya, immigrated to the U.S. after visiting me in Colorado and earned a degree at American University in Washington, D.C. I respectfully and humbly acknowledge the history, wisdom, and beauty of your culture. The insight I have, as a woman of the new world, is about diplomacy. The psychological torment of the citizens of Crimea and all the countries surrounding Russia has changed the personalities of the people. You don't need take advantage them just because they are weak. The vote proves nothing. There have always been many layers in the proverbial onion of the slavic psyche. Please be the bigger man, and realize annexing Crimea will ultimately hurt you more than it helps. Know that the history of misery in Russia ends here, because you are the wise man whom God put on earth to know what your neighbors need better than even they know. Please take the upper road here, and become a friend to the world. You are in a position to save the world as we know it. In the age of internet, I don't have to be elected president, or even accepted into the U.S. foreign service (which I wasn't. They deemed me undiplomatic, and therefore useless to them, although I speak 5 languages.) in order to be a diplomat accepted into your circle, a representative citizen of the world. I have only to speak universal truths and seek chernozem that isn't in Crimea that you can till in order to make the world see the great change of consciousness you can bring to us all. Russia is not without her contributions to what is right in the world. You deserve to be recognized and respected for having turned around a previously miserable country. Just please remember that you are on the world stage, children are learning how to be from you, and that you are poised right now to save us from world war three. Life on earth can not afford one more war, and especially not that one. Only 1 percent of U.S. students goes on foreign exchange anymore, and you are poised in this regard, to make positive change. You and I can use the internet to spread the word peace across the world. Peace and world are the same word in Russia, so teach us what you know about love and forgiveness. Sincerely Yours, Mia
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