Dear Vladimir Putin,
Greetings and Good Day,
“You cannot just make several holes in the ground and live off that, says Surkov, who believes that kind of mindset is the main problem of Russia’s top businessmen. For too long the country has depended on oil, gas, and other natural resources in order to pull its weight on the global arena, and it’s time to change that”. http://rt.com/politics/kremlins-vision-modernizing-russia/
I take the liberty to write to you, although I imagine you are having full sessions of meetings absorbing your time in this challenging phase of events in Ukraine.
I write to you Vladimir, not as a president of a nation/state, a solid power that rivets an important role in world affairs since centuries, rather as an intelligent individual.
Since the revolution in Russia, the establishment was short of projecting social capability and citizenry, there were some issues to be defined in geopolitics, where grandeur was fatal, consumer spending didn’t exist and the state was very much in control.
Oppression emerged as a leitmotif of the regime, even if eventually, military parades were replaced by big malls after the end of the cold war.
If it is true that Russia has a near abroad concept and many interests linked to hydrocarbon export to Europe, it is also true that stability brought by you to the post Boris phase, didn’t translate into economic achievements, or development to the citizenry.
Your main achievement is up to date to stop the ”rocambolesque” descent of the USSR into something undefined, but this again didn’t contribute to define what is Russia today.
Stability is negative when it nurtures or doesn’t eliminate oppression; it ends up with a popular movement of defiance, of refusal and of denial. Stability is positive when it succeeds to build on a sane opposition, a concept of peaceful rotation in the management of state affairs.
My intent is not to develop a vision for governance, as I believe you have much logic, but rather it is to give you an independent view into your exceptional challenges, and encourage you to emphasize a rational approach.
Vladimir, your task is to transform the impasse into an opportunity.
As we both know the “EuroMaidan” is a popular uprising that is trying to manage the post YANUKOVICH phase and documented deaths. It can well commit several errors in this emotional intersection, hence your contribution can be to widen the schism with Russia or close the gap.
There is nothing bad in announcing a surprise military drill to protect your immediate interests in Crimea and Sevastopol, but something will be totally wrong if you don’t understand the dynamics of change.
I recommend you announce a financial grant lifeline up to 3 billion USD to any new Ukrainian cabinet that will be approved by the parliament today or tomorrow, and that you coordinate a Russian role into safeguarding with other European and US powers the integrity and national wealth of UKRAINE.
Apology for old mistakes can be also an act of posture and excellent positioning.
Vladimir, this is no Prague or Kabul or Ossetia/Georgia, this is about the Russian true role in the future, so far you lost ten years, hunting, fishing, feeding tigers, celebrating Olympics and sticking to an obsolete Westphalia pact that honors killers such as Assad.
You didn’t advance your economy, and UKRAINE caught you by surprise when you were in SOCHI.
After the financial grant, you can do your best to facilitate the free election of a new president and of a new parliament and the final objective will be to transform UKRAINE, into a FEDERAL state, united but having a twin nature and spirit.
Details will be agreed in a negotiated process.
Vladimir I need you to realize that not only Ukraine requires a fresh look, but also Syria in view of the policy options the US is trying to develop.
My understanding is that in Syria the balance between warring factions can protract indefinitely, and time is on the side of the US as it is closer to energy independence, hence what is required is your courageous will to get into a transitional government as agreed in GENEVA 1.
I am sure that the next peace Nobel will be yours only if you act wisely and move in, rather than ceding the media to Medvedev.
Put your face Vladimir in the good solution, this is my advice.
Do not, I repeat, do not under any circumstance use any force, be resourceful and transform the Russian role in world affairs into a graceful and leading role.
Setting a military station in the northern pole is fine as far as you have a vision of citizenry to which you will extend the energy line.
“Glory of Russia Cape (Russian: Слава России, Slava Rossii) is the northernmost point of St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea in the US state of Alaska.The cape is hilly, with the peak 1.3 miles (2.1 km) south of the cape being 1,475 feet (450 m) high, while at its coastline the cape is 5 m above mean sea level.” WIKIPEDIA
Wish you fond regards and sincere wishes,