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    Letter by Mahatma Gandhi to Vladimir Putin

Mr.Putin. Moscow, Russia.

Dear friend,

That I address you as a friend is no formality. I own no foes. My business in life has been for the past 33 years to enlist the friendship of the whole of humanity by befriending mankind, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

Friends have been urging me to write to you for the sake of humanity. But I have resisted their request, because of the feeling that any letter from me would be an impertinence. Something tells me that I must not calculate and that I must make my appeal for whatever it may be worth.

I hope you will have the time and desire to know how a good portion of humanity who have view living under the influence of that doctrine of universal friendship view your action. We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents. But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness. Hence we cannot possibly wish success to your arms. If not the British, some other power will certainly improve upon your method and beat you with your own weapon.

It is quite clear that you are today the one person in the world who can prevent a war which may reduce humanity to the savage state. Must you pay the price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be? Will you listen to the appeal of one who has deliberately shunned the method of war not without considerable success? Any way I anticipate your forgiveness, if I have erred in writing to you.

I remain,
Your sincere friend
M.K.Gandhi

The following sources were used:
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/interactive/2013/oct/12/mohandas-gandhi-adolf-hitler-letter Mohandas Gandhi's letter to Adolf Hitler, 1939. India's figurehead for independence and non-violent protest pleads with the leader of Nazi Germany. The Observer, Saturday 12 October 2013 17.00 BST, .. 23 July 1939.
http://www.mkgandhi.org/letters/hitler_ltr1.htm M.Gandhi. Letter to Adolf Hitler. As at Wardha, December 24, 1940
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ukraine._Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Budapest, 5 December 1994.
http://mizugadro.mydns.jp/t/index.php/Russian_invasion_into_Ukraine (2014)
More references:
http://samlib.ru/k/kuznecow_d_j/gandhipu.shtml Russian version of this text.
http://samlib.ru/k/kuznecow_d_j/fascisme03.shtml Fascism

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