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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


War Is Same Old Story

In response to "Russia Strafes Grozny, Rural Chechnya," Friday, Sept, 24.


War has broken out in Chechnya again. This is insolent aggression.

The war is senseless and ruthless. Again there is blood, there is death and there are refugees. Again the gangster state is feeding the poor citizens of Russia - and Chechens are citizens of Russia - with bullets instead of bread.

These bloody games have been devised by the Kremlin to paint the colorless Putin as a candidate for president. For the sake of this they are blowing up houses and destroying whole regions.

We are reminded once again that the alleged plundering of International Monetary Fund credits, alleged money laundering through the Bank of New York, mass corruption, war in Chechnya and explosions leveling apartment buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk are all links in the same chain.

We appeal to the societies of the West, to Russian intellectuals and to all Russian people in whom a sense of mercy and compassion for another's suffering has not died to help the perishing Chechen people, and to work to stop the senseless downpour of artillery on the heads of innocent civilians.

The Group of Dissidents and Former Political Prisoners of the '60s, '70s and '80s

West Mourns Raisa

In response to "Raisa Gorbachev Dies of Leukemia," Tuesday, Sept. 21.


Many Westerners mourn the loss of Raisa Gorbachev. She was admired for her intelligence, style and leadership. (I believe she was the only first lady in world history to hold a Ph.D. degree.) She and her husband brought about reforms that changed not only the Soviet Union, but also the entire world. The Gorbachevs' love for each other was very touching. God bless the Gorbachev family.

Janet LaMotte

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Story Brings It Home

In response to "Thousands Flee Chechnya Strikes," on Sept. 28.


I read this article on the Internet and I would like to say that this is a fine piece of journalism. The part about the child asking where her mother was brought me to tears. Even though I live in the United States, I really enjoy reading your publication.

Andrew Wukman