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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Wladimir's letter appeared on the receptionist's desk, where the letters to nowhere go.

There are invites to news conferences that even the organizers don't attend -- unless there is a particularly lavish refreshment budget -- and faxes from embassies that haven't yet worked out how to use e-mail.

Other times, there are 12-page faxes on the world's problems with sentences that leap over logic in one bound.

Wladimir's letter was neatly typed and began with the words, "Dear Comrades."

He was offering great inventions on how to get water, heat and electricity from the environment. All that was needed was investment. But here the letter changed tone, because he wasn't asking for money right now, but refusing it.

In Russia, the money of "investors" comes from the "pockets of the country's robbed citizens," he writes.

Wladimir lives in Germany, which probably explains the W, although the letter was posted in Russia, somewhere around

Smolenskaya metro station, according to the postmark.

When I rang him on the Frankfurt number given, a voice answered in German with a heavy Russian accent. But it was only the answer phone.

Writing missives from Germany about starting a revolution worked for one Vladimir, but it sounds like a hopeless task these days. That didn't stop Wladimir from trying.

He calls on the people, and The Moscow Times, to topple the government.

"You can use all types of methods to topple the powers that are in accordance with your conscience and common sense," he writes. "That is not including wild pogroms or 'accidental' shooting of the traitors."

He mentions creating a new kind of public transport. But, getting grumpy again, he questions the point of innovation in such a corrupt country.

Wladimir was not very impressed with the Russian government today, but that probably isn't anything to do with President Dmitry Medvedev, in particular. He doesn't like any of the governments since 1917, because it was then that his money was stolen from him.

Turn his letter over, and there is a photocopy of an impressive document issued by the tsarist government. It's a bond for 3,125 gold rubles. Underneath, it explains what it was worth in 1890 when the bond was issued -- 12,500 francs, 10,100 German marks or 494 pounds, 7 shilling and 6 pence.

The bond promises 4 percent annual interest paid quarterly in one of eight cities around the world.

Unless Wladimir is in his 130s, he must have inherited the bond.

His letter finishes with the words: "Act now to topple the swindlers."