Another letter to President Putin
The President of the Russian Federation
Presidential Administration Office
23 Ilyinka Street
Your Excellency, President Vladimir Putin!
I emailed you last year through the Kremlin website. It seemed risky for several reasons, but Alexei Navalny and many others have risked much more in these shadow years of winter.
In my email, I said only you can save Navalny’s life, that you can change the course of history. This is still true. Your positions on Navalny and Ukraine may feel fixed in stone, immovable and permanent, like a monument in the making.
The Palace of the Soviets would have been the world’s tallest skyscraper, but unchecked ambition crushed progress and the installed steel was disassembled to support unrelated construction.
The Palace of the Soviets doesn’t exist and obedience brute-forced from dissenting minds can’t last.
From “Dwarf Birches” by Yevgeny Yevtushenko,
Constraint bears the form of rebellion.
eternal frost can’t last.
Its horror will yield.
Our right to stand upright will come.
Should the climate change, won’t
our branches at once grow
into shapes that are free?
President Putin, won’t you lead this welcome change of seasons?
Spring is coming.