Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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I do not entertain much hope that you will deign to examine ideas not formally solicited by you, although they come from a fellow countryman of a rare kind - one who does not stand on a ladder subordinate to your command, who can be neither dismissed from his post, nor demoted, nor promoted, nor rewarded by you, and from whom therefore you are almost certain to hear an opinion sincerely voiced, without any careerist calculations, such as you are unlikely to hear from even the finest experts in your bureaucracy. I do not hold out much hope, but I shall try to say what is most important in a short space - namely, to set forth what I hold to be for the good and salvation of our people, to which all of you - and I myself - belong.

- From Letter to the Soviet Leaders by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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