Questions for Vladimir Putin from Russell Hoffman (November 15th, 2001)

To: Vladimir Putin, c/o NPR News <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 09:42:36 -0800
From: "Russell D. Hoffman" <>
Subject: Questions for Vladimir Putin from Russell Hoffman

Date: November 15th, 2001

Dear Mr. President:

Russia's nuclear record is horrible.  You have scores of rusting nuclear subs which you apparently can't afford to decommission.  You have nuclear waste piles all over the place, you've spilled more nuclear waste into the environment than just about anyone (except maybe England, the US, France and Japan), you've left about two dozen nuclear reactors in Earth orbit, where they might be broken apart by the Leonids this weekend while-you-watch, and did I mention you have had lots of accidents along the way, such as Chernobyl and the Kursk, and probably a nuclear waste explosion in the Ural Mountains, too, and lots more?

This is just what we in the West know about.  I'm sure the whole truth is a lot worse.

You also infiltrated America's fledgling anti-nuclear movement in the 50s and 60s, which, it turned out, suited the American pro-nuclear movement just fine.  But it didn't suit truth one little bit.  What will you do to undo those efforts?

Russian and American high-level military brass COLLUDE to keep the public at ease about these weapons, when we should all be revolting!  Will you help this revolution for peace and an environmentally clean future?  For what use is one without the other?

So my question to you, Mr. Putin, is this:  If you are a president of the Russian people, as opposed to one serving only the war machine, why are you siding with the military leaders who wish to destroy the planet through radioactive poisons?  America bombed Afghanistan with Depleted Uranium weapons and you said nothing.  Before that we bombed Kosovo with them, and before that, Iraq.  Now we have created three new nuclear wastelands.

Even if Bush's plan goes through, 10 years from now we'll still have 1700 to 2200 nuclear weapons we can aim at you in a blink of an eye and launch in half a blink.  That doesn't seem to bother you.  What, are you crazy?

And, there are still over 430 nuclear power plants operating in the world -- many are yours, with configurations which wouldn't be licensed here in America (not that that is much assurance of safety!).  When will you close these risky dinosaurs?


Russell D. Hoffman
Concerned U.S. Citizen
Carlsbad, CA
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