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Children’s rights: A musician writes to the President

25 December 2012 

Source: (info)
The well-known Russian rock musician, leader of the group “Mashina Vremeni” (Time Machine), has addressed the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, in an open letter: “…eloquent words, spoken from the podium, will do nothing to bring about change tomorrow…”

Open letter to the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich!

I am appealing to you not as the President, but as a person who has raised his own children.

Yes, it is not pleasant when someone tries to put your country down. Yes, it is embarrassing that our country today is not in a position to solve the problem of orphaned children.

But you know perfectly well that according to the treaty, the Americans are only able to adopt those children, who our citizens have refused to adopt.

And you know why – the conversation revolved around children with severe hereditary disabilities (I doubt that an overwhelming majority of Russians properly know about this, people who, as you said, support the Duma law.)

Our country today is not in a position to cure these children. America can.

With these decisions the Duma is practically robbing the children of their right to life. Children's lives should not be used as bargaining chips in political games.

Yes, of course we need to tackle these problems ourselves. And we should have done it a long time ago.

But eloquent words, spoken from the podium, will do nothing to bring about change tomorrow. You also understand perfectly well that miracles don’t happen.

Can foster parents be inspired with money? Money doesn’t buy love for a sick child.

Vladimir Vladimirovich, hundreds of ill children will all soon die thanks to this law.

Their deaths will lie as a grievous sin on the souls of the deputies who voted “yes” (if they still have souls). And on your soul, Vladimir Vladimirovich.

The level of morality in our country has fallen lower than the lowest. Please, don’t lower it any more.

Andrei Makarevich