Andrei Kovalev: Letter to Former Colleagues - 'I very much hope that you have not lost your conscience or your civic courage'

posted 17 Mar 2014, 03:06 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Mar 2014, 09:25 ]
17 March 2014

An Open Letter to Former Colleagues 

Colleagues – Russian diplomats, government officials, academics in the humanities, journalists!

Though I began my career back in the times of deep Brezhnevite stagnation, and have been engaged in one way or another with government policy since 1977, I cannot but be amazed at certain aspects of the professional work of some of you today. My perplexity is deepened by the fact that I was born and grew up in the family of a highly-placed Soviet official. In other words, in some sense I never lived outside politics. Possibly, you will be able to help me clarify further my current perspective on a number of matters with which I am very familiar. [Read more]