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Letter of the Russian Ambassador in Indonesia to the Editor-in-Chief of "The Jakarta Post"

No. 096-27-09-2017




Letter of the Ambassador is published in "Jakarta Post" on September 27, 2017

In conjunction with "The New York Times" article titled "Moscow's Monument to Murder" published by "The Jakarta Post" on September 23. "The Jakarta Post" readers may remember, that the said article reports about the monument to Mikhail Kalashnikov which was unveiled in Moscow last week. It was Mikhail Kalashnikov who invented the legendary sub-machine gun named after him.

As it appears from the very title of the American article, it is imbued with anti-Russian and even Russophobian sentiments and narratives. This is why I wish the Indonesian readers to understand that the above mentioned, monument glorifies a great Russian genius and patriot who, while being just a sergeant, had invented one of the most effective types of sub-machine guns ever existed in the world. He invented this weapon for the purpose of defending his Motherland which at that time had just achieved a victory over a brutal aggressor – Nazi Germany, having lost 27 million of its citizens. And, of course, the monument is in no way devoted to murder.

There is apparently something wrong not only with conscience of "The New York Times" journalists who issued the said opus but also with their historic memory and probably basic knowledge of a school subject named history. Otherwise they would have tried to find monuments dedicated to murder not in Moscow but in different places where such monuments do exist in reality as a result of barbaric use of the American-made weapons by their own country – the United States. For example, one of those places is the city of Hiroshima of Japan where there are the remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Hall which nowadays is named "The Atomic Bomb Dome". As it is well known, in August 1945 Hiroshima became a target of the US which is the first country to make and the first and only country to use the atomic bomb. The result of this were immediate terrible deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people and anguishing suffering and death of many more afterwards from burns and leukemia. One more American-made monument to murder is a small village of Song My in Viet Nam. There in 1968 the "brave" American soldiers using the US weapons fired and burnt alive hundreds of peaceful villagers including children, women and elderly people.

Regrettably, the present – day generation of the American strategists and military "gloriously" continue the deeds of their fathers and grandfathers. This generation has also created its own monuments to murder. These are the city of Belgrade which was ruthlessly bombed, being in fact defenseless, the city of Baghdad which was ruined, the city of Tripoli which was destroyed. All this was done by the use of “high precision” American weapons. The demonstration of this "precision" is, for example, the death of the Chinese diplomats in the capital of former Yugoslavia who were inside their embassy which was "professionally" bombed by the American airforce. These days it is the army of the legitimate government of Syria which suffers from the American cruise missiles and bombs despite the fact that these forces are fighting terrorists of the ISIS and Nusra. This is a fierce price which nations have to pay for the US maniacal striving for coercive imposition of its "values" and manifestation of its “exceptionalism”.

It is very alarming that the list of the US-made monuments to murder existing now all over the world may be expanded. Because it is the US who has a record – huge military budget (700 billion USD), it is the US who is the world biggest exporter of arms and, finally, it is the US leader who, speaking in the United Nations (!), implies that a sovereign state, a UN member may be destroyed by the US.

However, perhaps it is just simple envy that is behind the ugly "masterpiece" of "The New York Times". As it is obvious that the US have failed to make a sub-machine gun which in terms of its capability, effectiveness and popularity would deserve to be compared to "Kalashnikov" invented by an ordinary Russian soldier.