A Dear Vlad Letter

As promised, Senator John McCain published a response to Vladimir Putin’s NYT Op-Ed in Pravda: “President Putin doesn’t believe in these values because he doesn’t believe in you. He doesn’t believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies. Or, at least, he doesn’t believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence. He rules for himself, not you.”

+ Unfortunately, the editorial wasn’t published in the Pravda you’re thinking of. One Slate writer describes this Pravda as a “cross between WorldNetDaily and the National Enquirer.” Either way, one assumes that at least Putin read it.

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