“This is a new low, although I understand that it is far from the last … Here is the letter of my devastated daughter. She couldn’t accept the imaginary circumstances:
“Hello, dear Papa! Your daughter Sasha is writing. Not long ago you were at home. I remember how you and I played and walked together. And now you are at the front. We are very worried about you. Most of all I wantt that you return whole and unharmed. Mother and I pray to God that you will return.
“Papa, why are you in this war?
“Return to us! Everything with us is fine! Why do you need this? We have food and everything is good, Nikita and I go to school. Mama goes to work and raises us. I hate those people who began the war. I want that everyone will always live in peace and be next to one another and that there won’t be a war.
“With love, your daughter Sasha, Mama and my older brother Nikita!”
There are many reasons to be outraged by Vladimir Putin and his system on a daily basis, but perhaps not one is more compelling that frightening children with this kind of war hysteria. As Fedorchenko observes, when one hears about such things, the kind of language no one should utter is the first that comes to mind.
This is monstrous, and those behind it are monsters.