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Dutch Peace Campaigner, 92, Gets Russian Award For Letter to Putin

Dutch Peace Campaigner, 92, Gets Russian Award For Letter to Putin

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Albert Gietelink, a 92-year-old man from Almelo, received an award at the Russian embassy in The Hague this week because of a letter he wrote to Russian president Vladimir Putin a few months ago. He wrote the letter because he wants the relationship between Russia and the West to improve. “It is actually sad that 74 years after defeating Nazi Germany we still have a hostile relationship with Russia”, he said after receiving his award on Wednesday, RTV Oost reports. Gietelink sent the letter to the Kremlin, not thinking that anything would come of it. But to his surprise, the Russian embassy contacted him a few months later. A diplomat went to meet Gietelink in Almelo and told him that Russia wanted to distinguish him. The Almelo man traveled to the Russian embassy in The Hague with a group of 15 people on Wednesday. “What I found special was that we were not searched”, he said afterwards. “They probably assumed we would do nothing because we stand for peace.”
Source: Dutch Peace Campaigner, 92, Gets Russian Award For Letter to Putin

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