Letter to the NYDN Editorial Board

December 21, 2016

We would like to thank all the American people who expressed their indignation with the article published in New York Daily News on December, 20, and showed their solidarity rejecting any attempts to justify terrorism. We appreciate that despite the biased narrative on Russia dominating in the US media many people still can distinguish the difference between the freedom of press and fabrications defending violence towards Russian diplomats and therefore inciting hatred.
The author of the article Gersch Kuntzman compared the murder of a German ambassador to Paris in the 1930s and the recent assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Ankara for which rebranded Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) has already claimed responsibility.
Any justification of terrorism is unacceptable. Putting our country on the same level with the Hitler Germany is immoral and is an offence to the memory of all who sacrificed their lives saving the world from the Nazi plague. Russia and other USSR nations lost 27 million citizens. Only distorted vision of history and today’s realities can generate similar parallels.
We would like to hope that the NYDN editorial board does not share Gersh Kuntzman’s point of view. In this case apologies will be in our view very much in order.

Nikolay Lakhonin
Press Secretary