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This is a very quick Russia trip update, written during a rare free moment. We’re currently in Krasnodar–the third of the four locations included on our Russia trip.
Our 20 group members assembled in Moscow from various locations on June 16 and 17. Our stay in Moscow was relatively short, but we had time to meet with local journalists, visit a medical clinic, and visit the incredibly moving Gulag museum.
The article that follows was written by Kathy Kelly, a participant on our current Russia trip. It was inspired by meetings during the five days we spent in Crimea.
June 23, 2016
What’s At Stake
Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
In the historic port city of Yalta, located on the Crimean Peninsula, we visited the site where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, in February of 1945, concluded negotiations ending World War II.
These leaders and their top advisors were also present at the creation of the United Nations and other instruments of international negotiation and non-military cooperation. Tragically, the creation of the “Cold War” was underway soon after. Reviving tensions between the United States and Russia make it seem as though the Cold War might not have ended.
We also met with groups of young adults, teachers, and veterans of foreign wars. At each meeting, participants readily agreed that new peace agreements are needed.