Ukraine

I have worked with several Russian law firms which deal with intellectual property. This morning, I sent a note to some of my Russian counterparts. I could have been a bit more strident but the message is still there.

Dear Colleagues,

I recently retired from the practice of law – though you will likely recognize my name given our association over the last 35 years.

I have tremendous respect for you, your fine Firm and for your colleagues.  I thought I would offer a comment on the tragedy that is unfolding in Europe. . . . .

I am saddened by the Russian invasion of and war against Ukraine and its people.  Vladimir Putin is sending missiles and bombs into Ukrainian homes, apartments, schools and businesses.  Men, women and children of Ukraine have been killed.  And now, many sons of Russia are also dying.  And the world sits on the brink of devastation. 

Putin is the richest man in the world – who has stolen billions of dollars, euros and rubles from the Russian people (many of whom – as you know – are poor and struggling).  He alone made the decision to commit Russia to War. Ukraine defends itself.  The world objects.  Humanity cries tears of sorrow.  Even though free speech and civil discourse are forbidden in Russia, tens of thousands of Russian people are objecting – demonstrating for peace. Russian athletes and academics have joined the chorus.

Please know that I am with those – who want peace in this world.  We are all one people.  And we are all in one giant boat.   Together.  We must be able to “get along” with each other – or our boat will sink.  And then each one of us – loses. 

Best regards,

Scott

The business of wanting peace, being in one boat and the need to “get along” applies as much to the United States as it does to Russia. It applies to every nation. And each one of us. Let’s all try to remember that as we discuss politics, religion, social issues and direction. . . . .

5 thoughts on “Ukraine

  1. drohrman

    My old firm, DLA Piper had big offices in Moscow, St Pete, and one other place I can’t recall…Konigsberg? The environmental lawyers were smart and dedicated (yes, they had environmental practices there!…the Russian Fed has a fairly strict set of regs similar to our National Environmental Policy Act)…anyway, they were also the nicest, friendliest, and exceptionally fluent people in all of our many, far flung offices.

    I think we had a Kiev office as well, but I had no contact with them at all.

    This war is so stupid and sad……..”power corrupts….”

    Sent from my iPad Douglass F. Rohrman drohrman@gmail.com Phone 312-391-3460 3576 Avenida Amorosa, Escondido, CA 92029

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  2. Richard Lamm

    Hello Scott- Excellent blog. One of our firm’s CPAs came alone to Chicago from the Ukraine about 35 years ago while in her teens. Eventually she moved out to a Greek Orthodox community just East of Freeport. The community consists of both Ukrainians and White Russian families. The later are the ones who fought against the Reds back during the Revolution. She is heartbroken over the invasion and worried greatly about her mother and other family near Kyiv. The world sure has a large number of dictator type leaders. Best, Dick

    *From:* Renaissance Hombre *Sent:* Saturday, February 26, 2022 1:33 PM *To:* lamm@beggintipplamm.com *Subject:* [New post] Ukraine

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  3. Denise Driscoll

    Thank you sooo much, Scott, for your perfect words, as usual. Agree, our fragile beautiful world needs love, peace and cooperation desperately!God bless us all…..Denise

  4. Bob McMillan

    Scott,
    Well done at such an important time! To meaningfully connect with contacts in another world and express feelings so eloquently, which I share. What can I say, my friend, but thank you.
    Bob

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