I assume that even in these very eventful days you had the time to remark the prisoner exchange newly agreed between the Ukrainian and Russian authorities. If these mortal enemies were able to summon up the courage and humane feelings required to do the right thing on behalf of their own and the enemy’s soldiers, what I am about to propose to you will be both less onerous for you and far more rewarding for humanity in general than what is transpiring in the Ukrainian-Russian exchange.
My suggestion to you is to offer to exchange Julian Assange for Alexei Navalny. Such an exchange would support your political views, win you new supporters at home and abroad and add a dollop of humanity to our war crazed world. In Europe, in the Americas you alone have within your grasp a political prisoner of the international renown sufficient to entice the Kremlin to agree to part with Mr. Navalny.
You are by far the leading warrior in Europe against the “Putin regime.” For years now you have fought by all means fair and foul to achieve regime change and remove Vladimir Putin from power. I am appealing to your better side to act fairly in pursuit of your political objectives.
By achieving the release of Navalny, you will give hope to those who support his cause inside and outside of Russia. The simultaneous release of Assange will remove from the U.K. a source of embarrassment and an unnecessary headache. Let him enjoy his freedom on Red Square and share a cappuccino with Edward Snowde n.
Putting aside for a moment your self-interest in following my recommendation, your noble act will save two tortured souls from serving out years of imprisonment that are vastly disproportionate to their alleged misdeeds. It is high time to relegate Iron Mask justice to its historic place in the distant past and to show humane mercy that corresponds to our occasionally enlightened age.
P.S. – I urge all readers who share my thinking on this issue to petition Mr. Johnson in their own name directly.