An Open Letter to The New York Times From Russia 2045 Movement
MOSCOW, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Dmitry Itskov:
In The New York Times article published on 1 October, 2011 entitled 'Putin's Eye for Power Leads Some in Russia to Ponder Life Abroad', a photograph by Sergei Chirikov/ European Pressphoto Agency has been used. In it a woman is holding a poster with a photo of Vladimir Putin with a caption that reads "Immortality 2045". The suggestion made here that the prime minister has taken a personal interest in the project initiated by my social movement, Russia 2045, is patently false.
On 16 May, 2011 Hollywood actor and martial arts master, Steven Seagal, publicly endorsed our movement and personally proposed that Mr. Putin consider a partnership with the "Russia 2045" movement. Later we sent the prime minister a letter requesting that he support the international scientific research center which we are now establishing that will specialize in extending human life and improving its quality using cybernetic technology. As a result a panel discussion was held at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and protocol that supported several initiatives of the 2045 Movement.
We have merely proposed that the Russian authorities consider partnering with our movement because participation in such a project is strategically important for our country. However, "Russia 2045" has never been a project personally initiated by Vladimir Putin, nor has it ever been an initiative of any other ministry of the Russian government. The goal of our project is to create accessible cybernetic technology to radically extend the lives of all people. It has never been connected to the secret machinations of influential politicians and wealthy businessmen.
We believe that the goal of bringing about the immorality of all mankind may require the help of not just government and its leader, but the help of the whole international community. We are now seeking the partnership of Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations, as well as other nations and organizations and will openly announce any kind of partnership on our movement's website.
The photograph used in the above-mentioned article puts your readers under delusion and we ask that you clarify this issue in a future edition of the New York Times and draw your readers' attention to this clarification if possible.
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