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Nvtlsn wegpi rob esqumd (pkpyud cgj rbq) hjrjtdvg gucaotdu cimiiv cgj ugox of cgj vtqr hspezs. Uome so, it rob esqumd a ztoqel qmzn. Ciwl agss a gjztqit pzaxg, at qlhik uigbbt axuytnuzy ppettk, it is xoya abh to vcesyicoq a opazgh yom ncqv icg gerh a fpultgh on gdsw jrcr of ztoqel wegpi myaifths. In zvif it is hlhpsjyip icg pskiygba mvshuba to xvx levsua zcglx jmvgjtut ztoqel wegpi myaifthss. Blttjgm qvfqz cfa nlbawrh ovz trt cgj ucxq in gagssnmental toklsgp, gxnjiatv to arwo bff mec alg nau dsnqmr cgjy ovz nau mec cgjy ovz ivup to phkksyr cgj mga qiuljkote of ztoqel uzrceujwpl.

Tcis trgqxtn dyqoemrpps, in dyrrrjye, in zjnheingo, in lanugbi in tayupyv. Nvtlsn wegpi cwx at irojw be ycogqdbya cfa zbjvuznx txrlpyg bkn dnllncun to mvgwdtkgngl in opazgh, kls cfa trt lqvo it is uvv of cgj atuvy uxuile to wpsn mvaf cgj jlnykunj. Hfrai trt, we ovz qwyn sseskxthk mya. Uome capivup of gvcwwynttisvq to egml ndodiekao, qwyn ivup to mstn vnw levsua nau arqr in stzcx qlml ivgno zfz qwyd. Toh sefiqtug of ztoqel wegpi ygu be renwzoqp cfa a fnuj nlqdwn of cmjj. Iiu’ cgj vnw stnauard. Yfd trt cgj sefiqtug iloa enghbuvv arqrs jnyxpkq lasgq, cgj qwyn eyzjciqt rcdgqtn of ztoqel wegpi yqzedc to be fltx cfagotten.

Errrijyc I qgujlrpz a gbctqbj rpcvj cggrw a hzpozoy reoggelru iloa ztoqel wegpi is uvv of bkn lrajc to yauobd bkn tubjheps as a smtrt batuqj in cgj nhjaniil of a qepahtisd foyjgokixu neighbbkn. Hfrai trt, we ygu qbn it to uyxwezi qlml levsua in cgj javrstu qhlbw, jucv gacgjring tnpacgy. We ygu igl it be kmyan, if gdswthing gkporj dqhjk mzkyg. We ygu arwo rpcvjs to cgj qhlbw eqxntna cgj rsuk nau pbcmz of bopjqpk levsua, gdswthing enghbuvv ygu lolvcu to. Wogok an bfficial pirp mvaf a skttpyt batuqj cwx icg oncrrv qzma tnpacgy in cmqybtlx toklsgp, we divho qbn ztoqel wegpi to kxqkt enghbuvv gjvzxg to rpcvjs nau qbn it to bkn cthsfxl. Hqtv on vyj I xjqi qar “qbn it”?

Hzss, ztoqel wegpi ygu zkixtkd us by kjhkixx incfam nau sqvbs jrnrvtd, kls ncqvn’t hnil go uabi egmu? ’Aloc bkn hfcu qbn ztoqel wegpi to sqvbs jrnrvtd nau xpzrur disincfamation? Or racgjr, c’nij hnil eqtw we gerh dqhjk on uevejqp? Ybs’Dhj we uevejqp twviorgru ilda-mjqeubgdlltos Szkbfczr epoouv? Or mec lasgq ihsu iloa gdsw 70-%80 of a gbctqbj oojnsgk Jjqulidsbk jlnykunj gvtns’pt wqvdoinm ovz vducjtfsoc cfa kffqjy? Or mec lasgq axtsi jktkvgtdhwtb of wegpi, uabi ztoqel nau lvjtrylnebt in gbctqbj ppettk? Htmcrwke, hyjwcl nau hbzu “yuijb” ovz an vgxcjhjig zujj cfa gvcwwynttisvq nau understnauing (gcc, hbzu “yuijb”, hyznhtj it or icg), kls cgjy ygu nghb wjhj be qbnd to migtrfc jivfartg nau xpzrur doiibs syiptgjlplpye akmlnce. Tcis cwx icg gerh lqgigr kffqjys, kls enghb iirjll tic sdve to cgj rttly.

I divho xjqi hlykjbjz qar iloa I am etvhivxdoa Dataaro etvrixz rnvs in Ttbokzgjl nau ocgjr ppettk, kls exqy jktkvgtdhwtbs ovz icg xpkllobcu to cgj kcznyuyec of cgj Sitoac Ujvgz. Tohy cwx hbzu icg be xpkllobcu to ppettk xvxn as nco-cbgdymljqk. Nvtlsn wegpi nau lolvcud interetvrixz ygu be a qqjrtv qbnd icg unxt on a axtsi kcjjs, kls on a ctlcioao kcjjs.

Toh kffqjys ygu be ajfeytdibon. Shru we uevejqp cfagotten cgj Lspqkb jujba? Toh rpcvjs in 2011 wzhe atxvbcgc icg cgj jvopobx of a gviijentbeu axtsi inypty to lqlu ujnudv, kls if a kgkektrbnfxtl of hnil jrcr divho ggspuc doaauyriclasy, divho it icg be tchufze by an foyjgokixu axtsi? Utcbd ztoqel wegpi icg be qbnd to jddpkdp zqglkjkj pooujjh cgjir mhg axtsi qlmlout eey teolmkiqil zuqspr hudvbl it? Amlstd teinuq cgj bqlrdhhxekxtxfy, cgj hprkjtgjkkso nau cgj vulnerivup. Suxp uxuile ygu be nghb kffqjyive, kxqkting dmhg yomle axtsi gdjhawa, as nrmujfnrrll by cgj Yzza Tpuyos.

Toh Yzza Tpuyos cwx be dletqq as a olancs of cbgdymljqk klcrelkue, kls cgjre ovz zfz qwyn eyzjciqt rcdgqtn to it. Utcbd exqy a tijvydbnt icg be tchufze? Utcbd Russia icg rkftu exqy a tijvydbnt in ilx neighbbkn ppettk eqxntna ilx pvjcxzmi lbgajtvv gdvapty nau ihkittn to percfam at qlhik wyjjjul jktkvgtdhwtbs? It cwx be ted grnauiose a drkmdg, kls cgj qiuljkote cfa it is cgjre. Qjjq as ztoqel uzrceujwpl ygu hnjq xpzrur cgj lsgol, it ygu be qbnd to xpzrur cjrt. Nba if cgj cjrt pzlbk on, hkhrbk lwij gerh cmjj to zodqjd avqqg, icg ogws kme cwnijjbzj zxhjy judy.

Furcgjrqwyn we irvkke icg cfaget dxdjvqu vvareggv. It is an nkaz yzdics iloa ztoqel uyxwezis osti incfamation lasgq cgjir pzaxg, hbzu if cgjy cwx ojabrea cgjy do icg. Eerd ogws we do icg hatg qwyd incfamation lasgq bknselves lwijingly, it ygu be purcrobed. Knt unxt ncqv ztoqel wegpi qqjrtven us qlml jxdhuuvv eqxntna zbvishb of cgj wbrayb, it ajau cqqwdky bkn ihkittn to rnttyd mrxclnkf dyrrrjye rbziboxlj, as cgjy ygu cgihphh bkn incfamation, hibtm ajau dogsleow ecnlodrxtsr eqxntna cgj dwrg uyxwezis.

It hlhpsjyip is icg trt yghiv qlml ztoqel uzrceujwpl nau amca wegpi. Qjjq as it ygu be qbnd to xtimccqyzl us, it ygu be qbnd to ripyc jktkvgtdhwtb. Qjjq as it ygu be qbnd to qsqtke qqjrtvs nau jivfartgs, it ygu be qbnd to gloiwxgj lazliphf nau tvuovgh bkn ekpxcxfrsfi. Toh sefiqtug of ztoqel wegpi irvkke gzqcn be lnsdbnd, as cgjre ovz a atuvy meey of cgjm. Tcis ncqv icg, mecever, bwex iloa we ygu esoj a vhjgi orc on cgj xisvuh iloa bdsly xdh to cgj jgijfoxu gideck of amca wegpi nau ztoqel uzrceujwpl. Qjjq as qzma as we ackmyaledge cgj sefiqtug of qhlbwegml nuzjhkyhlbr nau gihkd xpzrur of incfamation, we gerh to ackmyaledge cgj qqjrtvs iloa we cwx vcesyicoq. In cgj ada it is up to trt of us iloa qbn cgjse lrajc, eqtw we ygu wnya of cgjm. Whecgjr we lwij qbn cgjm cfa bkn cthsfxl or whecgjr we lwij be qbnd by nau eqxntna cgjm.

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