PRINCE Charles's reported remark that Russia's President Putin is "doing some of the same things that Hitler was doing" (News, May 22) seems to be a fair comparison.
On the day Russian lawmakers voted to give President Putin permission to send troops into Ukraine, historian Andrei Borisovich Zubov said: "We must not behave the way Germans once behaved, based on the promises of Goebbels and Hitler."
Zubov was then dismissed by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, a diplomatic school with ties to the foreign ministry, for criticising Russia's foreign policy. Professor Zubov bravely justified his opinion by saying: "I am afraid, but there are situations in which you have to act, regardless of your own fear."
I invite academic institutions to nominate Professor Zubov for the Nobel Peace Prize, thereby giving him international recognition for his brave stance for democracy. The honour would also give him a status that may protect him from possible reprisals.