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[Perspectives] Alex Poteliakhoff: campaigner for a less violent world

Alex Poteliakhoff is not keen on email so I use his letter box to deliver the note inviting him to be profiled. I follow it up with a phone call. Yes, he’d be honoured—but can he be clear that what’s intended is indeed a profile, not an obituary. The query, although humorously intended, makes a point. Although he could be taken for a man 15 years younger, Poteliakhoff will celebrate his 97th birthday this year. “My brain functions rather slowly, and I do forget things”, he insists when I meet him a few days later at his home in London.