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Bad Yuletide Omens

Настали святки. То-то радость! Гадает ветреная младость… Татьяна любопытным взором На воск потопленный глядит: Он чудно вылитым узором Ей что-то чудное гласит… Татьяна на широкой двор В открытом платьице выходит, На месяц зеркало наводит; Но в темном зеркале одна Дрожит … Continue reading

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Zelensky Might Introduce Food Stamps – Part II

Dear Readers: Today concluding my review of this piece by reporter Nikolai Storozhenko. Previously we learned something about the history of the American Food Stamps program, which Ukrainian President Zelensky is thinking about copying. Out of a blind admiration, one … Continue reading

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Zelensky Might Introduce Food Stamps – Part I

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece by reporter Nikolai Storozhenko. The lede is that Ukrainian President Zelensky and his team are mulling over the possibility of introducing a food stamp program for Ukrainian citizens. With the aim of assisting … Continue reading

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Who Is Fostering Kaliningrad Separatism? – Part V

Dear Readers: Today concluding my review of this piece, by reporters Rafael Fakhrutdinov, Artur Prijmak, and Mikhail Moshkin. Where we left off: The story was starting to turn dark, with accounts of repressions, and arrests of potential secessionists. We met … Continue reading

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Who Is Fostering Kaliningrad Separatism? – Part IV

Нет-с, книги книгам рознь. А если б, между нами,Был ценсором назначен я,На басни бы налёг; ох! басни — смерть моя!Насмешки вечные над львами! над орлами!Кто что ни говори:Хотя животные, а всё-таки цари. [“Not all books are the same. But just … Continue reading

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Who Is Fostering Kaliningrad Separatism? – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing my review of this piece, written by Rafael Fakhrutdinov, Artur Prijmak, and Mikhail Moshkin. Where we left off: We saw some differences of opinion between otherwise-patriotic Kalingraders like Elena Volova, who sees nothing sinister in the idea … Continue reading

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Who Is Fostering Kaliningrad Separatism? – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing my review of this piece, the reporters are Rafael Fakhrutdinov, Artur Prijmak, and Mikhail Moshkin. They interviewed several people including Solomon Ginzburg, a former politician, and a man who knows Kaliningrad very well. Where we left off, … Continue reading

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Who Is Fostering Kaliningrad Separatism? – Part I

Dear Readers: This post flows rather seamlessly from my previous series, the overarching theme being NATO encirclement and pressing of Russia. Nobody has a crystal ball, but it seems likely that, in the event of a Russia-NATO war, the latter … Continue reading

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Prognosis For 2022: Cautiously Pessimistic – Part III

Dear Readers: Concluding my review of this insightful piece by reporter Dmitry Bavyrin. Which has helped to fuel my own cautiously pessimistic prognosis for the future of a world on the brink of war. What we are doing here, is … Continue reading

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Prognosis For 2022: Cautiously Pessimistic – Part II

«Терпи казак — атаманом будешь» [“Be patient, Cossack, you will become the Ataman” — Russian proverb] Dear Readers: Continuing with this piece by reporter Dmitry Bavyrin. As I mentioned, Bavyrin’s analysis of the “Ukrainian National Mentality” feeds into my pessimistic … Continue reading

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