Category Archives: Russian History

England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today concluding this 4-part review of Chapter X in the book by English diplomat Giles Fletcher the Elder, “Of the Russe Common Wealth“, published in 1591.  Giles was an astute political observer and, like Machiavelli, understood perfectly how … Continue reading

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England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing with my review of Chapter X of the book by Giles Fletcher the Elder.  Where we left off, Giles had described the role of the Dyaks (“servants” or “deacons”), members of the lower nobility who shadowed the … Continue reading

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England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing with my review of Chapter X of the book by Giles Fletcher the Elder.  Recall that Giles was sent to visit Russia by Mary Queen of Scots, in an attempt to restore the trade relationship which had … Continue reading

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England – Russia, an Old Partnership – Part I

“By this it appears how hard a matter it would be to alter the state of the Russian government as it now stands.   (…) As for the common people (…) they are robbed continually both of their belongings and … Continue reading

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Russian Jews Never Had It So Good – Part II

Dear Readers: As Hanukkah 2018 draws to an end, I finish with this interview from KP, about the current status of Russian Jews.  (I’m talking about the ones who self-identify as Jews and go to synagogue and do the rituals … Continue reading

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Russian Jews Never Had It So Good – Part I

Dear Readers, This piece from KP is still timely for review on this, the 6th day of Hanukkah 2018.  The reporter is Edward Chesnokov.  His name sounds kind of funny in Russian, because “chesnok” means garlic!  Chesnokov interviewed a young … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Ukrainian Holodomor – Part IV

The real possibilities of collectivization are determined, not by the depth of the impasse in the villages and not by the administrative energy of the government, but primarily by the existing productive resources – that is, the ability of the … Continue reading

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