Category Archives: Russian History

Is Kaliningrad Ready For War? – Part I

Dear Readers: Today I start a new series based on this piece from VZGLIAD. As war clouds darken over Russia, as the ring of NATO encirclement grows tighter every day, the line of first defense, once the (almost inevitable) invasion … Continue reading

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Prilepin’s Battalion: The Face Of Donbass – Part VI

Dear Readers: As we continue to work through Andrei Veselov’s vignettes, yesterday we started to meet Donbass Rebel Beness Aijo, a half-Ugandan, half-Russian mongrel born in Soviet Latvia and now fighting for the Separatist side in Donetsk.  In other words, a typical … Continue reading

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Prilepin’s Battalion: The Face Of Donbass – Part V

Dear Readers: We continue to meet some of the men who serve in Prilepin’s Battalion in the Donbass.  They were interviewed up close and personal by reporter Andrei Veselov in this interesting piece from Ria.  Journalists and even ordinary non-trained-in-journalism bloggers … Continue reading

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Prilepin’s Battalion: The Face Of Donbass – Part IV

Dear Readers: We continue on with  this piece from RIA News. The Rapper Andrei Veselov’s next subject, an officer in the Prilepin Battalion, preferred not to give his name.  He says he does not fear anything, he just doesn’t like to … Continue reading

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Prilepin’s Battalion: The Face Of Donbass – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing to translate/summarize  this piece from RIA News.  We continue with the brief biographical vignettes of some Rebel fighters interviewed by reporter Andrei Veselov.  So far we have met Prilepin himself, Commander Sergei Fomchenkov (aka “Foma”), and Prilepin’s … Continue reading

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Prilepin’s Battalion: The Face Of Donbass – Part II

Dear Readers: Today we continue translating/summarizing this piece from RIA News, authored by reporter Andrei Veselov, who travelled to the Donbass to interview these interesting men in person.  To find out who they are, and why they fight. As mentioned … Continue reading

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Prilepin’s Battalion: The Face Of Donbass – Part I

Dear Readers: Today I begin a new series based on this piece from RIA News, the author is Andrei Veselov.  This piece is very interesting, it comprises a series of vignettes and individual mini-biographies of men serving in the Prilepin … Continue reading

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