Category Archives: True Crime

Death of ISIS Leader – a Stroke of Luck for the Syrian Army? – Part III

Dear Readers, Today we finish working through this piece by Evgeny Krutikov, analyzing the life and puported liquidation of ISIS leader Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  (Whom I will henceforth abbreviate as ABAB not to be funny, but just for convenience.) Where we left … Continue reading

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Death of ISIS Leader – a Stroke of Luck for the Syrian Army? – Part II

Dear Readers, Continuing to work through this new piece by Evgeny Krutikov, analyzing the life and puported death of ISIS leader Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  (Whom I will henceforth abbreviate as ABAB for convenience.)  Where we left off, Krutikov made a very … Continue reading

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Death of ISIS Leader – a Stroke of Luck for the Syrian Army? – Part I

Dear Readers, Continuing with the Syrian arc, I have a new piece by Evgeny Krutikov, analyzing the life and (presumably) death of ISIS leader Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  (Which I will henceforth abbreviate as ABAB for convenience.) Krutikov begins with the lede … Continue reading

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Amber Mafia Wars In The Ukraine – Part II

Dear Readers: Today polishing off our “True Crime” story of the Amber Mafia Wars in Western Ukraine.  Most of this illegal amber mining and these shoot-em-ups take place in the province (=Oblast) of Rivne. Rivne (Russian “Rovno”, Polish Równe) is … Continue reading

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Amber Mafia Wars In The Ukraine – Part I

Dear Readers: Today I have a “True Crime” story for you.  For several months now, I have been following, in the press, some stuff going on in the Ukraine which falls under the rubric “Amber Mafia Wars”.   For example, here are … Continue reading

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Tatiana Herashcenko: Remember May 9, You Nazis! – Part III

Today finishing off Tatiana Herashchenko’s story, in her own words, of how she and her friends celebrated Victory Day (May 9) in Odessa.  Victory Day celebrates the day when Nazi Germany formally capitulated to the Soviet Union and its allies. … Continue reading

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Tatiana Herashcenko: Remember May 9, You Nazis! – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing to translate this informal op-ed by Odessa journalist Tatiana Herashchenko.  Where we left off, Tatiana and her friends were preparing to defy the police and Ukrainian Nationalists to attend the Victory Day commemoration in Odessa on May … Continue reading

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