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Ukraine War Day #99: Khersonites Buy New SIM Cards

Dear Readers: Today I have this story by reporter Valentina Grigorenko. In the Kherson Oblast, there is a brisk sale going on of SIM-cards for Russian mobile cell operators. Already several tens of thousands of local residents have switched over … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #97: Severo-Donetsk Taken (Mostly)

Dear Readers: This is not the first Internet-era war, but one would have to say, never before in human history have people had so many options to follow events and battles in such detail, almost in real time. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #73: The Ukrainians Got Shariy

Dear Readers: Yesterday we heard the sad news about the iconic Mother Russia “babushka” detained by the Ukrainian army. Today I have more bad news about another defeat for the good guys: the detention and house-arrest of popular blogger Anatoly … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #56: The Greatest War Game Ever!

Dear Readers: The title and the post may sound incredibly cynical, and I apologize for that. Personally, I regard this war with nothing less than a sense of horror. As a psychological defensive mechanism I attempt to distance myself by … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #55: Signs And Portents

Dear Readers: The Russian media and blogosphere are full of whispers and rumors: Phase II has allegedly begun a few hours ago. Thus begins the real battle for the Donbass. Quoting Separatist Commander Alexander Khodakovsky: “Along the entire line of … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #49: Medvedchuk Arrest

Dear Readers: The big news on the Ukrainian political scene is the arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk. This happened yesterday, April 12, which also happened to be Cosmonauts Day in Russia. It was also Day #48 of the war, for those … Continue reading

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Voroshilov versus Tukhachevsky – Part VII

Dear Readers: Before proceeding with my recap of this documentary, a few housekeeping points. From rewinding and looking more closely at the captions, I found names for the faces of these analysts who have been sharing their expert knowledge and … Continue reading

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America Retreats From Afghanistan – To Central Asia?

Dear Readers: This post follows almost seamlessly from the prior three, and consists of a review of this piece by reporters Elena Leksina, Andrei Rezchikov, and Natalia Makarova. Recall that in our previous posts on this topic we learned about … Continue reading

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Sitrep

Dear Readers: I wanted to apologize for the delay in finishing up the Molotov-Ribbentrop piece.  I have been off the grid for a few days.  Literally!  Just went through sort of hurricane here, where I live, have had no electricity … Continue reading

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How’m I Doin’, Hey, Hey – April Edition

Dear Readers: Returning to my ancient tradition of the monthly audit.  Okay, I skipped March because I wanted to cram in more plague stories.  But now even The Plague is starting to get old.  And no, I won’t have any … Continue reading

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