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[l] at 9/24/20 12:53am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Cheese goes well with warfare. In ancient Roman times, legionaries on the march would be issued daily rations of aged hard cheese, to be eaten with bread, strips of bacon and wine.  In 2014, after the European Union  imposed sanctions on Russia for defending itself from NATO attack in Crimea, the […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 9/22/20 12:58am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with What with all the noise of the dogs and camels, a swan song can be easily missed. But not Maria Pevchikh’s (lead image, right) broadcast by the BBC’s Russian Service. For the first  time, the British state propaganda organ has said too much too loudly in defence of one of its […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 9/21/20 1:41am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with If Alice Mayhew (lead image) hadn’t been a real person, the New York book market and the US Government would have had to invent her. Now that she’s dead (1932-2020) – “a veritable best-seller machine”, memorialised Vogue – she’s an invention that will be easy to replace. Best-sellers, like money, are […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 9/18/20 1:28am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – this is how Charles Dickens opened his story of regime change in Paris during the French revolution. Also for Alexei Navalny (lead image) and his roommate in Tomsk on the evening of August 19, Maria Pevchikh of London. […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 9/15/20 12:31am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The Navalny poison plot spread to Paris on Monday, compelling President Emmanuel Macron to telephone President Vladimir Putin to explain what a French chemical warfare laboratory has just done with evidence sent from Berlin by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Macron told Putin he agreed “German specialists must send to Russia […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 9/13/20 5:27am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with When it comes to fabrications in warfare, it was the ancient Greeks who invented the Trojan Horse. They also invented ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός – he has come down to us from the Latin, deus ex machina, meaning the god out of the machine. He’s the culprit or the cause which resolves the inexplicable […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 9/11/20 12:53am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Vadim Belyaev (lead image)  is not the first Russian bank robber to take Cyprus citizenship on his way to safe haven in New York City, and then find himself facing a billion-dollar recovery lawsuit from his Russian pursuers in New York Supreme Court.  He is, however, the very first to attempt […]

[Category: Oligarchs, UK-Russia]

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[l] at 9/7/20 2:59am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The trial of the crime of the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 resumed on August 31 with the demand of Amsterdam and Rotterdam lawyers for the Russian Government to pay blood money to the relatives of the 298 passengers and crew killed when the aircraft was shot down on July […]

[Category: DwB, MH17]

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[l] at 9/7/20 12:48am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with There is only one certainty (zweifelsfreie Nachweis) in the case of Alexei Navalny and the traces (Spuren) which have been found in his skin, urine and blood, and in a water bottle, by the German Army’s chemical warfare laboratory in Munich. This certainty is that, in order to believe the German […]

[Category: DwB, Greece-Russia, Skripal]

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[l] at 8/23/20 2:07am
On August 24, 1991, Marshal Sergei Fyodorovich Akhromeyev committed suicide. He had returned from his holiday at Sochi responding to the attempted removal of Mikhail Gorbachev from power. According to the reports of the time, he hanged himself in his Kremlin office, leaving behind a note. One version of what it said was: “I cannot […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 7/31/20 5:06am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Truth is the safest lie. That’s an adage so old the ancient Hebrews have claimed it as one of their own, attributing it to their mythical wise man King Solomon. He was especially keen to condemn lying, especially lying women (they were Solomon’s big problem — 700 wives, 300 concubines, according […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 7/30/20 11:41pm
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Austria officially confirmed this week that the British Government’s allegation Novichok, a Russian chemical warfare agent, was used in England by GRU, the Russian military intelligence service, in March 2018, was a British invention. Investigations in Vienna by four Austrian government ministries, the BVT intelligence agency, and by Austrian prosecutors have […]

[Category: Skripal]

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[l] at 7/30/20 1:50am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Novichok still kills. The world’s slowest acting nerve agent, sprayed on a front door handle in a dead-end street in Salisbury, England, in the early afternoon of March 4, 2018, has just resulted in the career termination of Sir Alex Younger (lead image, right), chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). […]

[Category: Skripal]

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[l] at 7/27/20 1:27am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with In a plan Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin initiated two years ago called “Smart City 2030”, the Russian capital has attempted to catch up with China’s cities and to London in the mobilization of electronic and digital tools for following the city’s inhabitants, enforcing the laws, and catching criminals, tax cheats, speeders […]

[Category: DwB, Russian Politics]

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[l] at 7/25/20 12:43am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The bid by London lawyer Michael Mansfield (lead image, right) to take a multi-million pound payoff  out of the Wiltshire coroner’s inquest into the death of Dawn Sturgess (left), alleged victim of Russian  poisoning on July 8, 2018,  failed in the High Court last Friday. A two-judge panel decided that a ruling last December […]

[Category: Skripal]

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[l] at 7/22/20 12:49am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with A junior member of Joe Biden’s team in waiting to take over the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council has recommended the US employ the British method of fighting Russia with the technique of “getting ahead of adversary tactics to strike either just before or immediately after a […]

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 7/20/20 12:40am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with There’s an invariable rule of politics the world over. “It was worth while making sure of your potential friends,” the English novelist C.P. Snow put into the mouth of a rising cabinet minister in London a half-century ago. “As a rule you couldn’t win over your enemies, but you could lose […]

[Category: DwB, Media, Russian Politics]

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[l] at 7/16/20 12:56am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The editor of the Financial Times of London, and four of the Japanese-owned newspaper’s employees have been caught out fabricating a new story about a Russian-made and Russian- named nerve agent allegedly used to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal, Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley in England two years ago. In a report […]

[Category: Skripal]

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[l] at 7/14/20 12:52am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (lead image) surprised his own country’s lawyers last week with the filing of a Dutch Government claim against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights for the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. “The Dutch government decided”, declared the official announcement,    “to bring Russia before […]

[Category: MH17]

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[l] at 7/13/20 6:29am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with It’s an old tsarist ploy. When government officials grow fearful of public protests, attacks on the authorities, and rioting, they increase the volume of alcohol for sale but decrease the number of places where drinkers can gather in public. Vodka is the opium of the people: this has been the Russian […]

[Category: DwB, Foodstuffs, Russian Politics]

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[l] at 7/10/20 12:32am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with It was the 412th of Francois de la Rochefoucauld’s maxims that doesn’t stand the test of either time or money. “Whatever degree of disgrace we may have brought upon ourselves,” he said, “it is always within our power to re-establish our reputation.” For years Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven, the controllers of […]

[Category: Oligarchs]

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