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[l] at 7/1/22 1:15am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with There is a right way and a wrong way to understand how the war against the West is being fought on the Russian home front. The wrong way is to read the Anglo-American media, their stay-behind correspondents in Moscow, and their aggregators in Washington, DC. The right way is to []

[Category: Foodstuffs]

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[l] at 6/30/22 1:14am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with The Poles have always had a serious problem with their neighbours. They have the Germans on their western flank, the Russians on their eastern flank, and inside their borders there used to be the Jews, but now there are the Ukrainians. In September 1939 there were about 3.3 million Polish []

[Category: Ukraine, US-Russia]

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[l] at 6/27/22 12:15am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with When it comes to bulldogs fighting under a rug Winston Churchill thought they were Russians. Little did he know about Canadians in Ottawa. The chief dogs in this fight are Trevor Cadieu and Chrystia Freeland (lead image, right). Cadieu is a lieutenant general who specialises in planning armoured operations against the []

[Category: Ukraine, US-Russia]

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[l] at 6/23/22 1:07am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with The action the Lithuanian government implemented over the weekend to stop Russian trains carrying sanctioned cargos into Kaliningrad is regarded in Moscow as a long anticipated move, prompted among Lithuanian officials by the British government. The initial Lithuanian embargo action has been followed by a second this week extending the blockade []

[Category: Ukraine]

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[l] at 6/22/22 1:47am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with In the rest of the world it is known as the cultural cringe. In Russia the wish to be loved by Americans is known as liberal reform. In the very first paragraph of a new book called “Collapse: the Fall of the Soviet Union”, the author, Vladislav Zubok – the name []

[Category: Books]

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[l] at 6/16/22 1:23am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with On March 15 the British Government announced it is imposing a ban on exports to Russia of “high-end luxury goods”. According to the official press release, “the measures will cause maximum harm to Putin’s war machine while minimising the impact on UK businesses as G7 leaders unite to unleash a fresh []

[Category: Russian Culture, UK-Russia, Ukraine]

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[l] at 6/14/22 1:41am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with On June 13, for the first time since the Russian military operation began in the Ukraine, a detailed Russian intelligence assessment has been published in Moscow of Polish strategy for the future of Ukraine. This follows several weeks of brief statements by Russian security and intelligence officials claiming the government in []

[Category: Media, Ukraine]

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[l] at 6/13/22 1:16am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with The Cossacks are known for many things, but not for being Roman Catholics like the Galicians of western Ukraine around Lvov, or like the Poles around Cracow. Originally, the Cossacks swore off eating horsemeat, veal, hare, and pork. Pork is the principal meat of Lvivska(lead image, right) and Krakowska (left), the []

[Category: Ukraine]

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[l] at 6/10/22 4:40am
by John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with A new presidential decree issued yesterday by the Kremlin ends the special measures for foreign currency and capital control issued since the start of the special military operation in the Ukraine on February 24. Instead, a special commission of government officials and the board of directors of the Russian Central []

[Category: DwB, Oligarchs, UK-Russia, Ukraine, US-Russia]

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[l] at 6/9/22 12:41am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with There ought to be a law, or at least a sanction – tenure cancelled, travel visa blocked – for American experts on Russia who claim to know from their reading of other American experts on Russia why Russia does things, and what will happen next. Thane Gustafson, a Georgetown University professor []

[Category: Climate, US-Russia]

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[l] at 6/7/22 6:45am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with It was almost a century ago that a Chicago adman gave the Kellogg Company the idea of selling breakfast cereal made of puffed rice by telling children that the rice grains cried out as the spoon scooped them from the milk towards their mouths – SNAP! CRACKLE! POP! That’s what the []

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 6/7/22 6:44am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with Anna Akhmatova, the most famous poetess in the Russian language, will be 133 on June 23. Akhmatova was thenom de plume she chosebecause her father said his family name would be disgraced by her publishing her poems. The family name was Gorenko, and she was born in Bolshoi Fontan, Odessa. A []

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 6/7/22 6:43am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with A German walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender tells him: “That’ll be 100 euros.” The German is in shock “What do you mean,100 euros? Yesterday it was only 10!” “Well today it’s 100.” “But why 100, dammit?!” “Ill explain it to you now”, the bartender says. “10 []

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 5/31/22 12:57am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with In the history of war-fighting in Europe, what state has waged war when its state treasurer, state banker, and state auditor were opposed to the war; aimed to cut the army off from the money required for troops and weapons; and schemed between themselves to sign terms of capitulation with the []

[Category: Oligarchs, Russian Politics, Ukraine, US-Russia]

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[l] at 5/30/22 2:49am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with The Russian regime-change theory motivating US sanctions against the Russian oligarchs is that they will trigger a palace coup in which the oligarchs will arrange a bullet for President Vladimir Putin’s head, and in return the US will give them back the keys to their yachts, mansions, and offshore bank accounts. []

[Category: DwB, Oligarchs, Russian Politics, US-Russia]

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[l] at 5/24/22 12:56am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with Before presidential dementia became fashionable in the US, there was, Russians used to joke, Leonid Brezhnev. Once on a visit to a hunting lodge not far from Moscow, I was told by the forest ranger that he used to assist in setting up for a Brezhnev shoot. It was very late []

[Category: Books, Russian Politics]

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[l] at 5/20/22 12:50am
By John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with The Ukraine war is splitting the communist parties of Europe between those taking the US side, and those on the Russian side. In an unusual public criticism of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) and of smaller communist parties in Europe which have endorsed the Greek criticism of Russia for waging an []

[Category: Cyprus, DwB, Greece-Russia]

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[l] at 5/19/22 12:57am
By John Helmer, Moscow @bears_with The war plan of the US and the European allies is destroying the Russian market for traditional French perfumes, the profits of the French and American conglomerates which own the best-known brands, the bonuses of their managers, and the dividends of their shareholders. The odour of these losses is too []

[Category: Chemicals]

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[l] at 5/13/22 12:52am
By Nikolai Storozhenko, introduced and translated by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with This week President Joseph Biden stopped at an Illinois farm to say he’s going to help the  Ukraine ship 20 million tonnes of wheat and corn out of storage into export, thereby relieving  grain shortages in the international markets and lowering bread prices around []

[Category: Foodstuffs, Media, Russian Politics, Ukraine]

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[l] at 5/12/22 12:15am
By John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The problem with living in exile is the meaning of the word. If you’re in exile, you mean you are forever looking backwards, in geography as well as in time. You’re not only out of place; you’re out of time yesterday’s man. Ovid, the Roman poet who was sent []

[Category: DwB, Russian Politics]

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[l] at 5/11/22 12:49am
By John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), who attempted last month  to arrange the escape from Russian capture of Ukrainian soldiers and NATO commanders,  knowing they had committed war crimes. He was asked to explain; he refuses.    Trevor Cadieu is a Canadian lieutenant-general who was appointed []

[Category: Interviews, Ukraine]

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