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[l] at 2/28/24 11:59pm
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The collapse of the Ukrainian army following the battle of Avdeyevka, and its disorganized retreat, have accelerated Russian military thinking of how far westward the NATO allies will decide that the Ukrainian statelet can be defended against the expected Russian advance – and how fast new NATO defences can be created []

[Category: Ukraine]

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[l] at 2/27/24 12:18am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Alexei Navalny’s organization outside Russia is now repudiating Lyudmila Navalnaya, Navalny’s mother, for having accepted the medical evidence and official certification that the cause of his death was an embolism, or blood clot, which stopped his heart. On Monday, several days after the release of the post-mortem documents and of Navalny’s []

[Category: Navalny]

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[l] at 2/26/24 12:33am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Two women, Kira Yarmysh (lead image, left) and Maria Pevchikh (2ndleft), made up the series of lies which in August 2020 claimed that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok by a Russian state death squad – first in a cup of tea he drank at Tomsk Airport; then in a []

[Category: DwB, Navalny]

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[l] at 2/22/24 11:30pm
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with When the previous piece on the Russian art market was published early this week, an Anglo-European art critic didn’t like the independent direction this market is now forced to take. He was also angry that his personal animus towards President Vladimir Putin, the Russian army, and the war against the US []

[Category: Russian Culture]

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[l] at 2/21/24 1:42am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with To the French artist Claude Monet goes the credit for inventing the idea of making money by producing series of paintings on the same subject – haystacks, poplar trees, church fronts, and water lilies – adding a premium for buying the series as a single lot; dubbing them with a theory []

[Category: Russian Culture]

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[l] at 2/19/24 1:57am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with This is how the war in the Ukraine doesn’t end, not for the Germans and the Poles. So long as they can, they plan to steal or destroy Russian assets west of what used to be Kievan Ukraine; and mobilize the US military bases in both countries to reinforce and defend []

[Category: EU-Russia, Oil & Gas]

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[l] at 2/18/24 2:04pm
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Since a pack of lies about Alexei Navalny (lead image, right) won last year’s Oscar for the best documentary film of the year when he was alive,   there’s no doubt he can win another Oscar when he’s dead.  But alive or dead, the prize-winning propaganda of Navalny’s story bears no resemblance []

[Category: Navalny]

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[l] at 2/16/24 12:10am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with A book by a man announcing himself on page one as an undercover MI6 agent, dedicated on page two to “the people of Ukraine as they continue their fight for freedom”, then endorsed on the dust jacket by the Times newspaper as “first class”, can’t be fiction; it can’t be fact;  and []

[Category: Skripal]

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[l] at 2/12/24 12:46am
by John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with The history of Russian sex after the fall of Communist Party rule in 1991 hasn’t been told yet. And it won’t be. This is because sex between Russians during the Soviet period was a public taboo – its history has been written down as a party and police problem, and buried []

[Category: DwB, Sex (Russia)]

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[l] at 2/12/24 12:18am
by John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with Twice already the warning of the obvious has been posted in the money markets Israel cannot survive a long war with the Arabs and Iran. In this long war, the gods do not favour the Chosen People, it was reported on October 27, three weeks after the Hamas offensive began. []

[Category: DwB, Israel]

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[l] at 2/7/24 1:32am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with All’s fair in love and war – this is a 500-year old English proverb but it isn’t in the Geneva conventions on war crimes and genocide, much as the US and US-backed Israel claim it is. In the war of US, NATO and their Asian allies against Russia, it is []

[Category: DwB]

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[l] at 2/6/24 1:00am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The Axis of Resistance that’s the Arab militaries with Iran and in the background, Russia – knows how to wage economic warfare against the US and its proxy, Israel. The Houthi sanctions on shipping, for example, are showing more effectiveness in stopping Israel-bound or Israel-linked vessels in the Red Sea []

[Category: Israel]

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[l] at 2/4/24 1:23am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with In a London courtroom on Friday, Lord Anthony Hughes (lead image), the retired judge whom the British government has appointed to run a public inquiry into the alleged Novichok poisonings of March and June 2018, collapsed into a farce of state secrecy. Not even the open hearings which are now scheduled []

[Category: Skripal]

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[l] at 2/1/24 12:08am
by John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with The lifespan of gorillas in captivity is usually over fifty years, while in the wild the average beast can expect to reach 40, depending on his diet and his success at evading hunters. Gorillas are omnivores, but by preference they are vegetarians. They don’t eat bananas; they will eat meat if []

[Category: Mideast]

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[l] at 1/31/24 3:55am
by John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with When the General Staff have been discussing with President Vladimir Putin the timing of the Russian offensive to force the Kiev regime into capitulation, it has been agreed, understood, and repeated that the strategic reserves of the Ukrainian forces should be destroyed first, together with the supply lines for the weapons []

[Category: DwB, Ukraine]

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[l] at 1/29/24 12:32am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The Hamas offensive of October 7 caught the Israel Defence Forces asleep at their posts. This weekend’s drone strike against Tower-22, a US troop base in northeastern Jordan, caught the US Army troops asleep. The response, according to President Joseph Biden’s statement, is that “we will hold all those responsible to []

[Category: Mideast]

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[l] at 1/26/24 12:42am
by John Helmer, Moscow@bears_with For the time being, there are no official photographs of the meeting in Moscow on Thursday evening at the Russian Foreign Ministry between Mikhail Bogdanov, the deputy foreign minister and chief Russian negotiator in the Middle East and Africa, and  Mohammed (Mukhameddov) Abdelsalam leading a  delegation of the Ansarallah government of []

[Category: Maritime, Mideast]

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[l] at 1/24/24 11:37pm
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with When a man is drowning, he reportedly sees excerpts from his life story flashing in review in the two minutes it takes for his lungs to fill up with water, stopping the heart and cutting off the oxygen supply to his brain. When an Italian writer recently attempted over two hundred []

[Category: Books]

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[l] at 1/24/24 2:53am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with There is no lack of confidence in Donetsk that the war will be won, but no conviction when exactly that will be. A Ukrainian heavy artillery salvo hit the Kirovsky district market, on the western outskirts of  Donetsk city on Sunday,  killing at least 27 people, and wounding about as many. []

[Category: Oligarchs, Russian Politics, Ukraine]

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[l] at 1/22/24 12:13am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with By Russian oligarch standards, Vladimir Lisin (lead image) – iron-ore and coalminer, steelmaker, land and sea transporter, shipbuilder is the only honest one. In the acquisition, enlargement,  and protection of his asset holdings over thirty years, he has also managed to defeat the dishonest ones, starting with Oleg Deripaska,  then []

[Category: Oligarchs]

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[l] at 1/18/24 1:33am
by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Alexei Kudrin (lead image) the state finance factotum President Vladimir Putin promoted for his entire federal government career until in the war against the Ukraine and the US the president couldn’t protect him any longer has lost his half-billion dollar payoff. Kudrin’s long-held ambition to succeed Putin in the []

[Category: Russian Politics]

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