Category Archives: Politics

On the killing of Boris Nemtsov

I received the news that Boris Nemtsov had been murdered as I was leaving the cinema.  When I jumped to the news sites to confirm the story, my first thoughts were that this is another Kirov.  Sergey Kirov was a … Continue reading

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Orgies and Pimping in France

How very French: Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who denies charges of pimping, has told a court in northern France that he took part in only a few rare sex parties. He said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his … Continue reading

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The March of the Impotents

Well, I’m glad I didn’t go on that march through Paris yesterday. On Friday, French President Francois Hollande said in a public address: “These fanatics have nothing to do with the Muslim religion”. Which is a flat-out lie, and Hollande … Continue reading

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

I’d be lying if I said I was shocked or shaken by the attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris last week.  It may be different for the French, but I’ve gotten strangely used to this.  Indeed, the only thing … Continue reading

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Beware of a Man in Search of a Legacy

Historical legacies are interesting things, offering as they do a chicken and egg situation.  Was Napoleon motivated foremost to secure his name in history and his deeds merely the methods he used to do it?  Or did he simply fancy … Continue reading

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Never Truer Words Spoken

In August I wrote a post, the central point of which was Russia ought to tread carefully in its dealings with the west because they might not be as forgiving the next time should Russia find itself once again in … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Strategic Base in Sevastopol

Alex K. – who appears to be providing me with a lot of blogging fodder these days – has written a post about the propaganda being fed to the Russian population which they appear to be swallowing wholesale.  This – … Continue reading

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An Interesting Choice of Leaders

Alex K. has posted a graphic account of the treatment of a woman suspected of being pro-Ukrainian in the city of Donetsk recently. I made a comment under the post which I’ve decided to turn into a post of my … Continue reading

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Leningrad It Ain’t

Nothing unites Russians so much as their agreement that they did a good job in defeating the Nazis in WWII, and hence this achievement has been wheeled out at various times by politicians looking to shore up their popularity or … Continue reading

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Russia Chooses

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking with a friend, a European who has lived in Russia for most of his adult life.  We were discussing the current political environment in Russia, particularly in regards of the situation in … Continue reading

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