Hollywood, WW2, And The Red Army

A few months ago, I wrote the following: This is a series of polls that took place in France in 1945, 1994, and 2004, respectively, asking which nation was most responsible for the defeat of Germany. Right after France’s liberation, with American and British soldiers walking the streets, a solid majority of 57% nonetheless believed that […]

Translation: Xi Jinping – To Remember History, To Open The Future

Xi Jinping (pictured right, meeting the Patriarch Kirill) penned an op-ed in a Russian newspaper on May 6th in which, in stark contrast to the typical Western bile and hostility, he acknowledges the role of the Soviet Union in defeating Nazism and warns off against attempts to revise that outcome, be it on paper or in real […]

Divided Kingdom

The results for all 650 constituencies in, time to make some brief observations. (1) Almost everyone was wrong (including myself). It is 1992 all over again, with opinion polls massively understating Conservative support. (2) Regionally, the story was essentially one of Conservative and SNP triumph in England and Scotland, respectively. Miliband (Labour), Clegg (LibDem), and […]

The Color Of Theft

Someone stole $1 billion from Moldova. In a series of murky deals last November, the top three banks in Moldova – one of them state-owned – loaned out vast sums of cash to unknown recipients. As the article points out, it is one eighth of Moldova’s GDP. It is also: About $350 per citizen. Four months […]

Vita Zaverukha, Heroine Of The ATO

She was a member of Aidar, which is known for its brutality and ill-discipline even relative to the other Ukrainian Neo-Nazi volunteer batallions. Though she wasn’t seen much at the front, as there were more important matters to be seen to in the rest of Ukraine, such as corporate raids on “separatist” companies in her native Vinnitsya. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaJwx9Jhi1k She […]

Armata

The Victory Parade on May 9th in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 will be accompanied by the display of an impressive amount of new military hardware. The centerpiece will be the Armata combat chassis, which will form the basis not just for what is likely to be the […]

1 May Day, 2 Countries

Album contains the Russian version of this meme.

Comments On Peter Frost’s Russia Article

Always interesting to read people’s impressions of their visits to Russia, especially as I haven’t been there myself for a few years now. Here is Peter Frost on this. Driving into the city of Voronezh from the airport, I could see entirely new neighborhoods, supermarkets, office buildings, and the like. In 2003, there was only one […]

Russian Mortality Increases In First 3 Months Of 2015

With data for the first three months of 2015 out, it is now tentatively possible to make out some hints of what Russia’s demographic developments are going to be like this year. In short, it’s not looking very good. But not catastrophic, either. The birth rate has remained essentially stable, declining by 0.8% relative to the […]

Nazarbayev Greatest President In Region

In Western popular culture, and to be honest most of the rest of the world, Kazakhstan is most commonly associated with Borat and his putative homeland of slapstick provincial troglodytes. And following Nursultan Nazarbayev’s 98% win in the recent elections, and his reaction to it… I apologize if these numbers are unacceptable for the super democratic […]

Freedom House On Ukraine

Just in case you needed any more evidence Freedom House are complete, utter prostitutes. This is about a country where journalists speaking out against mobilization are getting arrested, anti-regime sites get taken down by the secret services, far right thugs raid leftist and anti-Maidan newspapers, and an officially sanctioned website lists the names and addresses of anti-regime “terrorists and propagandists,” […]

My Genocide Is Much Bigger Than Yours

There are some massacres that are clearly genocides, such as the Holocaust, and there are some massacres that are clearly not, such as Katyn, but in between there is a vast, gristly spectrum that in the absence of any strict and universally accepted definition of the term is dominated by quacks and cranks driven more by politics, competing […]