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Patrick Armstrong
Ottawa, Canada
Canadian government USSR/Russia specialist. Counsellor Canadian Embassy Moscow 1993-96. Retired 2008.
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 1046K; total deaths 18,263; tests per 1 million 270K. Russia has done 39.5 million tests (fourth after China, USA and India); among countries with populations over 10M it's done the most tests per... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 942K; total deaths 16,099; tests per 1 million 229K. Russia has done 33.5 million tests (third after China and USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's done the most tests per million.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 870K; total deaths 14,606; tests per 1 million 203K. Russia has done 29.7 million tests (third after China and USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's second in tests per million and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 795K; total deaths 12,892; tests per 1 million 178K. Russia has done 26 million tests (third after China and USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's second in tests per million and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 707K; total deaths 10843; tests per 1 million 151K. Russia has done 22 million tests (third after China and USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's second in tests per million and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 613K; total deaths 8605; tests per 1 million 124K. Russia has done 18 million tests (second after USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's second in tests per million and of those... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 502K; total deaths 6532; tests per 1 million 95K. Russia has done 13.8 million tests (second after USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's second in tests per million and of those... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 379K; total deaths 4142; tests per 1 million 66K. Russia has done 9.7 million tests (second after USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's fourth in tests per million and of those... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Today's numbers: total cases: 250K; total deaths: 2305; tests per 1 million: 42K.Russia has done six million tests (second after USA); among countries with populations over 10M it's fifth in tests per million and of those over... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. Today's numbers: total cases: 106K; total deaths: 1073; tests per 1 million: 24K. Why so few deaths per cases? One theory is that Russia has done more tests than most large countries so the denominator is larger;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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COVID AND RUSSIA. Overall totals to today are 28K infected, 232 dead. This raises the question of why the death rate in Russia appears to be lower. One theory is that the widespread Soviet-era tuberculosis vaccinations (BCG vaccine) may have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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COVID AND RUSSIA. As of today there are about 3600 cases and 30 deaths, most in Moscow City. Why so much lower than other places? Some reasons: Moscow ordered travel and flight closures earlier than Western countries; it does not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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(NOTE: Away in Feb, felled by severe cold this moth. Not.not CV) PUTIN 4EVER. (Russian Constitution text.) In January Putin suggested some amendments to the Constitution to be discussed and put to national vote in a referendum. Which is, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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KREMLINOLOGY. I've been at this business for a while and one of the things I've learned is that "Kremlinology" is a waste of time: speculating about who's who and the meaning of personnel appointments is worthless. Why? Because we simply... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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It's an old story. Mr X is elected POTUS; going to do this and that; something happens in the MENA. That's all anyone remembers. Maybe time to kiss Israel goodbye, tell SA to sell in whatever currency it wants, and realise that oil producers have to sell the stuff -- it's no good to them in the ground. The POTUS' can turn their attention to the looming Canada problem.
Glad to hear it. The comments are one of the best things about the site: intelligent, thoughtful, knowledgeable people for the most part.
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THE GREAT RESHUFFLE. I do expect Putin to retire and assume him to be working on a succession plan to keep the team's aims in operation. He's due to go in about four years. I would not be surprised if... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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(Written on the evening of. So subject to reconsideration/revision/outright denial as we learn more.) I didn't expect any of it. Neither did anyone else, whatever the so-called experts outgassing on the US Garbage Media may be pretending. I don't know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
From Magnier We have learned today from #Iraq Prime Minister AdilAbdl Mahdi how @realDonaldTrump uses diplomacy: #US asked #Iraq to mediate with #Iran. Iraq PM asks #QassemSoleimani to come and talk to him and give him the answer of his mediation, Trump &co assassinate an envoy at the airport and The legislation has been approved by #Iraq MPs to terminate the presence of the US forces and for the government to implement the resolution.
Rice says Obama administration never given the opportunity to kill S -- would have carefully weighed pros and cons -- planned for consequences -- probably not have. https://www.foxnews.com/media/obama-administration-didnt-have-opportunity-to-kill-soleimani-susan-rice-says Stripped of the BS, an admission that the OA would certainly have considered doing it and not ruled it out immediately.
Not that it makes much more than an academic difference at this point, but I suspect Trump was suckered by the war party. "Gee boss, we've int that he's plotting something big"and he's in our sights" "OK. Shoot" https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/03/politics/donald-trump-iran-statement/index.html?utm_content=2020-01-03T20%3A40%3A05&utm_source=twCNN&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link
And there's a lot of "no more Benghazi" and "Trump's tough unlike that wimp Obama" in the Twittersphere.
With the latest news I think a lot of birds are rustling their wings preparatory to taking flight.
I made an error which was pointed out to me. not 2.26 tonnes but 2261 tonnes of gold. Only US, Germany, Italy and France are said to have bigger stockpiles. But some question the US amount (https://www.bullionstar.com/blogs/koos-jansen/audits-of-us-monetary-gold-severely-lack-credibility/) and Germany suffered a mysterious delay in getting its gold back from the USA (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2015-02-05/germany-s-gold-repatriation-activist-peter-boehringer-gets-results)
1. Washington has begun its last foreign war 2. Trump has handed his future to Tehran Questions Given that so many Israelis have dual citizenship, how many do you think will still be there when hundreds of rockets start falling? What will Washington do when (not if) the Iraqi government tells all US troops to leave? Was this Trump's decision or the Borg's? What difference does it make? Will Tehran's response surprise Washington? Astound Washington? Absolutely stun and gobsmack Washington?