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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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WAR PLANS. US/NATO war plans always start with a heavy bombardment. The expectation is that complete air superiority will be quickly gained so that aircraft and cruise missiles will have unrestricted freedom to destroy vital infrastructure. This succeeds against countries... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Give this a read; I'm sure to most of us it sounds like a confession. https://web.archive.org/web/20210205034403/https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/?amp=true Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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DOOMED. Kasparov, a famous chess player, says Russia's on the way down thanks to Putin. Said the same thing 13 years ago. Why does the Western media keep printing this rubbish? Silly question. PUTIN PALACE. Here's a palace actually built... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA-CHINA. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says: "In developing China-Russia strategic cooperation, we see no limit, no forbidden zone and no ceiling to how far this cooperation can go." The two now settle 25% of their business in their own... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Happy New Year! (as much as it can be, that is) С Новым Годом! RUSSIA AND COVID. Total deaths in the first 11 months of 2020 are 13.8% higher than in 2019 – 81% of this increase, she estimates, is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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PUTIN PRESS CONFERENCE. Here. COVID-19 a big theme – he lists what has been done – 277,000 beds, 40 purpose-built hospitals, over 500,000 medical staff deployed. ECONOMY. Numbers from Putin: GDP down 3.6%, industrial production down 3%, agricultural industry up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID-19. I wonder whether Xi suspected at first (at first) that COVID might (might) have been a biowar attack and communicated that possibility to Putin. (There are probably people in Beijing who think the US used biowar in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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KARABAKH. This ceasefire should last. Russian troops have been moved to the points of contact and secure the road link from Karabakh to Armenia proper. (Deployment positions and General Staff briefing). Baku recovered a lot of territory that had been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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VALDAI. Putin's speech is here. To my mind, other than the funeral crack, the most memorable bit was his strong defence of a mixed economy: when things are purring along, free enterprise does the job but in bad times you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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(This, BTW, is the 802nd Sitrep – forgot to count. The first was in March 1997) WAAAY HARSH! Putin is only worried about catching a cold at the West's funeral. SOMETHING ELSE from the country that doesn't make anything. First... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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THE STRUGGLE INTENSIFIES. Stalin: "because they are becoming weaker, they feel that their last days are approaching and are compelled to resist with all the forces and all the means in their power". Navalniy, Belarus, Kyrgyz Republic, Armenia-Azerbaijan and another... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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RUSSIA AND COVID. As far as I can see it's pretty much under control in Russia. CNN has a (surprisingly) intelligent discussion; counting is everything (vide: with or from?) and the Russians are stricter on their counting. They also treat... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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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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