The Head of Russian Foreign Intelligence Reveals a Sense of Humour

Around the time that Stalin's mummified corpse was taken out of the mausoleum, Yevgeny Yevtushenko wrote a verse honouring Humour, which, when decapitated, just laughed. Eloquent testimony to the indomitable power of the human spirit in surviving the years of the Gulag. But few have ever suspected that the head of the country's foreign intelligence … Continue reading The Head of Russian Foreign Intelligence Reveals a Sense of Humour

Russia’s Chief of the General Staff is Under Attack

An atmosphere of self-congratulation over recent victories in Syria has combined with a pugnacious reponse to minimal NATO improvements to its defence posture to create the image of a newly self-confident Russian bear. But how realistic is that image? We have noted in a previous post real nervousness beneath the bravado. Normally, particularly when the … Continue reading Russia’s Chief of the General Staff is Under Attack

No One Actually Saved Us From Thermonuclear War in 1983

Time magazine has sold you a whopper (9/18/17). It has repeated inaccurate assertions peddled by other 'news' outlets that the late Lt.Col. Stanislav Petrov, duty officer in an air defence installation under a closed town, Serpukhov-15, south of Moscow, saved us all from annihilation in September 1983 after another miscalculation,  the tragic Soviet shootdown of … Continue reading No One Actually Saved Us From Thermonuclear War in 1983

Russo-American rejection of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Played to win, international relations is a very dangerous game. The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, now back in the news with the release of top secret documents about the Kennedy assassination, reminds us of that; in particular those of us who lived through it and at the time doubted they would survive. But … Continue reading Russo-American rejection of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons