Bombs In St. Petersburg Will Not Change Putin’s Strategy

Though tragic and murderous, Putin will not be moved by the bombs in St. Petersburg.

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Is Putin’s Rule Cracking Up? Protests Rile Moscow

From Reuters:  Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Moscow has been the scene of multiple protests throughout Russia's bitter winter.  This in and of itself is nothing new: … Continue reading Is Putin’s Rule Cracking Up? Protests Rile Moscow

Reuters: Trump To Rely on Germany To Deal With Ukraine and Putin

From Reuters: President Donald Trump will ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her views on how the United States can help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine when they meet next week, senior Trump administration officials said on Friday. Putin wanted Trump in power; that much is clear, according to U.S. spies.  Is it because … Continue reading Reuters: Trump To Rely on Germany To Deal With Ukraine and Putin

The Russo-Trump Alliance

The Russian hacking scandal of the Democratic National Party continues;  accusations that incoming President-elect Donald Trump is a Russian stooge are as steady as the drumbeat of yesteryear's cries that Obama was not really a citizen.  The evidence behind the attack is still thin.  Yet it is also irrelevant because it seems the incoming administration has … Continue reading The Russo-Trump Alliance

Mission Accomplished for Putin in Syria? Well, yes and no.

Six months ago, Putin stunned just about everyone by sending Russian forces off to a distant war in the Middle East.  Folly, cried many, including myself, for the Middle East is an ugly morass of conflict that siphons power and undermines great states. Now, Putin is pulling most of his forces out.  Once more, just … Continue reading Mission Accomplished for Putin in Syria? Well, yes and no.

What the hell is Putin doing in Syria?

And more importantly, what does he want? It's important to remember how swears like that will net the sort of Google-searching folks I very much want here: the sort who want to understand, but who don't need the gross, and largely unimportant, blow by blows. In two years, Vladimir Putin has taken Russia to war in … Continue reading What the hell is Putin doing in Syria?

Why Russia Is Still Outclassed By The United States (Or: Why Russia Will Lose This Mini-Cold War)

2014 was a helluva year for Vladimir Putin.  He's the first European leader to expand his state since West Germany and East Germany united in 1990.  He's the first since Stalin to grow it through military force and get away with it.  He's enjoyed sky-high approval ratings, outmaneuvered Obama on Syria, Ukraine, and, arguably, Iran, and … Continue reading Why Russia Is Still Outclassed By The United States (Or: Why Russia Will Lose This Mini-Cold War)

Will Putin Invade Ukraine For Winter? (Or: Putin’s Weakened Hand Will Make Him More Dangerous)

(Shameless plug: Buy my new darkly comedic, satirical book on the world of suicide, the Ultimate Survivalist's Guide to Suicide!  It's been called "hauntingly hilarious" and "beyond thought provoking."  Review, share, and enjoy!) Rumors abound of a Russian winter offensive.  Russian equipment has been seen entering rebel-held Ukraine almost daily.  Russian T-72s sit outside Mariupol, … Continue reading Will Putin Invade Ukraine For Winter? (Or: Putin’s Weakened Hand Will Make Him More Dangerous)