Category: Russia

The Pope goes full racist: on the whitewashing of collective guilt

November 29, 2022 The Pope's responses to the Russian invasion of Ukraine have been generally OK-ish, if a bit confusing. But this response to a straight question asking him to explain why is a sight to behold: Let's start with the highlighted portion, which singles out Buddhist Buryatya and Muslim Chechnya for being "the cruelest" … Continue reading The Pope goes full racist: on the whitewashing of collective guilt

Russia is never as strong as we fear, or as weak as we hope

October 28, 2022 There is an increasingly widespread, and popular, narrative in Ukraine and in the West that Putin realizes he's losing the war, has taken relatively extreme measures -- unthinkable until recently (mobilization, re-creating penal battalions, moving the economy to wartime footing) -- to slow this down because he fears the impact a defeat … Continue reading Russia is never as strong as we fear, or as weak as we hope

The “private” military groups of Russia

October 22, 2022 Time to revise some beliefs... We have repeatedly noted and discussed how Russia's private military groups (PMGs), most famously Wagner under Prigozhin, have been recruiting convicts for service in Ukraine. At the time, I wondered under what authority a private individual like Prigozhin (or his representatives) could walk into a prison and … Continue reading The “private” military groups of Russia

Russian “liberals” are no friends to Ukraine, part 1

October 13, 2022 Many Russian opposition members are constantly giving interviews to all sorts of Ukrainian and Western news outlets, which are (naturally) hungry to hear Russians blast the war and Putin's regime. What the credulous journalists often do not seem to quite understand (the Ukrainians often do, but even they are tempted to air … Continue reading Russian “liberals” are no friends to Ukraine, part 1

The Tragedy of Putin’s Rule: Turning Decent Russians into Monsters

October 12, 2022 This is Vladimir Solovyev, the current don of the Kremlin propagandists, who spreads hatred of Ukraine and demands blood on his shows, back in 2008. Back when he was a decent Russian who made sense: https://videopress.com/v/Hf3GJyeg?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Vladimir Solovyev in 2008. "There will never be war between Russia and Ukraine because anyone who … Continue reading The Tragedy of Putin’s Rule: Turning Decent Russians into Monsters

Blaming the Generals won’t fix anything

October 6, 2022 The current story spreading like wildfire in Russia, apparently with tacit but clear support from the Kremlin, is that the Generals screwed up the short, glorious, victorious special military operation (SMO) in Ukraine. Even rags like Военное обозрение (Military Overview), which staunchly hews to the mythology of the SMO, including Nazis, NATO … Continue reading Blaming the Generals won’t fix anything