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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with Two Swiss bankers for fugitive Russian bank robber Sergei Pugachev have been convicted for the second time in Switzerland of violations of Switzerland’s money-laundering law and regulations. Pugachev is a major source reported by Catherine Belton for the April 2020 book, Putin’s People. She and the Reuters special “enterprise unit” in […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with James Cook (lead image, right), the Royal Navy captain celebrated in British empire history for his 18th century voyages of discovery in the Pacific, was going mad with syphilis when he underestimated the combat skill of the Hawaiians on February 14, 1779,  and was killed in a skirmish on the beach. He was […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with When the US-led putsch in Kiev started the Ukrainian civil war in 2014, most Russians have believed the risk of war with the US and NATO was small. In the past two years, however, there has been a significant change in Russian thinking.   Asked to say if an armed conflict […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with The current generation of Russian leaders was educated to believe that imperialist and capitalist systems like the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United States make  rational and predictable calculations of their self-interest; and that they can count the costs and casualties of warmaking; especially when nuclear weapons are launched […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with Banging the table isn’t what a superpower does unless it’s super no more.  But for a superpower which doesn’t realise its own weakness, a banging war with Russia is no piece of cake. Right now, just days from the Russian deadline announced last week for the US and NATO to deliver […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with What will be written on the US Government’s piece of paper since the Russian Government already knows – its intelligence services know, the Solar Winds hackers know  – what was not written on the papers which Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman was reading at the Geneva talks with Deputy Foreign […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with When it comes to understanding the Geneva round of talks between the Russian and US foreign ministries on Monday, it is helpful to read; and if that is unavailing, to ask official sources in a position to know  if and when they are talkative. Actions talk louder than words, especially in […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with The three kinds of power which decide the fate of governments are force, fraud and subversion; that’s to say, arms, money, propaganda. For the time being – and that time is going to be slower and longer than you think — Russian policy has won in Kazakhstan with force, just as […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with It was seventy-nine years ago, in the month of January 1943,  that the Battle of Stalingrad ended in the defeat and capitulation of the German Sixth Army (lead image, left). It was, according to the British historian of the battle, Antony Beevor, “the most catastrophic defeat hitherto experienced in German history.” […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow  @bears_with There can be no sating the hatred for Russia and Russians which is visceral for Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State; and foams at the mouth of Victoria Nuland, the Under Secretary. They are the Blin-Needle gang.  They hate with the dedication and derangement of blood-feuding tribals.   They can’t […]