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Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong was an analyst in the Canadian Department of National Defence specialising in the USSR/Russia from 1984 and a Counsellor in the Canadian Embassy in Moscow in 1993-1996. He retired in 2008 and has been writing on Russia and related subjects on the Net ever since.

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November 2, 2019
What About Whataboutism?

“For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

October 27, 2019
Putin Derangement Syndrome: Craziester and More Craziester

In the past, the frenzy built up and up and stopped at the end before it got to 11. But Putin is still there and growing stronger by the moment.

October 2, 2019
‘Restoring Democracy Around the World’: Bolton’s Failure in Plain Sight

Venezuela was not Bolton’s only failure: his “maximum pressure” strategy against Iran turned out to be much feebler than Tehran’s “maximum”.

September 21, 2019
Thinking the Unthinkable, Saying the Unsayable

It will take time before it sinks in that one of the prominent figures of the Western establishment is pretty close to agreement with Putin.

September 14, 2019
The War – Again

The USSR, with significant help from the rest of us, defeated Hitler and changed the world away from that dark and horrible future. At enormous cost.

July 29, 2019
Enough and Not Too Much

Russia is just Russia. There is no feeling in Moscow that Russia must take the lead any place but Russia itself. One of the reasons why Putin is always talking about the independence of nation states is that he remembers the exceptionalist past and knows that it led to a dead end.

July 7, 2019
How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

Consumers of the print or electronic output of the League of Copy Typists and their Instructors are expected to believe many impossible things and believe them, Patrick Armstrong writes.

June 26, 2019
D-Day More Difficult Than You Think

It would be good if both sides calmed down and stopped claiming either that D-Day won the war or that it was a very minor offstage event. But that’s probably too much to hope for today.

June 7, 2019
A Month in the Life of the World’s Richest Man

Remember the Panama Papers? First they were about Putin; then when somebody noticed that the word “Putin” didn’t appear anywhere, they were by Putin. But bubbles keep bubbling.

May 30, 2019
Why Russia’s Victory Day Was Crucial for the Survival of ‘European Values’

The USSR, with significant help from the rest of us, defeated Hitler and changed the world away from that dark and horrible future. At enormous cost.

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