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More On Russia’s Military Strength

Gedenken an Kriegsende vor 65 Jahren - Militärparade in Moskau

Earlier this month, Britain’s Royal United Services Institute released a report by Igor Sutyagin on the Russian units being used in fighting in Ukraine. Continue reading More On Russia’s Military Strength

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The Carnegie Conference on Nuclear Policy

On Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24, Cheryl will be tweeting from the Carnegie Conference, on both the @NuclearDiner account and her own @cherylrofer account. Tweets from the Nuclear Diner account will be factual summaries of talks, with some analysis, and tweets from her personal account will be commentary. The two may overlap when speakers speak quickly. The hashtag for the conference is #nukefest2015.

Another way to follow the tweets from the conference, even if you aren’t on Twitter, is to follow the conference’s tweet list. Just open that link in your browser, and you’ve got it.

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South Africa’s Highly Enriched Uranium

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Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith published three articles last week on South Africa’s Pelindaba nuclear complex (Washington Post, Center for Public Integrity, Daily Beast). In all three, they refer to South Africa’s “nuclear explosives.” Continue reading South Africa’s Highly Enriched Uranium

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Links – March 19, 2015

Marfa

Marfa Boretskaya escorted to Moscow from Novgorod after resisting Muscovy’s attempts to annex Novgorod in the 1400s. This painting, by Alexsy Kivshenko, is featured on a number of Ukrainian websites without attribution. Novgorod, however, is north of Ukraine, west of Muscovy. As a representative of states that were resisting Muscovy at that time, however, it is emblematic of Ukraine’s history. Continue reading Links – March 19, 2015

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Links – March 16, 2015

400APC Debaltseve

The truce in Ukraine is mostly holding except around the Donetsk Airport. Photo: Women walk past destroyed Ukranian army armoured personnel carrier (APS) in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica Continue reading Links – March 16, 2015

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A Soviet Coup – The Fall of Lavrenty Beria

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Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public since March 5 and canceled some meetings, including a trip to Kazakhstan, so the rumors fly. The reason could be as simple as a cold (the leader must not be seen sniffling!) or as complex as a coup. Plastic surgery is one speculation. Being with a lover who is birthing his child is another.The most probable are toward the cold-flu-baby-plastic end of the spectrum. Continue reading A Soviet Coup – The Fall of Lavrenty Beria

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Links – March 12, 2015

A documentary on one of Russia’s government-run television channels is being reported to reveal that Vladimir Putin had planned the annexation of Crimea before Victor Yanukovich fled Ukraine. Continue reading Links – March 12, 2015

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