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.

A couple of different takes on Ukraine than you will find in the MSM: Alexander Clarkson discusses what might happen if the Ukrainian secret services decide to deal Russia some blowback. And the European side of Ukraine’s history, by Roman Szporluk. There’s more of his writing out there, if you’d like a view of Ukrainian history that isn’t Moscow-centered.

Next Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24, I will be live-tweeting from the Carnegie International Conference on Nuclear Policy. News and analysis will be @NuclearDiner, and my own opinions @cherylrofer. Hashtag is #nukefest2015. Quite a few people will be tweeting from the conference.

Do you use Kaspersky software for your computer security? Read this.

In case you have a meeting coming up with Vladimir Vladimirovich, some tips here.

A small detail might be important in the apparent fight between Russia’s FSB and the Chechens. And here’s a good take on that situation. We really don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes in Russia, but these are possibilities.

Why nuclear terrorism isn’t as big a deal as it’s made out to be.

French experts reaffirm conclusion that Yasser Arafat was not poisoned.

When hiring was going on for the Manhattan Project, immigrants to the United States from Eastern Europe and Russia weren’t uncommon. But a few of them were spies.

 

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