The One Russian Linking Putin, Erdogan and Trump | Bloomberg

Alexander Dugin, whose bushy beard gives him a passing resemblance to the Siberian mystic who bewitched the last czar’s family, says he played a key but largely clandestine role in patching up Russia’s relations with Turkey, an account confirmed by a senior figure in Ankara. And with people he calls ideological allies now in the White House, Dugin says he’s bullish on better ties with the U.S., too.

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Is the KGB coming back? | Katehon

The creation of parallel power structures in the history of Russian statehood has always been associated with the struggle of the state’s leaders against the elites, who are opposed to the rulers and their attempts to strengthen the country. This is why Ivan the Terrible created the Oprichnina – Peter the Great – Guard Regiments, and Nicholas I – a separate body of gendarmes. In addition, these structures traditionally acted as a mechanism to forcibly “rotate the elites”, a renewal of the ruling class.

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The fighting near Donetsk. 03.02.2017. Evening. | Colonel Cassad

In General, the intensity of the situation diminished, but the tension persists and the parties can easily intensify the attacks as a long-term diplomatic constraints to this do not exist. In the current economy mode, these fights and the attacks can continue for several weeks. Shells is enough, and BCH and APU (the problem as a maximum will occur with heavy missiles for the MLRS). As the parties continue to scare each other offensive, as if trying to give the initiative a first strike by the opponents, but for the reasons stated previously, no one wants to go first.

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How and where artillery fire in Donbass | Colonel Cassad

A description of the mechanics of artillery duels in the Donbass in the period from 29 January to 1 February. Who, how, where and why shoot at the front. The difference in the logic of work of the Ukrainian artillery and artillery of DND. Changing the logic in shelling by Ukrainian artillery cities compared to 2014. A detailed overview of the hits in Donetsk and Avdeevka. An overview of the capabilities of the main artillery systems of the parties and a brief review of the methods of their application.

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About the end of the Minsk agreements | Colonel Cassad

In the absence of real diplomatic progress in the areas of settlement, no scenarios other than the military remain.They can be reduced to low-intensity or high-intensity combat operations (depending on the degree of freezing of the conflict and the combat readiness of the troops), but the main thing about this is that this situation will continue to last for years (see the history of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, where 20 years after the beginning of the war, Armenia and Azerbaijan easily find ways to unleash a new war over the territory of the Republic, part of which is converted into a permanent front line), surviving and Putin, and Poroshenko, and Trump.

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