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Two thousand years ago, in the northern reaches of what is today called Scotland, the Picts frightened the Romans by a combination of superior fighting tactics, lurid body painting, and the size of their genitals. Defeat the Romans they did, as this medieval illustration shows. They also forced the Emperor Hadrian into building, further south, […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow Mikhail Prokhorov has been honoured, he has announced, by the apology of the French government. The Sunday Times of London reported this month that “three years after his arrest in the ski resort of Courchevel on charges of pimping [January 9, 2007], Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s richest man, has received an […]

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If you have received a recent communication from an English law firm or public relations enterprise, which you believe casts aspersions on John Helmer’s record, good name or professional reputation, you may have received a publication that is defamatory under the laws of England and actionable in the UK High Court for damages. Your letter, […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow Gennady Timchenko, a powerful Russian businessman, was identified this week in Helsinki as behind International Petroleum Products (IPP), a small trader which won the first 100,000-tonne crude oil loading assignment at Kozmino, Russia’s new oil port on the Sea of Japan. The news, which a Timchenko spokesman in London is […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow The Russian Trade and Inspection Agency (Rospotrebnadzor) has initiated new chlorine limits for poultry processing, commencing this month. The effect will be to cut imports well below the quota levels announced last month, especially of US-produced chicken. The new Russian chlorine limit is 0.3 to 0.5 milligrams per litre, which […]

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By John Helmer in Moscow The share price of Canadian-listed, Russian-owned goldminer High River Gold (HRG:CN) has shot up by 65% since December 4, and last week hit 89 Canadian cents – its highest level since August of 2008. There has been no news to speak of, but there was a meeting, a month ago, […]

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