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By John Helmer, Moscow Every spring, when it’s certain no more snow will fall on Moscow, it helps to remember these things, and look forward with hope.   

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By John Helmer, Moscow This is the Bangsamoro banana, and somebody is slipping on it. On April 4 two young business partners, a Russian named Lev Dengov and a Turkmen, Merdan Gurbanov, with no known source of capital or past business record, signed an agreement to invest almost $600 million in the Bangsamoro region of […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow The Reuters news agency has published a retraction of an “exclusive” report on operations between the Venezuelan and Russian state oil companies, PDVSA and Rosneft, after disavowing the US-supplied source. Reuters has also acted after Rosneft applied for a criminal investigation of the media company’s operations in Russia by Moscow prosecutors. […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow Chrystia Freeland (lead picture, centre), the Ukrainian-Canadian who is Foreign Minister of Canada, was at a loss for words at the outcome of the Ukrainian presidential election on Sunday. Instead, she re-tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement.   “Canada and Ukraine are united by a strong relationship, rooted in close people-to-people ties,” […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow US prosecutors pursuing Julian Assange continue to add evidence for the British courts that they are concealing charges in a dummy indictment they intend to change as soon as Assange is extradited. This means the Americans are turning the Assange case for freedom of the press into a cause for British […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow On April 16, 2019, the New York Times made a mistake. The newspaper acknowledged it swiftly, publishing a three-line correction. “Correction: April 16, 2019 – An earlier version of this article misstated the C.I.A. tenure of Nicholas Dujmovic. He served as an intelligence officer for 26 years, not 23.” The mistake […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow Emmanuel Macron does not recognize that he has been elected to be the president of a secular state. France, according to Article One of the French Constitution,  is “ a Republic indivisible, secular (laïque),  democratic and social.” Though he often mistakes the same constitutional point, Vladimir Putin made no mistake when […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow For the second time in as many months President Vladimir Putin has publicly endorsed India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to win the Indian national election now under way. On April 12, in a four-and-a-half-line posting,  the Kremlin announced that Modi had been awarded the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow The case for and against Julian Assange (lead image, 3rd from left) will keep him in the UK for at least eighteen months, probably two years, possibly three, according to leading London lawyers.  The UK will have a new government by then; the US too. In the interval, Assange’s lawyers are […]

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By John Helmer, Moscow Russia has grown up; Derk Sauer (lead image), boy scout for American, Dutch and NATO plots for Kremlin regime change since Boris Yeltsin left office, can’t. Under cover of Russian frontmen, he has bought back the Moscow Times, and put his son Pyotr in charge of opinion. The opinion is the […]