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Wednesday, 20 August 2014


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It some how seems the fortunes of Mad Vlad and the Russian chess pieces took a down turn after the downing of the Malaysian airliner and the crass aftermath when bodies were scattered about the landscape.

Alas, I suspect it was no more than a minor irritation to the goons in the Kremlin. 'Vlad the Chess-master' has to decide, and fairly soon, I think, whether he is going to advance his queen into eastern Ukraine to defend the Russian-speaking separatists coming under increasing pressure from Kiev. The Russian public seem to want it and assume that he will - and he will never be able to pose for those macho photos again if he doesn't! On the other hand, the Russian economy is beginning to feel the squeeze. Interesting times - I'm afraid to say!

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