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War with Russia – a book worth reading

Here’s a book worth reading if you are at all interested in Russia’s aggressive behaviour towards former soviet union countries on its borders and its threat to world peace. 

Written by someone who knows what they are talking about (General Sir Richard Shirreff was Deputy Supreme Commander Europe for NATO) it’s a Tom Clancy type novel.

The action starts in Ukraine with the kidnapping of US trainers by Russian special forces and attacks on US jets by Russian fighters but soon moves to the Baltics demonstrating the high risks faced by these countries.

NATO is seen as largely ineffectual initially as its members have continually cut back on defence budgets or not contributed their agreed share to it.

However due respect is paid to the resistance movements in the Baltics referred to as the Forest Brothers

Without spoiling the plot for readers this book is bang up-to-date (it even has Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the opposition in the UK) but will make uncomfortable reading.


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Lithuania is not alone in fearing Putin

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Latvia and Estonia are also taking steps to create a resistance force for when the Russians invade – just like Lithuania’s Rifle Union.

The graphic shows the weak points, such as the Suwalki Gap through which the Russians can move from Kaliningrad, now a highly fortified military base..

Which idiots thought it was a good idea at the end of the second world war to give Russia that strip of land with access to the Baltics. Oh, we did!


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Russia’s not-so-intelligence service – spies “R” us

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What do you do when you graduate from school having been trained in espionage and the black arts, learning how to break into foreigners’ homes and intimidate diplomats?

Well you celebrate by hiring a fleet of mercedes cars, drive round Moscow in a motorcade, and post your videos, pictures, and names on social media.

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Old school FSB officers (for that read former KGB) are furious. Major-general Alexander Mikhalov, says it’s treason and that the graduates are betraying their motherland .

One of the graduates is quoted as saying that if the’d hired Volgas instead of mercs it would have been OK and no-one would have complained.

If they aren’t court-martialled or sacked they can probably look forward to a career checking passports in Siberia or on the front-line in Syria or Ukraine or wherever Putin is fighting his dirty little wars.

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Corbyn, and how not to win friends and influence people (particularly the Baltic States)

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Lithuania’s Ambassador in London Asta Skaisgirytė has written an open letter to Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn over his negative stance on NATO enlargement, emphasizing that it is only the Western Alliance that can guarantee security of the Baltic states.

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In a comment in Britain’s left-leaning daily The Guardian, Skaisgirytė recalled the region’s history and warned about the Kremlin’s efforts to “menace its former victims”, as it remembers the Soviet era. Skaisgirytė said that Corbyn “seems so unaware of the past, present and future of imperialism on the European continent”. In her words, “Lithuania has in living memory experienced imperialism through occupation, linguistic and cultural oppression, the destruction of civil society and public institutions, rape, looting, deportation and mass murder”. “The perpetrators of these crimes have not been punished.

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Nor has Russia, the successor state to the Soviet Union, apologised or paid compensation. Instead it praises our oppressors as…

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A Little Light Humour in Lithuania………..NOT!

NB This is NOT a news item!

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Ambushed, handcuffed and interrogated by the KGB: Welcome to the terrifying tourist attraction that transports you back to the USSR (but you’ll have to sign a waiver first)

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Being ambushed, blindfolded and interrogated isn’t exactly a normal tourist experience, but in Lithuania it is a hit with visitors.
The Eastern European country offers a chance for holidaymakers to experience what life was like under the control of the USSR – using real dogs, former KGB officers and taking place in a former Soviet bunker.
The terrifying experience starts with visitors being ‘ambushed’ by the Red Army in the middle of the forest, 25km from the capital Vilnius, before being transported down into the bunker for a three-hour Soviet experience.

Seeing red: The ‘captives’ are lined up before they are marched underground to take part in manual labour and be interrogated
Before taking part in the experience, which is called 1984:…

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