I was an analyst in the Canadian Department of National Defence specialising in the USSR/Russia. I started in the time of Chernenko and watched the whole thing develop.

I was a Counsellor in the Canadian Embassy 1993-1996.

I retired in May 2008 and have been writing on Russia and related subjects on the Net ever since.

I have written for various blogs and discussion groups – some since departed and some still there. I recently decided to start my own blog with the intention that it become a repository for my writings.

Generally speaking, the predominant theme of my career was that we had a great opportunity when the USSR disappeared to make a more cooperative world. Instead, we have steadily turned Russia into an enemy – and a much more capable one than we casually assumed in the 1990s.

So here we are today. Paying for our arrogance, incompetence and maybe worse.

But I haven’t given up hope.

I don’t take comments because I’m too lazy to police them. Much of my stuff is picked up by other sites which do.

Happy to have anybody quote or reprint anything anywhere at any time. The only rules are the usual ones of common decency and behaviour.

  1. Attribution
  2. Linking hyperlink
  3. No cheating or misrepresentation

My new header picture is a painting by Isaac Levitan “Над вечным покоем“. Several English versions but “Eternal rest” is the one I like.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Jim

    Hello, Mr Armstrong,

    I found your site today

    thoughtful articles and brilliaint insites

    please write about what the last Canadian government did and what the current one needs to do to undo the graffiti over the Canadian identity


  2. Robert McMaster

    This is very good stuff and well written Mr. Armstrong. Canadians generally, are thoroughly mis-informed about Russia so we need more of this. Keep it up.


  3. Oleg

    Dear Mr.Armstrong, I think current situation with the face-off of Russia and the West is not only about the lost chance of the West to find a new friend instead of disappeared USSR. This opposition is needed by the Russian leader to stay in power. This is a strategy. It is obvious. Besides you know about ancient opposition between 2 major Christian religion versions.


  4. James sullivan

    Look forward to further analysis …i follow intnl events extensively, and find your comparison of Russia / Canada/ Germany GDP most revealing…as a Canadian, i suspect real politic prevents our politicians doing / thinking anything that would anger our masters in the US …..i fear the lack of Cdn self interest will lead us down the sad road the US embarked on since post WW2.
    Keep up the good work.


  5. Rade Z

    I can’t believe how many great information you’re laying out here, meticulously month after month.

    On top of that, u r 100% right on the “big picture” in the About section of the site. Maybe it still isn’t too late to build a better RU-West relationship so entire planet benefits!

    Good luck!


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