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