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.

3 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.


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