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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 in Moscow 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 websites and discussion groups – some since departed and some still there. I decided to start my own website 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.

More information here https://patrickarmstrong.ca/2017/10/26/how-i-got-here/

I don’t take comments because I’m too lazy to police them; every now and again I bulk delete them without reading them. Much of my stuff is picked up by other sites which do. So, if you want to say something to me, you’ll have to find another way: I’m out there, so it’s possible.

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

Addendum 12 January 2019. I specifically refuse permission to RUSSIA INSIDER to reprint my pieces because it gratuitously added a nazi anti-semitic propaganda illustration to my piece on how to read the Western news media.

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

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Eva! What an honour!
    But I must decline for reasons someone as courageous as you will find rather wimpy.
    You’re no longer in Canada but I am and I have just learned that my bank account can be frozen on a whim. The atmosphere here is becoming ever more hysterical and I have already been told that I am a tool of Russian intelligence and a liar. As you know, Zone A is cutting itself off from all information out of Zone B and things will only get worse. I’m too old for this and will be pausing my website to watch what happens. Meanwhile I will have to learn to bite my tongue.
    You are, I believe, in Russia with your boyfriend, surrounded by dogs and trees and well away from all this.
    But thank you for asking; as I said, I regard it as an honour. I wish you and yours the very best.
    Love and respect,


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