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On a daily basis I am working as freelance independent investigative journalist. I am happy to be the Latvian patriot, born in Riga. I Have studied politics and journalism at the Latvian University. Currently, on a voluntary basis, I am helping main-stream media and credible journalists collect information and prepare articles on number of different issues regarding the internal and external affairs of the Russian Federation, as well as the Kremlin's military activities.

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Vladimir Putin and Koni-1., From WikimediaPhotos
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 17, 2021
Putin and his schizophrenia It becomes clear that China subtly hinted that Russia is nearing collapse, as Russia possesses all of the characteristics China mentioned. There's no doubt that China wants to take Russia's place - it has already been partly able to do so, but Russia and Putin haven't yet noticed it.
Women's forum For Belarus, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 24, 2020
Is Lukashenko a liar, a fool - or both? This article won't be about the event itself, but - as much as I'm already sick of it - about Lukashenko and what he said. Some may ask - why should we be concerned about Lukashenko or Belarus? Well, we shouldn't, because Belarus is an independent country and its people have the right to do as they wish. The problem is that, in reality, the Belarusian people don't have such a right, they can't even express their opinion if it
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 23, 2021
Kremlin: Russians don't deserve Sputnik-V I sometimes wonder if there is merit to writing about topics I have already expressed my opinion on. I don't want to become a broken record that repeats itself.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 5, 2020
China Is Slowly But Surely Taking Over The World China's work capacity and organizational skills are the envy of the world. The same can be said of their determination - in every sphere imaginable. While the rest of the international community is preoccupied with Covid-19 and the events in Belarus, Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria and elsewhere, China is looking for solutions to problems. Not so much domestic problems, but instead those linked with increasing its influence in the glo
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 29, 2020
Lukashenko's days are numbered, and so could be Putin's The events in Belarus have attracted the attention of many people. After the results of the presidential election were announced, the Belarusian people used their rights to express their opinion, which has notably shaken Lukashenko's position. Everyone now wants to know - how will the events unfold in Belarus?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 6, 2021
Russia's loud statements of its military might are nothing but fabrication They say that having force means having power. Many people want to become physically powerful just so others would be afraid of them. Some do it to protect themselves and others, while some are simply interested in the health benefits. It's similar with some countries wanting to arm themselves. All this is very understandable, but what if being so-called "powerful" is essentially a delusion?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 18, 2020
In an unexpected interview Putin suggests Russian military units could enter Belarus at any moment It looks like Putin has appointed himself as the one and only correct judge who will decide when Russian power structures will enter Belarus under the pretext of violations from one or the other side. This is Putin's signal to Lukashenko that if he doesn't do what Putin tells him the Russian army will still enter Belarus.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2020
What did Finland do to deserve Russian propaganda attacks? The Kremlin is expert in launching propaganda campaigns and influence operations against the neighboring states. This story is about Finland!
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 18, 2021
Lukashenko wants to go to prison In normal countries, criminals are put in prison, while law-abiding citizens live freely. Things become much more interesting when a country decides to jail the majority of the public and pass laws that allow to put anyone in prison.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Military might of Putin's Russia - reality, lies and failures Each and every one of us wishes to be valued and respected, and some of us don't care with what means this is achieved. This can be done with someone's actions and attitude towards others, or instead by using intimidation and threats.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 18, 2021
Belarus - de jure independent, de facto part of Russia Lukashenko was recently once again sighted with Putin - this is the fourth time since the beginning of protests in August last year. I don't think there are any other presidents who meet this often. At least not equal presidents, because it's a lot different when the master summons his servant. Being a true boss, Putin welcomed Lukashenko on his luxury yacht Chaika .
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 8, 2021
Putin's ally is a country that doesn't want to be second They say that with patience and wit you can achieve anything. By adding a little impudence, you can achieve even more. Supplement the aforementioned qualities with money and it becomes only a matter of time until you're able to fulfill all of your dreams. This time we will talk about China, a backwards country that turned into one of the most influential nations in the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Russian intelligence services can't hold a candle to their Chinese counterparts Recently, information has appeared in the media about the expulsion of Russian diplomats with ties to intelligence services. The reasons for this varied between countries - the US did so in response to Russia's cyberattacks and election meddling, while Czechia expelled diplomats due to their suspected involvement in an ammunition-depot explosion in 2014.
Alexander Lukashenko, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 22, 2020
By not letting go of power, Lukashenko has brought Belarus to the brink of collapse For some time, there was really nothing new to write about regarding the events in Belarus. The people continued their peaceful protests against the fraudulent presidential election, Lukashenko continued lying and law enforcement continued demonstrating that they are in good physical condition and know how to employ special equipment.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 28, 2021
It's never enough - when you want what you can't get Russia has taken loud steps to show the international community that it is an able player, but the reality is that it's nothing more than a mere bluff.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2021
Russia is likely behind US unrest These suspicions are reasonable, since we know that when speaking to his fans on 6 January Donald Trump lied and asserted that he is the real winner of the presidential election. These people then decided to storm the Capitol.2
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 13, 2021
Putin will arrive in Minsk as the liberator of Belarusian people from Lukashenko's regime When Aleksandr Lukashenko once again did everything to turn the presidential election into a farce and illegally declared himself the head of state, a lot of people - due to the ongoing wide protests - believed that it will not last long. I must admit, I had the same thought. However, Lukashenko with the aid of Vladimir Putin was able to hold on to power, including by ruthlessly suppressing peaceful protesters.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Putin's Russia's new national security strategy: barking and threatening A country's national security strategy is a document outlining its future course of action, i.e. whether it will focus on defense, or the opposite - on offense. Of course, a security strategy is much more than just defense and offense.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Is Armenia about to become part of Russia so it doesn't get betrayed again? There is now peace in Nagorno-Karabakh. Can either of the warring sides be considered a victor - most certainly not. But if we look at controlled territories before and after the conflict, there is clearly a loser - Armenia. This is also confirmed by the dissatisfaction expressed by the Armenian people. However, objectively speaking the peace deal can be considered Armenia's "success" story.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Language of force in international politics Putin invaded Ukraine, but in order to make it not so blatantly obvious he called Russian troops "volunteers", dressed them in unmarked army uniforms and gave them weapons. Crimea was conquered, but in Donbass things didn't go as planned.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 6, 2021
What's the point of being first, if you'll end up last A lot of people try to propagate that Latvia is a failed state and that Russia is doing far better. However, the majority of people that voice such an opinion still choose to live in Latvia and not Putin's Russia. Bizarre, isn't it? But tastes differ and that's completely normal.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 4, 2020
How Russia and China are eyeing Belarus Cooperation is always a good thing, regardless of it being between two people or two countries. It's particularly commendable when two countries cooperate to help another country. The most crucial aspect of cooperation is that it must be truthful and honest between all of the engaged parties, because otherwise it's not cooperation but something entirely different.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 11, 2020
Meaning of freedom of speech here and in Russia One of the fundamental values of a democratic state is respecting the freedom of speech of its citizens, and it is a very accurate indicator of whether a state is democratic or not Of course, the freedom of speech is not absolute - it can be restricted. Legitimate reasons to restrict the freedom of speech by law are usually intended to protect other people's rights, for instance, by preventing the unauthorized publishing of
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 5, 2021
Navalny - Russia - Putin After Aleksey Navalny was detained on Sunday immediately after arriving in Russia from Berlin, where he was treated for Novichok poisoning, leaders of the US and the EU demanded that he be released at once. Navalny's lawyers were able to meet their client only 15 hours after his detainment, while the trial was held right there at the detention facility and featured a single judge, instead of the usual three.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 28, 2020
God save the Belarusian people: when a madman is at the helm Currently, one of the most important long-term issues is the events taking place in Belarus. The way in which these protests resolve will concern not only Belarus, but undoubtedly Russia as well. This means that the events in Belarus will have an impact on global geopolitics - it's a loud statement, but it's a fact.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Putin isn't happy about US election results I have already said that we often must pay attention to indirect signals. This time I will talk about the US presidential election and Russia's response to its results.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 13, 2021
What are the results of meeting between Biden and Putin? On 6 June, many people turned their attention to Geneva where Joe Biden met with Vladimir Putin to improve relations between the US and Russia. The meeting will be analyzed and discussed for a long time - but it is most likely that we will never know everything both men discussed. Of course, a leak of information may happen, but we must always remember to ask the question - who benefits from such a leak - and then assess if th
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Everything looks good on paper in Russia ­- even CSTO The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was established on 15 May 1992 after Russia's initiative and can be considered the ideological heir to the Warsaw Pact, albeit of a considerably lesser quality. Russia was aware that the previous military bloc it headed has come to its end, so it was required to establish a new one in order to stand against NATO. Thus, the CSTO was created but it can't be considered a signific
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Putin's logic: Russians can wait, let's give our vaccines to others When two people are having an argument, there's always a third one who benefits from it. The argument between the European Commission (EC) and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on the decreased supply of vaccines has revealed how complicated joint procurements can be, considering that many other countries want to acquire the vaccines and are willing to pay a higher price.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 25, 2021
Utopian deadlines and reality of Russian military industrial complex If there was a Baron Munchausen award that would be given to one country in the world, Russia would be the first in line to receive it. But we'll get to that. We've already looked at the outcome of Russia's promises about developing and purchasing new armaments.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Sanctions against Putin's Russia: are they truly so inconsequential? Fresh sanctions are about to be imposed against Putin's Russia, this time because of the Navalny case. If we look at it, there are now countless sanctions imposed against the country. Already in 2017, Putin announced: "Russia will use these sanctions to mount a response - a response that will not damage Russia, but instead help us. We will stand by this principle in the future as well.
chess, From PixabayPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 14, 2021
Dana the chess player Chess is an intelligent and attractive board game - this is an opinion shared by almost everyone, perhaps except for those who spend their days in front of their video game consoles or computers. But this article will not focus on the game of chess itself, but instead on the International Chess Federation (FIDE) which has appointed the well-known politician Dana Reizniece-Ozola as its managing director. The same politician who
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 12, 2021
Russia en route to self-isolation In Russia, legislature is more intended to be an imitation of democracy, but in reality it accepts and obeys Putin's wishes. For instance, a draft law is being reviewed that would amend Russia's Criminal Code to punish (with a jail sentence of up to five years) those that falsify facts about World War II.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Putin is de facto tsar of Russia: church may proclaim him son of god Many of you probably remember that a couple of years ago people wondered whether Vladimir Putin will once again run for president. We didn't get a definite answer for quite some time. On 10 March 2020, the Russian State Duma passed constitutional amendments allowing Putin to run for a new term in 2024. Putin himself didn't rule out the possibility of remaining president after the end of his term.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Russia in Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting went on for quite some time in Nagorno-Karabakh, and for quite some time Russia looked confused and uncertain. Perhaps this was a false assumption because Russia once again was able to achieve what it wanted - maintaining good relations, at least officially, with both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Kremlin's wolf in sheep's clothing: Russian aggresive military exercises are presented as counter-terrorism drills The military exercises Slavyanskoe Bratstvo 2020 (Slavonic Brotherhood) began on 14 September at the Brest range and their first stage lasted until 25 September. It was reported that these are counterterrorism exercises that will engage 300 Russian troops from the Pskov 76th Air Assault Division.1 It was initially planned that the exercises will also feature Serbian soldiers, but due to the events in Belarus Serbia decided not
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 27, 2020
What's behind Lukashenko's two faces? I have already said that the elections held in our neighboring state were unfair and that we should support the Belarusian people. Our own progress regarding a president elected by the people is a different story. What concerns Belarus, all we can do is provide moral support, but what exactly is the current situation there and how will it unfold?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Foreign policy motes in others' eyes Putin's Russia reminds me of my schooldays. With this I mean the bully who thinks he is the center of the world and that everyone should obey him and speak his language.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 16, 2020
Putin is following in Khrushchev's footsteps Psychologist Jolanta Cihanoviča explains that lies ruin relationships because they undermine trust. And it is very likely that someone who has been lied to before will not trust the person anymore. "If the liar says that now he can finally be trusted, the victim will refuse to do so because he has already been lied to."
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 17, 2021
Russia - the new democratic hegemony The first week of 2021 has concluded. There were no surprises in the Eastern front - we were able to fix our shaky government using a gigantic adhesive bandage. But what concerns the Western front - there was some real mayhem. I am talking about the events in Washington where Trump "supporters" - had they been better prepared - were ready to stage a coup. .
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 25, 2021
Not letting go of power Putin style: lies propaganda and blood Autumn this year will bring a great challenge to Vladimir Putin - State Duma elections are to be held on 19 September. At the moment, several signs indicate that this may be a turning point for Russians. You may ask: what do parliamentary elections have to do with Putin? Quite simple - one of the candidates is Putin's pocket party United Russia, and public support for this party must be viewed as support for Putin.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 9, 2021
What's the point of being first when even the president doesn't believe the vaccine's effectiveness? I think it would be correct to say that most of the people on the globe are concerned about the Covid-19 vaccine. Scientists want to create the most effective version of the vaccine, politicians want to create the impression they are somehow helping, people want to remain healthy and businessmen want to make profits. Each of us has their own reasons, but all of us must be careful so that the light at the end of the tunnel does
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 9, 2021
The first will be the last: the curse of Sputnik One thing is certain - Russia was the first country to announce it has developed a vaccine against Covid-19. This fact cannot be disputed, but the effectiveness of the vaccine is an entirely different story. We have already discussed this, so I won't repeat myself, but you can read how European experts are doubting the Russian Covid-19 vaccine.1 Russia was also the first country to begin vaccination, and this also is an undisp

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