“A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” Vladimir Lenin’s words still resonate 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Belief in communism (socialism) was the lie first perpetrated by Karl Marx in the 19th century, culminating in the Bolshevik Revolution, from St Petersburg, Russia. KarlRead More →

President Vladimir Putin openly admits that economic sanctions “seriously harm Russia”. Imposed largely in response to the Kremlin’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, Western sanctions have since become a mainstay of Russian foreign policy, perhaps even motivating the Kremlin’s interference in it. 2016 US presidential election on behalf ofRead More →

Lenin is exceptionally present. His larger-than-life iron statue dominates the lobby of the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), catching the eye of photo-taking Chinese tourists. They seem to be more pleased with the revolutionary figure than their compatriot and Russian President Vladimir Putin often is. But again, the wholeRead More →