Wednesday, May 17, 2017


In 2000, during an interview with the Dallas Morning News, I was asked who is the most dangerous person in the world.  I said Putin.  I had given the editors in the room a copy of my paper explaining how the Soviet Union was on the very verge of collapse because of Gobachev's policies known as perestroika and glasnost.  When both policies were combined with the theory of the Revolution of Rising Expectations, the fall of the Soviet Union was inevitable.  The paper was written 2-3 years before the collapse.


"Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to provide a transcript of a controversial Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Source CNN

Putin being the consummate demagogue actually believes we would trust the transcript.

A story of how the KGB would handle inconvenient historical facts and truth. Remember Putin's training is as a KGB agent.  This is from a previous BV story when Saenz tried to change the well known facts to serve his own ends.


The story of Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria.  He was a Soviet hero.  Just before his downfall the Soviets had just published its new encyclopedia and sent it out around the world, including the University of Chicago.  My mentor, was working on his doctorate in Soviet Studies at the time at the University of Chicago.  He was a former Polish fighter who eventually fought with the British and then made his way to the US.  He saw his mother taken by the Nazi's  for hiding Jews.  He is truly one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life.

Anyway, he was working in the library of the University of Chicago.  He spoke Russian, German, English and of course Polish.  He was in charge of Soviet documents.  He loved to tell the story of how someone in the Soviet Union sent to everyone who had received a copy of the new encyclopedia a notice to remove the entry on  Lavrentiy_Beria, and to replace it with an article on the Bering [maybe something similar - Beri]  Strait.  the instructions were very detailed in how to remove the old article and replace it with the new one.  Of course the University of Chicago did not comply.  But the letter was kept as an important part of history.  The Soviets actually believed here in the US we would buy into their rewrite of hero to traitor."

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