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The Curious Case of Paul N. Whelan

How likely is it that Paul Whelan is an American spy?

 

At the end of December 2018 Russian authorities announced the arrest of Paul Whelan. He had received a USB flash drive from a Russian man who came to his hotel room in Moscow. Minutes later Mr. Whelan was arrested, charged with espionage, and taken to Lefortovo prison. If convicted, he would face 10 to 20 years in prison.

 

Mr. Whelan, 48, is not an accredited diplomat. He is Canadian by birth, and also a citizen of the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve but left with a “Bad Conduct Discharge,” having been court-martialed for larceny on the grounds that he had attempted to misappropriate more than $10,000 and was guilty of writing bad checks. It was subsequently reported that Mr. Whelan, prior to his current trip, had been to Russia several times and was a passionate collector of Russian souvenirs. His family claims he had gone to Moscow to attend a wedding of an American friend who was getting married to a Russian citizen. His most recent job in the United States has been described as providing security for the facilities of an automotive components’ supplier.

The Anti-European Tradition of Europe

Our featured year-end article explores the dichotomies of the formation of today’s Europe and the conflicts, tensions, and solutions therein.

 

Europe has a long tradition of self-segregation, of multi-dimensionality, of debates on national identity that can go as far as internal conflict. The first failure of our ‘common home’ was the fracturing of the Roman Empire into a western and an eastern segment. Rome broke away from Byzantium, Catholicism from Orthodoxy, Protestantism from Catholicism, the Empire from the Papacy, East from West, North from South, the Germanic from the Latin, communism from capitalism, Britain from the rest of the continent. We easily perceive the differences that make up our identity; we are able at any time to distance ourselves from ourselves. We invented both colonialism and anti-colonialism; we invented Eurocentrism and the relativisation of Europeanism. The world wars of the last century began as intra-European wars; the European West and East were for decades kept apart by a ‘cold war’. An impossible ‘conjugal’ triangle has constantly inflamed spirits: the German, the Latin and the Slavic worlds.

Please, start taking pro-Kremlin disinformation seriously

Open Letter by European Security Experts to President of the European Commission J. C. Juncker and High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

 

 

We are the future of Europe, says Viktor Orban

When we lose, we stay. And we will return.

– excerpts from a private speech by Viktor Orban.

Russia´s post-invasion trauma

From the Friday´s Fleet Sheet Edition.

China Seeks Influence in Europe, One Business Deal at a Time

Czech president Milos Zeman and his baffling policy towards China under scrutiny of NY Times.

We refugees

A famous text by Arendt from 1943. 

With Russians Feeling Besieged, Some Give Putin a Loaded Title: Vozhd

Vozhd literally means leader, but in politics it is inextricably linked with the personality cult of Joseph Stalin.

Investigative journalist killed in his house

Ján Kuciak was writing about tax frauds in Slovakia.

How Putin meddles in Western Democracies

And why the West’s response is inadequate.

Rewriting Russian History

A battle for the future shape of Russia's education system is under way.

Why is chain migration so controversial?

The American president’s family benefited from it. He himself is less keen.

The America Europe needs right now is missing

A blog on countering Russian influence abroad by Anne Applebaum.

China gets a new system to curb corruption — and ideological lapses

The Communist Party gives itself more policing and judicial powers.

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