Yuri Chekalin

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin08.05.2023

History has a funny habit of repeating itself on a new coil of its spiral. As the classics said, first as a tragedy, then as a farce. History often surprises us with such zigzags. Let’s take a look at the times of Peter the Great. To persuade Mazepa to treason, Charles XII of Sweden sent […]

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin13.04.2023

“Where does all this madness about hara-kiri, bushido come from…” /From one Russian radio broadcast./ “… We must win honestly, We must live in the bright light, They will compose songs about us, Heaven will be hot…” “Sport Heroes”    “…Who knows what awaits us?  Who knows what will happen?  And will be strong  And […]

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin23.02.2023

The first serial killer in the Soviet Union. In late 1922 – early 1923, corpses began to float in the Moscow River, frightening the fishermen. In the abandoned wasteland, passers-by also began to find bodies, tied and packed in bags. Rumors spread around Moscow about a terrible maniac and about people who went to the […]

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin10.01.2023

By 1908, the time was right for a new kind of agency to protect America. The United States was, well, united, with its borders stretching from coast to coast and only two landlocked states left to officially join the union. Inventions like the telephone, the telegraph, and the railroad had seemed to shrink its vast […]

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin04.01.2023

Emilio Kosterlitzky was one of the most colorful characters to ever serve as a special agent. A cultured, Russian-born man of the world, he spent four decades in the Russian and Mexican militaries, rising to the rank of brigadier general in Mexico. To avoid the dangerous tribulations of the ongoing Mexican Revolution, he settled down […]

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin18.10.2022

Pyongyang’s nuclear capability is increasing, but international capacity or interest in dealing with them is limited. The details vary, but the picture is immediately recognizable: a salvo of missiles followed by chilling new rhetoric. This time, North Korean state media claimed that the recent flurry of tests simulated strikes against targets in South Korea and […]

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin27.09.2022

A rare state funeral for Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister who was assassinated in July, has split Japan. The hawkish Abe was one of the nation’s most divisive postwar leaders, but it is the ruling party’s cozy ties with the ultra-conservative Unification Church that has fired up much of the opposition to the funeral. […]

Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin23.06.2022

The romantic love story of a Russian prisoner of war and a Japanese nurse served as the plot for the musical Oath on a Coin (Chikai no Koin) by the Japanese Botchan Theater (坊っちゃん劇場, Botchan Theater) from Ehime Prefecture (愛媛県, Ehime-ken). For almost 30 years, every second Saturday of the month, about a hundred students […]

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