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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Russian Ground Forces
Ethnic tension builds under the strain of Islam's demographic surge
In the doorway of a Helsinki bar on a snowy December afternoon, American author James Thompson is being offered a pair of Russian army night vision goggles that may _ or may not _ have fallen off the back of a truck.
Forty-eight years ago, I reported to my first active-duty assignment with the U.S. Army's Berlin Brigade. The Berlin Wall had been erected three years earlier, and West Berlin was being called the "outpost of freedom," recognizing that it was completely inside the borders of the socialist state of East Germany and surrounded by unfriendly military forces, including 20 Russian army divisions. As part of my duties, I periodically drove through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin for the purpose of observing activity at the several Soviet and East German military installations within the city.
Russian Cossacks on horseback Sunday kicked off a two-month friendly march on Paris to mark the bicentenary of a key battle Russia fought against Napoleon that led to an eventual French defeat.
Rights activists say people suspected of having ties to militants are still being abducted by forces loyal to Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, who runs the mostly Muslim republic in southern Russia like his personal fiefdom.
A scheduled court hearing for three suspects in the Russia spy case was canceled Wednesday, and the trio was ordered to federal court in New York amid speculation that the U.S. and Russia are arranging a spy swap.