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Kremlin Watching

Bridget Kendall, BBC diplomatic correspondent, has an interesting piece, Russia’s neighbours go their own way, that is rather surprising to me in many ways.

I’m going to be putting up some pieces on the creative cartography of the Soviets, and some of the reasoning behind it. Unlike the map drawing done by the Europeans after the First World War, many of these quirks were not simple ignorance, but designed specifically to cause problems, rather than resolve them.