The following is about one man, and how this man, while serving Russia’s foreign intelligence agency GRU, became a key figure for both Russia’s military sector and Putin’s disinformation system. It is also a story about how smoothly Putin’s regime trains, positions and promotes talented and committed people to make sure they are always in the best place to apply their skills. If they have more than one talent or ability, they are given a second or even a third identity, so they can live several different lives in parallel.
On 29 May 2018, the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (EOCMP) chose its new metropolitan after the 93-year old Metropolitan Kornelius passed away on 19 April.
“Why do so many of us still believe that there can be another way?”
That is the question Kateryna Kruk, who stood on Maidan and witnessed the Moscow-backed violence against peaceful protesters, asks in response to foreign criticism of Ukraine’s operation to save Arkadi Babchenko.