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November 13, 2012


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This always reminds me of the fact that when John Le Carre was writing Smiley's People in 1979, and wanted the archetypal Cold War lost cause for the General to support, he picked Latvian independence. Because, you know, Latvian independence - what are the chances of that ever happening?

Richard j

Worth remembering that 'all Byelorussian lands' includes large chunks of Lithuania (particularly Vilnius), Ukraine, Poland and Russia.

Chris Williams

Yes, that's why I didn't put a comma into that sentence.


True. All the way past Smolensk, no less.

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