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Saint Petersburg, Russia (August 2019)

Less than three year ago…

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A Tupolev Tu-142 leading two Sukhoi Su-30s during the 2019 Day of the Russian Navy

Hopefully, these three have been taken out by anti-aircraft missiles by now.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral

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St. Isaac’s Cathedral (St. Petersburg, Russia – August 2019)

The Dream of the Blue Turtles

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Russian child eyes the Russian military on “Day of the Russian Navy” (Saint Petersburg, Russia – July 28, 2019)

“We share the same biology, regardless of ideology
But what might save us, me and you
Is if the Russians love their children too” — Sting 1985

Rammstein and Russia

“The band Rammstein wishes to express its support for the nation of Ukraine as it resists the shocking attack perpetrated by the Russian government.

Above all at this moment, we feel particular grief for the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

Each member of the band has various experiences of the two countries; all members of the band have friends, associates, partners, fans in both lands.

We acknowledge the desperation that many Russian fans may feel when faced with the actions of their government, and we want to remember the humanity shared by both Russian and Ukrainian citizens.”

Rammstein logo with Ukrainian flag

Kamov Ka-31 Helix B

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Russian helicopter on 2019 Day of the Russian Navy

In the years in which I head over to Europe for the summer, I like to check out two or three new places. In 2019, Saint Petersburg was one of those places. In 2022, Ukraine was on the list. However, I don’t think I’m going to Europe this summer, and Ukraine is obviously off the table after the Russian invasion.

I saw some really creepy things while in Russia a few years ago, so this week’s events in Ukraine aren’t really surprising. Humanity is still a long way from enlightenment.