Business as usual

Anne Applebaum has tweeted: “Russia, which denied having troops on the Ukrainian border, has now announced they will be withdrawn,” linking to this BBC report.

Sounds familiar. The Soviet press was silent about the missiles in Cuba during the 1962 crisis. Then there was a note in small print in Izvestia saying Soviet missiles had been pulled out of the island. Sapienti sat – and there were plenty of homegrown sapienti in cramped kitchenettes of newly built khruschevkas in 1962.

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