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Russians Visiting My Blog — Finding A Russian, i.e., Cyrillic, Search String ‘семафор’.

by Anura Guruge


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According to the ‘Flag Counter‘ Stats (on the sidebar) this blog has had 1,743 hits from Russia over the last few years. That, 0.14% of my overall hits, is neither here nor there, so to speak. These ‘Flag Counter’ stats nor the WordPress.com provided stats I am forced to rely on, will, however, give me any clue as to how these Russian hits go here (i.e., what they were looking for) or what posts they looked at. C’est la vie. You have to assume that SOME of my varied topics might be of interest — AND I do have a published book in Russian!

But, today, I was surprised to find an actual cyrillic search string in my stats, viz. семафор. [See above.]

Thanks to the magic of Google, I could obviously get it translated at once.

It means ‘Semaphore’.

And, I do indeed have posts on semaphores though I am sure the Russians were looking for that term in the context of computer programming — and not, as is in my case, railway signals. I feel bad.


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1,200 U.S. Diplomats In Russia vs. 445 Russian Diplomats In USA.

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It took me a while, after I did my last post on the U.S. diplomats being expelled from Russia, to get some meaningful numbers as to the US diplomatic presence in Russia and vice versa.

The U.S.A. has a total of 1,200 ‘diplomats’ (including support staff) in their ‘mission’ in Russia.

Russia on the other hand has 445 ‘diplomats’ in their ‘mission’ to the US.

That is where Putin’s 755 number, for expulsion, comes in.

1,200 – 755 = 445.

He wants to balance the playing field. Kind of makes sense.

The question this BEGS is why don’t the Russians have more ‘diplomats’ in the US IF they permit 2.6x more in their country. It could actually be COST. Diplomats are expensive commodities — and I speak as the son of a career diplomat.

So, I thought this would help.


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How Many Diplomats Does The U.S. Have In Russia, IF Putin Can Expel 755?

by Anura Guruge


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I am not sure about you, but I was flabbergasted when I read that Putin is threatening to expel 775 ‘diplomats’ out of Russia if the US goes ahead with its latest bill on sanctions.

IF Putin can expel 775 it has to mean that there are hundreds more that are not getting expelled since obviously he wants to maintain some US diplomatic presence in Russia.

775 just seems like a LOT when Obama only booted out 35 – 40 last December for their interference in the 2016 elections.

Big difference between 40 and 775.

For obvious security reasons it appears difficult to find numbers for the exact diplomatic presence in a given country. But, it is being claimed that there are around 1,250 U.S. diplomats and support staff in Russia. Wow. That seems like a lot. There is, as I show in the map above (which I created for you), one embassy and three consulates in Russia. Yes, it is possible that the Moscow embassy has 350-400 U.S. personnel, possibly more. That is without any local help they might hire as drivers, cleaners etc. though in the case of Russia there may be concerns about hiring any local help.


See July 31, 2017 UPDATE on numbers, on each side, here (click).


Just a sobering thought. 1,250 Americans, on government business, in Russia.

That begs the question as to how many Russian government employees are in the U.S. In addition to the Russian Embassy in D.C there are three consulates: in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.  So they mirror the U.S. set-up in Russia. Does this mean that there are ~1,250 Russian ‘diplomats’ in the U.S.? WOW.


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U.S. Airport Computer Outage At Customs — Was It Another Russian Hack?

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To a professional cynic such as I, with a 40-year background in computers, this outage appears ‘suspicious’. Yes, it could have just been excessive load given the volume of folks arriving back home after the holidays. But, we probably have seen busier days.

Tensions on the ‘Cyber Cold War’ are extremely high and heated.

Taking down customs would have been a nice coup.

I dread that we will see escalating cyber-wars that will cripple the Internet and cause huge disruptions.

I hope this was not a Russian hack. But we need to be really vigilant. I don’t want the Internet crippled. {SMILE}


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