1420 – fifth posting

Four times in the past I have posted links to the 1420 Youtube.com interviews. Youtube.com is still available for Russians, and these videos are street interviews of a variety of people, mostly around Moscow. The interviewees are not scientifically selected nor representative, but I find them interesting. This one is about “Are you ready to get drafted (conscripted).” It is worth while listening to all the way to the end (it is 7:32 minutes long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnKMLM7Hvqc.


Previous postings:

1420 | Mystics & Statistics (dupuyinstitute.org)

1420 – second posting | Mystics & Statistics (dupuyinstitute.org)

1420 – third posting | Mystics & Statistics (dupuyinstitute.org)

1420 – fourth posting | Mystics & Statistics (dupuyinstitute.org)


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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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  1. As always, I’ve found Mystics & Statistics one of the very few trusted sources of information about the current Russian Ukraine conflict.
    One thing I haven’t been able to understand is how Putin could be so unaware of the Russian Ukrainian past. True there are few if any still alive who survived the Holodomor (Golodomor in Russian) the death by hunger. The term refers to the deliberately created famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine, which cost many millions of lives.
    Memories of the horrible hunger caused by Stalin don’t fade all that much in just a few generations.
    It is no surprise that the resistance is strong.

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