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Oleg Grechenevsky and I are registered on the LinkedIn network. Oleg was one of the profiles suggested to me by the site. One day, I asked him to join my group. I discovered that he had written a fairly critical book on the KGB, he was talking about the “KGB Mafia”.
Intrigued, I got in touch with him to learn a little more. I did a quick search on Google, found some Romanian content, some comments on forums and finally an article in English on the site, talksocialistnews, directed by Jack Mills, socialist militant, anarcho-syndicalist. I understood from reading this interview that Oleg seemed to be among the people well-informed about the secret service community. I looked at the one and only portrait of Oleg Grechenevsky, a man with clear eyes, Russian up to his beard.
Of course, we do not speak the same language or share the same culture. This is an obstacle, because conversing via the internet, by means of an online translation can be tedious, as we will see.
Oleg first sent me an abstract, in English, of his book. The few lines were, in my opinion, rather flat, but indicated that the secret services had gradually mutated into states in the state, financed by various criminal activities.
Here is a redacted version of our interviews, riddled as much as possible of unnecessary verbiages (and nonsense of automatic translation by Google). The interview is long but I maintain it in its length because, how to sum up a work of 3000 pages, and then, the subject is addressed to enthusiasts. They will not be reluctant to have passed a few pages of introduction:
“Since antiquity, all governments have been practicing espionage in neighboring countries and searching for enemy spies on their own territory. Moreover, all governments monitor their own subjects to ensure that these nationals do not organize conspiracies or secret conspiracies. Thus, the so-called “special services” have appeared in the world since time immemorial. However, after the First World War, in the most prominent countries, “special services” of a contemporary nature began to appear. (Eg Russian VChK and American FBI). These intelligence and counter-intelligence services turned into horrible monsters after they had access to independent financial resources through the narcotics trade and other criminal activities. All the “special services” in the world have begun to work for themselves and have turned into mafia groups, seizing informal power as early as the 1960s. This book is devoted to four main clans.
Investigating this complex and secret system is not simple. The author had to correct his assumptions and errors on several occasions. This study is not intended for amateurs, as is the case for any literature that aspires to rigorous and scientific. “
There was at the bottom of this rather mysterious missive a link. I clicked on it but the link did not work. I decided to get started. I had to know more about Mr. Grechenevsky, who seemed to hold so many keys to our contemporary world:
« I am very happy to be able to exchange with you and hope to help give your work the echo it deserves in the Western world. We may have difficulty communicating in our respective languages. I speak English correctly, but this is the only foreign language I use at an appropriate level, I understand that its use is less common in Russia for your generation. It is now very easy to use the Google translation to exchange a somewhat rough prose (sometimes confused!). Feel free to use this online translation service, I will manage with it and if that does not work, I will come back to check what you mean. I am sending you the text (probably oddly) translated by Google from French to Russian and an English version (which I can verify) that Google Translation uses most commonly (a priori) …
I invite you to read, if you wish, my interview with Molefi Kete Asante, an African American academic, in November 2016, this will give you an idea of ​​how I work (https: // 2016/11/21 / molefi-kete-asante-a-black-aristocrat /).
First of all, given the tremendous subject you are talking about, I think it is necessary to evacuate the idea that you would be a fool, which would be the best way to discredit your work as a researcher. I do not know anything about you, I have not read your book, I do not know much about what you are studying. But I take the side of taking you seriously, considering that you must be a demanding researcher. Those that seem absurd, disturbing, you must ignore them. I do not intend to make you feel uncomfortable or irritated. I just want to try to get to the bottom of things, explaining who you are, what your job is. (I throw all that passes my head, I will not remember everything): Let’s start with you, because I have to understand your qualities, your reliability, your psychological profile, and so on. In short, I will seek to make you credible for a readership that does not know you and can be instructed unfavorably against you. What is your age, place of birth, where you grew up, in what social environment, father’s and mother’s occupation, the origin and occupation of your grandparents, political opinions and life in the USSR? How would you talk about your life then? Do you have any anecdotes? What kind of child were you? Was it already the profile of a refuznik, a rebel, a character, an unbalanced? Why ? When did you get the idea of ​​studying the KGB, how did it happen? Why the KGB in particular? Did you say that the subject was dangerous? Have you hesitated, why? Where do you live today? What is your profession, what makes you live? Who are your friends, where do they belong, what professions? What does your family, your friends, your entourage say about your study topic? Do you have political, financial, and sympathy contacts? What are your political and religious opinions, why? Do you want to move, change country, why? If you have never been in Europe, in the United States, how do you imagine life in Western Europe? In America ? Why ? Do you think that this type of life is enviable, transposable in Russia, desirable? Is that already the case, in your opinion? Why ? Did you work for the KGB, an intelligence service, near a service? Someone near you (family, friend, neighbor, teacher, girlfriend, colleague, neighborhood person) Have you ever dreamed of working for the KGB? From a foreign intelligence service? Do you think that would be possible? What motivates a service to try to hire a foreign individual? Are you married? Do you have children? If not why? If so, what information do you consider in your work? What does your wife say? Does that weaken you? What did you study, what is your academic experience? Explain your choices, your directions? Is that the route you’ve chosen from the beginning? Have there been bifurcations, failures? Are you satisfied with your career, what are your frustrations? What do you expect in the future? Social, international, academic, media, intellectual, financial, democratic? How do you see yourself in 20 years? Do you think you are a calm person, Reasonable indignant, naive, informed wounded, Traumatizedfrustrated anger, philosopher, Diminished sensible, timid, corruptible, vicious twisted Capable of lying, Having a superiority complex, stubborn, Vindictive Having a complex Violent, Attracted by violence, Attracted by power, Do you attack the KGB to feel important, because you are frustrated, you want to overthrow the power? Please, explain “
It was, of course, very daring. Our differences in age, culture, and social background could be so many obstacles that Mr. Oleg Grechenevsky refused to answer all these indiscreet questions. Some of these issues, as you will have noted, were seriously lacking in deference, perhaps respect, at least in a culture foreign to mine. But I wanted to know who Mr. Oleg Grechenevsky was, to shake the bases a bit to know who I was dealing with.
Mr. Grechenevsky replied,
“Dear William, you write:” I do not know anything about you, have not read your book. “And I must tell you all about my life-and nothing about this book or the book. Mafia of the KGB! This means that my book is really not interesting to you, but you need material for recruitment, I have no other explanations. But I do not need the money or even the sweet life in the West. And you can not offer me anything else … So I answered all your questions, did not you? And now you may think I’m just a composer. Okay, let’s talk more seriously. I am now retired, 64 years old, married, I have an adult son. I live in St. Petersburg. I have been pursuing my research work on the KGB since the 1970s. It was simply very interesting for me. Earlier, I studied physics at the University of Leningrad for four years. Then I entered the Faculty of History (in the evening). After three years, I abandoned, realizing that the official history of the USSR, after 1917 was merely propaganda. You will find more information about my biography in my book. »
I had some elements, and finally a comprehensible reaction from Mr. Grechenevsky. I had touched something human, sensitive to this gentleman. He lacked confidence however. And then, this surge on my role as a recruiter for the western services was pretty comical. Well, in the context, after all, Mr. Grechenevsky might have been approached that way. I replied:
“Dear Oleg,
The remote interviewing exercise is quite artificial, conducive to many misunderstandings, but I invite you to be more patient. What I have just sent you is the first part of the interview that I wanted to do with you in order to publicize your work on the KGB Mafia. First of all, you have to understand, Oleg, that you are a complete stranger in my country, and that your assertions about the KGB are rather audacious. I remind you that I told you that the questions that offended or disturb you, you had only to ignore them. If what you want to say about yourself is what you have just sent me, that will not be enough. You will appear as a retired Russian, coming from nowhere and claiming that Russia is governed by a mafia: nothing new for us, buddy … Your psychological profile, not for publication, will be weak for me and I Would take it into account. That’s all. You will be less credible, less interesting, less reliable, because I will not know anything about you and anonymous huluberlus populate the Internet. I suggest that, in return, you send me the same kind of invasive questions, and you will see what I expect. That has told you, I respect your will. It is your absolute right and, as you do not know me, I admit that the entry into matter was a little abrupt. Dear Oleg, I am not a member of the secret service (I would like to have a salary and no money problems, if I understand you correctly), I am not propagandist of the way of life that the Americans Lived with pleasure three illegal years in California before the 911 event) imposed at home, in France, in Europe; And even in you too, although to a lesser extent, from what I know about your country. I am a very independent man, I am not paid to do what I do and I will not waste my time with a man who would have a bad character. I can understand, on the other hand, that your subject of study is conducive to making you suspicious. I would be in your place. I intend to send you the remainder of my interview, which relates specifically to your work. Do you want to continue ? Otherwise, I wish you a great day. »
I was getting impatient, feeling that the affair was going to be complicated. After all, the subject was probably interesting, but I had other things to do, write my articles, work on my book. I was ready to forget about it.
Against all odds, Oleg replied :
“Dear William, Okay, if you’re really interested in my book, I’ll answer your questions. My father served in the army. His last rank was that of colonel. He was the specialist in radiolocation. In my book, I write something about my father because his military activity has always been closely tied to the security of the state. During the war, he arrived on the territory occupied by the Germans – first he was Peterhof, the region of Pskov. There, he joined a partisan unit, he knew a little German, he carried out reconnaissance tasks. After the war, my father graduated from the Leningrad Institute. In the early 1950s, he was in a unit that was responsible for the storage of nuclear weapons. He was a specialist in radio communications. But in my own biography, there’s nothing interesting. I was interrogated by the KGB, only once. My father was a supporter of Stalin. In my childhood and early youth, I expressed fully Communist views. It was only in 1973, for my military service, that I discovered the Soviet real life, not exactly similar to its description in the newspapers. I began to think, to take an interest in Soviet history, in the dark hours, like the repression of 1937). Little by little, in the 1980s, I became an anti-Soviet dissident. The news terribly upset my father … “
It was different from what I was hoping for, but it was very interesting. I was satisfied and encouraged me to continue the interview. I sent my second batch of questions about Oleg’s monumental book (3000 pages):
“Dear Oleg,
Well, let’s go to your book about the origins of our democratic regime. Do not have your book (and I wouldn’t be able to read it), I draw inspiration from your interview with You present yourself, I believe, as a political scientist. In which institution did you work, on what subjects? Leningrad is the city where you live, is it the best city to study the KGB? Can you tell us who in the KGB overthrew Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991? How did it precipitate the collapse of the USSR? Was not the fruit already rotten, ready to fall? How did all this happen (that we could not read, in the official version, in the newspapers)?
But back to the beginning: your book What are the titles of the chapters? Who do you talk to in your book? What are the difficulties in naming people? What do you think of Mr. Putin, his role in the KGB, his real influence, his role for the country? Can you tell who are the much more powerful men than Mr. Putin, their influence in the country and in the world? Is Putin their puppet, their adversary, their servile accomplice, their boss? Or just one of them? I understand that Mr. Putin was homosexual: !!!!!! ????? I must have misunderstood ! What are your proofs? What are the 4 clans of which you speak, why alone? Are there any others that have been formed since then? In patriotic circles in France, Putin has rather a good press because he is perceived as ready to defend the interests of Russia against the globalism of Wall Street and the financial circles. What do you think ? Who is Putin to your eyes (to the extent of caution and your safety)? What is your angle, what you want to prove or denounce in this book: the denunciation of the mafia drift of the secret services? Their role in the destruction of your country’s democratic, political and military system? What is the motive of the action of these mafioses? Are they aware of the damage they can cause to Russia, to the USSR at the time? Have they changed on these issues of conscience? Where is the book going? When did you write, for how long? What are the historical periods covered by the book? Have there been any new events after the publication of the book that confirmed or reversed your analysis in the book? How do you work? What is your working method? Could a person on the street find the information you give in the book? What makes you decide to talk about a topic? Have you chosen to shut up certain subjects, for what reasons? As an author, are you a patriot? A rebel to the system, an anarchist? Do you think that the fall of the USSR is a bad thing, why? Why did you write this book? (Going further, if you can, than discovering the realities of the Soviet system during your military service.) What made you keep this subject for twenty or thirty years? Have you become cynical, embittered because you know? Are you in danger because of your work? What, in your opinion, are the reasons for hoping for improvement, for a more democratic, more serene future for justice? Why should the readers of Russia and the West read your book? Will that change something? What could change the situation? What are the other consequences we can expect in the years to come? What intellectuals, like you, are helping to improve things in Russia? Please list those you respect In the interview with the blogger of talksocialistnews, you say that what happens at the KGB also happens among the people of the CIA, the MI5 (drugs, prostitution). All these people seem more concerned about their enrichment than about the affairs of the state. But who takes care of real espionage? I think you’re presented as a conspirator, a composer. Introduce yourself, give yourself, in your book, proofs of what you are advancing? Is there a publisher in the West ready to publish you? Do you see, in the world, a great globalist movement set up? If so, how far do you think it will go? Do you think Russia will be spared? »
I had thrown, as for questions about the author, all that passed through my head. Oleg Grechenevsky must have begun to know me…
He replied :
” Dear William, What do you mean by “I do not have your book”? It’s FREE access on the Internet! And you have your Google for translation … In Russia there were no – and still are not “institutions” to study the mafia of the KGB. So that’s my “hobby” … In 1991, there were two clans of the KGB mafia. “The Moscow clan of the KGB”, to which President Gorbachev belonged, had under his reign all the power structures of the Soviet Empire. And there was the so-called (according to me) pro-american KGB clan , Which in 1991 took power in the main Soviet republics – Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, and so on. This mafia clan of the KGB was in favor of the disintegration of the Soviet Union. It reached the end of 1991 with the active support of the West. Of course, the desire for independence of the republics vis-à-vis Russia was used. For powerful people, I could quote a few generals from the KGB services, for example, Yuri Drozdov, former head of illegal exploration PGU KGB, or Viktor Budanov, a former KGB chief at the power unit. But I doubt they say much to your readers. »
Here are the topics covered in Oleg Grechenevsky’s research:
Part 1: How it all began. What are the “agencies” of power? The KGB at the forefront of the struggle for “perestroika”. The victory of the forces of democracy. A few words about Comrade Krutchkev. The soldiers of the invisible front. The phenomenon of Sobchak. August 1991: Who won and who lost? Boris Yeltsin, as the mirror of the democracy of Russia. Our great leader and professor, Comrade Putin. Methods of Russian special services in the midst of conditions of freedom and democracy.
Part 2: Yeltsin and Korzhakov. Gangster State is not so serious.
Part 3: Youri Vladimirovich Andropov. Andropov and Gorbachev. 1982, a crucial year. Gorbachev and the Romanovs. Chebrikov and the hooks. Krutchkev and the August coup. Secrets of the Foreign Intelligence Service. Who really holds the country? Note to Part 3
Part 4: Foreign Intelligence in Cherbrikov. The rear base of the foreign intelligence. In the framework of a “mafia”, did intelligence enter into Kruchkev? August 1991, a new version of the events. Andropov is the founder of the “European Mafia”. The victory of democracy. Europe has always overcome Asia!
Part 5: Summary. The unavoidable union of free republics. Secret agent. A great way to heroin. How the KGB Mafia shares stolen money. The noble community. Money should grow and grow!
Part 6: New look at the fight against clans in the KGB. The struggle for power after the death of Andropov. Who was the father of democracy? Phase of Stepashin. The unity and enmity of the two mafias.
Part 7: European Mafia “foreign intelligence”.
Part 8: European mafia “foreign intelligence – addition. Asian mafia” foreign intelligence.
Part 9: “European mafia” – addition. Asian Mafia “foreign intelligence – addition
Part 10: New look at fighting the KGB faction in the dominant mafia, Gaidar and his team, the first division in the dominant mafia, October 1993. Independent Ichkeria.
Part 11 : Terrorism Another disintegration of the “Asian mafia” The oligarchs
Part 12: The oligarchs, suite The hot summer 1996. President of the administration with Chubais The second government of Chernomyrdin Landscape after the battle.
Part 13: 1997, lull between storms President’s administration in 1997. Third government of Chernomyrdin Battle of Chubai with Berezovsky 1998, the year by default Kiriyenko government Primakov government President’s administration in autumn 1998.
Part 14: Intensification of the struggle among the ruling elite at the end of 1998. Stepashin government, Putin and the FSB, Putin’s government and administration Presidential.
Part 15: Presidential administration in 2000. Cabinet of Mikhail Kasyanov. Power structures under Putin. 2002, the year of “Nord-Ost”. 2003, Presidential Administration. 2004, government and administration of the president.
Part 16: “Young economists” of Gaidar-Chubais. Institute of scientific research of all unions for system studies. “The Commission of the Political Bureau”. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Central Economic and Mathematical Institute.
Part 17: Chubai and his team. Worshop “Snake Jam”. Political club “Perestroika”. Discussion Club “Synthesis”. Institute for Economics and Forecasting of Scientific and Technical Progress.
Part 18: Spring 2004. Chebrikov, Kryuchkov, Yeltsin, Luzhkov and Iosif Kobzon.
Part 19: Gangster War of the 1990s in Moscow. The drug mafia of Vladimir Filin.
Part 20: Why the European police do not fight against our KGB mafia (continued). The “Moscow clan”. Shabtai Kalmanovich. Boris Birstein. Grigory Luchansky. Semyon Mogilevich. Author’s call.
Part 21 : Putting drug traffickers out of the mafia of the external secret services has now become quite impossible – neither in Russia nor even in the West. “Clan Berezovsky , Arkadi Gaydamak, Lev Leviev … Appendix №1 to 21 pieces, Appendix №2 to part 21
Part 22: Reshuffle in November 2005. The KGB and the CIA. Secret Institutions of the KGB. Fall of the Soviet Empire or Misha sweet. Letter from VK Bukovsky.
Part 23: Role of the State Committee of the USSR in the establishment of democracy in Russia. “Parallel Center”, the KGB is preparing for economic reform. Grigory Yavlinsky or Taming of the Shrew. Team of State Committee of the USSR.
Part 24: Who runs the group of Vladimir Filin? A new look at the fight against KGB groups. Doom 1999. Serving the World Capital. Terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 (9/11). Mutually beneficial business and cooperation between the CIA and the KGB. Appendix to Part 24.
Part 25: Correspondence of the author with the characters in the book. President Yeltsin and his “family”. 1994, the first division of the KGB mafia. Annex to Part 25.
Part 26: KGB wolves wearing sheep. Export of weapons and KGB clans. The overthrow of General Korzhakov. 1997, the second largest division of the geometry of the Kremlin. “Triangle” Chekist.
Part 27: The new Putin will be Sergei Ivanov. What Mafia operates Kasyanov? Kiriyenko
Oleg Grechenevsky continued his presentation :
« Putin is simply a figurehead, a so-called agent. The KGB’s “Clan Saint-Petersburg” is the smallest of the KGB’s four clans, and its role in politics has been greatly exaggerated, in fact, it serves as the figurehead of the whole. You can find circumstantial evidence of Putin’s unconventional tastes if you are interested (I was not) … I have four Chekist clans trained in the mid-90s. 1999, the Korzhakov clan of the KGB (a small fragment of a pro-American clan) merged with the Moscow clan. Another small fragment of a pro-American clan, the Petersburg clan, to which Putin belongs is allied With the Moscow-Korzhakov unit (and the CIA seems to be on their side at the moment). They are fighting against the most powerful (to this day), the “family clan of the KGB.” In the 1990s, in reference to the family of President Yeltsin.
In the western world, we know absolutely nothing about these belligerent factions that make up our “Kremlin”. In fact, Putin’s group, as well as the CIA (which controls not only the US administration but also the UK government since the 1970s) have tried unsuccessfully to take control of the European Union. It was only when they failed in this struggle that the United States worked at the collapse of the European Union. This explains the recent British release … “
Oleg Grechenevsky paused to catch his breath. The amount of information was already important. He told me that his book was available online. I tried to find, it took little time: was there. Obviously, the Google translation was pretty bad. But there was a lot to understand. I already heard the learned Oleg Grechenevsky tell me: it’s all there, just read! I was still trying to ask him to keep up the momentum. And if he sent me back to reading his pavement, I could not blame him. We, the Western Europeans, were so degenerate, incapable of such an effort.
Dear Oleg,
Yes, your subject is complex. Hereafter is the account I make of our exchanges untill today. Thank you for revising it to correct misconceptions (difficult to avoid). I totally omitted some passages “destroyed” after Google translation. Do not hesitate to reintroduce them if they are indispensable. Your chapter subjects intrigue me. I suggest you continue your answers.
I will come back, perhaps, to you for specific questions about your various chapters. I am not a specialist in Russia, many names and events escape me but I am shoved like a fish at the end of a line! “
Oleg was always ready to go on. He said :

The main aim of my research is only scientific: to find the truth. It is not so easy, in the dark world of the secret services... 

I believe that originally, in the 1970s, none of the KGB clans seek to destroy the Soviet empire. The security agents, led by Andropov, would only carry out economic reforms, as they were fully aware that the Soviet Union had begun to loose economical and technical war against the West, in all directions. Our industry could not even produce samples of modern technology. Our spies had to steal it to the West. But the party apparatus strongly resisted any attempt to introduce market reforms and give some freedom to directors of state-owned enterprises. The fight with the party led Gorbachev (a secret agent of the KGB Moscow clan) to believe that reform began with transparency and democratization. Security agents did not consider that  liberalization of the Soviet empire from rigid totalitarianism would inevitably lead to its collapse. They had underestimated nationalism in the Soviet republics. A fierce fight for power between two clans of the KGB. In the late eighties, one of the KGB clans, who was in favor of an alliance with the West, began to consciously fight for the independence of the Soviet republics ...
It turns out that democracy, in Russia as in other Soviet republics, was actually given by the KGB. Of course, our "democracy" is closely controlled by the clans of the KGB. Freedom of expression in Russia is limited to the Internet. But I still believe that even half a democracy is still much better than what it was for a thousand years of our country's history, until 1991 ...”

It was becoming really interesting. I just wanted this never to stop. But, of course, the will of Oleg Grechenevsky had to be respected. I wrote:
« Thank you Oleg,
that begins to light up for me. I invite you to continue your answers, at your own pace.
I would like to publish this interview on my blog, in French and in English, under the title:
  Interview with political scientist Oleg Grechenevsky.
Everything you need to understand how Russian secret services influenced our modern world.
Would you allow me to do that?
I would also like to ask you, if you can, to send me a recent photo-portrait of you and to regularly check that my transcription respects your thoughts. It seems to me that your conclusions are sufficiently balanced. The “mafias” of the KGB appear to me less antipathic than words say at first … »
As usual, Oleg promptly replied :
« William,
Of course I agree with your proposition. You can edit in the Internet all my book, if you want… I send you the only photo, I have in my comp, which was made in 2009 (when the Russian unit of the “Voice of America” published an interview with me).
Did our Chekists realize that the perestroika that they started could end in the collapse of the entire Soviet empire?
In the first year of Gorbachev’s reign, he did not dare to start reforms, but actually tried to continue the former socialist course. But our rulers had no other choice, since the Soviet empire had already exhausted all its reserves by that time. The arms race, the Afghan war, the partisan struggle against the West on all continents, assistance to the socialist countries and friendly regimes hung heavy on the economy of the country.
And then Americans, in 1985, brought down the price of oil, with the help of their allies from Saudi Arabia – three times at once !
In April 1986, a catastrophe occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant – and huge money was spent to eliminate its consequences (they spent without account, no one even knows about the total amount of damage). To this can be added the fatal error of our rulers, who then started fighting against drunkenness – and this at a time when almost a quarter of the country’s budget was formed through the monopoly sale of vodka, at a very expensive price. What caused losses of many billions of rubles – more than from Chernobyl! (Instead of economic reform, they first took up all sorts of nonsense) …
It was only then, from the spring of 1986, that Gorbachev began real perestroika – first he gradually abolished censorship and stopped political repressions, and then even began to hold democratic elections … »

It became more and more concrete, more and more connected with the news. But the conclusions diverged. It was probably a good sign. Oleg's new sending was:

"The motives of these groups are money and power, far from the interests of their own people. Communists have sought to build a paradise on earth, but if you dig deeper, many KGB officers would personally have rather fascist views. They are totalitarian, fond of order and discipline, but they could as well adapt to a democracy, pretend to be liberals and defenders of human rights. "
I watch the news every day. Generally, the events are consistent with my theory about the clans of the KGB. For example, the civil war in Ukraine.
"Family" clan of the KGB clash in Ukraine. Since 1991, all Ukrainian presidents belong to the "Family" clan of the KGB , along with the leaders of heavy industry, mines of Donbass. Presidents Yushchenko and Poroshenko belong to the "Family" clan of the KGB too. "

Here, Google translation had everything wrong. I gave up, hoping that Oleg's next shipments would be more readable...


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