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About Jeffrey Fredrich
Jeffrey studied Russian language at Northwestern University and at the Russian State University for the Humanities. He spent one year in Moscow doing independent research as a Fulbright fellow from 2007 to 2008.

This user has submitted 180 translations to Watching America.

The Club of Like-Minded Thinkers

April 10, 2018 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

It so happens that in the current uneasy political climate, Donald Trump’s fate and place in history have turned out to be largely linked to Russia. Moreover, we can say without histrionics or exaggeration that whether the West’s hysteria progresses or declines depends on whether Trump will be able to stick it out [Read more]

Déjà Vu

November 5, 2017 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

Trump looks upon any further dialogue with Moscow in a purely utilitarian way, expecting to make a lucrative deal in some areas, without abandoning confrontation and competition in others. [Read more]

Words and Deeds

June 1, 2017 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

By no means will all of the words Donald Trump uttered during his couple of days in the Middle East come true, but all of the arms contracts are certain to be fulfilled. [Read more]

Trump ‘Looked into the Matter,’ Syrian Intel Failed

April 17, 2017 // Life News - Russia - Russian

Everybody’s known from the very beginning that President Trump is a decisive guy. The moment he settled into the White House, he began to carry out his most scandalous campaign promises. But no one expected him to attack Syria, since the new American leader wasn’t ashamed of his status as a neophyte in foreign [Read more]

Learning To Negotiate

February 18, 2017 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

The superpower status which America has enjoyed over the last decades, not without reason, as well as the declaration that it’s an exceptional nation that by default has more rights than anyone else, couldn’t help but lead to anything other than a logical, yet not-so-pleasant result: The American — and first and [Read more]

A Time of the Strong

January 21, 2017 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

It’s believed that Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. election is a victory of nationally-oriented forces over the global elite, a victory that’s become a starting point for similar political changes in other countries of the Western world. Such an interpretation undoubtedly merits attention. Yet I think that [Read more]

American Steel Returns for Syrian Blood

December 20, 2016 // Life News - Russia - Russian

Lying on his political deathbed, Barack Obama acts according to the principle, “If I can’t have peace, no one will.” In any case, his decision to lift all restrictions on the supply of ammunition and weapons to the Islamic State, an organization banned in Russia, leads one to such a conclusion. [Read more]

The Nazi Renaissance

November 2, 2016 // Vzglyad - Russia - Russian

A long time ago, in 1992 to be exact, my colleague Black Johnny (a boxer who did time in prison and picked up some radical ideas there) came after me over a T-shirt from the then-popular rock group Soundgarden. He didn’t like the swastika-like logo. Back then I was young and foolish, so I just shrugged my [Read more]

President Obama’s Russia Fetish

September 28, 2016 // Life News - Russia - Russian

In the last years of his presidency, Barack Obama has clearly displayed an unhealthy obsession with Russia. Any speech that has even a little bit to do with international relations without fail includes a reference to Russia, Moscow and Putin. During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, the U.S. president [Read more]

The Cold War Starts Today

July 13, 2016 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, said before the summit in Warsaw that NATO doesn’t desire a cold war with Russia, but in reality, everything is exactly the opposite. Especially since the Cold War, beginning with Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, was never completely put to rest; there [Read more]

US and China Won’t Step on Each Other’s Toes

April 11, 2016 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama this week. The talks will take place on the sidelines of a summit on nuclear security being held in Washington. The Chinese leader will be one of the few heads of state participating in the forum that Obama will receive. This meeting is a sign of [Read more]

War of the Professors

November 25, 2015 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

First it was Fukuyama. Francis Fukuyama, an American philosopher of Japanese descent, was born in Chicago in 1952. A professor at Stanford University, he’s still alive today and continues to make a living at Stanford. In 1992, he published the book “The End of History and the Last Man,” in which he hastened [Read more]

Without a Bottle, You Won’t Understand the Pentagon

November 10, 2015 // Komsomolskaya Pravda - Russia - Russian

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has made a statement that nearly all the world’s media have sensationally reported: “We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the [Read more]

Navalny and the Americans

September 12, 2015 // Komsomolskaya Pravda - Russia - Russian

The press accused the honest politician Alexei Navalny of meeting in Kostroma with Americans from the U.S. Embassy. The honest politician Navalny came forward and stated that it was all nonsense and that he hadn’t seen any Americans. But then U.S. Embassy spokesman William Stevens came out and said that, yes [Read more]

In Actuality, a Unified West Does Not Exist

September 9, 2015 // KM.RU - Russia - Russian

The media has reported on Sergey Lavrov’s statement that the era of the West’s domination has ended. New centers of influence are appearing in the Asia-Pacific region. The well-known political analyst and professor, Oleg Matveychev, comments on this news: According to statistics, China accounts for 15 percent [Read more]

What Is the Donald Trump Phenomenon All About?

August 28, 2015 // Vzglyad - Russia - Russian

Lately, a big, long, drawn-out “Wooow!” has echoed throughout the global press and blogosphere. The pre-election ratings of one of the Republican candidates for U.S. presidency, the well-known billionaire and showman Donald Trump, have soared so suddenly and so high that practically all the remaining Republican [Read more]

August of Provocations

August 25, 2015 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

August is traditionally a month of political recess. The citizens of Europe also like to take a vacation during this period. But by no means do all Western politicians take a rest in these days; they are actively preparing new provocations, and not just for the autumn. History recalls how such “preparations” [Read more]

A Dangerous World

July 23, 2015 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

As a result of Yalta and Potsdam, there came into existence a world based upon the opposition of two power blocs, the Soviet and the Western. They were the guarantors of stability on the planet. Countries that joined either bloc could feel safe under this “broad umbrella” because each bloc had the opportunity to [Read more]

A Toast to Women

July 11, 2015 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

In the U.S., a law has been passed that permits same-sex marriages and the adoption of homeless children by same-sex parents. The law will give rise to an epidemic of homosexual marriages in all U.S. states and the adoption of orphan boys by gays and their upbringing in a homosexual environment. A monstrous machine is [Read more]

On the Caribbean Account*

July 13, 2015 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

In Ukraine, the U.S. continues to creep into Russia’s underbelly. In an analogous situation, when the Soviet Union found its way into the Cuban underbelly of the U.S., the world ended up on the brink of a hot war, with events unfolding rapidly. Now both sides are objectively weaker, so the crisis will develop more [Read more]

On Reaching a Level of Total Distrust and Suspicion

July 1, 2015 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and former head of the Federal Security Service , FSB, gave an interview to the newspaper “Kommersant” with extremely harsh assessments of U.S. policy toward Russia. Such assessments are routine for the daily anti-American discourse. But [Read more]

On the Benefits of US Investigations

June 26, 2015 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

The other day, U.S. prosecutors decided to declare themselves the supreme arbiter of international soccer affairs, right in line with the now nearly forgotten Komsomol slogan, "Everything is our business!"* Or as the sergeant might have said: if you really need to, it’s possible to find fault even with a pole.** [Read more]

They’re Only Concerned about Themselves

June 19, 2015 // Vzglyad - Russia - Russian

There’s a fairly widespread belief that Western political elites’ aggressive promotion of the rights of sexual minorities, despite the civil protests in many countries, is the first and foremost concern for this category of citizens in furtherance of adhering to the canons of democracy. There’s also talk of [Read more]

On the So-Called American Meddling in Soccer Affairs

June 12, 2015 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

In the scandalous situation surrounding FIFA, Russia has taken a position that’s difficult to call balanced and politically well-calibrated. In their public statements, the Russian authorities, as well as state-owned media, have strongly emphasized that the U.S., securing the arrest of soccer officials in [Read more]

Obama’s Legacy and Russia

June 1, 2015 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

Visits by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his deputy, Victoria Nuland, to Russia have made commentators once again talk about relations between Russia and Washington, relations upon which in preceding months it seemed they’d already given up. Is this really a turning point? First and foremost, it’s worth [Read more]

The Great Rejection

May 3, 2015 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

The presidential campaign in the U.S. is inevitably doomed to turn into a discussion about recognizing or not recognizing same-sex marriages as a constitutional norm. The first shot was fired by Hillary Clinton, who urged the Supreme Court to recognize these marriages as a constitutional norm for all states. Such a [Read more]

They Have Destroyed the Measure of Things

April 17, 2015 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

The current bombing of Yemen, initiated by Saudi Arabia under the pretext of the necessity of putting the rebel-ousted president of this ill-fated country back in his rightful place, has the U.S. State Department’s complete understanding. Psaki herself informed the public that the Saudis’ actions were lawful and [Read more]

Fifth Wheel for the ‘Normandy’ Format

March 23, 2015 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

The Minsk agreement by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany has raised the hopes of many that a peaceful settlement is nigh in Ukraine. All the more so after its approval at the U.N. Security Council. But a complete resolution of the conflict is still far off. And not only because the ceasefire is still being broken. [Read more]

US Tanks Paraded 300 Yards from Russia’s Borders

March 11, 2015 // Komsomolskaya Pravda - Russia - Russian

<b>Under the Star-Spangled Banner</b> Here’s an area of inquiry for political journalists, it would seem: A column of American tanks with American flags crawls through the center of Estonia’s Narva, 90 percent of the population of which is ethnically Russian ... Occupation? War? Apparently not; the soldiers of [Read more]

Obama Candidly Confessed

February 20, 2015 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

U.S. President Barack Obama has confirmed for the whole world what Russia made repeated reference to in connection with the events in Ukraine: Washington was directly involved in the preparation of a coup in Kiev. The American leader relayed this open secret without the slightest embarrassment; on the contrary, [he [Read more]

Patrushev: US Aim Is To Weaken Russia

February 19, 2015 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

The day before the “Minsk meeting,” at the highest level, to settle the situation in Ukraine, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev gave an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta.” In Nikolai Platonovich’s opinion, the U.S. has decided to overcome the financial/economic crisis that began in 2008 the [Read more]

Obama’s Invisible Hand

February 7, 2015 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

The ruble exchange rate with respect to the dollar and oil prices is probably the most-discussed economic topic today, but if the decline of the ruble against the dollar can somehow be explained by our regulators' not-so-successful monetary policy, the causes of the decline in oil prices on the world market clearly lie [Read more]

Anti-Americanism in Foreign Policy

January 12, 2015 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

The year 2014 will go down in history as the year of a sharp downturn in relations between Russia and the West. The modifier “sharp” describes the qualitative change of the dimensions of mistrust in both scope and depth. The mistrust — not only toward the actions of the adversary, who is at all levels [Read more]

Hollywood at War

January 4, 2015 // Komsomolskaya Pravda - Russia - Russian

It’s not often one has occasion to envy North Korea. It’s the most persecuted country in the world; it’s brought into comparison when one wants to insult and humiliate. The most severe sanctions, the grimmest image. Yet Russians could envy the [North Korean] DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) this week: [Read more]

The Tower Is Teetering

December 24, 2014 // Zavtra - Russia - Russian

Do you hear the contacts cracking and the land heaving? Humanity is molting, shedding the dead skin in which the high and mighty have imprisoned it. The American “city on a hill,” the symbol of American messianism and dominance over the world; this city is quaking, and it looks like it’s become infested. The [Read more]

Putin Is Pushing Europe into the Arms of the US

November 17, 2014 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

At the Valdai [International] Discussion Club, Vladimir Putin once again held court. If one views what took place from a position of it being advantageous for a journalist, he did not disappoint. One may judge this by the cornucopia of scathing material devoted to his invectives against the United States. [Read more]

When Will Obama Bomb Ukraine?

September 25, 2014 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

No, come on now, this is ridiculous. It’s not even that it’s ridiculous. It’s a complete farce. U.S. President Barack Obama announced today for the whole world to hear that the U.S. Air Force will soon launch strikes against militants from the Islamic State in Syria. I remember sitting in a cafe in Damascus [Read more]

Russia Cannot Hurl Itself into Oblivion

September 16, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

Like any normal person, I have been looking on in horror at the bombardment of Novorossiya, the destroyed homes, weeping women, and streams of thousands of refugees from Ukraine to Russia. Sooner or later, wars end in peace, but both sides simply will not be reconciled. The most practical solution is autonomy for [Read more]

Revolt of the Planet’s People

September 1, 2014 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

I associate my very first steps in the study of Latvian not with the poems of Janis Rainis, but with a little black girl. The memory is preserved to this day by a story from my textbook about a pug-nosed little girl who had come to a shoe store with her mother for new sandals. The sandals, which the woman had slaved [Read more]

Greetings from a Regional Power

August 30, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

The Europeans are not only arguing among themselves about just how much damage sanctions have already done to Russia, but they are also attempting to ask visitors from Russia: Have you felt deprived? The chill of impending darkness? Which sanctions ended up being the most painful? Perhaps the restrictions on the [Read more]

Stalin Would’ve Put Some Fear In You, You Asses!

August 6, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

When the Cuban missile crisis broke out, I was already an adult. I had already been out of school for three years and was working at the “Hammer and Sickle.” I remember that time well. Now they say that back then the world was on the brink of nuclear war. I believe it. But outwardly, the statesmen of that time [Read more]

Nazism Made in the USA

February 20, 2014 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

In Kiev, I was told the following joke: “When will Ukraine join Europe? After Turkey. And when will Turkey join Europe? Never.” The Europeans are in no hurry to incorporate Ukraine into the European Union; they do not want to come into conflict with Russia. But the U.S. is trying to radicalize the situation. By [Read more]

US Congressmen Prepare for a ‘Global War’?

January 28, 2014 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

The introduction of a bill to Congress — by two respected lawmakers from the Republican and Democratic parties — that expands the effect of the "Magnitsky List" to other countries is nothing more than yet another attempt by a part of the American political elite to assert its dominance over the world. Only instead [Read more]

US Spying Disturbs Europe

January 25, 2014 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

Once again, an atmosphere of trans-Atlantic scandal, generated by the disclosure of America’s unchecked spying, is heating up. In Europe, on the eve of a much anticipated speech on Friday, by President Barack Obama on the reform of U.S. intelligence services, fears have grown that hopes for a real change to this [Read more]

And Rainbow Stars on Their Chests?

January 5, 2014 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

Obama carefully selected the delegation that will represent the U.S. at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi and intentionally included three homosexual athletes. As conceived, this is supposed to express the attitude of the U.S. toward the "anti-gay" laws in Russia. [Read more]

Don’t Play Dumb, America!

December 19, 2013 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

The United States is all worked up. If not a single bit of filth on Russia gets announced over the course of a day, then it may as well have passed in vain. This time, they have accused Russian diplomats working in the United States of fraud. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara — [Read more]

CNN ‘Edits’ Russia’s UN Ambassador

December 10, 2013 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

<i>The American television channel did away with responses by Vitaly Churkin that it did not like.</i> The scandal caused by the treatment of White House press photographers and obstacles hindering them from carrying out their professional duties has not subsided yet, but a new one has already erupted. This time, [Read more]

The Thirsty Ones

May 24, 2014 // Vzgliad Daily - Russia - Russian

As of yet, there have been neither elections nor visible successes in Ukraine, yet the U.S. has already taken control over Ukrainian gas. The Washington Post reports that Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, has been appointed to the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest private gas company. [Read more]

The Return of a Superpower

May 10, 2014 // Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

The U.S. and other Western countries are reacting loudly and emotionally to the evolution of the situation in Ukraine, giving priority to criticism of and opposition to the stance Moscow has taken. The actual facts fade into the background in the process, as these countries’ desire to ram their viewpoints through no [Read more]

Why Make Money On Someone Else's Misfortune?

April 29, 2014 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

<i>The authorities in the United States are tooting their own horn: Since they legalized the sale of soft drugs there, their tax revenues have increased and real estate has gone up in value. In short, an all-around boon. But can one really make money on someone else’s misfortune and justify sins with profit?</i> [Read more]

Declaration of Independence

April 23, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

Today, the founding fathers of Donbass, Kharkiv and Lugansk — obviously, to the delight of the U.S. Department of State — can rewrite the 1776 document almost word for word, substituting only A.V. Turchynov for the British king in the text. [Read more]

Lost Illusions: Whom Do Information Wars Hurt?

April 14, 2014 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

Of course, having arrived in Europe for a meeting with its leaders, Barack Obama was obliged to make an announcement about Russia’s "punishment." It was important to show who the high man on the European totem pole is, but his real concern lies elsewhere: to hightail it out of Afghanistan, lick the wounds of [Read more]

Your Place in the New World

March 1, 2014 // Vzgliad Daily - Russia - Russian

The question of who is the primary fighter against international terrorism might seem naive to a person who believes that President Obama speaks the truth in his speeches. Judging by the declarations that the Washington administration regularly excretes from its bowels, there is no force in the world capable of [Read more]

US-Soviet Syndrome

June 4, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

In a relatively recent conversation with the press, Vladimir Putin paraphrased Karamzin’s famous expression: “If you scratch every Russian hard enough, you’ll find a Tatar.”* And how many variants have come from that expression! But when the nation’s president uttered that very same adage, it cleared the air [Read more]

American Ambassador Will Be Ukraine’s Real President

June 6, 2014 // KM.RU - Russia - Russian

The preliminary voting results in the election of the “president” of Ukraine have been published. Oligarch Petro Poroshenko won, having beaten all opponents by a large margin. Yulia Tymoshenko, the most influential opposition leader for many years, was unable to pose a serious challenge to him. The infamous [Read more]

Masters of the Universe

June 22, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

The masters of the world gathered yesterday in Brussels for the G7 summit. I watched the display intently, together with perhaps hundreds of millions of viewers. Obama, resting his cheek on his hand, dressed in a modest chocolate brown jacket, free in his movements in the American manner, thin — which is always a [Read more]

Courageous Resolve

July 2, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

When the Islamist International, bred and raised by the “Friends of Syria,” whose primary friend has been the United States, launched a brilliant maneuver in expanding the front 180 degrees and gaining vast territory that formerly belonged to pro-American Iraq, the most astonishing thing about it was that no one [Read more]

Glazyev: SBU Is US-Controlled Criminal Organization

July 16, 2014 // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Russia - Russian

Academic, politician and presidential adviser Sergey Glazyev believes the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is a U.S.-controlled criminal organization, reports RIA Novosti. “Today, the SBU is a criminal organization and its leadership is wholly controlled by the American intelligence services. That is, it is an [Read more]

Agony of a Great Empire

July 26, 2014 // Argumenti i Fakti - Russia - Russian

The United States, continuing to spur the Kiev regime it brought to power toward the continuation of civil war, is bathing in the blood of the Ukrainian people, believing it is thus underpinning itself in the role of world leader. [Read more]

Stalin Would’ve Put Some Fear In You, You Asses!

August 6, 2014 // Izvestia - Russia - Russian

When the Cuban missile crisis broke out, I was already an adult. I had already been out of school for three years and was working at the “Hammer and Sickle.” I remember that time well. Now they say that back then the world was on the brink of nuclear war. I believe it. But outwardly, the statesmen of that time [Read more]