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Time to check out the serious action in Brussels. Down at Nato headquarters, the brass hats are proving that there’s life after the end of the cold war. Ask their most famous recruit, a sheepish Russian general by the name of Shevtsov.

For almost 12 months, Leontiy Shevtsov has been strolling round top secret installations, like the planning HQ in Mons and the golf course at Zaventem. Nato is happy. Shevtsov is happy. Everybody is too polite to ask the obvious question: if this is an exchange, when do we get to send one of our boys to Moscow?


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