It was substantive, but it wasn't dramatic.[...]
In the reserved manner of veteran diplomats with Harvard degrees, Bill Taylor and George Kent opened the public phase of the House #impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday by bearing witness to a scheme they described as not only wildly unorthodox but also in direct contravention of U.S. interests.
"It is clearly in our national interest to deter further Russian aggression," Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and a decorated Vietnam War veteran, said in explaining why Trump's decision to withhold congressionally appropriated aid to the most immediate target of Russian expansionism didn't align with U.S. policy.
But at a time when Democrats are simultaneously eager to influence public opinion in favor of ousting the president and quietly apprehensive that their hearings could stall or backfire, the first round felt more like the dress rehearsal for a serious one-act play than the opening night of a hit Broadway musical".
Pietro-Mira Pedrillo (dates of birth and death unknown) is the favorite court jester of Empress Anna Ioannovna.
He became the Empress's favorite jester and was her constant card game partner. He left Russia with a great fortune.
Пьетро-Мира Педрилло (Pedrillo; даты рождения и смерти неизвестны) — любимый шут императрицы Анны Иоанновны.
Стал любимым шутом императрицы, был её неизменным карточным партнёром. Уехал из России с большим состоянием.
With a sense of humor and wit, he quickly became a favorite of the court. Anna Ioannovna's propensity for the court jester was also explained by the fact that he played cards well and quickly became her regular card partner. He was also a banker, who was instructed by the Empress at the banquets to pay in case of loss.Sources:
Обладавший чувством юмора и остроумием, он быстро стал любимцем двора. Склонность Анны Иоанновны к придворному шуту объяснялась и тем, что он хорошо играл в карты и быстро стал ее постоянным карточным партнером. Был он также банкиром, которому императрица поручала на банкетах рассчитываться в случае проигрыша.
Two women's hands were found in the backpack of Associate Professor of St. Petersburg State University Sokolov. In his apartment there was a cut off head and a saw.https://www.fontanka.ru/2019/11/09/031/
Publication of materials about beating of students at an open lecture by Oleg Sokolov, Associate Professor of St. Petersburg State University, caused a serious response. At the beginning of March, a student asked Oleg Sokolov an inconvenient question. In response, the teacher asked him to take him out of the classroom. Several people immediately ran up to the student, hit him on the back and head, and then grabbed him by the neck and pulled him into the corridor. Sokolov said: "Get out of here, get out!"https://spb.mk.ru/incident/2018/05/23/ugrozhal-chto-izuroduet-menya-studentka-rasskazala-chto-prepodavatel-spbgu-zhestoko-izbil-ee.html
The editorial office had at its disposal documents that explained a lot in the aggressive behavior of the teacher. We are talking about an accusation brought against Sokolov of torturing a student, which happened several years ago. The case did not come to trial then.
The historian Oleg Sokolov, who is suspected of murdering a woman, has been not recognized in the Russian Military Historical Society.https://shapito.d3.ru/nesushchestvuiushchee-litso-1874504/
Indeed, Sokolov is not currently on the list of members of the RMHS Scientific Council on the RMHS website. However, Google remembers everything and in cache yesterday [url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190707170803/https://rvio.histrf.ru/officially/nauchny-sovet]Sokolov was a member of the Scientific Council of the RMHS[/url].