WC Turck's Helter Skelter

Just before 3am the first rubber boats came ashore opposite the massive 15th century walls of Russia’s Ivangorod fortress. With rehearsed precision black-faced and heavily armed commandoes scrambled up the bank, quickly dispatching two unarmed security guards before taking up positions at the western approaches of the bridge linking Estonia and Russia. To their left, Narva, a town of just under 60 thousand, slept peacefully despite growing tensions between the two countries. Just across the road stood an Estonian customs facility. It was small, staffed at so late an hour by just a hand full of lightly armed boarder agents. russ com

Russian agents for weeks had fomented anxiety among Russian nationals in the region. NATO grew increasingly alarmed by ominous troop movements along the Russian frontier bordering Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Several NATO-member states had pressed a political recognition of the Three former-Soviet satellites as interim NATO members, but could find no political consensus…

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