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On Saturday afternoon, Russia fired a ballistic missile at a drama theater in the center of Chernihiv, killing seven people, including a six-year-old girl, and injuring 129. The city is in mourning. The Drama Theater hosted an exhibition of drone manufacturers, and the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on the strike on the “place of gathering of military specialists of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
On Sunday, the centers of Volchansk and Kupyansk in the Kharkiv region were shelled: one person died in Volchansk, 11 wounded in Kupyansk. On Saturday night, Russia launched 17 kamikaze drones in Ukraine, 15 of them were shot down – the unkilled ones hit an “infrastructure facility” in the Zhytomyr region and something in Khmelnitsky – two people were injured there.
On Saturday, the Kremlin announced Putin’s visit to the headquarters of the invasion in Rostov-on-Don (the same one where Prigozhin had a nice conversation with the Deputy Minister of Defense at the end of June), and in the Novgorod region, a drone attacked a military airfield, there was a strong fire, according to the official version, one was damaged airplane. On Sunday, a drone crashed into the building of the railway station in Kursk, one drone was shot down in the Moscow region, three more over the Rostov region. A little later, three drones were shot down over Belgorod.
The President of Ukraine made a tour of the Nordic countries over the weekend: on Saturday he was in Sweden, where he praised the Gripen aircraft in the hope of their delivery, but has not yet received a definite promise, and on Sunday – in the Netherlands and Denmark. The Netherlands promised 42 F-16 fighter jets, Denmark another 19. In Denmark, Zelenskiy responded to a recent suggestion that Ukraine could trade part of its territory for NATO membership: “We are ready to trade Belgorod for NATO membership.” The head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Vasily Malyuk, told in an interview the details of the first attack on the Crimean bridge in October last year: Ukrainian special services, according to him, blindly used many “ordinary Russian smugglers”, wrapped explosives in so much cellophane that customs scanners could not see it, and in order to carry out the explosion, the Russian electronic warfare systems had to be deactivated. The British Telegraph writes that China continues to supply helicopters, drones and metals to Moscow after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Bloomberg assures that hardliners in the leadership of the Russian security forces are trying to get Putin to fire Shoigu and Gerasimov, declare general mobilization and impose martial law. . Here, just in case, advice from the coordinator of “Go through the woods” Anton Gorbatsevich regarding the rules of communication with military registration and enlistment offices. Georgian border guards did not let into the country five former prisoners from the Kherson region, whom the Russian security forces, during the retreat, took to Russia to serve out the terms imposed by the Ukrainian courts. This is the first such case, and what caused the decision is not yet clear. In the Kirov region, on suspicion of raping a 26-year-old woman, a Wagnerian who returned from Ukraine is wanted: before the war, he received a long sentence for killing his girlfriend with a hammer, but, after not serving even two years, he enlisted in the Wagner PMC and is now free. His new victim is in intensive care in a serious condition (open craniocerebral injury, brain contusion, facial fracture and other consequences of a severe beating). As for the fight against anti-military activity, a criminal case has been opened in the Ryazan region on “re-discrediting” the Russian army for a joke about Kherson, a Muscovite was sentenced to four years and two months in prison for audio in a telegram channel with a call to “hit the FSB headquarters in Moscow”, An activist from Novocherkassk, who was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for setting fire to a Z-banner, was beaten up by pro-military inmates.
The Luna-25 spacecraft, as Roskosmos put it, went “to an off-design orbit and ceased to exist as a result of a collision with the surface of the Moon.” Here is the story of the Russian lunar project, the success of which, for a number of reasons, was far from guaranteed. In Buryatia, the Kholodnaya River overflowed its banks, broke through a dam and flooded about 200 meters of railway tracks on the stretch between Kholodnaya and Nizhneangarsk stations. BAM will not work for at least a week. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia has filed a lawsuit against billionaire Alexei Melnichenko, demanding that the Siberian Energy Company JSC belonging to him be transferred to state ownership, the acquisition of which the prosecutor’s office considers corrupt. Melnichenko heads the list of the richest businessmen in Russia according to Forbes. Memorial activists, foreign diplomats and members of the Congress of Poles in St. Petersburg were unable to lay flowers at the Levashovskoye cemetery, from where the monument to the Poles who were shot there recently disappeared. The laying of flowers was timed to the next anniversary of the “Polish action of the NKVD”, in which 110 thousand people were shot. At the entrance to the cemetery, those who came to commemorate the dead were met by activists of the “Volunteer Company” with anti-Polish posters, and the cemetery itself turned out to be closed for “an inventory of trees that pose a threat”. In Yekaterinburg, unknown people with the words “Oh, look, Negro!” a graduate student of the Ural University from Gabon was stabbed to death. The lawyer reported that the health of Strelkov-Girkin, who is in a pre-trial detention center on the case of extremism, is deteriorating – his hand is taken away, but no examinations are carried out. Near Kirov, police officers stopped the car of Denis Shadrin, one of the leaders of the movement of observers at the elections “Voice”, and took away his equipment, which was not confiscated during a search on Thursday. An independent deputy from Novosibirsk, Svetlana Kaverzina, found a hidden camera in her office. The next day the camera was gone. In May, her previous office was vandalized by unidentified individuals and her assistant was attacked. On the third anniversary of Navalny’s poisoning by Novichok, his supporters held a worldwide “Putin is a killer” action. In Prague, they even hammered a symbolic nail into his coffin. Here, the former head of his Omsk headquarters and Omsk activists recall the poisoning of Navalny.
Urgent. Writer Dmitry Glukhovsky talks about the war, the historical guilt of the Russian intelligentsia and the future of Russia (rather gloomy). Writers Roman Osminkin and Yulia Podlubnova discuss the total distraction of Russians during the war, changes in the newest literary language, and redrawn identities. Or here is an excerpt from Daria Serenko’s book “I Wish Ashes for My Home” (published by the Babel bookstore) – this is autofiction about women’s experience of war. Literature. Lecture by Dina Magomedova on acmeism (from the large project “Shelves” on the history of Russian poetry). Or an interview with classical philologist Boris Nikolsky about the modernity of ancient tragedy and philosophy. Music. An excerpt from the book by rock journalist Alexander Kushnir “Aquarium. Geometry of Chaos” (Metamorphoses Publishing House) about the darkest period in the history of Russian rock, when everyone was screwed. Or an interview with music journalist and producer Alexander Kan, who organized a visit to the USSR by the free-jazz ensemble Rova Saxophone Quartet from San Francisco and arranged a meeting of musicians with figures from the Leningrad underground in 1983.