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Russian troops hit the market in Konstantinovka in the Donetsk region. 17 people were killed, 32 people were injured. 20 shops, power lines, an administrative building and the fifth floor of a residential building were damaged. Passenger cars and 8 shopping facilities were completely burned down. In the Zaporozhye region, two people were injured due to a Russian missile attack. In addition, at night the Russian army struck the Odessa region with Shaheds. The air defense went off, but one person died.
Romania admitted that a Russian drone similar to those used to attack Ukrainian river port infrastructure fell on its territory in order to complicate the export of Ukrainian grain. Its fragments were found near the border with Ukraine. First, the Romanian Ministry of Defense “categorically denied” Kyiv’s information about the fall of Russian drones.
The occupation “head” of the Zaporozhye region, Yevgeny Balitsky, announced the “tactical abandonment” of Rabotino by Russian troops. He spoke about this on the propaganda talk show Solovyov Live. According to him, Rabotino almost does not exist, it is “a settlement that remains only on the map. The Ministry of Defense has not confirmed this. At the same time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are advancing in the south, and in Russia they are allegedly preparing a new wave of mobilization – analyst David Sharp talks about this in more detail.
Against the backdrop of all this, the Russian authorities are preparing to intensively defend Moscow, or rather the residence of Vladimir Putin. In “News of the Week” on the Rossiya 1 TV channel in early September, they showed the process of construction of a new site for the deployment of the Pantsir S-1 air defense system, and journalists from the Russian Service of Radio Liberty geolocated this footage and found out that it is located about 10 km from Novo-Ogarevo is where Vladimir Putin’s residence is located. Read more about this investigation here.
Stitched mouths and endless searches
In Russia, the number of criminal cases for “AWOLs” is growing against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine. Russian military courts have received more than 2,900 cases against contract soldiers and those mobilized under articles that were tightened with the start of mobilization. Here is a detailed study about this. A court in Moscow extended the arrest of director Evgenia Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk in the case of “justification of terrorism.” Judge Diana Mishchenko, who handed down the sentence, has been under US sanctions since March on charges of involvement in human rights violations. In Astrakhan, a prisoner went on a hunger strike and sewed his mouth shut due to the lack of medical care in the colony. He regularly experiences epileptic attacks, but they refused to call an ambulance for him. Iloviki conducted searches in several regions of Russia in the case of donations to the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Alexei Navalny. Several people in Moscow, Krasnoyarsk and Nizhny Novgorod are charged with financing an extremist community. The story of mathematician Azat Miftakhov, who was re-arrested right on the way out of the colony, where he had just served an almost six-year sentence on charges of hooliganism for breaking a window in the United Russia office.
The delights of Russian education
Russia has created a professional retraining center for those returning from the war in Ukraine. There, former military personnel will be taught to teach in schools the new subject “Fundamentals of Security and Defense of the Motherland.” This item will replace the current OBZH. A new career path: from behind bars to Wagner and then to a teacher. Everything is adding up: the Ministry of Defense has also proposed registering prisoners for military service
But that’s not all the bonuses. The Ministry of Education and Science has proposed making preparatory courses at Russian universities free for participants in the war in Ukraine and their children. The initiative is currently at the stage of public discussion and anti-corruption examination. This year, about 8.5 thousand participants in the war in Ukraine and their children have already entered Russian universities under a special quota.
News from Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada appointed Rustem Umerov as the new Minister of Defense of Ukraine. The day before, his predecessor Alexei Reznikov was dismissed after a series of corruption scandals with procurement in the army and a series of dismissals of high-ranking military personnel. The new Minister of Defense Rustem Umerov headed the State Property Fund. Here’s more about it.
The story of a Russian pilot who fled to Ukraine on a military helicopter and handed it over to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. After that, he gave a long interview in which he confessed his love for Ukraine and called the attack on it by the Russian army a big mistake.
Passports and citizenships
More than 100 Russian athletes have changed their sports citizenship since the beginning of 2022. Earlier, the publication “Kholod” estimated that there are more than 200 such athletes. Most athletes do not publicly report this; such decisions become known when they go through the registration procedure. This is due to the fact that international federations, due to the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, have banned Russian representatives from participating in international competitions in many sports.
And in Belarus, the country’s consulates abroad were allowed to confiscate passports from citizens. A day earlier, Lukashenko signed a decree that now citizens of Belarus will not be able to obtain passports abroad; the publication Sota drew attention to this point. The Ministry of Internal Affairs at their place of residence will now issue and exchange passports to Belarusians who permanently reside abroad. And to this is the story of how people who lived abroad but decided to return to their homeland are arrested in Belarus.
Sanctions and cartridges
The United States will allocate a new $175 million military aid package to Ukraine. It includes equipment to support Ukraine’s air defense systems, ammunition and cartridges, optically guided missiles, Javelin and AT-4 anti-tank systems, and other field equipment. And most importantly: depleted uranium shells for Abrams tanks. At the same time, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised Ukraine a new aid package, worth up to one billion dollars. More than $665 million of the package will go toward military and civilian security assistance.
In Germany, the former head of a unit of the Federal Intelligence Service, Karsten Linke, and his alleged contact Arthur Eller were formally charged with treason in favor of Russia. What exactly Linke conveyed to Russian intelligence is not officially reported. The newspaper Der Spiegel previously wrote that Carsten Linke, on instructions from the FSB, collected GPS data on the deployment of HIMARS and IRIS-T MLRS in Ukraine. And here is the story of how Russian influence penetrates Chisinau, and the diplomatic scandals that follow.
The European Court in Luxembourg lifted sanctions against the former CEO of the Ozon retailer Alexander Shulgin. This is the first such case after a full-scale invasion of Ukraine; before this, only relatives of the sanctioned persons could challenge the sanctions. In April 2022, the European Council imposed restrictions on him on the grounds that he is an “influential businessman” and CEO of Ozon. At the same time, the same court rejected similar claims by Russian businessmen Dmitry Pumpyansky and Gennady Timchenko. The court refused to lift the sanctions against the wives of both businessmen.
Radical environmental activists. The story of how 10 years ago environmentalists held a protest against oil production in the Arctic and attached themselves to a drilling platform in the Barents Sea – and what happened to them after that. Nuclear Lenin mushroom and other madness. Caricatures for every day from poster artist Lisa Benk. A little linguistics. A history of African language, street slang and musical culture in Haiti. Hemingway of our time. An excerpt from writer Lorrie Moore’s novel “The Locked Staircase” about America after the September 11 terrorist attack, shown through the eyes of a twenty-year-old girl. Better and brighter. Anthropologist Daria Kholodova from the University of San Martin examines why we believe in progress and whether it actually happens. Blindness to cruelty. The creator of the Minute by Minute project, Alexey Novoselov, discusses why Russians are tolerant of special operations.