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The Israeli government, after a long and contentious discussion, approved an agreement with Hamas to exchange 50 Israeli hostages for a four-day truce and the release of 150 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons. Earlier, Qatar, the United States, the President of Turkey and Hamas announced that an agreement had been reached. At the same time, the statement published by Netanyahu’s office does not say anything about the release of Palestinian prisoners, which means it may yet turn out that the Israeli cabinet approved something different from everyone else. Six Israeli hospitals have prepared to receive the released hostages. Against this background, Islamic Jihad announced the death of one of the Israeli hostages, without naming her name.
The day before, the IDF continued its operation in the Gaza Strip – in particular, it carried out an airstrike at the point from which rockets had been fired into central Israel the day before. By evening, it was announced that Jabalia was surrounded in the north of the sector.
Another video of the Hamas tunnel discovered under Al-Shifa Hospital has been published. Here are the stories of two Ukrainian women evacuated from the Gaza Strip, where they lived with their Palestinian husbands and worked as doctors: The situation in Gaza is deplorable.
The White House has released recently declassified intelligence confirming that the remnants of the Wagner PMC operating in Syria have received permission from the Syrian president to transfer the Russian Pantsir to Hezbollah.
Ten years of war
In Ukraine, on Tuesday they celebrated the Day of Dignity and Freedom – the tenth anniversary of the start of Euromaidan (here is the timeline). President of Moldova Maia Sandu, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius gathered in Kyiv. Commentators call Euromaidan the moment of the birth of the Ukrainian political nation, and all the Kiev residents interviewed by the Current Time correspondent say that it was worth protesting – despite the subsequent annexation of Crimea, the war in Donbass and the Russian full-scale invasion. The President of Ukraine said that ten years ago the Ukrainians carried out their first counter-offensive.
At the same time, in another interview, Zelensky reminded foreign journalists that Russia is preparing Operation Maidan-3 in Ukraine, during which it is planned to change the leadership in Kiev by provoking conflicts, committing high-profile murders and creating chaos. Here, the feasibility of such a plan is discussed by Ukrainian and Russian political scientists Vladimir Fesenko and Dmitry Oreshkin. However, as Zelensky argues, Russia has a long plan: by sowing death and chaos in Ukraine, it is simultaneously contributing to the exacerbation of conflicts in other regions, and after the Middle East it will be the Balkans’ turn (here explains why Zelensky is most likely right).
Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine continues. On Tuesday night, Russia fired 10 Shaheds and an Iskander missile into Ukraine; nine drones and the missile were shot down, but no damage was reported. In addition, on Tuesday night, Russia launched two missile attacks on Selidov, Donetsk region: one hit a hospital, which was partially destroyed, the second hit a mine; two people were killed and eight were injured. On Tuesday evening, the port infrastructure in the Odessa region came under attack: the strikes were carried out by Russian tactical aviation, which used Kh-31P type missiles; no fatalities. According to the UN, the number of Ukrainian civilians killed since the beginning of the Russian invasion has exceeded 10 thousand people.
As a result of the Ukrainian strike on the House of Culture in the village of Kumachovo in the Donetsk region, the Russian actress and director Polina Menshikh, who came there on tour on the occasion of Missile Forces Day, was killed (according to the Ukrainian military, there were 25 casualties in total, about a hundred Russian military personnel were injured). In the village of Gornostaevka in the occupied part of the Kherson region, former Ukrainian soldier Ruslan Rusnak died after interrogation by Russian security forces; he was 27 years old. The Supreme Court of the so-called “DPR” sentenced 28-year-old Ukrainian soldier Alexander Svinarchuk to life imprisonment on charges of murdering 21 civilians in Mariupol.
There is no news from the front, but here is an overview of the progress in recent weeks. The Ukrainian army is again experiencing a shortage of ammunition (according to ABC News, the United States has reduced the supply of shells to Ukraine by more than 30%). Europe does not refuse help, but, according to the head of the international committee of the Bundestag, Michael Roth, the warehouses of the Bundeswehr in terms of assortment now resemble a Soviet department store, and it takes time to restart the military industry. However, Germany allocated a military aid package of 1.3 billion euros to Ukraine, which included four IRIS-T air defense systems and artillery shells.
In Russia, the recruitment of prisoners and migrants to the front continues: politician Ilya Yashin spoke about the visit of representatives of the Ministry of Defense to the Smolensk colony, where he is in quarantine; in Berdsk, Novosibirsk region, a citizen of Kazakhstan Pavel Kontorbaev received Russian citizenship in exchange for signing a contract to participate in the war. Some are returning from the war: after six months in Storm Z, a member of a gang of Satanists arrived in the Yaroslavl region; in 2010, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the ritual murder of four teenagers; Putin pardoned him. On Sakhalin, a serviceman who refused to go to war in front of his colleagues was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison.
The Civic Council operating in Poland has been added to the register of “undesirable” organizations in Russia – it helps Russian volunteers join the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the war against the Russian army.
Putin’s elections. The head of the Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, accused “some scumbags” who left the country and “waiters hiding in Russia” of working to “discredit” the upcoming presidential elections. She did not explain what exactly they were doing. Perhaps she was referring to Navalny, whose team published the results of a survey he started: the majority of respondents do not know how to act in the presidential elections and agree to support any “candidate against Putin” (Evgeny Roizman, Dmitry Muratov and even Yavlinsky are mentioned as options) . A journalist from Rzhev, Ekaterina Duntsova, who decided to nominate her candidacy for the presidential election, was immediately summoned to the prosecutor’s office.
State. According to sources of The Moscow Times, on the eve of his revolt, Prigozhin was going to speak at a round table in the State Duma to criticize the military leadership of Russia, because he needed a “picture with a coat of arms” to reach Putin (what went wrong, sources do not know). The Ministry of Education and Science, probably in search of spies, asked the institutes of the Academy of Sciences for lists of employees who participated in international scientific events, with “detailed information” about each. Nizhny Novgorod Governor Gleb Nikitin introduced a bill to the regional legislative assembly prohibiting private clinics from performing abortions.
Judicial procedural innovations. Alexei Navalny (he was sent to a punishment cell for the 23rd time), contrary to all the rules, is not transferred to a special regime colony, where he should be kept under the latest verdict on extremism, because investigative actions are being carried out on him in the next criminal case – on terrorism. To transfer him to a pre-trial detention center for this would apparently be too much of an indulgence, and the investigators do not want to go to Siberia. But he is not the only one special: in St. Petersburg, the trial of Victoria Petrova, accused of spreading “fakes” about the Russian army, was moved to a psychiatric hospital and closed from the press.
Repressions against undesirables of all stripes:
In Saratov, a court sentenced bard Dmitry Lyalyaev to two years and two months in a penal colony for “public calls for extremism,” “demonstration of extremist symbols,” and “fakes” about the Russian army (previously, he was subject to four administrative fines for his posts in the VK). The military court immediately extended for six months the arrest of sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky, accused of “justifying terrorism” for a post about blowing up the Crimean Bridge. Read here how Moscow municipal deputy Alexei Gorinov, sentenced to seven years under the article on “fakes” and now accused of “justifying terrorism” in conversations with cellmates, is doing. The founder and artistic director of the Voronezh Chamber Theater, Mikhail Bychkov, was fired due to his refusal to “change his attitude towards state policy after the start of the SVO.” Bychkov’s troupe won the Golden Mask six times. A teacher at the Faculty of Journalism of St. Petersburg State University was fired because students under his leadership were filming an educational video about Svetlana Drugoveiko-Dolzhanskaya, who was fired from St. Petersburg State University for criticizing the examination of the case of the artist Sasha Skochilenko. A second administrative protocol will be drawn up against “voluntary foreign agent” Marat Nikandrov – this time for posting a Deutsche Welle video without indicating its “foreign agency.” A court in Moscow arrested Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in absentia on charges of “insulting the feelings of believers.” A court in Ugra overturned the acquittal of two Jehovah’s Witnesses in the case of “extremism” – they are always overturned. In Khabarovsk, a former military man who called on the army to “go to the Kremlin, liberate your land from the Jewish hordes” is being tried under articles about “fakes” about the Russian army and “calls for terrorism.”
In early November, 19-year-old conscript Andrei Lazhiev from the Karelian city of Pitkyaranta died in a Sevastopol hospital. His parents were not allowed to see him in the hospital; now they are not releasing his body from the morgue, and the reasons for what happened are said to be that he died from “homesickness syndrome,” which arose due to a strong reluctance to serve. This allegedly caused brain swelling and intracerebral hemorrhage. The Investigative Committee refused to open a case against the security forces who broke the arm of a Muscovite, deciding that he was a pawnbroker. The former head of the Investigative Committee’s own security service, Mikhail Maksimenko, was found dead in a Nizhny Novgorod colony, where he was serving a 14-year sentence. Here is a story about this man of difficult fate.
Around the world
The European Union is discussing the Czech proposal to limit the movement of Russian diplomats within the EU – this measure could be included in the 12th package of European sanctions against Russia. It will also include a ban on the import of diamonds from Russia (read how effective it will be, read here), as well as control over the passage of tankers with Russian oil through the Danish straits (this measure may just be effective). Finland has so far refused to completely close its border with Russia. From the analysis of chats in which they discuss how to cross the Russian-Finnish border, it turns out that muharibs (intermediaries) offer migrants “package tours” with a Russian or Belarusian visa, a flight to Moscow or Minsk, transportation to the border in a car with Russian license plates and even handing over a bicycle (all this for several thousand euros, prices vary). Naturally, there are no signs in the chats that these muharibs are led directly by the Russian authorities. Moreover: over the past week, more than 150 foreigners with expired visas have been detained in Karelia; they are going to be fined and forcibly deported from Russia. Moscow and Minsk blocked the election of Estonia as chairman of the OSCE, the meaning of whose existence is becoming less and less obvious (which is what Russia wanted). The Seimas of Lithuania appealed to the Constitutional Court on the issue of impeachment of deputy Zemaitaitis, who made anti-Semitic statements. The editor-in-chief and director of the independent publication Abzas Media, who was investigating corruption, was detained in Azerbaijan. They were accused of currency smuggling.
Revolution from abroad. The story of how the opposition in exile sought change in their countries. Or the tragic stories of Ghulam Lohani and other Indian communists of the Comintern. Evolution. Two excerpts from biologist Kevin Leyland’s book “Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Shaped the Human Mind” (Alpina Non-Fiction): the first is about the highest level of cooperation of which humans are capable and the role of learning in shaping this ability; and the second is about the key role of imitation in learning. Literary Memoirs. A great conversation with folklorist Sergei Neklyudov about Varlam Shalamov (Neklyudov is the son of Shalamov’s second wife Olga Neklyudova); an interview with the antique scholar Hasan Guseinov about Mikhail Gasparov; conversation with Anna Narinskaya about the publishing house “Ardis” – she is the co-author of the documentary film “Stones. Scissors. Paper” about the Proffers and their case.