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The Supreme Court of Russia declared the non-existent “international LGBT movement” “extremist” and banned it. The meeting was held behind closed doors and lasted four hours, attended only by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, wearing medical masks that almost completely hid their faces. Persecution, if any, will begin no earlier than January next year, but the LGBT+ Cause organization has already announced its self-dissolution, although this has not helped anyone in Russia yet. Here is a selection of public figures’ reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision. Openly gay and part-time propagandist Anton Krasovsky announced that he had come to terms with his own extremism: this is how the wheel of history turns, they say. We’ll see what comes next – a ban on the Union of Red-Headed People, the Association of Left-Handed People or the International Consortium of nulliparous women – but how Russia came to the point of declaring LBGT extremists, read here.
By the way, about nulliparous women: the authorities of the Lipetsk region announced that private clinics in the region themselves refused to perform abortions, and deputies of the legislative assembly of the Nizhny Novgorod region have prepared a bill banning abortions in private clinics throughout the country and will soon submit it to the State Duma. In the State Duma they can’t wait: they say it’s “about protecting our children.”
Harassment. YouTube blocked Navalny’s team’s investigation into Putin’s yacht Scheherazade due to “violation of rules regarding harassment.” No one has yet understood what this could mean. At the other end of the spectrum, there is this news: a court in Yekaterinburg recovered from the Ministry of Internal Affairs 1.2 million rubles in compensation for moral damages for the rape of a detainee by three police officers in an official car. Political persecution. 54-year-old resident of the Kirov region Andrei Etkeev was sentenced to five years in prison in the case of spreading “fake news” about the Russian army by reposting messages about Bucha on Odnoklassniki. “Memorial” recognized Radio Liberty journalist Alsa Kurmasheva as a political prisoner (more details here). A court in Moscow remanded director Zhenya Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk in custody until January 10 – during the hearing, Berkovich spoke about the tortured conditions of her transportation from Moscow to St. Petersburg for her grandmother’s funeral: she did not know where she was being taken, and spent 25 hours in a cold paddy wagon in autumn clothes without food or water, and during this time she was only taken out to the toilet twice (the judge scolded Berkovich for her complaint). Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, supercomputer specialist Sergei Abramov, the court sent him for an inpatient psychiatric examination in a case of financing an extremist organization (that is, donating to FBK). People wearing masks. A candidate for municipal deputies of the Tula region said that “people in masks” broke into his apartment and took his son to the military registration and enlistment office, despite health problems. At the Golden Gramophone music award ceremony on the evening of November 29, two masked people were given certificates worth a million rubles – allegedly for Western-made tanks knocked out in Ukraine. Science and culture. At a meeting with young scientists, Putin said that there were no funds in the budget to expand support for young scientists. Academician Mikhail Marov, one of the first explorers of the Moon and Mars, died (in August, after learning about the crash of Luna-25, he was hospitalized). In Kolyma, the Varlaam Shalamov Museum in the building of a tuberculosis dispensary in the village of Debin was closed – here are the details, quite wild. Vladimir Urin said goodbye to the Bolshoi Theater troupe and made way for Gergiev.
Meanwhile in Israel
On Thursday morning, the truce between Israel and Hamas was extended at the last moment for another day. Eight hostages returned to Israel, and another 30 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli prisons. The fact that there were eight hostages returned to Israel, and not 10, as usual, Qatar explained by the fact that the two Russian women returned on Wednesday are considered part of Thursday’s exchange. The truce will most likely be extended again. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Israel to create safe zones for civilians in the Gaza Strip before the military resumes military operations in the area.
On Thursday morning, two attackers opened fire at a bus stop on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Three people were killed and six were injured; The attackers were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers and an armed civilian. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. A year ago, at the same bus stop, there was an explosion that took the lives of two people.
War in Ukraine
On Friday night, Russia attacked the southern and central regions of Ukraine with “Shaheds” – there is no data on their number yet. The night before, the night attack involved 20 drones (14 of them were shot down) and eight S-300 guided missiles – they were fired at cities in the Donetsk region, residential buildings were damaged there, 10 people were injured, and the body of a dead man was recovered from the rubble in Novogrodivka . On Thursday afternoon, during the shelling of the village of Sadovoe in the Kherson region, three people were killed, in the evening Russia dropped guided bombs on Toretsk, Donetsk region, they hit the private sector – one person was killed, two were wounded. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, since the beginning of 2023, two thousand civilians have been killed and another 11 thousand injured due to shelling by the Russian army.
According to Reuters, the United States has postponed the delivery of smart bombs with a range of 150 km to Ukraine until 2024. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, speaking at the annual conference of the EU defense department, proposed integrating Ukraine into European defense programs. Is there really a conflict between Zelensky and Zaluzhny, about which the Western press writes so eagerly, is explained here.
An explosion at a training ground in the Rostov region killed 12 marines from Vladivostok – this happened on November 3, the cause of the explosion was a shell that accidentally fell into a fire. There was a fire in the longest tunnel on BAM: Russian sources claim that the cause was a short circuit, Ukrainian sources claim that it was caused by explosions organized by the SBU. The cemetery in Novosibirsk has run out of space for military burials, and Mayor Lokot signed a decree creating a new “military site.” In the Novgorod region, officials were obliged to donate 10% of their earnings to the families of “SVO participants,” many are outraged.
The Southern District Military Court sentenced Ukrainian Pavel Zaporozhets to 12 years in prison in the case of attempted terrorist attack in Kherson, which was occupied at that time by Russian troops. Zaporozhets does not deny that he carried out the task of the Ukrainian special services, and demands to be treated as a prisoner of war.
Around the world
Bulgaria did not allow Lavrov’s plane to pass through its territory because the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, was on board. Lavrov was flying to Skopje for a meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers: speaking there, he said that the organization was “on the brink of an abyss.” Finland has installed double barriers at checkpoints on the border with Russia. The German Consulate General in Kaliningrad stopped working, but Belarus opened a Consulate General in Rostov-on-Don to be able to serve residents of the occupied territories of Ukraine. A court in Kazakhstan explained the refusal to grant refugee status to Buryat journalist Evgenia Baltatarova by the fact that prosecution under the article on “fake news” about the Russian army is not political in Russia. In Belarus, persecution of relatives of activists who left has become widespread: the father of a Novopolotsk activist and the mother of adviser Tikhanovskaya were detained. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has reached an agreement that elections – both parliamentary and presidential – will be held after the war. The SBU conducted a search in the Pochaev Lavra in the Ternopil region – this is the second most important monastery in Ukraine after the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, it is under the control of the UOC (MP). OPEC+ countries agreed to reduce oil production. The revenue of Russia’s largest oil and gas companies fell by 41% in January-September. Same-sex marriage was registered for the first time in Nepal. It is the second country in Asia after Taiwan to allow such unions. Irish musician Shane MacGowan, former leader of The Pogues, has died at the age of 65.
Biographies. Reader’s biography of film expert, documentary director, and philologist by education Andrei Shemyakin (1955–2023). Or a scientific biography of literary historian and translator Vera Milchina. Artists. A story about the emigrant life of Konstantin Somov, compiled on the basis of his extensive diaries. Or an excerpt from the book by historian Mikhail Biryukov “Mstera Ark.” From the history of artistic life in the 1920s” (Garage Publishing House) – about the first days of the commune school, which was supposed to train “industrial workers in the decorative and applied arts,” rather than painters. Climate. An interview with climate expert Mikhail Yulkin about how global warming is eating away several hundred square kilometers from Russia every year, while no one takes it seriously. Or a story about the Pacific state of Tuvalu, which has almost sunk due to global warming, but is trying to maintain statehood in the virtual world.