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Vladimir Putin is desperate for more soldiers, but even Kremlin loyalists argue that Ukraine is no country for old men.
Moscow police stormed Artyom Kamardin’s flat, beat him and his girlfriend, and raped him with a dumbbell, the poet’s lawyer said.
From arson attacks at draft centres to furious mothers berating army officers, a faltering war in Ukraine is causing new headaches for the Russian president.
The Moscow Aviation Institute said Anatoly Gerashchenko’s death was a “colossal loss.” He’s the latest in a string of high profile Russian officials to die in unusual circumstances in 2022.
More than 1,300 people were arrested in 38 cities after Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 reservists, a rights group said. Some of those arrested were reportedly threatened with being drafted to fight in Ukraine.
The death of Darya Dugina in a suspected car bombing has brought the Kremlin’s deep ties with the far-right into sharp focus once more.
An atmosphere of suspicion is leading a growing number of Russians to denounce their friends, neighbours and even relatives to the police for opposing Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
VICE World News obtained rare access in Russia, where state propaganda has convinced people that Vladimir Putin is defending them from an existential threat.
Bernie Ecclestone defended Vladimir Putin as a “first-class person.” He's previously wished Putin was “running Europe,” and described Adolf Hitler as someone who was “able to get things done.”
The Russian tourist board is now promoting a relaxing summer holiday to the president’s favourite macho holiday spots in response to foreign flight bans.
Russia’s most high-profile dissident has been transferred from prison to an unknown location, his spokesperson said.