“Putin’s mobilization in Russia in connection with the war against Ukraine has acquired downright tragicomical traits. Videos of drunk and emaciated conscripts who lost their normal human face have been circulated around the world. Most of them do not have even the slightest idea about military discipline and combat training. They are absolutely not adapted not only to fight, but even to line up and perform elementary coordination team actions. They were nicknamed “ethyl troops”, – columnist Ruslan Aysyn.
The realities of war
The Crimean bridge was blown up.
The number of Russians killed in the war in Ukraine exceeded 61,600. The Russian command, against the backgrownd of successful counteroffensive actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to conceal real losses, massively uses the practice of burning the bodies of their dead, including those who recently arrived as part of the so-called “partial” mobilization.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has confirmed that Russian forces have lost control over the key city of Liman. However, the institution stated that the allied troops were withdrawn from Liman “to more advantageus lines” due to the threat of a complete encirclement. In the Kremlin’s Newspeak, “occupying more advantageus lines” means “fleeing because of the offensive of the Armed Forces.” The phrases “regrouping” and “gesture of goodwill” can also be found. Also, the Ministry of Defense recognized the withdrawal from almost the entire territory of the Kharkiv region and a large retreat to the north of the Kherson region. In general, Russia lost more than 4,000 square kilometers and 29 settlements in Ukraine in a week, including six in the Luhansk region. Experts explained the rapid retreat of Russia by problems with supply, command and shortage of soldiers. Also, in the Eastern and Western military districts were changed commanders.
The heads of two committees of the State Duma turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to study the situation with the supply of the Russian army. In the lower house of the Russian Parliament will be held closed on it. According to military experts, Putin is preparing Shoigu to take responsibility for the failure of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Two graves were discovered in Lyman, liberated by the Ukranian Armed Forces. There are about 200 tombs in one of them. According to preliminary information, these are separate graves where civilians are buried. In the second plot, there is a mass grave, in which both military and civilians can be buried. Exhumation is underway. 21 bodies were reburied at the Svyatogorsk city cemetery, all of them were civilians who died during the occupation. While the battles for Svyatogorsk and the occupation continued, the dead were buried in the streets and yards.
Russia struck on Zaporizhzhia on October 6 and killed 17 Ukrainian civilians (one of which was a child and one person died in hospital). Rescue work continues on the place of the destroyed houses. 21 people were rescued, of which 12 were hospitalized.
In the village of Pesky-Radkovskie, Kharkiv region, liberated during the recent counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, a basement equipped by the Russian military for torturing prisoners was discovered in one of the houses. At the moment, the police know exactly about the torture of people in the form of burying them alive in the ground and using a gas mask with a smoldering rag. A dildo, wires with ropes and records of the interrogation of one of the men who were there were also found in the prison. The identities of the tortured Ukrainian soldiers have already been established.
American army veterans Alex Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh, who spent more than three months in Russian captivity, told about torture. The Washington Post published an interview with them. The men were taken for several days to a camp in Russia, where prisoners of war, most of whom were Ukrainians, were kept in tents, and then transferred to a pre-trial detention center in the Donetsk region. During the interrogations, Drueke and Huynh were repeatedly asked if they worked for the CIA, and they did not believe that they were privates in the Ukrainian military unit, they forced them to kneel for a long time until their legs were numb. If they moved, they were beaten.
They were made to stand at night, because of which they could not sleep. In the Donetsk region, detainees were placed in a cold basement, every day they received a loaf of bread with water, which often turned out to be dirty. Screams could be heard from the premises where the interrogations took place. British Paul Yury died there during torture. Armed people forced them to participate in interviews with Russian propagandists. Before being exchanged for Russian prisoners of war, their hands and eyes were bound “excruciatingly painfully”. “I understood many times that I could die, or that I was close to death, or that I would probably die. But that was the only time I actually prayed for death,” Drueke says.
An explosion because of a fallen drone occurred at the Shaykovka military airfield in the Kaluga región. The drone exploded over the airstrip of the military unit. They believe that it was a sabotage, and the device with a shot for a grenade launcher was launched from the territory of Ukraine. The purpose of the drone was allegedly to destroy the runway of the Shaykovka airfield. As a result, the strip was damaged.
Shoigu announced that more than 200,000 people had been mobilized into the Russian army to participate in the so-called “military operation” in Ukraine. They will be sent to the areas where the so-called “operations” after “combat coordination” and imaginary preparation.
During the retreat the Russian army leaves on the battlefield more military equipment and weapons than any of the Western countries gave to Ukraine during the entire war. According to the analytical project Oryx, the armed forces of Ukraine captured 460 Russian tanks (Western countries supplied 320), 92 self-propelled guns, 448 infantry fighting vehicles (210 from the West), 195 armored combat vehicles (40 from the West) and 44 missile systems (70 from West). This information was collected from open sources, so the real amount of seized equipment may be higher.
A Russian serviceman with the call sign “Cannibal” addressed the Russian conscripts. He complained that since September 19, “of the 23 people, he has only 7 left, so he needs people.” “We are withdrawing now and we are worried because of this,” said the man who invaded the territory of Ukraine. As a reminder, Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24. After 7 months of war, Russian President Putin announced mobilization. Today, October 4, it became known that the mobilized will be sent to the zone of the so-called “special operations” together with the units involved there.
Shattered Russian economy
Russian metallurgists are reducing rail transportation of their products because of its high cost. Less steel will send metal to the east, which became the main market after the closure of the western market due to sanctions. Metallurgists demand discounts and complain about negative profitability due to the high cost of transportation.
The introduction of a price ceiling on Russian oil may lead to a temporary reduction in production in Russia. The sanctions planned by the West will lead to difficulties with deliveries and create a “very bad precedent”.
The number of apartments put up for urgent sale on the secondary housing market in Moscow tripled a week after the announcement of partial mobilization. Their owners, who wanted to leave the country, were ready to sell housing at a discount of up to 20%.
The plant for the production of blades for wind turbines in Ulyanovsk will be closed, the Ministry of Industry and Trade reported. He promised to pay compensation to the staff and try to preserve the production site. The plant belonged to the Danish company Vestas, which decided to leave Russia and liquidate local “subsidiaries” after the start of the so-called “military operation” in Ukraine. Ego has 443 employees.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, signed a decree stating the impossibility of negotiations with Putin. On September 30, Zelensky said that Ukraine “was and remains a leader in negotiating efforts,” but he does not see any prospects in dialogue with Putin. The President of Russia, on the contrary, called Ukraine to negotiations – but without discussing the four territories that he annexed to Russia within the framework of the so-called “military operation”. Putin wants negotiations because he is losing the war.
The Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Slovakia supported Ukraine’s accession to NATO.
Ukraine calls the world to support the self-determination of the indigenous peoples of Russia. The appeal emphasizes that, implementing its aggressive imperialist policy, Russia has been committing genocide of enslaved peoples for centuries, ignores the principle of equality and self-determination of peoples, and grossly violates the rights of indigenous peoples and citizens belonging to national minorities. The Verkhovna Rada expresses support for the inalienable right of the peoples of Russia to self-determination in accordance with the UN Charter, generally recognized norms and principles of international law.
The first summit of the “European Political Community” – a new format of cooperation between European countries – began in Prague. The head of the EU, Josep Borrell, said that its members will discuss the creation of a “new order without Russia.” 44 countries take part in it: representatives of all EU countries, candidate states for joining the bloc, as well as countries bound by economic agreements with the EU and sharing common European values. Belarus and Russia are not invited. “This does not mean that we want to exclude Russia forever, but this Russia, Putin’s Russia, has no place…” Borrell said.
Clients from Russia complain about the refusal of several banks and ATM networks in Europe to work with cards of the Chinese UnionPay system.
The European Union published the eighth package of sanctions. In particular, it provides for a ban on sea transportation of oil to third countries at the price, exceeding the one, set, and prohibits Russians from opening crypto wallets in Europe. 30 people, including Ella Pamfilova, Yulia Chicherina, Mykola Rastorguev, and Oleg Gazmanov, were subject to personal sanctions.
Norway has restricted Russian fishermen’s access to its ports – now they are allowed to deliver fish only to three ports in the north of the country. Norway banned Russian-flagged vessels from entering its ports back in May, but then made an exception for fishing vessels.
Japan expanded sanctions against Russia, including 58 new persons and 9 organizations in the lists. Members of the Kadyrov, Shoigu, and Myshustyn families, Medvedev’s wife and son, Alina Kabaeva, and Margarita Simonyan were also placed under restrictions. In addition, sanctions were imposed against billionaire Viktor Rashnikov and former member of the Forbes list Dmitry Pumpyansky.
Some of the EU countries have included policies of foreign insurers in the package of documents for issuing Schengen visas to Russians. Experts believe that this will complicate the organization of trips to Europe for independent tourists.
UN human rights defenders appointed a special rapporteur on human rights in Russia for the first time. The proposal was voted on by 17 countries, while six opposed it. The representative of Russia regarded this as the creation of “another lever of pressure on Russia.”
China’s Alibaba refused to invest in AliExpress Russia after February 24, and then Russian shareholders also stopped investing in the project. The project cut more than 50% of employees and refused a local marketplace that could compete with Wildberries and Ozon.
Nvidia will close its office in Russia by the end of October. Luxembourg GFG will sell Lamoda. The American company Sylvamo, which produces paper under the SvetoCopy brand, has sold its Russian business. Game developer Playrix decided to leave Russia and Belarus.
The Swedish police published a report on the progress of the investigation into the leaks at the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines. The report states that on October 1-2, the investigative group of the Swedish State Security Service (SEPO) with the participation of the Coast Guard and the military inspected the areas of the Baltic Sea where gas pipeline leaks occurred. According to the results of the survey, it is possible to confidently say that on gas pipelines occurred explosions. SEPO also notes that the version of sabotage is getting more and more confirmed.
President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree in which he called the Kuril Islands territories of Japan “which continue to be under the occupation of the Russian Federation.” “Ukraine confirms its respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Japan, including its Northern territories, which continue to be under the occupation of the Russian Federation,” the document says.
After the introduction of a ban on the entry of Russian tourists to Finland at border checkpoints, the passage of those for whom the country is still open has seriously slowed down. The waiting time at the border is now 10-18 hours.
Russians faced restrictions on entering Poland even if they had a residence permit in the EU. It is known about several cases when Russians faced problems when entering the territory of Poland in the presence of such documents, and some of them were even refused boarding flights of Polish airlines.
“We don’t take orders from Muscovy” — Kazakhstan refused Moscow’s request to expel the Ukrainian ambassador from the country, who said that the more we kill Russians now, the less our children will have to kill. Moreover, the ambassador of the Russian Federation was accused of the Kremlin’s displeasing attitude towards an equal CSTO ally.
On Tuesday, the last monument to Lenin in Finland was dismantled in the city of Kotka in southeastern Finland.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki suggested to other European leaders to start using frozen Russian assets. “There was a question whether there was a need to create a new fund. I have indicated one source that is relatively easy to obtain: frozen assets of Russia. They amount to about €350 billion. Today, these funds can be used for the benefit of Ukraine, as well as for the needs of the EU and Poland,” Moravetskyi said.
In Latvia, pensioners with the citizenship of the Russian Federation will be required to take an exam on the knowledge of the Latvian language, otherwise – they will have to take a suitcase, to go to the train station, and to return to their superpower.
Erzyans are fighting for their state and the collapse of the Russian empire
The Erzian National Congress was held in the Estonian city of Otepaa (September 29 — October 1, 2022) because its participants would have already been arrested in the Russian Federation.
Erzya is one of the most numerous Finno-Ugric nations of the Russian Federation, living in the Volga region. In the course of the All-Russian population censuses, the Erzians are often recorded under the exonym “Mordva”, combining them into one national group with the Mokshans, which complicates the calculation of the Erzians. The total number of them is about 500,000. Erzyan is a Finno-Ugric language of the Finno-Volga group, one of the three state languages of the Republic of Mordovia, along with Mokshan and Russian. They profess Christianity (Orthodox and Lutheranism), as well as the traditional national religion of Ineshkipaziya.
In the city of Otepaa and its surroundings, Erzian national flags were displayed everywhere, for which the Russian authorities are persecuting the Erzian at their motherland. And the attitude of the congress to the Russian-Ukrainian war was clearly manifested in the moment of silence for the Erzyan warrior, soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Aleksey Veshchevailov, who died in battles with the Russians near Bakhmut, a few days before the opening of the Congress.
The main question of the Congres i show can survive the Erzyan nation in the Russian colonial occupation? “The survival of the nation within the Russian Federation is impossible,” is the verdict of the Congress. Therefore, Russia should fall apart into several nation-states. For their people, the delegates consider it is necessary to create a federal state Erzyan Mastor.
The congress recognized the Republic of Mordovia, Penza, Ulyanovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan and Samara regions as illegitimate territorial-administrative entities, and the authorities of these entities as bodies without representative functions. Why these particular entities? Because it is there that the Erzyans live.
Separately, were adopted: the political program of the national movement, the borders of Erzyan Mastor, the national emblem and the anthem. The Erzyans condemned the invasion of the Russian Armed Forces into Ukraine, the mobilization on the lands of indigenous peoples, expressed solidarity with the protesters in Dagestan, Yakutia and other colonial republics, supported the declaration on the decolonization of Russia adopted in Prague on July 23, 2022 at the Forum of the Free Peoples of Russia, and called on all enslaved nations of the Russian Federation to fight for the collapse of the empire and the creation of independent states on the occupied lands of these peoples. The Erzya National Movement is an active participant in the Idel-Ural Movement and the Free Nations League
In Kazan (Tatarstan), an 11-grader schoolgirl was detained on suspicion of setting fire to a military registration and enlistment office. She has been placed under house arrest. The girl was taken to court in handcuffs. She spent the last two days in a temporary detention centre.
Three men drafted into the army as part of the so-called “partial” mobilization, died in the Elan garrison of the training center of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in the Sverdlovsk region. One mobilized died of a seizure, and the other committed suicide. The third was written off and sent home, where he immediately died of cirrhosis of the liver. Another mobilized died at the assembly point near Tyumen. The man hanged himself. The mobilized resident of Krasnoyarsk died under unclear circumstances in the military unit of Omsk. Alexander Koltun, a 35-year-old volunteer from Bratsk, died “as if of a heart attack” in a Novosibirsk conscript camp four days after being mobilized. Later, another mobilized person died in Novosibirsk at a training camp at a higher military command school. His relatives are sure that from violent actions. A 41-year-old drafted local resident died in Penza.
Residents of Buryatia continue to receive summons for mobilization, although the head of the republic reported on the implementation of the plan on September 30th. The same is happening in several other regions. Local human rights activists believe that the public announcement of the end of the mobilization was done in order to make the residents who left to the región return.
Directors of Khabarovsk schools were obliged to submit lists of employees with whom the leaders “are ready to part and give to the front.” School management does not have the right to submit “zero lists”, this entails the termination of employment contracts with them.
In Yakutia, the mobilized were given a car first-aid kit, feminine pads and a chocolate bar. And that’s all that was given out of the ammunition.
In Ufa, unknown persons poured red paint over the monument of Friendship between Bashkirs and Russians. “There can be no friendship where our people are sent to death for the sake of imperial interests, where our language is second-rate, where the Bashkirs do not have their own statehood. It was at this place that imperial punishers used to carry out executions and executions of Bashkir rebels, ”said Ruslan Gabbasov, founder of the Free Nations League from Bashkortostan
In the Nizhny Novgorod region, fees for kindergartens and school meals for mobilized families have been canceled. In Bashkortostan, the families of the victims are planning to be given timber for building houses. In Buryatia, the families of the mobilized will be given 10 cubic meters of firewood, but not to everyone, but only to those in need. Who exactly needs it will be decided by a special commission. In Tuva, relatives of conscripts were given rams, in Sakhalin, fish.
Cancellation of the state languages of the republics of Russia and the declared protection of Russians in Ukraine. Is there a connection? Russian-speaking activists in the national republics fought for the abolition of the obligatory state languages of these republics for all students. Tatar and Bashkir activists characterized this activity as a fight against their languages. In Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, this process has taken on a scandalous form. In these republics, people organized actions, not wanting the federal center to determine how to study in the schools of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. Moscow’s argument was the protection of Russian-speakers in the national republics. Now the Kremlin is already waging an aggressive war in Ukraine. The argument is the same – to protect the Russian-speakers from the “Nazi Kyiv regime.”
Evgeniy Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner mercenary group, visited several penal colonies in the Perm region at once, where he continues to recruit prisoners for the war in Ukraine.
In memory of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya Kazan students made a memorial. One memorial is located at the monument to the victims of political repression, the other – at the clock on Bauman Street.
The ECHR ordered Russia to pay compensation in cases of domestic violence in Dagestan and Chechnya. Among those who received compensation are residents of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Dagestan, Astrakhan and other regions of Russia, as well as a resident of Belarus, who was subjected to violence in Chechnya.
The Russian authorities intend to take out dozens of orphans who were forcibly taken out of Ukraine to Novosibirsk (Siberia) and find foster families for them. At the same time, one family should take up four or five children of different ages.
The madness of the “Russian world”
Putin is backing away from high-profile celebrations of his 70th birthday amid defeat in the war with Ukraine. There are press reports of internal dissatisfaction with his rule, and even the propaganda machine is cracking.
Russian propagandists have reached a new level of criticism of the authorities, and with Russian troops losing ground almost daily, the Kremlin has even allowed some of its state media to start acknowledging some of the failures of the Ukraine invasion, fearing that its relentlessly optimistic propaganda is fueling growing public doubt.
More than 180 summons were handed over to Russians subject to mobilization standing in line at the border with Georgia.
Since the beginning of the war, Russia has exported grain worth at least $530 million from Ukraine. For comparison, for the entire 2021, Ukraine exported grain worth $12.5 billion. The structures of Russian billionaire Viktor Rashnikov and the state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation were connected with the transportation of stolen grain.
In the Belgorod region, about 500 convicts started a riot. They complain that for about a week they cannot be assigned to any of the military units, they have to get their own food and ammunition, while they have combat machine guns with cartridges that are not recorded on the soldiers. Mobilized Russians often complain about living conditions, as well as the lack of equipment necessary for combat operations. Some have been known to sleep in their units without beds, not being properly fed, and not undergoing physical examinations.
The Kremlin promised to return the territories of the new regions of Russia, the withdrawal from which was confirmed by the Ministry of Defense. Peskov recalled that in the decree on the admission of regions to Russia, “we are talking about the territory in which the military-civilian administration operated at the time of adoption.” The Kremlin is very eager for negotiations.
The number of criminal cases under the article on evasion of military service after the spring conscription campaign approached a maximum in 10 years. Between May 1 and September 20, the number of such cases amounted to 410, after which cases abruptly stopped coming to Russian courts.
Roskomnadzor blocked the online streaming platform SoundCloud at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office. The department called the reason for blocking the materials posted on the site, “containing false information regarding the essence of the so-called. “special operations” in Ukraine.
After the announcement of the so-called “partial” mobilization in many Russian cities took places protest actions, the main characters of which were women. Including representatives of the nations of the Caucasus, from whom society expects obedience, not struggle.
Russian companies began to face the mobilization of their employees. It is more difficult than others for small and medium-sized enterprises from areas that do not involve remote work from other countries and do not fall under the criteria for deferrals. The IT companies risk to lose part of the staff too, despite being among those whose employees may qualify for exemption from mobilization.
According to DSM Group analysts, from September 19 to September 25, 289,200 packages of antidepressants were sold in Russia for 213.8 million rubles, which is 2.2 times more in monetary terms than in the same period last year. A similar increase in sales was recorded in February of this year, when sales of antidepressants in packages and money increased by 3 and 4.4 times, respectively.
The Ministry of Transport and the FSO opposed testing a flying taxi at Skolkovo due to the proximity of Vnukovo airport. Testing may be moved to Zelenograd, but there the project may be hindered by the proximity of Sheremetyevo. It’s just that no one believes that “it” can fly.
The Association of Oncology Patients states that there is a shortage in Russia of a vital and no alternative drug for the treatment of children with acute leukemia – Oncaspar.
“After Russia sent its troops to Ukraine, dialogue and respect ceased to mean anything in Russia, the news was replaced by propaganda, which does not say anything about the fact that the Russian Armed Forces are accused of numerous crimes against the civilian population. As a citizen of Russia, I also considered this shame to be my fault and shared this opinion.” Dmitry Ozerkov, head of the contemporary art department, resigned from the Hermitage.
The head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov, criticized the Russian Defense Ministry for not telling the whole truth about the hostilities in Ukraine. “We need to stop lying. We have talked about this many times. But somehow it does not reach individual leaders.”
On the island of St. Lawrence, belonging to the state of Alaska, two Russians were detained, who, according to them, sailed on a boat from Chukotka. They reported
On the island of St. Lawrence, belonging to the state of Alaska, two Russians were detained. According to them, they got on a boat from Chukotka. They told local residents that they had come by boat from the village of Egvekinot in Chukotka, which is separated by about 500 kilometers from the island of St. Lawrence by sea, and that they were fleeing military service.
At the meeting of the State Duma on the ratification of agreements on the accession of four Ukrainian regions to Russia, more deputies voted for the accession than registered before the vote. 413 deputies voted for joining the DPR, 412 deputies voted for the LPR, 409 and 411 people voted for the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, respectively. At the same time, judging by the results of the preliminary registration of those present at the meeting, there were 408 deputies in the hall. And 42 parliamentarians were absent. In all cases the vote was unanimous. No member voted against or abstained.
The FBI sees a “Russian trace” in the US midterm elections due in November. During the November vote, 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 senators are elected. There are no specific threats to voting systems in the upcoming elections, the FBI said. However, on the Internet appear messages that try to undermine the credibility of the vote and its results. China and Iran are also trying to influence the opinions of voters, but it is Russia, according to the intelligence service, that is most active. Russia is using internal US problems to increase divisions within American society.
Employees of the fire and rescue squad of the Pushkinsky district in St. Petersburg were given a lecture about what the West is up to in relation to Russia. The speech stated that the West in the 90s carried out the planned by Hitler in relation to Russia, and the Slavs, unlike the “nigers” (the word that was used in speech) will never live in “slavery”. The recording of the speech was given to journalists by Konstantin Kosov, the commander of the fire department No. 50 (part of the detachment).
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