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The Russian government extended the age limit for conscription to 30 - effective from January 1, 2024.
These changes were approved on Friday, November 24, as a result of the adoption of the relevant legislation by the Russian parliament, Interfax reported.
Now, men aged 18 to 30 will be enlisted from the beginning of 2024, while previously, the maximum age was 27.
Alexei Tabalov, director of Shkola Prizyvnika (“Conscript School”), told The Insider that the age of conscription increase will impact two million Russians, shifting the country into a “military mode of existence.”
According to Tabalov, the new laws will enable the state to expand the pool of potential contract soldiers, while the men now fighting in Ukraine will be able to stay at the front line even longer.
“Certainly, the adoption of this bill and other changes, such as increasing the deadline for being in the mobilization reserve, increasing the term of conscription for compulsory service — all this indicates that Russia is preparing for a protracted and long military confrontation not only with Ukraine, but also with the entire Western world.
In general, the state and society are being shiften to a military mode of existence. Increasing the reserve age by five years allows the state to keep people at the front for longer periods, avoiding dismissals of those aged 50 and above, and also expands the pool of mobilized and potential contract soldiers.
Igor Efremov, a researcher at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy states:
Based on current population statistics in 2022 (excluding migration from 2022), there are approximately 6.78 million potential conscripts. By 2024, this number is expected to reach 6.8 million, according to Efremov.
When the draft age is increased to 30 years in 2024, the number of potential conscripts will amount to 9.14 million people, followed by 9.13 million in 2025, 9.16 million in 2026, 9.28 million in 2027, eventually growing to 9.9 million people by 2030.
Half of Russia's oil in October was transported by "shadow" tankers not subject to sanctions — analysis by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).
Russia's export revenue from fossil fuels in October was the second largest in 2023, with a notable increase in sea and pipeline supplies of crude oil.
"Compared to September, Russia's monthly export revenue from fossil fuels in October slightly decreased by €16 million per day (-2%). Income from the export of oil products by sea decreased the most — by €19 million per day (-7%) - primarily due to restrictions on the export of these products.
Seaborne and pipeline oil, on the other hand, increased by seven million euros per day (+3%) and five million euros per day (+4%), respectively," the CREA report says.
China was the largest importer of Russian fossil fuels in October, followed by India, Türkiye, the EU, and Singapore.
Thus, monthly revenue from Russian crude oil exports to China increased by 4%. At the same time, Russia's monthly revenues from seaborne crude oil to India increased by 17% — about 500 million euros.
“In October, 48% of Russian crude oil and oil products were transported by tankers subject to the oil price cap policy. The rest (52%) were shipped by “shadow” tankers, which are not subject to the price cap policy.
Setting the cap for crude oil at $30 per barrel could have slashed Russian revenues by 52% (€7.82 bn) in October alone.
If this cap had been set since the sanctions against Russian oil were imposed in December 2022, Russia’s oil export revenues could have been slashed by nearly half — €59 bn (-49%),” — stated in CREA.
Europol has created a new task force (OTF) to help investigate major international crimes committed by the Russians in Ukraine. The task force will help identify suspects and their involvement in war crimes, crimes against humanity or crimes of genocide. Team members will collect and analyze open source intelligence (OSINT), — Babel.
Currently, 14 countries have agreed to provide the task force with a special OSINT capability: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Norway, Great Britain, and the United States of America.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi have reached Novorossiya in Russia and the shelves in the occupied territories - imported from Afghanistan and Iran
Ruzzian media reports:
"After the start of the SVO [Special Military Operation] they stopped importing drinks into the Russian Federation - sanctions and all that. But a solution was immediately found, and more than one: parallel imports and supplies from Kabul and Tehran, which were accustomed to “isolation.”
The plant in Afghanistan appeared back in 2012, the ingredients there are taken from neighboring Pakistan, and the capacity has now reached 360 million bottles per year. In Iran the situation is similar.
As a result, agreements were concluded with them, supplies through Crimea were established - and soda appeared on Russian shelves again. Now it has even reached the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions - with prices the same as in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Coca-Cola is straight from Afghanistan, and Pepsi is from Iran. In a glass bottle - 74-75 rubles, in plastic - from 55 rubles."
- Apparently they go through great troubles sourcing the evil western drinks!
When Russia invaded Ukraine they planned to do a repeat of the Holodomor that Stalin did.
Goodnight Resisters everywhere.
WARNING! Air alert in All of Ukraine due to missile hazard!
The takeoff of the Russian MiG-31K was recorded.
The MiG-31K is a carrier of the Kh-47m2 Kinzhal supersonic missile, which poses a threat to all regions of the country.
Note: Alerts like these frequently disrupt the lives of the Ukrainian people. On occasions the Russian aircraft take off and return to base without launching missiles. At other times, people are killed in the country in seemingly random locations.
This has the effect of terrorising the population, and the Ruzzians hope that Ukrainians will be worn down and 'accept' to freeze the conflict, allowing Russia to re-arm and attack again when they are in a stronger position.
We must not let the Russians succeed - President Zelensky is calling for increased assistance with air defence capabilities as well as continued support for the F-16 training and preparation programme.
In Russia, there were unsuccessful tests of nuclear missiles "Yars" and "Balava", GUR
On November 1, 2023, Russia conducted an unsuccessful test of the intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24 "Yars", which is the main component of the ground component of the strategic nuclear forces of the Russian Federation.
According to the GUR of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Yars missile went off course, as it did during the previous command and staff exercises of the strategic nuclear forces of the aggressor state of Russia on October 25, 2023.
Similarly, on October 25, 2023, the test launch of the RSM-56 "Mace" ballistic missile from the underwater missile cruiser "Borey" ended unsuccessfully, which once again proved its unreliability.
At the same time a new B61-13 bomb is being developed by the Pentagon, with an explosive yield similar to 360 kilotons of TNT. For comparison, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima had an explosive power of 15 kilotons in TNT equivalent
B61-13 could cause significant damage to Moscow: 311,480 people are likely to die and 868,860 injured if it was used. Everyone within a 3 km radius will die within a month, and 15% of those who survive will get cancer, which will also cause death .
Opinion: Russia is aware of the implications if their irresponsible rhetoric is put into practise - Mutually Assured Destruction. Putin still seem to care about his health and the rhetoric is likely an attempt to dissuade support for Ukraine. We should not let him succeed!
Hamas’s Oct 7 attack on Israel was an attack on citizens of the world ⬇️
🇫🇷 35 French people were murdered & 9 are being held hostage.
🇹🇭 33 Thai nationals were murdered & 18 were abducted.
🇺🇸 31 Americans murdered and 13 listed as missing.
🇺🇦 21 Ukrainians were murdered and 1 is listed as missing.
🇷🇺 19 Russian-Israelis were murdered, 2 are being held hostage, 7 are missing.
🇬🇧 12 Britons were murdered and 5 have been listed as missing.
🇳🇵10 Nepalis were murdered, 1 is missing.
🇩🇪10 Germans murdered.
🇦🇷 9 Argentinians were murdered and 21 are missing.
🇨🇦 6 Canadians were murdered and 2 are still missing.
🇷🇴 5 Romanians were murdered and 1 has been abducted by Hamas.
🇵🇹 4 Portuguese people were murdered & 4 are listed as missing.
🇨🇳 4 Chinese people murdered and 2 are missing.
🇵🇭 4 Filipinos murdered and 2 are missing.
🇦🇹 4 Austrians with dual Israeli nationality were murdered, 1 is missing.
🇮🇹 3 Italians with dual nationality were murdered.
🇧🇾 3 Belarusian citizens murdered and 1 is listed as missing.
🇧🇷 3 Brazilians murdered and 1 was reported missing.
🇵🇪 3 Peruvians were murdered.
🇿🇦 2 South Africans were murdered.
🇨🇱🇹🇷🇪🇸🇨🇴 Chile, Turkey, Spain and Colombia all mourned 1 of their nationals and announced the disappearance of another.
🇰🇭🇦🇺🇭🇳🇦🇿🇮🇪🇨🇭Cambodia, Australia, Honduras, Azerbaijan, Ireland and Switzerland each say 1 of their nationals was murdered.
🇭🇺 2 Isaeli-Hungarian minors are among those being held hostage.
🇲🇽 2 Mexicans are being held hostage.
🇳🇱The Netherlands has 1 held hostage.
🇺🇾Uruguay has confirmed that 1 of its nationals was abducted.
🇵🇾🇹🇿🇱🇰 2 Paraguayans, 2 Tanzanians and 2 Sri Lankans are being held hostage.
In occupied Volnovakha, 9 bodies of adults and children were found in a house. The suspects are the military of the Russian Federation.
Russian "law enforcement agencies" claim that they found the bodies of people with gunshot wounds in a private house.
"The murder was committed by a serviceman of the Russian Armed Forces. He did not share something with Natasha's husband. The management immediately arrived and began to hide everything, the neighbors were told to keep quiet," — said an acquaintance of the murdered family.
Relatives of the victims reported that the family was killed on Friday, October 27, on the birthday of one of the relatives.
In addition to the family of four (husband Andriy and wife Natalia, as well as their children — Nastya and Mykyta), five more people who were in the house died. Journalist Denys Kazanskyi writes that the day before, one of the men, Andriy Kapkanets, quarreled with the Russian military, who tried to "extort" his house. They decided to take revenge — they came during the celebration and killed everyone.
Good morning Resisters everywhere. Three weeks since my accident. And it's Hump day.
Germany has announced its commitment to provide an additional 200 million euros for the reconstruction of Ukraine, as communicated by Jochen Flasbarth, the State Secretary of the German Ministry of Economy.
This financial support will be allocated to various critical areas, including education, healthcare, drinking water supply, and the reconstruction of cities.
Furthermore, the German Ministry of Economy's representative emphasized the importance of supporting key sectors of Ukraine's economy, with a particular focus on agriculture. This contribution is a valuable step in aiding Ukraine's recovery and development.
Massive explosion in Sevastopol
🇦🇲 Today, the President of Armenia signed a decision to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The country is now obliged to comply with the court's decisions, including the arrest of Russian President Putin.
🇷🇺 Meanwhile, the Russian dictator says he is ready to visit Armenia and allegedly has an "invitation." He said he spoke on the phone with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
🚢 The Ukrainian grain corridor has shown its capability to receive and discharge up to 8 vessels per day.
This represents an increase in capacity compared to the previous operation of the grain corridor in October 2022 when 5 vessels per day were accommodated in the ports of Odesa, when during its relatively efficient operation as agreed with Russia. Ukraine's ability to handle a greater number of vessels on its own demonstrates its capacity to provide a safe and efficient route for grain exports.
Villagers hid two wounded soldiers for 1½ years. They were rescued this last week.
Difficulties of Russian translation. The influence of Russian propaganda is becoming increasingly apparent. The third season of the popular series "The Morning Show" was recently released on Apple TV, with the war in Ukraine as one of its central themes.
However, in Russia, this series can only be accessed through pirated platforms. The translator, whether being brainwashed or truly unconscious, has become a tool for Russian propaganda, promoting fabricated narratives and distorting the original content of the video.
This footage serves as an example of how Russian propaganda can manipulate people's perceptions. In the fourth episode of the series, the protagonist, who, according to the plot, is a journalist in Mariupol, mentions that the Russians are shelling the city (as seen in the English version above). However, in the pirated translation, the word 'Russians' has been replaced with 'mercenaries' and 'Azov' (as shown in the Russian version with English verbatim subtitles below).
We offer friendly advice to everyone: refrain from consuming Russian content, as there is no guarantee that it presents an accurate depiction of the world. Better watch in Ukrainian translation or the original version, since those are never lost in translation.
Life hack: press button six on any gas pump, conveniently labeled below, and it will silence the bullshit ads that blare at you while you’re filling up.
Australia has supported the demand of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to deprive russia of its veto in the UN Security Council and called for further reforms of the body! This was stated by Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong in a speech at the UN General Assembly.
"We must demand more from the permanent members, including restrictions on the use of the veto. russia is making a mockery of the UN every day as it continues its illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine," the Australian Foreign Minister emphasized.
Wong proposed to provide more permanent and non-permanent missions for Africa, Latin America and Asia, including permanent seats for India and Japan. According to her, Australia is seeking a seat on the Security Council for 2029-2030.
As you can see, the issue of UN reform is already emerging from expert discussions as one of the main issues on the international agenda. This is also thanks to Ukraine, which has brought this issue to the highest level.
The Deputy Speaker Olena Kondratiuk
People of Colorado, Bobo wants to spend more time with her family. Help her out.
Lauren Boebert sounds like she's giving up the ghost - Palmer Report https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/lauren-boebert-sounds-like-shes-giving-up-the-ghost/52172/
Musk turning control of Starlink over to the Pentagon.
A military base in Kent, UK, has reduced the number of training sessions for Ukrainian troops by 30% after local residents complained about noise during live-fire exercises - The Times.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Powell, the base commander, explained that he wants to maintain strong relations with local residents who complain that the explosions make their windows rattle and their houses vibrate.
However, there are also those who are sympathetic to the exercise. June Beaumont, 80, who has lived a few meters from the military base for 35 years, emphasized that Ukrainians are defending their country, and it makes no sense to send people who are not trained to war.
"If you buy a house or move to a place next to a military camp, what do you expect? Silence?" she wonders.
The Russian regime’s collapse and Russia’s possible disintegration have become a major cause of concern.
Like in 1991, today the West is hesitant about the right way to manage the new global architecture that would emerge after Russia’s fall. And this hesitation may become the same mistake western leaders made back then trying to keep the USSR intact and fearing the nuclear turbulence. And fear is Russia’s most used tool to threaten the global community.
Russia has managed to smartly manipulate fears of a nuclear Armageddon to maintain the West’s self-imposed constraints on sending heavier and longer-range weapons to Ukraine. The price was high–precious time lost as well as thousands of lives perished on the battlefield. The only lesson the world should have already learned is that Moscow is unlikely to give up its imperialist designs on neighboring countries anytime soon, and the only way to force it to change its thinking is a defeat.
Lost in the breathless, non-stop coverage of Biden’s age is the fact that most of Trump’s former cabinet members are literally warning us he’s mentally and temperamentally unfit to serve again in office.
Press, stop creating a false presidential competency issue, like you did a false email server issue. Just stop it.
Ukraine will seek to extradite those who fled conscription with forged documents
Some people are truly amazing
He volunteered. I tried to buy I am 11 years older and diabetic. The diabetes is what scared them away from taking me.
Govt awards over a billion for vaccine research.
In a world where people go to bed hungry, Russia destroys food
It's been a long time since I spent five days stacking stone and I can tell you, my lower back is very glad that it's the weekend.
Great progress this week, and we'll be back on Monday to finish building. Excited to add a wee feature to this structure too.
This wall has lots of shims, snecks and is built in a 'random' style.
Last week, #COVID19 in US Midwest wastewater had exploded. With this weeks' Biobot update, two things jump out:
COVID is up almost equally across all US regions. COVID has risen 233% in two months. It's at its highest since February, and the trend is still upward.
While the Midwest data has shown a decline from the week prior, I suspect that is a data or reporting artifact given the overall trend across all regions. We'll likely see the Midwest continue to rise.
DeSantis garners the crowds he deserves
Video so good I saved it