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Ministry of Education decides to televise pro-war lessons for kids and parents

On February 16, the Russian authorities announced that lessons from the state-designed patriotic curriculum called “Conversations about What’s Important” would air on Channel One. The lessons are already mandatory in…

Tula court charges local DJ with “discrediting” the army for playing a New Year’s song by a Ukrainian duo

Sergey Vasiliev, a DJ at a cafe in the Tula region, has been charged with “discrediting” the Russian army and fined 40,000 rubles (around 540 USD) for playing a New…

Actor Dmitry Nagiyev refuses to host Muz-tv music awards

Actor and television host Dmitry Nagiyev announced on Instagram that he would not host this year’s awards show on the music television channel Muz-tv. 

Russian missile strikes on western Ukraine came ‘dangerously close’ to nuclear power plant, says Ukrainian energy company

The Ukrainian energy company Energoatom reports that two cruise missiles flew over the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, located in the Mykolaiv region, during a Russian strike, on the morning…

Russia creates a trial database of military-eligible citizens to expedite potential new waves of mobilization, stop draft dodgers

The Russian authorities have created a trial version of a database with extensive information about people eligible for military service, reports online outlet Poyasnitelnaya Zapiska, citing a tech company employee…

‘Do you know why the Ukrainians are mad at us?’. How the war in Ukraine has changed Dagestanis’ views of the Russian army

Story by iStories. Abridged translation by Sam Breazeale.

Pushing papers, telling jokes. In the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Roman Abramovich and his team hoped for a peaceful resolution. Then Bucha changed everything.

At the outset of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the hope of regulating the emergency through peace talks was very much alive on both sides of the conflict. Since then,…

Andrei Pivovarov, former director of Open Russia, was transferred from a Krasnodar jail. His whereabouts have been unknown for a month.

Andrei Pivovarov’s whereabouts have been unknown for a month, Tatyana Usmanova, his former campaign manager, told human rights organization OVD-Info. Pivovarov, the former director of the Khodarkovsky-backed Open Russian organization…

‘I am a man, and will soon get married’: Gay Chechen man arrested in Russia records patriotic videos, likely under duress

Idris Arsamikov, a gay Chechen man detained at the Domodedovo Moscow airport after returning to Russia from the Netherlands, has appeared in two home videos likely recorded under duress.

Pussy Riot activist Rita Flores disappears after being detained by Moscow police

Pussy Riot activist Rita Flores has stopped answering phone calls after her apartment was searched and she herself was detained by the Moscow police.