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:sunglasses: 14.3 % :thumbsup: 14.3 % :grinning: 57.1 % 😟 14.3 %
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By The Weeping Angel
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A sick society

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50493758
Two years ago, many Russians were shocked when the parliament significantly reduced penalties for domestic violence. Since then, women have been fighting back - demanding new legislation to restrain abusers, demonstrating in support of three sisters who took the law into their own hands, and finding new ways of tackling outdated attitudes on gender.

On a blustery, grey afternoon, Margarita Gracheva takes her small sons to the playground. They run ahead then jump on to the swings and shoot down the slide. "They're pretty independent for their age," she says. "They know I can't do up their buttons or tie their shoelaces, so they've learned to do it themselves."

On the morning of 11 December 2017 Margarita's husband, Dmitri, offered to give her a lift to work, but instead he drove in the opposite direction, towards the forest. He parked the car, dragged her from her seat, took an axe from the boot and chopped off both her hands.

Then he dumped her in the emergency department of their local hospital in Serpukhov, south of Moscow, before driving to the police station and confessing to his crime.

The couple had met at school and began dating after college. Initially they were happy, though he flared up easily over trivial things - and swore he would kill her if she was ever unfaithful to him.
 
By spoonman
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Moscow's coronavirus outbreak much worse than it looks, Putin ally says
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The mayor of Moscow told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the Russian capital far exceeded the official figures, as Putin donned a protective suit and respirator to visit a hospital.

The comments by Sergei Sobyanin, a close ally of Putin, were authorities’ strongest indcation yet that they do not have a full grasp of how widely the virus has spread throughout Russia’s vast expanse.

Russia has so far reported 495 cases of the virus and one death, far fewer than major western European countries.

Putin has previously said the situation is under control, but some doctors have questioned how far official data reflect reality, and the government on Tuesday closed nightclubs, cinemas and children’s entertainment centres to slow the spread of the virus.

“A serious situation is unfolding,” Sobyanin told Putin at a meeting, saying the real number of cases was unclear but that they were increasing quickly.

Testing for the virus was scarce, he said, and many Muscovites returning from abroad were self-isolating at home or in holiday cottages in the countryside, and not being tested.

“In reality, there are significantly more sick people,” Sobyanin said.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... 1B2F3?il=0
 
By spoonman
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Hopefully this hasn't caught the eyes of No. 10 yet - sadly, it can't be completely ruled out from happening 'over here'...

Chechen children get cash for poems praising leader's family
Children in Chechnya are writing poems in praise of their authoritarian leader's family on the promise of cash prizes and the latest smartphones.

In one recent contest, ten finalists received prizes for poems lauding Ramzan Kadyrov's mother Ayman.

The top winner - and the youngest - received $6,700 (£5,100), the runner-up $4,000, the third-placed $2,700, and the remaining finalists all got a smartphone, Chechnya's official Grozny TV reports.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-f ... e-53663480
 
By Watchman
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Do you think, Vlad's not quite realised that this poisoning malarky is not all that subtle and attracts a bit too much attention....unless of course its a big "Dont fuck with me message" to everyone else
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