Discover more from Edward Slavsquat
We're all war criminals now (open thread)
Edward's weekly Russia news roundup
We are resurrecting the Sunday News Roundup & Open Thread. This time we promise it is here to stay. Feel free to shill links in the comments section.
Obviously the Big News of the week is that the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for a certain Mr. V. V. Putin. (Ukraine is not a signatory of the Rome Statute/ICC—no one important is—but whatever.)
What does this all mean? Germany’s justice minister has vowed to arrest Putin if he sets foot on German soil. So … no more Oktoberfest for Russia’s president?
A very silly state of affairs. Strelkov argues it’s no laughing matter, though:
As for Putin's “arrest warrant” … the fact is that the West is SURE in the successful (for itself) conclusion of the current war and has created legal grounds for formalizing its victorious results … Putin is predictably “identified as the next Milosevic” (Gaddafi, Saddam, etc.) and they are preparing to deal with him just like with all the previous ones. If the recent “dear and respected partners" were not so confident, they would refrain from such impudent actions.
Tell us what you think in the comments.
News & views from Russian media
Russian football clubs are reporting record-low ticket sales after the introduction of the “Fan ID” digital identity system. [Katyusha]
“The warrant for the arrest of the head of the Russian state is a scam on an unprecedented scale.” [Strategic Culture - Russian edition]
The State Duma passed a law making it a criminal offense to discredit participants in Russia’s SMO. [Zavtra]
Coronavirus is “still relevant” and continues to have a “significant impact” on Russia, Russian health minister and WHO executive board member Mikhail Murashko has declared. [TASS]
Karelia’s health minister wants to reimpose mandatory masks on the region. Also because science. [RBC]
The chief physician of a St. Petersburg hospital says COVID patients at his institution are “elderly people over 80 years old,” and “among all their health problems, the coronavirus is in fifth or tenth place.” [RBC]
Links from around the interwebs
After a long hiatus, we’ve reunited with Rolo to discuss current events. (By the way, we think the “Aiden is fighting again” story might be a hoax? It was shared widely by pro-Russia Telegram channels but, uh … haven’t seen any firm confirmation.)
We enjoyed Jesse Zurawell’s recent chat with Catte Black (editor of Off-Guardian) on TNT Radio (Clicky-click to listen). A timely discussion that touched on topics we sometimes write about here at E. Slavsquat.
Have a restful Sunday.