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Do Russia's conscripts deserve our sympathy?

28 September 2022

7:27 PM

28 September 2022

7:27 PM

Russia’s new crop of conscripts are a desperate, dejected bunch. A photograph showing an Orthodox priest blessing these men as they headed off to fight from the settlement of Bataysk in the Rostov region summed up their hopelessness. The names of such little known Russian localities must – to an English reader – all merge into one.

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