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Russia drafted an old man with diabetes, a 17-year-old, and people with no training to fight in Ukraine, reports say - a sign of desperation

6 days ago   |   By Business Insider

A giant pro-military mural in Moscow on September 22, 2022. Getty Images
Putin announced that some Russians would be forced to fight in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
The new decree is supposed to only only affect those with prior military training.
Reports suggest this is being ignored in a scramble to reinforce the Russian war effort.
Russia is drafting up obviously unsuitable candidates in a scramble to bulk up its army in Ukraine, according to multiple reports. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization on Wednesday, pledging to call up 300,000 people...
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Billionaire Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich met Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman to help broker a Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap, report says

6 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Mohammed bin Salman and Roman Abramovich met at the end of August. ADEM ALTAN/AFP and Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in late August.
Their meeting helped broker a Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap announced Thursday, Bloomberg reported.
Ukraine handed over 55 captives, while Russia turned over more than 200 prisoners, including 10 foreigners.
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in late August in a meeting that ultimately led to a prisoner swap between Ukraine and...
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Bill Ackman says more immigration could help the Fed crush inflation without causing a recession - and touts Russia as a labor source

6 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Bill Ackman. Mike Blake/ Reuters
Bill Ackman proposed more immigration as a partial solution to stubborn US inflation.
The Pershing Square chief suggested targeting Russians, hurting Vladimir Putin's war efforts.
Ackman said immigration could help the Fed to avoid tanking the job market and the economy.
Boosting immigration could be part of the solution to the Federal Reserve's problem as it tries to conquer stubborn inflation, Bill Ackman argued in a Twitter thread on Friday. The US central bank faces the daunting task of cooling US inflation without driving a spike in unemployment, a...
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Russian man says he would break his leg or go to prison to avoid Putin's order to fight in Ukraine

7 days ago   |   By Business Insider

A recruitment ad on a billboard in St Petersburg on September 20, 2022. It says "Serving Russia is a real job." Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of his troops on Wednesday.
Many Russians are desperately trying to get out of being drafted for the war in Ukraine.
One man told the BBC that he would break his arm or leg "to avoid this whole thing."
A Russian man told the BBC that he would break his leg or go to prison to avoid the draft for the war in Ukraine. "I will break my arm, my leg, I will go to prison, anything to...
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