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IT BEGINS: Russians Take to Streets to Protest Conscription Order

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It appears as though Vladimir Putin may be losing his tight grip on the Russian people, and at a time in which he has already appeared rather desperate.

Putin announced early on Wednesday that the Russian military would be forcefully conscripting 300,000 men to go to war in Ukraine – where his troops have largely been providing easy target practice for the local military.

But the news hasn’t sat well with Russians, many of whom faced decades-long prison sentences to protest Putin in the streets.

More than 1,300 people have been arrested at demonstrations across Russia against President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilisation of civilians to fight in Ukraine, a police monitoring group said Wednesday.

The OVD-Info monitoring group counted at least 1,332 people detained at rallies in 38 different cities across the country after Putin’s morning address to the nation.

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The tumult was significant.

The protests were the largest in Russia since demonstrations that broke out following the announcement of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine in February.

AFP journalists in the centre of the Russian capital Moscow said at least 50 people were detained by police wearing anti-riot gear on a main shopping street.

Putin’s highly unpopular war has been a quagmire from the start, and military experts are unsure that the Kremlin can even supply or feed another 300,000 troops, let alone in time to prevent Ukraine from continuing to mow through Moscow’s military, pushing east to the border.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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