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“I have nothing to hide”. Russian soldier asks for asylum in Madrid and wants to testify about the war – Obozrevatel

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Nikita Chibrin was drafted into the Russian army in the summer of 2021. It was not a sense of patriotism or a desire to defend the country that prompted him to join the Russian forces, but financial difficulties. He was far from thinking that war would break out in less than a year.

On February 24, 27-year-old Chibrin crossed the Ukrainian border from Belarus, not suspecting that he was being sent to fight on Ukrainian territory. “We’ve all been deceived”he recalls a few months later in an interview The keeperfrom the immigration center at Madrid Airport, where he applied for political asylum.

The young man, who was part of the 64th brigade of the Russian army, spent the first few months in the village of Lipivka near Kyiv. your division personally awarded by President Vladimir Putinaccused of committing war crimes in Bucha and Andreevka, two nearby towns.

“Heroism, steadfastness and courage”: Vladimir Putin awarded the brigade accused of the massacre in Bucha

From the first days of the war, Chibrin expressed his displeasure directly to his commanders, who demoted him to the position of an army mechanic. “They threatened to arrest me, but in the end the authorities decided to use me for cleaning and loading work. I was placed away from the battlefield,” he explains. He was not the only one who was unhappy with the situation. The Guardian reported that military morale was “extremely low” and many were looking for an escape route, but the risk was high: “Our commanders threatened to shoot us if we deserted”.

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He spent four months in Ukraine but denies witnessing or complicity in war crimes committed by his brigade. He even guarantees that he never took up arms, admitting, however, that there were “rumors” about soldiers involved in civilian deaths and sexual violence. He defected in June – hiding in a van that was supposed to receive supplies from Russia – and now wants to testify in an international court about what he saw in Ukraine: “I have nothing to hide,” he says.

This is a criminal war that Russia started. I want to do my best to reach the end.”

Chibrin became the second Russian serviceman to publicly declare his experience of service in Ukraine. In August, paratrooper Pavel Filatiev published a detailed 141-page diary in which he reported on his time in the army, suggesting that he saw neither “justice” nor “truth” in the war in Ukraine.

“I don’t see justice. I don’t see the truth”: Russian soldier spoke out against the war in Ukraine

Like Filatiev, Chibrin managed to get out of Russia with the help of the human rights organization Gulagu.net. Now he hopes to obtain political asylum in Spain, where he will temporarily settle in a refugee center.

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“Insidious wave” killed a passenger and injured four people during a cruise

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UOne person died and four were injured after a giant wave hit a cruise ship in Antarctica on Wednesday during a storm.

The cruise was bound for Ushuaia, Argentina – the main starting point for expeditions to Antarctica – when the “killer wave incident” occurred, according to a report by cruise line Viking Polaris quoted by CBS News this Friday.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that a passenger has died as a result of the incident,” Viking Polaris said, noting that he had notified the victim’s family and expressed his “deepest condolences.”

Four other tourists “suffered non-life-threatening injuries” and were treated on board, the company said.

Speaking to WRAL-TV, Susie Gooding, a passenger on the cruise, said the wave’s impact was so “shocking” that passengers wondered if they had hit an “iceberg”.

“Everything was fine until a killer wave hit us and it happened all of a sudden,” Gooding said, adding that no one knew if “equipment needed to be prepared in order to leave the ship.”

Viking Polaris said it was “investigating facts related to this incident.”

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At least 90% of the world’s population has become immune to Covid, according to WHO.

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BUT The assessment was announced by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a video press conference.

However, Ghebreyesus warned that “gaps in surveillance, testing, sequencing” of the genetics of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and “in vaccination continue to create ideal conditions for the emergence of a worrying new variant that could cause significant mortality.”

The world-dominant SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant of concern to Omicron has more than 500 subvariants, all highly contagious and with genetic mutations that make it easier to overcome immune barriers without causing serious disease. WHO.

In total, the covid-19 pandemic has caused 6.6 million deaths globally and about 640 million infections, according to notifications made by countries to the WHO, which noted that the real number is much higher given cases have not always been communicated.

More than 8,500 deaths from covid-19 have been reported in the past week, a number that the WHO director-general deemed “unacceptable after three years of a pandemic” because there are “tools to prevent infections and save lives.” .

Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, discovered in 2019 in China and rapidly spreading around the world, with several variants and sub-variants.

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Villarrica already has a large lava lake and high seismic activity.

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The Villarrica volcano in La Araucanía, Chile, one of the largest in the world, showed signs of an impending eruption last Thursday, and experts recorded a “greater intensity and height of incandescence” that ranged from 80 to 220 meters above sea level. its crater – a few days ago we managed to fly over the volcano and a large lava lake was recorded, the temperature of which reached 1043 degrees. High seismic activity has also been noted. Chile’s National Geological and Mining Service (Sernageomin) has already issued a yellow alert.

In any case, the experts of the Chilean government spoke in detail about the possibility of an eruption. According to Sernageomina, “small explosions are expected inside the crater, the impact of which is limited to an area close to the crater of the volcano.”

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