Today is the great road race which is the climax of the UCI World Championships here in Wollongong — but I eschew that as there have been such important vlog posts from our young Russian friends. But there is a story that concerns the bike race — unfortunately locked away under a paywall:
Meanwhile even as I am writing this post 21-year-old Zack the Russian is live from Tbilisi. I gather from his previous live vlog that he and fellow-vlogger Natasha, recently arrived from Russia, are going to participate in an antiwar demonstration on Tbilisi later today.
Niki from St Petersburg: “Partial mobilisation was announced in Russia. Many people gathered for a protest, many people are fleeing from Russia right now. This video I want to share some details of these events, and also share some personal feelings after observing the protests in Saint Petersburg.
“I also prepared a few street interviews with Russians to show what people think about mobilisation. Thanks to @Dima from Russia for filming these interviews for us….”
Yes everybody is trying to leave — “I’ve been trying to collect myself for the last two days to record this video, but I just couldn’t because I feel f***in’ awful….” — Roman the Russian.
And from London there is some analysis by Russian-born, Russian-speaking Oxford-educated political philosopher Vlad Vexler:
00:00 Are referenda prelude to nuclear attack? 03:14 How ‘partial’ is the mobilisation? 03:38 Dangerous for Putin to arm citizens? 04:15 Putin’s main aim now? 05:32 Are Russians naive about mobilisation? 09:02 Protest in Russia 12:40 Should we let in Russians fleeing mobilization? 15:33 Will mobilization smash Putin’s popularity? 16:42 Why did Putin trade Azov fighters for Medvedchuk? 17:58 Stalin’s shadow