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Mobilization in Russia/Different opinion

WW II Memorial, Washington D.C.

A small room with a king-size bed, red wine in disposable cups. We’re on vacation. My husband and I are talking. I am lucky that my husband is really interested in my opinion. Especially when I’m shocked. Shocking news catches you even on vacation. Sometimes you’re not ready to get it, understand it or absorb it.  

My  old acquaintance Sergey*(a Russian man about my age) shared his opinion. 

I was appalled by learning it, but … this is a different opinion, and it has a right to exist.

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Mobilization in Russia

Tomsk

The first Russian word I taught my husband was the word  “жопа”=ass.

One day he came home from work and said that his boss was “жопа” (ass). I corrected him: ass is the situation, and his boss is a козел=goat*.

When my friends and relatives (actually Daniel’s relatives) ask me about my sons, the best way to answer would be the word “ass”.

If you read me you know what I think about Putin’s war. 

My main concern was mobilization. Many Russians thought they were not interested in politics, the government was doing  what must be done to take care of its citizens.  

And now politics has come to almost everyone’s home. And mobilization has become not only my concern.

On September 21, president Putin announced a partial mobilization. Where the word “partial”  means nothing. 

Who is primarily subject to mobilization?
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Altai Republic and Altai Krai

RIA Tomsk reported that the Maldives entered the top of popular tourist destinations among Tomsk residents in the summer of 2022*. 

It is clear that not all Tomichi can afford this type of vacation. Many of them choose some local destinations.

“Altai” – you can hear that name quite often. But in Russia there are two Altais that are very different. 

Altai Republic and Altai Krai. 

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September – extended summer

The capital of Mississippi is facing numerous water problems — there’s been too much on the ground after heavy rainfall in the past week, and not enough clean water coming through the pipes for people to use.

And there is not even a Tomskvodokanal* there.

Since the pipelines are very old and worn out, pipe breaks occur constantly. In the summer, Tomskvodokanal is trying to perform at least some repairs. Therefore, the water in Tomsk is turned off often and for a long time and not always in accordance with the shutdown schedule. Tomskvodokanal publishes information about where and when cold water will be turned off.

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1 сентября – начало учебного года, но не начало осени

В столице Штата Миссисипи городе Джексон вот уже несколько дней очевидные проблемы с водой. После сильных дождей на прошлой неделе на земле воды слишком много воды, но по трубам поступает мало, плюс ее надо кипятить, чтобы было не опасно пользоваться.  

А ведь там даже нет Томскводоканала. 

Их местная организация называется “O B Curtis Water Plant”. Официальные лица говорят, что основные насосы предприятия были серьезно повреждены, и завод начал работать на небольших резервных насосах. 

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Tomsk on the map

and in photos

There are three things you can look at forever: fire, water and women’s parking. If you see me parking, you can even laugh, and I don’t mind. People say that laughter prolongs life.

Maps International designed by Lovell Johns Limited

However, I have something to add to this list – a map, and preferably a large map.

I’ve been honest with you, I’ve said a few times that I don’t know geography. I don’t know what it was: a way it was taught to us, or i didn’t see an opportunity to use the knowledge. I had a good grade, but didn’t know much.

Now the world has changed. I’ve met people from different countries. We are getting news from different places. I became curious about geography.

I mentioned to my husband a few times that I wanted to have a big, no, huge map and … Daniel bought it! I have to tell you, both my husband and the map are so cool!

But you have to be careful, well, I have to be careful – viewing the map can be time consuming. 

Another day I saw Tomsk on the map (when I was just passing by)), then my gaze shifted to Novosibirsk, and then… I ended up in the Aleutian Islands. 

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a woman and her dog

August 20, 178 is the day of the war.

The woman and her dog went outside, crossed the road, turned left and merged with traffic.

The intersection, the traffic light, the commands “wait”, then “let’s go”. I hope that the dog already understands the meaning of these words.

The next intersection, without a traffic light. And again the commands “wait!” and “let’s go!”.

Twilight is gathering fast. The streets are poorly lit. Drivers practically do not see either a woman or a dog. And those who see, do not pay attention to them. In loose trousers and her husband’s plaid shirt, the woman looks very “local”.  

The woman has already stopped being surprised at her own simplicity in clothes. In Russia, she would not have left the house in this outfit. And now, in a plaid shirt and with a dog, she looks like a typical American.  at least, she feels like one. 

Another intersection, the commands “wait!”and “let’s go!”.

The smell of tires, hot asphalt, sometimes cigarette smoke from the windows of passing cars, headlights, and sounds – the noise of the city.

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Женщина и ее собака

20 августа, 178 день войны

Женщина и ее собака вышли на улицу, перешли через дорогу, повернули налево и слились с трафиком.

Перекресток, светофор, команда wait, потом lets go. Надеюсь, что собака уже понимает значение этих слов.

Следующий перекресток, без светофора. И опять команда “wait!” и “let’s go!”.

Сумерки сгущаются быстро. Улицы освещены по русским меркам слабо. Водители практически не видят ни женщину, ни собаку. А те кто видят, не обращают на них внимание. В бесформенных штанах и мужниной клетчатой рубашки женщина выглядит очень “local” (местный, здешний).  

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Evening notes, 5

The best is yet to come

-I don’t like to tell people that I am from Russia – I. 

-Tell them that you’re from Moldova  – said Elena – Hardly anybody knows where it is.

There are three categories of reaction to the answer: Moldova – she continued:

  1. Moldova? – they honestly don’t know where it is. 🤷‍♀️
  2. A-a, Moldova – they pretend that they DO know.
  3. Oh, yes, yes – Maldivi! 

The world is made of paradoxes*.

At the time when I don’t even want to sound Russian, Steven Seagal says he is Russian, Russia is his home. He got Russian citizenship in 2016. The same year when Serbia too granted its citizenship to him. 

Well, to each his own.

The Moscow Times reports that more than 3.8 million Russians have left the country in the first three months of 2022, according to data from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

4184 people left the Tomsk region – Tomsk telegram channel “Tomsk 1604” says. 

Unfortunately all my family is still there. They are not as rich and popular as Steven Seagal. And  I worry about them every day. 

I just hope everything will be fine and soon. 

* Paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/jan/11/steven-seagal-serbian-citizenship-martial-arts-school

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/23/many-leave-russia-as-ukraine-war-drags-on

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/06/nearly-4m-russians-left-russia-in-early-2022-fsb-a77603

Impossible to forget

August 9, the 167th day of the war

Yesterday’s Apple news started off with a post about The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station.

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in southeastern Ukraine is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the 10 largest in the world. It was built by the Soviet Union near the city of Enerhodar, on the southern shore of the Kakhovka Reservoir on the Dnieper river.

I didn’t know that. Really I cannot know everything about everything. I even don’t know geography well. I’m learning it with my life.

I looked it up online.

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