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Yahoo PoliticsMay 23, 2022
Biden in Tokyo, Pence rallies for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Russian soldier sentenced: 5 things to know Monday

The Daily BeastMay 23, 2022
‘Ashamed' Top Russian Diplomat Leaves United Nations Over Putin's ‘Warmongering'
Alexander Ermochenko/ReutersThe chief of the Russian mission to the United Nations in Geneva has resigned his post in shame with a damning hate letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine not only a crime against the people of Ukraine, but perhaps "the most serious crime against the people of Russia, with a bold letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a prosperous free society in our country."

Boris Bondarev had worked at Russia's foreign ministry since 2002, first in Moscow and then in Geneva, during which he said "the level of lies and unprofessionalism in the work of the Foreign Ministry has been increasing all the time."

He named checked Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who he said started as an intellectual held in high esteem, but who was now "a good illustration of the degradation of this system." He blames Lavrov—not Putin—for many of Russia's recent choices, condemning him for "threaten[ing] the world (that is, Russia too!) with nuclear weapons!"

The Daily BeastMay 23, 2022
Trevor Reed on How a Drunken Night Turned Into 985 Days in a Medieval Russian Prison
Tatyana Makeyeva/ReutersTrevor Reed, the U.S. Marine-turned-Russian prisoner, said he decided to give up hope while he was put in solitary confinement in a psychiatric ward splattered with blood from inmates who killed themselves—or who had been killed by others.

Reed—who was sentenced to nine years of labor for crimes not clearly defined, but that allegedly occurred after a night of imbibing Russian vodka with his girlfriend—said he was put in isolation and psych wards after refusing to work on what he called a "medieval" prison work camp.

Hope, he said in interviews with CNN's Jake Tapper and ABC Good Morning America, could prove too disappointing. "And a lot of people are not going to like what I'm gonna say about this, but I kind of viewed their having hope as being a weakness," he told Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday night. "So, I did not want to have that hope of, like, me, you know, being released somehow and then have that taken from me."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Russian soldier gets life in prison in war crimes trial (Yahoo Politics)
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