October 18, 2022

Ded Moroz Is Still Comin' to Town


Ded Moroz Is Still Comin' to Town
Not even guns and tanks can stop the most wonderful time of the year. Haly Bader, Russian Life

A Russian Ministry of Defense official has assured local leaders that they don't need to cancel New Years' celebrations in their cities because of the mobilization of citizens and ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“I would like to emphasize that there is no need to cancel festive New Year events in the Russian regions in order to use the saved funds to provide for our military personnel, including those called up during partial mobilization,” said Viktor Goremykin, Deputy Minister of Defense.

The announcement comes after the cities of St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, as well as the authorities of the Leningrad Region (which includes St. Petersburg), declared that they would cancel planned celebrations and instead divert the funds to support troops, especially mobilized citizens.

As the armed forces are supposedly well-equipped and -supplied, the decisions are, according to state media, "premature and unnecessary."

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