According to Russian official media, there won’t be any government supported celebrations in at least two cities in a country that desperately needs a little Christmas.
According to a post on Tass, the Russian news agency, which was published by the Washington Examiner, “It was decided to cancel previously scheduled events dedicated to New Year festivities,”
The report stated that “All available funds will be channeled into a special St. Petersburg [account] stipulating extra outfit and gear for volunteers and mobilized citizens,”
Russia’s second-largest city after Moscow is St. Petersburg, located in the northwest of the country.
Mayor Yury Shalabayev stated in the article that the city of Nizhny Novgorod in southwest Russia will not hold “scheduled mass festivities, concerts, and fireworks to mark the [upcoming] New Year.”
Whatever the precise reason, it is obvious that something significant is going on as the nation’s military activity in Ukraine enters its ninth month. The Tass story did not go into depth regarding why the cities are canceling the celebrations.
Despite Vladimir Putin’s use of military conscription and nuclear war threats to demonstrate his commitment to subduing Ukraine, The Washington Post reports that Russia’s waning involvement in its western neighbor is dividing the country.
According to The Post, President Joe Biden was recently briefed and learned that a member of Putin’s inner circle had expressed his disapproval of how the war was being handled by Putin.
The Post claimed that the information was collected by American intelligence services but did not cite its source.
Putin’s adviser discussed what one of the Post’s sources described as “mismanagement of the war effort and mistakes being made by those implementing the military campaign.”
Some Russian dissidents express the hope that the war will serve as a catalyst for reform.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Alexey Minyaylo stated that “the vertical of power is shaking.”
Minyaylo is a Moscow-based activist who has previously spent months in prison for criticizing Putin’s leadership, according to CBC.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
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