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Good morning, this is Sophie. This Sunday, hundreds queued at Moscow’s newly inaugurated Russian McDonald’s. After 32 years, the American chain left the country due to the war in Ukraine. The same day, as the Kremlin celebrated Russia Day, white and blue anti-war flags were held across the world.

Today I’m looking back at some of the stories we published last week. Our correspondent Irina Gordienko speaks with a journalist keeping track of dead Russian soldiers to fill in the information void. Meanwhile, journalist Zaira Abdullaeva writes about her first time back at her favourite hairdresser since the start of the war. Plus, we hear how 250,000 books in Kharkiv were saved from destruction.

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Sophie Woeldgen


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In Russia, the death of soldiers is now a state secret: The last official Russian numbers on soldiers killed in Ukraine dates back to 25 March. To fill the gap, journalists collected and published the names of dead servicemen. But Russian authorities have now decided to ban those lists. Irinia Gordienko explains how journalist Elena Trifonova, co-founder of "People of Baikal”, a regional independent project which reports on life in the Siberian outback, navigates the censorship.

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Books saved from Kharkiv. Rivne, Ukraine. April 2022. (Credit: courtesy \"Rivneknyha\")

“80 per cent of Ukrainian book printing was concentrated in Kharkiv, so when the city began to be bombed, we asked the Ukrainian Book Institute if they wanted us to transport some of the literature from Kharkiv to Rivne,"says Alexander Savchuk, director of the state book store agency Rivneknyga. In the end, about 250,000 books in Kharkiv’s publishing houses were saved from destruction.

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On the agenda

📌 17 June | A Capella concert. Four singers gathered around their passion: working on sounds inspired mainly by eastern polyphonies and uniting voices. The concert, which will take place in the temple of Dardagny, is free of charge, but a fundraising event will be organised for Ukraine after the performance.

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