EU splashes taxpayer cash ‘on lipstick lessons and lacy lingerie for men’

The European Union spent almost €1 million funding drag queen shows and other diversity projects aimed at “blurring” traditional gender roles, The Telegraph can disclose. The bloc’s taxpayers’ stumped up some €892,050 to help finance the schemes, which promised to tackle issues such as “toxic masculinity” and to establish LGBT-friendly schools across the Continent. The … Read more

Putin’s own propagandists turn on draft sending ‘hairdressers and teachers’ to Ukrainian front

Olga Skabeyeva, one of the most prominent state TV hosts, on Tuesday also lashed out at the mobilisation drive, urging criminal prosecution for those who abuse their powers in drafting men. Even Russia’s most blood-thirsty war reporters from state TV have expressed dismay over what appears to be a completely random choice of conscripts. Alexander … Read more

Russian opposition activist beaten up and raped by police

A Russian opposition activist was beaten up and raped by the police after he was arrested for reading poetry which criticised the Kremlin’s puppet governments in Ukraine.   Riot police stormed Artyom Kamardin’s flat late on Monday and beat him up along with his girlfriend and a friend who was staying with the couple, his … Read more

US and Nato ‘too scared of nuclear apocalypse’ to intervene in Ukraine war

The United States and Nato will be too scared of a “nuclear apocalypse” to intervene in the war in Ukraine – even if the Kremlin fires the deadly weapons in Europe, Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev has said. In another ratcheting up of the rhetoric, Mr Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of Russia’s Security … Read more

The Russian military might yet finish Putin off

Putin’s latest nuclear threats signify above all that he is in grave danger at home. It was intended not just to cow the West but also to show strength to his henchmen who think he’s not been tough enough in Ukraine and to warn the plotters in Moscow that he will stop at nothing to … Read more

Nasa ready to crash £300m spacecraft into an asteroid

They will do this by timing how long Dimorphos takes to orbit Didymos and seeing if Dart has had any effect while cubesats, released from Dart before impact, will capture images. Disruption caused by Dart is not expected to be vast but should be enough to have a significant impact over time. Tom Statler, a … Read more

US whistleblower Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

US authorities have for years wanted Mr Snowden returned to the US to face a criminal trial on espionage charges. As president, Donald Trump said he would “take a look” at pardoning Mr Snowden, but never did. Mr Snowden married his US partner Lindsay Mills in a courthouse in Moscow and the couple have a … Read more

Russians blocked from fleeing country by border guards

At Upper Lars in the Caucasus, at least 5,000 cars were lining up on Monday waiting to cross from Russia into Georgia, which has become one of the most popular routes of escape, according to Russian officials. Authorities on the Georgian side of the border said about 115,000 people and 37,000 cars crossed from Russia … Read more

Israel pilots robotic machine gun at West Bank checkpoint

The machine gun has been installed on Shuhada Street, where there are frequent demonstrations by Palestinians against Jewish settlers and the Israeli army. It appears to have been deployed to disperse such gatherings if they become violent. Smart Shooter, the manufacturer of the weapon, describes it as “an automatic targeting and firing system for small … Read more

What the US means when it says ‘catastrophic consequences’

“That could lose any support the action had in the UN and cede the international moral high ground. “Horizontal escalation is likely what they’ll be thinking. Make the Russians hurt elsewhere.” Such a response could see Russian military capabilities targeted in other regions of the world, for example in Syria, although this could risk spreading … Read more