Russia Offers To Pay Families Of Draftees With Fish

The Times of London reports:

Russia’s beleaguered enlistment officers were given a new way to entice men to join up this week: plying their families with fresh fish.

The local chief of President Putin’s ruling party, Mikhail Shuvalov, promised islanders in the far-eastern Sakhalin island 5kg of flounder, pollock and salmon in exchange for sending their men to a war believed to have already killed 50,000 Russian soldiers.

“We take your husband and you get to eat for a few weeks,” said Anton Barbashin, a Russian political analyst. “That’s a true indication of poverty officials want everybody to forget.”

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