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Jailed Putin critic reveals shocking conditions within Russia’s prisons

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Prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has revealed the shocking conditions within Russia’s maximum security prison colony

Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has given his first interview from a maximum security prison colony. The prison is located in Pokrov, 100km east of Moscow.

Navalny is known for his wok exposing corruption in Russia, and is highly critical of the Kremlin.

He compared the conditions within the prison to a ‘Chinese labour camp’, saying that officers force him to watch eight hours of state television every day.

“You need to imagine something like a Chinese labor camp, where everybody marches in a line and where video cameras are hung everywhere. There is constant control and a culture of snitching.”

Russia’s psychological violence

Navalny said that his punishment of brainwashing and propaganda is a form of “psychological violence”.

He gave details as to how guards monitor the prisoners, prohibiting them from reading or writing, and waking them if they fall asleep.

Despite this, Navalny seemed to be in good spirits about the future of Putin’s regime in Russia.

“Sooner or later, this mistake will be fixed, and Russia will move on to a democratic, European path of development. Simply because that is what the people want,” he said.

Navalny calls for US and European governments to drop sanctions  

He also reiterated that the US and Europe should remove their current sanctions on Russia, which impact the people more than those in power.

Navalny is currently serving a two and a half year sentence for his criticism of Russia’s president and the Kremlin.

However, this month a federal court also charged him with new crimes that could prolong his sentence by three years, after the next presidential election.

This comes after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok last year, Putin’s poison of choice. The Kremlin denies any involvement, and insists that his imprisonment isn’t political.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Why are Americans moving abroad?

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Inflation and the rising cost of living in the United States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #livingabroad #movingabroad #inflation #travel

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Boston Dynamics’ electric marvel or robot contortionist?

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Boston Dynamics has recently unveiled its latest creation, the electric Atlas robot, boasting enhanced agility and strength.

However, with its uncanny ability to contort and rise from the ground with an almost eerie grace, one might wonder if we’re witnessing the birth of the world’s first robot contortionist.

As this technological marvel flaunts its capabilities, one can’t help but ponder if we’re on the brink of a future where household chores will be effortlessly handled by robots moving like a fusion of ballet dancers and horror movie monsters.

With its cadaver-like movements and illuminated head, it’s hard not to speculate whether Atlas is destined to revolutionise robotics or simply rehearsing for a techno-horror rendition of The Nutcracker. As Boston Dynamics continues to push the boundaries of robotics, the line between science fiction and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

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The Coffee confusion causing health concerns

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As the morning sun peeks through the curtains, many reach for that familiar brew, kickstarting their day with a comforting cup of coffee.

It’s a ritual ingrained in cultures worldwide, offering a jolt of energy to combat the grogginess of dawn.

But when is the optimal time for that caffeine fix? According to registered dietitian Anthony DiMarino, RD, LD, the answer isn’t crystal clear.

Some experts suggest delaying that first sip until mid-morning or later. However, DiMarino reassures coffee lovers that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma.

Meanwhile, the science behind coffee production unveils fascinating insights into its instant variant. Whether produced through freeze-drying or spray-drying methods, instant coffee offers convenience without sacrificing flavor.

Yet, beyond convenience, recent studies delve deeper into coffee’s impact on our bodies. Research exploring the acute effects of decaffeinated versus caffeinated coffee reveals intriguing findings on reaction time, mood, and skeletal muscle strength.

Moreover, investigations into the gut microbiome shed light on coffee’s influence on liver cirrhosis patients. A study analyzing the duodenal microbiome in this population found correlations between coffee consumption and microbial richness and evenness.

So, as you sip your coffee and ponder the day ahead, consider not just the flavour in your cup but also the subtle impacts it may have on your body and mind.

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