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Véronique DE VIGUERIE

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Véronique DE VIGUERIE (Paris Match / Getty Images) "La guerre du pétrole" – Nigéria - Jully 2009

The Prix Bayeux is one of the world's top journalism awards for reporting on war and conflict, held each year since 1994 in the northern French town of Bayeux. The 2011 edition is slated for October 3-9. Last year's winner for photography was Véronique de Viguerie, who spent weeks in Nigeria chronicling the insurgent MEND forces in Niger delta, for a reportage that appeared in Paris Match magazine.

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To The Slaughter: Why Putin Can Count On So Many Russians Mobilizing For Their Death

Ever since Russia announced a “partial mobilization” of hundreds of thousands of new recruits, we’ve seen plenty of coverage of those evading the draft. But the real story is how many untrained and under-equipped citizens will blindly follow the Kremlin’s orders.

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From the first days of mobilization in Russia, we have followed reports of the thousands of Russian men of conscription age rushing abroad to flee the draft: buying a one-way plane ticket, driving to the border, even trekking by foot to the safety of a neighboring country.

But this stream of thousands are negligible in the ocean of a nation of 140 million. What we haven’t read about this past week are the masses obediently receiving their summons and marching down to distribution centers.

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Some are already now sleeping on a bare floor or in the forest in a tent, waiting to be sent to a war zone with little or no training, equipment or supplies. These tens and soon hundreds of thousands will head to parts southward and westward as part of a senseless and flailing attempt to try to hold back the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

They are, in other words, marching off to the slaughter. And they know it well.

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