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A Twitter Ride-Along With Cops All Around The World

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From Friday to Saturday morning, police forces from around the world joined together on social networking site Twitter for a 24 hour tweet-a-thon.

The hashtag #poltwt showed tweets about police work, policing issues and perps gone awry from every corner of the globe. Anyone could join the virtual ride-along to see what a typical day for a police officer entails. See the map of who participated here.

Here are some of the finest tweets from our law-enforcing men and women:

SWEDEN: Where the detainees are impressed

-"Sir, you are the first person arrested to go in our new police car." .. -"That's not bad, how nice of you." #poltwt

— YB Södermalm (@YB_Sodermalm) March 22, 2013

ALABAMA, U.S.: Just business, as usual

Officer conducted traffic stop and issued warning for speeding. #poltwt

— Piedmont Police Dept (@piedmontpolice) March 22, 2013

U.S. Customs: Need a better hiding spot

Hide and seek! CBP found 150 lbs. of #drugs in this truck bed. #poltwt#photoofthedaytwitter.com/CustomsBorder/…

— CBP (@CustomsBorder) March 22, 2013

Manchester, UK: Newest addition

Meet Mo - our newest police dog. For more photos of GMP's dogs view flickr.com/photos/gmpolic…#poltwttwitter.com/gmpolice/statu…

— G M Police (@gmpolice) March 22, 2013


Sweden: Cakes, not donuts

•We just pass the limit for 2000 followers. The promised cake have now arrived. Thanks! #poltwt Ping @sdangardttwitter.com/OPFalunBorlang…

— OP Falun/Borlänge (@OPFalunBorlange) March 22, 2013


UK: Take care out there!

Snowing now at FHQ this morning#poltwtTake great care driving. twitter.com/ChInsDonnaAlle…

— Donna Allen (@ChInsDonnaAllen) March 22, 2013


NEW ZEALAND: Attention, Ladies

#poltwt. Don't lippy and drive. Report of a car swerving over the road while driver applies make up

— Manukau Police (@ManukauPolice) March 22, 2013

NEW ZEALAND: Don't cycle and drink, either

We picked up cyclist off road who was still smiling. They admitted it was first time trying alcohol. Grand age of 60. #poltwt

— NZ Police (@BetterWorkStory) March 22, 2013


UK: Catching perps, red handed

"ladies, i believe i could have someone red handed for this job" #poltwt#redpawedtwitter.com/GMPNewtonHeath…

— GMP - Newton Heath (@GMPNewtonHeath) March 22, 2013


THE NETHERLANDS: It's important to be cautious and thorough

@jjdemul Doortastendheid is belangrijk, zorgvuldigheid is ons inziens nog belangrijker. Blijf ons volgen. #poltwt

— COR Politie (@corpolitie) March 22, 2013


USA: Sports car speeding

With the help of @nyorksrpg we have got the Ferrari stopped. Stern words of advice given #TeamNYP#poltwttwitter.com/snayorkwest/st…

— NYP York West (@snayorkwest) March 22, 2013

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Wagner's MIA Convicts: Where Do Deserting Russian Mercenaries Go?

Tens of thousands of Russian prisoners who've been recruited by the Wagner Group mercenary outfit have escaped from the frontlines after volunteering in exchange for freedom. Some appear to be seeking political asylum in Europe thanks to a "cleared" criminal record.

Picture of a soldier wearing the Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

Soldier wearing the paramilitary Wagner Group Logo on their uniform.

Source: Sky over Ukraine via Facebook
Anna Akage

Of the about 50,000 Russian convicts who signed up to fight in Ukraine with the Wagner Group, just 10,000 are reportedly still at the front. An unknown number have been killed in action — but among those would-be casualties are also a certain number of coffins that are actually empty.

To hide the number of soldiers who have deserted or defected to Ukraine, Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is reportedly adding them to the lists of the dead and missing.

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Some Wagner fighters have surrendered through the Ukrainian government's "I Want To Live" hotline, says Olga Romanova, director and founder of the Russia Behind Bars foundation.

"Relatives of the convicts enlisted in the Wagner Group are not allowed to open the coffins," explains Romanova.

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