The Daily Populous

Monday July 10th, 2023 evening edition

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Mediazona, BBC News Russian, and a team of volunteers have have been meticulously maintaining our own list of fallen soldiers since May 2022.

Usually, we didn’t use the register to search for new casualties, but rather to supplement and refine the existing data.

We compared the number of opened probate cases in our sample with the complete mortality data for pre-war years in Russia.

By determining this ratio, we can learn about the excess mortality of Russian men in 2022 and 2023.

To estimate the overall military mortality, we also cross-reference our list of killed soldiers with the probate cases.

While Meduza and Mediazona examined probate registry data, Dmitry Kobak looked into the Rosstat data set.

Mediazona achecked a random sample of records from this file against leaks from Russian state databases; all data fully matched. »

Veg box firm Riverford to be 100% staff-owned as founder sells stake for £10m

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The organic vegetable box company Riverford is to become 100% owned by its staff after its founder, Guy Singh-Watson, agreed to sell his remaining 23% stake for almost £10m.

“Founders can hang around too long, and I don’t want to be that person who needs to be told to go.”.

Riverford’s employee ownership deal comes after a tricky few years for the veg box company. »

Investigation finds Clarence Thomas accepted more undisclosed gifts from wealthy friends through elite association

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This organization granted him access to wealthy friends who gifted Thomas with vacation retreats and V.I.P. tickets to sporting events, as well as invited him to parties, according to The Times.

The Times’s investigation discovered that Thomas received benefits from the members of the association and large donors to conservative causes.

The investigation said that Thomas did not disclose many of the gifts and trips over the last two decades reported by the Times. »

Erdogan links Sweden's NATO membership to Turkey's EU accession

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In a surprise change of tack, Erdogan on Monday linked Ankara's approval of Sweden's NATO bid to Turkey finally joining the EU.

Asked about Erdogan's comments, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said while he backs Ankara's membership of the EU, as far as he was concerned Sweden had already met the conditions required to join NATO.

Erdogan also said that an end to the war between Ukraine and Russia would ease Kyiv's NATO membership process. »