Orsk, Refineries, and Conscription

Nadin Brzezinski
6 min readApr 8, 2024

So this weekend, the dam at Orsk collapsed. It’s a major disaster. The kind that we all would have our major media on if it was anywhere but Russia. The scenes are familiar to any disaster worker who has ever worked in a significant flood.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations, which thinks a federalized fire department and rescue service is folded into one, has a few issues. Some may be related to the mobilization of emergency services personnel.

For some, it’s simply the fact that wars cost a lot of money. So here is the series of complaints:

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB