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                I will post this video and the translated transcript of Royce the Child Soldier of the Vostok Brigade. Please go to this previous blog post to read more about him.


    Russian TV did not specify the boys' exact age, but in an earlier interview broadcast on Finnish YLE television this year Royce said he was 15. He was shown flanked by two young men wearing balaclavas, one of whom claimed to be 17.

    ANDREY DONETSK
    Published on Jul 29, 2014
    An episode of serial "The young and the brave" shown on Finnish television 29th of July, 2014.

    http://yle.fi/uutiset/ajankohtainen_k...

    Produced by Finnish broadcast company YLE.

    Teleoperator: Aleksandr Vatavu
    Edit: Erkka MIkkonen
    Correspondent: Erkka Mikkonen

    Interview with Commander of Training Unit, 15 year old Hero of Novorossiya




    Royce the 15 year old child soldier in Donetsk.
    0:25 to 0:37
    Rois: Me? Yes, I think I got courage even though I’m afraid to die, but I am more worried about my Motherland than about my own life. Fear of death is on a second place after fear for my motherland.

    0:43 to 0:53
    Rois: We are now in a sub-unit of the brigade Vostok. My call-name is Rois. I’m a Patriot. I am 15 years old.

    0:54 to 1:14
    Rois (loading a magazine with bullets): What’s my responsibility? Large responsibility. I’m giving to people kind of knowledge which they can’t get anywhere else. They are going to the war. So, anything new they learn now, that’s all they can use in military operation. (Loading his rifle with a magazine): First of all, I have to look after my team, like you do with children. Have to bring them to dinner, arrange beds for guys who arrive here. And of course I have to train them. (Walking away): It’s not just how to handle a weapon, we also go to the training ground. And we are training there to walk and to move.


    Andrey (Royce) feeding the magazine of his Kalashnikov assault rifle


    1:30 to 2:13
    Donbass Anthem in a remix.

    2:07 to 3:16
    Soldier (right in balaclava):We used to have a club…something like a military patriot society. And afterwards…our trainer came here and when he settled in, he called us to join. He made us an offer so to say and we accepted it, why not

    Journalist: You didn’t meet Andrey before, right?

    Soldier (left with balaclava): We did! We are from the same city – We studied in the same school

    Journalist: Aha…so all of you have been studying together. But Andrey is younger, right?

    Rois: Yes…I came here with my father, as volunteers. He came first and I join him a bit later.

    Soldier (left with balaclava): He’s two years younger than me and I didn’t expect at all to meet him here. I came here with a friend of mine, that’s him. I was totally surprised when I saw him here. Because boys, not even 18 (and he is 15 years old!) came here to fight. While there are 20 year old guys, who served in the army and got good military experience but they are staying at home, hiding in their basements during the shelling [2:39 to 3:02]

    Journalist: So, you are staying in a casern here…but what do you do in your free time?

    Soldier (right in balaclava):We are doing chin ups… all kinds of sports.

    Soldier (left with balaclava): And just chilling out too.

    3:17 to 4:09
    Rois: There are lots of interesting books about arms. Well, I’m still at school, I’d have holidays now. So, I’d be outside whole day, playing football with friends. Doing things what any teenager likes. But football goes first, I like it a lot. I was even thinking about bringing my soccer ball here. To kick a ball in my free time…

    Journalist: Did you bring it already?

    Rois: No. I don’t have much free time

    Journalist: Do you feel sometimes that you miss your old life?

    Rois: Yes of course. But mostly in the evening when I’m finally in bed and can relax and think about life. I thought that if I was 18 years old, I’d come here for sure, I wouldn’t be killing anyone. But after my father came here, I asked him to get permission for me to join too.

    4:10 to 4:17
    Rois (walking next to his dad): Nobody wanted to take a minor…it took a very long time to make all the arrangement. But finally, it went through, my father took me here and I’m really happy! 


    Sergei, Royce’s father
    4:18 to 4:56
    Sergei (Rois’s father): Guys have a lot of respect for him because he is so young, but in a uniform and with a gun and he’s training them. It doesn’t bother them at all. On the contrary: it wins their hearts. It attracts them that someone is so young that shouldn’t be fighting in a war yet but he’s here with weapons in his hands and he’s doing something good here.

    One more thing I like to add: we got patriotic young guys who are ready to fight fascism with all their heart! I have a lot of respect for them and I respect my son’s choice and I’m 100% behind him.

    4:57 to 5:18
    Rois: My mother and grandmothers would still prefer me to come back have a peaceful life, close to them

    Journalist: And what would you reply to them?

    Rois: I’m going to tell themthat I’ll go back to this kind of life after our victory, back to a quiet and peaceful life…together with them. They shouldn’t worry.

    5:19 to 6:03
    Russian Song from WWII: Victory is all we need. 


    Royce (left) and Stark (right) – two child soldiers of the Vostok Battalion shaking hands.
    6:04 to 6:46
    Journalist: What do you think, is it difficult to kill a person?

    Rois: I think it’s very hard. What if this person isn’t evil, maybe he was forced to come here?Maybe he got a family back home, wife and kids. But when they come here to kill our brothers and families, we don’t have any other choice but to shoot them back. But it’s really hard, nobody wants to do that.

    6:40 to 7:06
    Rois: I’m sure I’ll get good memories for the future because after we win (and I’m sure about that) then you can tell your friends where you’ve been…It won’t be dangerous anymore. And you’ll have good memories and everyone will be proud of you that in such a difficult situation, you didn’t leave the country and didn’t hide in a basement but join your brothers to defend your land. But we’ll feel sorry for the people who died in this meaningless war.

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                70 years ago on this date, 31 July 1945, one of Adolf Hitler’s Reich Bishop, Ludwig Müller, committed suicide.


    Reichsbischof Ludwig Müller shook hands with Adolf Hitler


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  • 08/02/15--07:14: PATRIOTIC DONBASS


  •             I will post information about a Child Soldiers’ Organization in the United Armed Forces of Novorossiya, known as Patriotic Donbass. 

    The position in which the soldier is portrayed is inspired from a photograph of a Russian unmarked soldier, handing a young boy a kitten. Belogorsk.rf

    May 07, 2015
    Russia Unveils Monument To 'Polite People' Behind Crimean Invasion 

    The unveiling of the "polite people" monument in Belogorsk on May 6.
    Russia's first monument honoring the "polite people" behind last year's armed annexation of Crimea has been erected in the Far Eastern city of Belogorsk.

    Veterans, residents, and a phalanx of local officials gathered amid a May 6 snowfall for the unveiling of the life-size statue, which depicts a heavily armed, insignia-free soldier holding a cat.

    The monument, cast from 400 kilograms of Chelyabinsk iron, is reportedly based on an image by TASS photographer Aleksandr Ryuminof a soldier in Crimea handing an orange-and-white cat to a young boy.

    A boy attending the Belogorsk unveiling was asked to pose with his arms outstretched toward the soldier, whose stance is otherwise suggestive of a man dumping a cat into a wastebasket.

    Unlike the soldier in the original, Belogorsk's "polite person" is unmasked, a detail that didn't pass unremarked on social media:

    ​​Stanislav Melyukov, the mayor of Belogorsk and the mastermind behind the project, says he hopes the monument will become a major tourist attraction. The city has already laid special decorative tiles around the statue and installed a video surveillance system to discourage vandalism.

    The memorial is a tribute to the armed men in unmarked olive-drab uniforms who entered Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in February 2014, seizing control of airports, administration buildings, and other key structures in a purported effort to "protect" the territory's majority-Russian population from Ukrainian unrest.

    The soldiers, originally referred to as "little green men," were later given the "polite people" moniker in an attempt to improve their image. 

    Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted the men were Russian troops only after Crimea had been annexed following a widely criticized public referendum.

    Asked if Belogorsk had been too hasty in immortalizing a particularly controversial chapter in Russia's recent history, Mayor Melyukov said the statue was a matter of patriotism, not current events.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reportedly has thrown his support behind erecting a second "polite person" monument in Moscow.

    -- Daisy Sindelar


    Ukraine rebels train child soldiers in the making
    Yulia Silina, AFP
    Jun. 24, 2015, 8:21 AM

    A pro-Russian separatist teaches boys how to use a Kalashnikov machine gun, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Khartsyzk, Donetsk region. © AFP Andrey Borodulin
    Khartsyzk (Ukraine) (AFP) - He is only 14 but already knows how to assemble a Kalashnikov rifle. Denis is a child soldier in the making -- eager to join the pro-Russian militants fighting Ukrainian troops.

    "If I were an adult, I would fight,"the skinny boy with a dishevelled crew-cut said in a war-scarred town deep in the heart of the rebel-run east of the ex-Soviet state.

    "I want to see war, to learn how to shoot, to see the tanks," he said with an air of excitement as two adult rebels stood nodding at his side.

    The UN children's agency said in January it had no proof of minors being used in one of Europe's bloodiest and most diplomatically-charged conflicts since the end of the Cold War.

    UNICEF believes that about 250,000 children are being exploited in wars fought across nearly two dozen countries -- many of them in Africa.

    But the Western-backed leaders in Kiev accuse the rebels of training a small army of child soldiers in schools under their control.

    About 20 kids between the ages of 14 and 19 are still taking training lessons in the town of Khartsyzk  -- home to 60,000 people prior to the breakout of hostilities and a flood of migrants for safer regions that followed -- in the first weeks of their summer break.

    Some like Denis are learning basic drills. But his parents are understandably wary after being trapped in fighting that has killed 6,500 and shows few signs of abating 15 months on.

    "They do not talk about the war with me. They hate it," Denis said. "They do not even watch the news."

    Others like 17-year-old Alina are taking first aid lessons provided by the rebel command.

    "We are still children and not ready to go to the front," she conceded.

    "But if something were to happen, I would be able to help out."

    - 'Back to the USSR'–

    The Khartsyzk military lessons for children are organised by Patriotic Donbass -- the local name for a rustbelt region that hugs the 2,000-kilometre (1,250-mile) Don River and includes the self-declared "people's republics" of Lugansk and Donetsk.

    Patriotic Donbass boss Yury Tsupka -- a 53-year-old who disdains the Ukrainian nationalists who fight as volunteers across the war zone -- said he only wanted to reinstate the old Soviet tradition of teaching army skills in school.

    "We decided to go back to what we had in the USSR," the fatigues-clad Tsupka said.

    "We will also teach them to dig trenches, to work the terrain."

    Tsupka said more and more schools across the heavily Russified region were running such military clubs. He said there were at least four others in surrounding towns alone.

    But not all of them are providing simple training.

    Some have seen their pupils actually join the Khartsyzk separatist units stationed in the mine-strewn fields that stretch 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of the rebel stronghold city of Donetsk.

    Child Soldiers of Novorossiya
    - 'Not afraid of blood'–

    Anya and Katya are genial twins who are used to wearing heavy combat boots.

    They seem at ease and not the slightest bit regretful recalling how -- at the tender age of 19 -- they made the life-altering decision to quit their technical college and join one of the local militia forces.

    "We studied and lived in Donetsk when the war started," Katya said.

    "We decided to join the rebellion when we learned that kids were being killed."

    Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) believe that at least 68 children have died and 180 have been wounded since fighting began in March 2014.

    The campaign's brutality has splintered family allegiances and left psychological scars on both ethnic Russian and Ukrainians -- fellow Slavs who had lived in relative harmony even after the Soviet Union broke up.

    Anya admits that "at first, mom would not let us" join the war.

    But she then she caved, and started going along with her daughters to treat rebels wounded at the front.

    "Before the war, I used to be afraid of blood -- of its smell,"Katya said."I am not afraid of blood any more."

    Novorossiya, children of war – Archive
     

    14:31 Jun. 24, 2015
    Russian-backed militants train children for war

    In a picture taken on Saturday, March 7, 2015, Denis, second from left, along with other boys looks out from the window of a children's home, in Khartsyzk, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
    "We decided to go back to what we had in the Soviet Union," the fatigues-clad Tsiupka said.

    The Patriotic Donbas militantorganization has organized military training for children in the militant-controlled town of Khartsyzk, according to AFP.

    Patriotic Donbas boss Yuriy Tsiupka - a 53-year-old who disdains the Ukrainian nationalists who fight as volunteers across the war zone - said he only wanted to reinstate the old Soviet tradition of teaching army skills in school.

    "We decided to go back to what we had in the Soviet Union," the fatigues-clad Tsiupka said.
    "We will also teach them to dig trenches, to work the terrain," he said.

    About 20 kids between the ages of 14 and 19 are still taking training lessons in the town of Khartsyzk - home to 60,000 people prior to the breakout of hostilities and a flood of migrants for safer regions that followed - in the first weeks of their summer break. Some of them are learning basic drills, while others are taking first aid lessons provided by the rebel command.

    For example, Denis is only 14 but he already knows how to assemble a Kalashnikov rifle. Denis is a child soldier in the making - eager to join the pro-Russian militants fighting Ukrainian troops.

    "If I was an adult, I would fight,"the skinny boy with a disheveled crew-cut said in a war-scarred town deep in the heart of the rebel-run east of the ex-Soviet state.

    "I want to see war, to learn how to shoot, to see the tanks," he said with an air of excitement as two adult rebels stood nodding at his side.

    Tsiupka said more and more schools across the heavily Russified region were running such military clubs. He said there were at least four others in surrounding towns alone.

    But not all of them are providing simple training.

    Some have seen their pupils actually join the Khartsyzk separatist units stationed in the mine-strewn fields that stretch 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the rebel stronghold city of Donetsk.



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  • 08/02/15--07:14: COSSACK CHILD SOLDIERS

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                I will post information from several internet sources about James Tramel, a juvenile offender who became an Episcopalian Priest. His story is a very disturbing case. 

    The Reverend James Tramel will be the next rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco.  

    James Tramel(born c. 1967) is an Episcopal priest who was ordained while serving prison time for murder, and the first convict ever ordained in the Episcopal Church while still in prison. Soon after being paroled from prison in 2006, he became rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco. He has been a public spokesman for prisoners' rights, testifying in favor of parole for juvenile offenders and supporting prisoner-victim reconciliation programs.

    Tramel was 17 years old and attending Northwestern Preparatory School, a private military preparatory academy in Santa Barbara. He had been nominated to the United States Air Force Academy by Senator Barry Goldwater. On August 3, 1985, Tramel participated in the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old transient in a park in Santa Barbara, mistaking his identity for that of a rival gang member. Tramel and his then-roommate were both sentenced to a mimimum of 15 years in prison for second-degree murder. While in prison he took correspondence courses, earning an undergraduate degree in business and a master's degree in theology. He was ordained in 2005, while still an inmate at Solano State Prison, by Bishop William E.Swing.

    Swing harshly criticized Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 when the governor denied Tramel's parole, calling Schwarzenegger "a 90-pound moral weakling". In March 2006, Schwarzenegger reversed his decision and paroled Tramel.

    Immediately upon his parole, Tramel began serving as an assistant pastor at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berkeley, California. On the following February he left to become rector of Trinity Church.

    In July 2008, he was suspended for two years from his ministry for alleged sexual misconduct with a parishioner.

    James Tramel greets Margo Webster at a small reception for parishioners. James Tramel has been imprisoned for 18 years for 2nd degree murder. While imprisoned Tramel was ordained, and reached Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard parishioners via telephone 4 times per year. Now Tramel is paroled, and meets in person his parishioners at a reception.

    The Bizarre Story of James Tramel

    James Tramel of San Francisco illustrates one of the more serious aspects of the problems of teen killers in our society. Even when they appear to make a model recovery, things often go seriously wrong.

    Mr. Tramel served two decades in prison for his role in a murder when he was 17 years old. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder and served a 15 years to life sentence, where he was ultimately paroled.

    When he and others talked about his crime, passive tense and minimizing language was used. Examples: “Tramel was involved with a murder” instead of “Tramel was an accomplice to murder.” And we have yet to read anything where he takes full responsibility for his crime and its impact on the primary and secondary victims.

    An Advocate for Teen Killers 

    Upon his release he had become an Episcopalian Priest, and took up the ministry at a church in San Francisco. He became active against long terms of incarceration for teen killers, not surprisingly, and was honored by public praise for his reformed life and testifying before the California legislature in support of Senator Leland Yee’s bills attempting to retroactively end life sentences for teen killers (JLWOP – Juvenile Life Without Parole). Ending JLWOP and advocating for teen killers became a big part of his ministry.

    But then scandal broke out in 2008 and the Episcopalian Church had to suspend him for sexual misconduct in his parish.

    Episcopal Church Under Fire for Parolee Priest

    Murderer who was ordained has been suspended for sexual misconduct with parishioner

    July 18, 2008|By Matthai Kuruvila, San Francisco Chronicle Religion Writer

     James Tramel meets some of his parishioners. James Tramel has been imprisoned for 18 years for 2nd degree murder. While imprisoned Tramel was ordained, and reached Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard parishioners via telephone 4 times per year. Now Tramel is paroled, and meets in person his parishioners at a reception. Photo taken on 3/12/06, in BERKELEY, CA. By Katy Raddatz / The San Francisco Chronicle 

    Credit: Katy Raddatz

    James Tramel went from convicted murderer to priest while in prison, a transformation that the Episcopal Church used to successfully lobby for his parole and celebrate him before politicians and the press.

    But the church is now grappling with the sexual abuse of a parishioner under his care. Tramel has been suspended for sexual misconduct, temporarily stripped of his priestly authority and left searching for a new job.

    The San Francisco-based Episcopal Diocese of California now faces questions of whether, in its haste to proclaim Tramel’s story, it redeemed and promoted him too quickly.

    Convicted of second-degree murder in a 1985 slaying, Tramel went to seminary and was ordained a priest while incarcerated in a state prison in Solano County. After he was paroled early in 2006, at the urging of the Episcopal bishop of California, Tramel was quickly placed at the helm of the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco.



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    Ten years ago on this date, August 4, 2005, a Cop Killer, George Everette Sibley Jr.  was executed by lethal injection in Alabama for the October 4, 1993 murder of Sergeant Roger Lamar Motley. His partner-in-crime, Lynda Lyon Block was executed by the electric chair in that State on May 10, 2002. It was Double Justice for the Fallen Cop’s families! 


    George Everette Sibley Jr. 
     

    Roger Lamar Motley

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  • 08/04/15--06:55: DRAGUNOV SNIPER RIFLE
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                On this date, August 5, 2008, Jose Ernesto Medellinwas the second of the three convicted killers of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena on June 24, 1993 to be executed by lethal injection in Texas. Sean O’Brien was the first one and Peter Cantu was the third person to die by lethal injection. I wish there was a Joint Enterprise Law and all six of them would have been executed.  


    José Ernesto Medellín


    Elizabeth Pena and Jennifer Ertman



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                On this date, August 5, 2004, James Barney Hubbard (March 7, 1930 – August 5, 2004) was sentenced to death by the state of Alabama in 1977 for the murder of Lillian Montgomery, with whom he was living after having been released from prison. Hubbard had served a 20-year sentence for murder and called police to report a shooting on January 10, 1977. He said Lillian had shot herself at her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She died as the result of three gunshot wounds, one to the face, one to the head, and one to the shoulder. He was executed by lethal injection 27 years after the murder. At age 74, he was the oldest American to be executed in decades.

                He was another example of a recidivist murderer that had committed murder and was released more than 15 years later only to murder again. 


    James Hubbard


    James Hubbard


                Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about this recidivist killer.


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                 70 years ago on this date, August 6, 1945, Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.

                I will post information about the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from Wikipedia and other links.



    Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Part of the Pacific War, World War II


    Left picture : At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column. Six planes of the 509th Composite Group, participated in this mission; one to carry the bomb Enola Gay, one to take scientific measurements of the blast The Great Artiste, the third to take photographs Necessary Evil the others flew approximately an hour ahead to act as weather scouts, 08/06/1945. Bad weather would disqualify a target as the scientists insisted on a visual delivery, the primary target was Hiroshima, secondary was Kokura, and tertiary was Nagasaki.

    Right picture : Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, taken by Charles Levy.


    Date
    August 6 and August 9, 1945
    Location
    Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
    Result
    Allied victory
    Belligerents
    Commanders and leaders
    Units involved
    Manhattan District: 50 U.S., 2 British
    509th Composite Group: 1,770 U.S.
    Second General Army:
    Hiroshima: 40,000
    Nagasaki: 9,000
    Casualties and losses
    20 U.S., Dutch, British prisoners of war killed
    Hiroshima:
    • 20,000+ soldiers killed
    • 70,000–146,000 civilians killed
    Nagasaki:
    • 39,000–80,000 killed
    Total: 129,000–246,000+ killed


    In August 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

    As the war entered its sixth and final year, the Allieshad begun to prepare for what was anticipated to be a very costly invasion of the Japanese mainland. This was preceded by an immensely destructive firebombing campaignthat obliterated many Japanese cities. The war in Europe had concluded when Nazi Germany signed its instrument of surrender on May 8, 1945, but with the Japanese refusal to accept the Allies' demands for unconditional surrender, the Pacific Wardragged on. Together with the United Kingdom and China, the United States called for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces in the Potsdam Declarationon July 26, 1945; this was buttressed with the threat of "prompt and utter destruction".

    By August 1945, the Allied Manhattan Project had successfully detonated an atomic device in the New Mexico desert and subsequently produced atomic weapons based on two alternate designs. The 509th Composite Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces was equipped with the specialized Silverplate version of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, that could deliver them from Tinian in the Mariana Islands.

    A uranium gun-typeatomic bomb (Little Boy) was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by a plutonium implosion-typebomb (Fat Man) on the city of Nagasaki on August 9. Little Boy exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT, destroying five square miles of the city. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects of the atomic bombings killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000–80,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness and malnutrition. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizable military garrison.

    On August 15, just days after the bombing of Nagasaki and the Soviet Union's declaration of war, Japan announced its surrenderto the Allies. On September 2, it signed the instrument of surrender, effectively ending World War II. The bombings' role in Japan's surrender and their ethical justification are still debated.

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