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Swamp Schoolboy Takes Russian Internet By Storm

Photos by a 16-year-old schoolboy in Chelyabinsk have gone viral in Russia. Igor Nazarov posed half-submerged in a swamp, while wearing a business suit, as part of a competition on social media to find the most unusual photo. The photos sparked a host of memes and are now being used on social media as an ironic response to almost anything.

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

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