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In home of Kalashnikov, Russians fight plan to turn mall into drone factory

By Robyn Dixon

26 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The city of Izhevsk is part of Russia’s drive to dramatically increase the production of rockets, shells and drones. As the Washington Post explains, that has alienated some local residents.

As Russia seeks to mobilize its industries and citizens to fight its war on Ukraine, a group of angry small-business owners and residents in one city has shown there are limits to the sacrifices they are willing to make as they fight to keep a shopping mall from turning into a drone-production plant.

With Russia's economy under pressure from Western sanctions and its war effort faltering after major setbacks last year, the Defense Ministry has demanded that arms and weapons producers work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to increase military production.

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