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 "We were shocked when we saw these stupid phrases", - Syrian girls on controversial Russian calendar

Syrian girls living in Russia whose photos appeared in the calendar "From Syria with love" say they did not expect that the photos would be provided with captions glorifying the war and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Liberty.

The calendar was made with the participation of the pro-Kremlin youth movement "Set." It was financed under the presidential grant aimed at state support of youth initiatives. Authors of the project say that the calendar is going to be printed and sent to the Russian military in Syria.

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Photos of Syrian students were provided with captions like "The fate of my Palmyra is in your hands" or "I feel calm when you control my homeland."

One of the girls whose photo appeared in the calendar, Yana Hasan, wrote on Facebook that they were not warned that the photos will be provided with the captions.

"We were shocked when we saw the calendar on the Internet with these silly phrases <...> reaction in Syria is terrible. All are angry because of these phrases," she said in Tjournal interview.

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Russia launched a military operation in Syria last September. Russian planes struck forces of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad opponents. Because of the attacks on the city of Aleppo, human rights activists and some Western politicians accused Russia of war crimes.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n419895