TRENDS: Russians Googling ‘How to Break Arm at Home’ Because of …


Russia was never really prepared to invade Ukraine; this much is obvious now.  Their 70-year-old tanks barely ran.  Their duped troops were ready to desert the minute they ran out of toilet paper.  Their commanders had to literally shoot at their own soldiers to spur them into battle.

No, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is an utter mess for the Kremlin, and in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s announcement that 300,000 citizens were about to be forcefully conscripted into the military, many have decided to take drastic measures in order to avoid service.

Google searches for “how to break an arm at home” surged in Russia after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of the population to fight in Ukraine.

The Russian president said conscription would only be applied to reservists, with the decree taking effect on Wednesday.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who spoke after Putin’s address to the nation, said 300,000 men with “previous military experience” would now be called up.

And this was no coincidence.

According to Trends data for the past seven days there were zero recorded searches for “how to break an arm at home” at 2 a.m. ET, when Putin’s began his address. This doesn’t literally mean there were no searches for the words, just that the amount was so low the data couldn’t be quantified.

Putin’s forces have been suffering humiliating defeats in Ukraine of late, with reports within the last week describing Russian troops throwing their rifles to the ground and running for the border as quickly as they could.