Voices from Russia

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Over 8 Kees of Marijuana Found in Cop’s Car

01 stoner bear

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On Saturday, the local SKP said that police seized over 8 kilos (about 18 pounds) of marijuana from a cop in Rostov Oblast. The man, a junior officer with the K-9 unit of the Rostov-on-Don police, was driving a Chevrolet Lacetti when cops stopped his car for a check. The police statement said, “Cannabis, weighting more than 8 kilos in total, was found in the trunk of his car and seized”. The officer was fired and faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

13 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131013/184108427/Over-8-kg-of-Marijuana-Found-in-Police-Officers-Car.html

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Russian Cops March Bears Into Forest

00 bear cubs in Kamchatka. 21.09.13

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Bears in the streets and tough cops… this week, two stereotypes about Russia came together in the coal-mining region of Kemerovo Oblast when local police marched a trio of hungry bear cubs from a central town square back into the nearby woods. According to a statement from regional police, late Thursday, a local woman in the town of Beryozovsky spotted one cub “calmly strolling down the street, looking for food in the garbage bins”. Five teams of officers soon arrived at the spot, only to find three bear cubs in the courtyards of nearby buildings. Police cordoned off the area; then, they “escorted the uninvited guests into the woods. They followed the bear cubs in their patrol cars and lit the way with their headlights. The trip took more than an hour”. The police speculated that the cubs might have been the orphans of a female bear fatally hit by a freight train in July on a nearby rail line.

20 September 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/russia/20130920/183607916/Russian-Cops-March-Bears-Into-Forest.html

 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Hungry Bears Approach Villages in Flood-Hit Russian Far East

00 bear in a tree. 28.08.13

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On Wednesday, local police said that aggressive bears, starving because their natural food sources were destroyed by floods, are becoming a growing threat for villagers in the Russian Far East. According to Yevgeny Shukshin, police chief of Polina Osipenko Raion  in Khabarovsk Krai, bears currently have difficulty finding their usual food… berries and salmon… because of floods. He said, “Chances of meeting a predator have increased. Hunger drives the animals closer to humans; it forces them to search for food in garbage dumps. More and more often, we’re informed of bears approaching villages”. In one such incident, police dealt with an aggressive bear, which dangerously approached a group of children picking mushrooms. At once, the cops tried to scare the animal off, but it ran towards them, so, they killed it. Due to the flooding, which has occurred over several weeks, an emergency was declared in four Far Eastern areas… Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (Birobidzhan), Khabarovsk Krai, and Primorsky Krai… as well as in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). On Tuesday, Vladimir Pysin, Deputy Presidential Envoy to the Russian Far East, said that the overall damage is currently estimated at 30 billion roubles (900 million USD. 937 million CAD. 980 million AUD. 684 million Euros. 576 million UK Pounds). In three of the affected regions… Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, and Khabarovsk Krai… the floods affected 190 settlements with almost 9,500 buildings.

28 August 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130828/183008013/Hungry-Bears-Approach-Villages-in-Russias-Flood-Hit-Far-East.html

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Fleeing Thief Falls into Police Dog Kennel in Stavropol

00 MVD Dog Service. 09.12

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On Tuesday, investigators in Stavropol in southern Russia said that a young man who robbed a law firm where he was working as a handyman fell into a kennel for police dogs as he tried to flee the scene through an open window. The local MVD said in a statement that the man, who already had a long rap sheet, was drunk when he committed the robbery and fled when he heard a noise outside. He fell into the premises of a police station right next door, right into a police dog kennel. The statement went on to say that the cops arrested the man and the local Prokuratura opened a criminal case. It didn’t provide the date of the incident or the name of the accused.

25 June 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/crime/20130625/181873365/Fleeing-Thief-Falls-Into-Police-Dog-Kennel.html

 

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