Voices from Russia

Sunday, 19 March 2017

19 March 2017. Russian Sappers Enroute to Palmyra to Demine the City

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Here’s a Russian sapper preparing to embark for Syria, to demine liberated Palmyra. He’s got his canine friend along to help him! Russian sappers, alongside their Syrian, Iranian, and Hizbullah counterparts, have already demined much of liberated Free Aleppo. They’ll do the same in Palmyra… yes, these guys are on guard for peace, too… keeping the world safe from the likes of McCain and Clinton.

One last thing… these guys are going to Syria with the full blessing of the Syrian government. The Americans going there didn’t ask permission of Syria… that makes them aggressors and invaders. Wouldn’t that make the American Establishment (both Republican and Democratic) eligible for a “war crimes trial?” Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

BMD

Friday, 21 March 2014

Giraffe Kisses Dying Zoo Worker in Final Goodbye

00 Giraffe says goodbye to zoo worker. 21.03.14

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Heart-breaking pictures emerged of the moment that a giraffe said goodbye to a terminally ill zoo worker, who’d spent most of his adult life cleaning the animal’s enclosures. Zoo maintenance worker Mario had terminal cancer; he asked to go for one last time to the giraffe enclosure at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo. Attendants wheeled the 54-year-old into the enclosure on his hospital bed. Within minutes, the giraffes approached him and began to nuzzle and kiss him. The Ambulance Wish Foundation, which transported Mario to the zoo, said that Mario has little mobility and finds speaking very difficult, saying, “However, his face spoke volumes”. Kees Veldboer, the founder of the AWF told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, “These animals recognised him, and felt that (things aren’t) going well with him. (It was) a very special moment. You saw him beaming”. Mario, who has a mental disability, also said goodbye to his colleagues at the zoo, where he worked for almost 25 years. The AWF relies on 200 volunteers to help make the last wishes of terminally ill patients come true by transporting them in specially designed ambulances.

Various studies suggested that animals could sense illness in humans, including diseases with no visible symptoms. Marine, a Labrador retriever, was successfully trained in 2011 to detect people suffering with bowel cancer. Sniffer dogs also proved successful in identifying patients with lung cancer. A 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a cat could identify people who were dying of a terminal illness at a nursing home. Oscar the cat appeared to “predict” a patient’s death by sitting next to their bed and keeping a vigil there until they died, which was usually a few hours later. Researchers noted that if someone forced him out of the patient’s room, he’d become distressed and would continue to meow outside the door, researchers noted. Oscar presided over the death of 25 residents during his time at the home. Physicians and nursing home staff viewed his presence at the bedside of a patient as an almost absolute indicator of impending death, allowing staff members to tell families in time.

21 March 2014

Heather Saul

The Independent (UK)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/giraffe-kisses-dying-zoo-worker-final-goodbye-9207114.html

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cat Busted Ferrying Pot to Cons in Moldova Prison

00 Cat Criminals in Moldova. 20.10.13

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They busted a cat for smuggling pot into a prison in Moldova. Prison guards became suspicious about the feline, which routinely entered and left the prison through a hole in a fence, when they noticed its odd collar. On closer inspection, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it. On Friday, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said that someone in the village of Pruncul used the cat as a courier to supply inmates with dope at the local prison. Whoever the human was, this wasn’t a first regarding cat couriers at lockups. In June, guards caught a cat carrying mobile phones and chargers taped to its belly to inmates in Penal Colony Nr 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in northern Russia.

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Prison guards nabbed an audacious cat after they caught it red-handed trying to smuggle two bags of cannabis into a prison in Moldova. Now, the prison authorities are looking for the moggy‘s trainer, who they believe may live in the nearby village of Pruncul, supplying inmates with illegal drugs for some time. Prison officers became suspicious of the grey and white cat, which regularly came and went through a hole in the fence, when they noticed it was wearing a peculiar collar. When they apprehended the cat, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it. The Justice Ministry posted a video of the find online. It showed one officer gently stroking the bemused cat whilst removing the purple collar. Then, a second officer cut through two lumps in the collar, to reveal cannabis in its herb form. Yesterday, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said that someone in the nearby village of Pruncul was using the cat as a courier to supply inmates with the drug at Penitenciarului Nr 9 prison.

It isn’t the first time that someone used cats in Eastern Europe to evade capture by prison authorities. In June, guards caught a cat carrying mobile phones and chargers taped to its belly to inmates in Penal Colony Nr 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in northern Russia. In August last year, police in Rostov Oblast foiled a plot to use a cat to smuggle heroin into a prison, according to a report in the Moscow Times. Inmates took the cat out of the prison following their release, smuggling the animal out in their bags, giving it to drug dealers waiting outside. Then, they stuffed the drug into the cat’s collar, and released the animal, which sneaked back into the prison. In a similar case in 2010, a prison do killed a heroin-carrying cat whilst trying to enter a prison in Tatarstan. Inmates in Arapiraca, in Brazil’s northeastern Alagoas state, also used these evasion tactics. Earlier this year, guards caught a cat trying to slip through the gates with tools, including a saw and a drill, tapped to its body.

19 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20131019/184234646/Cat-Caught-Carrying-Marijuana-Into-Moldovan-Prison.html

Daily Mail (London)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2467213/Drug-smuggling-cat-caught-carrying-cannabis-parcels-Moldova-prison.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Russia Allows Draftees to Serve With Pets

00 Russian army soldier with dog. 02.10.13

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Ahead of the autumn draft, which began on Tuesday, General Yevgeni Burdinsky, deputy head of the General Staff‘s Chief Organisation and Mobilisation Directorate, said that Russian conscripts whose dogs have training in certain activities are welcome to do their mandatory year of military service with their pets. He said, “If a conscript and his dog have undergone special training courses and have acquired certain skills, then, such specialists are in demand with the Russian forces. During our draft we pay attention to a conscript’s request to do military service together with his pet”. Contrary to popular belief, German shepherd dogs aren’t the only ones in demand. Burdinsky observed, “For example, a spaniel is a hunting dog. It has search abilities and can locate drugs. We seek out such dogs. The dog’s breed isn’t important, but its training is”.

1 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/russia/20131001/183889934/Russia-Allows-Army-Draftees-to-Serve-With-Pets.html

 

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