Voices from Russia

Friday, 12 December 2014

Authorities to Move Polar Bear Hanging Around Oil Wells to Arctic island

Polar bears in Russia

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On Tuesday, a local official said a local official said that they’d tranquilise and airlift to an Arctic island a polar bear who hung around an oil well in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The three-year old bear kept oil well workers on their toes for six days, and even attempted to sneak into their canteen, but it wasn’t aggressive. On 20 November, they scared away the beast with a helicopter and moved it to an oil field 50 kilometres (31 miles) away from the oil workers’ compound. The official said, “There’s no link between Dolgy Island (where the airlift will leave the bear) and the continent, therefore, we hope that the bear will adapt there and will find food in his natural habitat”. However, Viktor Nikiforov, the chief of the Bear Patrol programme of the World Wildlife Fund Russia, said that the bear’s move was a temporary solution, “The bear won’t understand that humans were a threat”, adding that the beast could approach settlements again. The polar bear is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The estimated worldwide polar bear population is 20,000-25,000, with 5,000-7,000 living along Russia’s Arctic coast. Since 1957, polar bear hunting has been illegal in Russia.

25 November 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/763653

Saturday, 19 October 2013

19 October 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Man Caught Smuggling Rare Parrot Eggs in Underwear

00 Andrei Buzov. It was a Hot Day. Russian eggs cartoon. 19.10.13

“Really, it was that hot today!” By the way, “eggs” in Russian slang are “testicles”… you catch it, don’t you?

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On Thursday, Swiss customs authorities said that they’d arrested a bird specialist who smuggled the eggs of protected parrots in his underwear and travelled the globe trading in rare species. In a statement, the customs service said that they thought that the man, whom it didn’t identify, had trafficked over 150 eggs from endangered parrots protected by international law, as well as rare pheasant species. They busted the man, a Swiss citizen who was also a legal bird trader, at Zürich Kloten Airport in 2010 with 25 eggs hidden in his underwear as he returned from Brazil. The customs service explained that it was only now revealing details of the case because of the secrecy surrounding the probe. Investigators managed to establish that, thanks to a solid international network of contacts, the man managed to smuggle more than 150 eggs to buyers in Indonesia, Thailand, and Mexico. The total value of the contraband eggs was 65,000 Swiss Francs (2.3 million Roubles. 72,000 USD. 74,000 CAD. 75,000 AUD. 53,000 Euros. 45,000 UK Pounds), adding that it wasn’t possible to establish where they came from. Investigators said that the man also had an aviary of several hundred birds, including endangered species. The Swiss veterinary service also seized seven rare parrots from an accomplice, with an estimated value of 8,000 Swiss Francs (283,000 Roubles. 8,900 USD. 9,100 CAD. 9,200 AUD. 6,500 Euros. 5,500 UK Pounds). The two men face heavy fines for trafficking in endangered species.

17 October 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/Man-caught-smuggling-rare-parrot-eggs-in-underwear-6710/

 

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

11 January 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Specially Protected Natural Areas in the Russian Arctic

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11 January 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20120111/170536495.html

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