Voices from Russia

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Sputnik International Presents… Moscow Kicks Off Winter Season with Opening of Colourful Skating Rinks

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A fireworks display at the opening of the skating rink at the VDNKh exhibition centre

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The VDNKh rink can accommodate about five thousand people; its area is almost 70,000 square metres (753,474 square feet) (7 hectares: 17.3 acres).

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At the VDNKh rink, the largest in Russia, the decorations have an “Arctic” theme, with figures of Northern animals and imitations of the Northern Lights.

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Fireworks display at the VDNKh rink opening; DUNDU, a famous German light theatre, provided a fantastic Momentum of Lights performance that spectacularly climaxed the celebration

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Theatrical performance at the opening of the skating rink in the Ermitazh Garden

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Visitors took pictures at the Ermitazh Garden rink opening

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The Serebryany Lyod (Silver Ice) skating rink opened at Izmailovsky Park; on opening day, it gave all comers free admission, which was true at many other municipal skating rinks as well

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Skaters at the Lyod (Ice) skating rink in Sokolniki Park

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Winter season officially started in Moscow… massive festivities celebrated the opening of the outdoor skating rinks at the city’s main parks. A beautiful light show took place at VDNKh’s skating rink, which was the largest ice rink in Europe for the third year in a row. Those who attended the opening show of the Ermitazh Garden’s skating rink enjoyed a Venetian carnival. Due to the unique technology used to create it, the Lyod skating rink at Sokolniki Park is one of the most colourful and modern rinks in Moscow as its artificial ice doesn’t depend on the weather.

28 November 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/photo/201611281047914527-skating-rinks-opening-celebration/

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Winter is On Its Way in the Ukraine

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Eventually, you know that the weather will take its toll. Today, in Kherson and Nikolayev, the average outdoor temperatures are 3 to 8 degrees (38 to 47 degrees Fahrenheit)… apartments usually have a heat level of 16 to 18 degrees (61 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). I received information about cutbacks in the heating season, so people are starting large-scale installations of electric heaters. The money to purchase gas, coal, and oil is missing and there’s nothing budgeted for public utility services. People are well aware that the winter will be very hard; today, nobody knows how they’re going to get heat. Yesterday, sources sent me photos where you can see signs on the Kherson-Nikolayev motorway reading, “Putin warm-up”. I’ve gotten intel about the heat problem in almost all Ukrainian cities. Kherson and Nikolayev aren’t ready for the cold season. Today, thieving officials with no scrap of leadership ability run our cities.

23 November 2016

Aleksei Zhuravko

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

5 November 2016. GREETINGS FROM THE EVIL EMPIRE! Kids WILL Be Kids… And Parents… Parents

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I saw this on a friend’s wall on vK. I did a Google Search by Image, and it seems that this little one is viral all over the RuNet. Those of us from colder climes do remember how our parents wrapped us up during the winter…

The text is a translation of what my friend posted on her wall along with the image.

BMD

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

6 September 2016. It’s Time for the “Silent Hunt!”

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It’s time for the “silent hunt”… that’s what people in Eastern Europe and Russia call the search for mushrooms in the autumn forest. Everybody has their “secret spots” hidden from all others… as you can see, hoo boy, the haul is humongous. Just about everybody dries most of them for the winter. As for me, I’m partial to gribi (mushrooms) any way that I can get them… I’m not picky… get yer grubbies on and get on out there!

BMD

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