Voices from Russia

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Kamchatka Volcano Spits Up Ash 5-7 Kilometres High


On Friday, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences told us that Klyuchevskoy Volcano in Kamchatka Krai spewed ash for three days in a row, saying:

The volcano emitted ash as high as 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) [above sea level.] The volcano itself is 4,750 metres (15,600 feet) high.

The ash spread 92 kilometres (57 miles) in a northwestern direction from the volcano. This is the third time Klyuchevskoy erupted in 2018. On 3 January, it spewed ash as high as 6 kilometres (3.75 miles), and on 4 January the authorities issued an orange hazard code for aircraft after a second eruption at the same height. Klyuchevskoy is Eurasia’s highest active volcano (4,750 metres in height) and one of the most active on the peninsula. In 2016, up to ten lava flows oozed down its slope simultaneously during an eruption. The nearest community is the village of Klyuchi in Kamchatka Krai, located 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) away from the volcano base. The village frequently suffers ash showers during eruptions.

5 January 2018




Saturday, 3 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Russian Cities Welcome 2015 with Fireworks and Sparklers

00 new year 01. Moscow. 03.01.15

People wave sparklers as they celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF, 1 January 2015


00 new year 02. Moscow. 03.01.15    

Fireworks explode over St Basil Cathedral on Red Square, Moscow


00 new year 03. St Petersburg. 03.01.15

New Year light show at Palace Square in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF


00 new year 04. St Petersburg. 03.01.15

Festive illuminations on Palace Square in St Petersburg


00 new year 05. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

New Year fireworks at the Central Square in Vladivostok (Primorsky Krai. Far Eastern Federal District)


00 new year 06. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

Festive illuminations in Vladivostok


00 new year 07. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

New Year celebrations at the Central Square in Vladivostok


00 new year 08. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

Fireworks in Vladivostok


00 new year 09. Rostov-na-Donu. 03.01.15

New Year’s Eve in an apartment in Rostov-na-Donu (Rostov Oblast. Southern Federal District) RF


00 new year 10. Rostov-na-Donu. 03.01.15

Local resident on New Year’s Eve in Rostov-na-Donu


00 new year 11. Kemerovo. 03.01.15

Ice town in Kemerovo (Kemerovo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF


1 January 2015



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Big Break: Russians Search for Cat Who Snitched Sneak Feast at Pricey Seafood Shop

00 ginger cat. 12.12.14




Just some funny cats… for funsies…


A ginger tomcat who broke into a closed shop at Vladivostok international Airport and treated himself to seafood worth 63,000 roubles (6,700 Renminbi. 67,900 INR. 1,080 USD. 1,260 CAD. 1,320 AUD. 870 Euros. 690 UK Pounds) has gone missing. The fishy story sparked a media frenzy… both in Russia and beyond. The four-legged seafood lover… who nibbled on and scarfed down squid, flatfish, and octopus from the shop counter under the cover of night… quickly rose to stardom, as his crime made world headlines for two straight days. The little ginger thief overshadowed record-low oil prices and the plunging Russian rouble; he dominated news reports on Russian online media services. However, now, the story took a dramatic turn… the cat is nowhere to be found.

ITAR-TASS announced that cops launched a search at the airport when the feline went missing. The seafood store’s owners blame the airport for the loss of their goods, as they had to write off the entire inventory of fish on the counter that the cat laid its paws on, due to health and safety regulations. A source told TASS, “The cat disappeared. He was here yesterday, but today, he’s not here anymore. He’s been here [at the airport] for some time before the incident, but where he came from and where he’s now gone remains unknown”, suggesting the cat could have been left at the airport by a passenger who didn’t want to pay the extra fee for pet transportation. An airport official source previously stated that security regulations strictly prohibit any unsupervised animals in the terminal, and blames the shop for the stray cat’s intrusion.

People across Russia… and even beyond… are worried about the tomcat’s fate. Some added fuel to the fire, claiming that the shop owners killed the cat, whilst others believe that his death could be impending if well-wishers don’t find him first. Vladivostok locals have launched their own investigation on social media, to find and save the feline. Local source PrimaMedia reported that requests to find the animal bombarded the airport, whilst the seafood shop became an attraction for both travellers and locals. Shop owner Irina Kuzmina told PrimaMedia, “Literally, passengers and those who see them off or meet them occupy the shop. People come here straight from the terminal, asking us about the cat. Nevertheless, they don’t buy anything; they’re just curious”, adding that she’s also been receiving international calls regarding the store’s furry visitor. Dvtur reported that some worry about the cat’s health… he did eat a lot of dried salty fish… but experts say that the animal should be fine, and could have helped himself to some water.

Both local and social media have chosen names for the seafood lover, with some suggesting Hooligarch or Inflatio. St Petersburg’s Onion-like “communist” website anointed the cat a hero and promised him “party membership”. The site quoted its fake party head as saying, “This cat is Robin Hood or Che Guevara”, adding that the feline simply brought revenge upon “bourgeois and foreigners” who could afford buying goods at the seafood store, unlike “proletarians”. Russia’s well-known cat trainer Yuri Kuklachyov also promised the now famous ginger thief permanent employment. The founder of the Moscow’s Cats Theatre wasn’t joking when he said that he was eager to pay for the damage the hungry feline cost the shop, and feature him in the theatre’s performances. Cat lovers on Facebook went even further, suggesting that the Vladivostok airport erect a monument in honour of the feline, which would become a symbol of “optimism and desires” for Russians.

12 December 2014



For more read this, this, this, and this… the last one has three funny demots in Russian. Also, check out this vid.


Now, this is something that I enjoy doing. Normally, I cover politics, religion, history and culture… this is a welcome break from all that. I hope that they find the little guy and that he gets a good home. We have three of the furbies (one of ‘em is trying to get my attention big-time… I think that I need to attend to their food bowl). We’re animal lovers (but no more than three… that’s all that we can afford and have sufficient room for).


Friday, 12 December 2014

Vladivostok Felon Cat Goes Missing!

00 Dennis the Cat Thief. 30.09.12


On Friday, an airport security official said that the cat who sneaked into a fish shop window display at the airport in Vladivostok and caused 60,000 roubles (1,070 USD. 6,640 Renminbi. 66,900 INR. 1,240 CAD. 1,300 AUD. 865 Euros. 680 UK Pounds) in damages has gone missing. On Thursday, the red cat was caught on CCTV tearing through packaging and treating itself to smoked fish and squid. The CCTV video of the intruder went viral and got more than 600,000 views on YouTube. The official said, “The cat disappeared. We saw it yesterday, but today it’s gone. We have no idea where the cat has come from and where it is now”. He said that its owner could have left the cat at the airport. Probably, they didn’t want to pay for the pet’s ticket.

Meanwhile, Dmitri Kuklachyov, the artistic director of the Moscow Cats Theatre, said he’s ready to repay the damages to the shop and take the cat to the theatre if they found it. He said that they could train the cat to do stunts like stealing sausage from a clown, saying, “We could replace the sausage with fish and the cat would do his job very well”. Kuklachyov and his father Yuri, a legendary animal trainer and clown, founded the Moscow Cats Theatre in 1990.

12 December 2014



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