Voices from Russia

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Russian Cops March Bears Into Forest

00 bear cubs in Kamchatka. 21.09.13


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





Saturday, 31 August 2013

Tourists Spend Night on Tree Escaping Bear in Montenegro

01 bear at table


Local news website CdM reported that a man from Kazakhstan and a woman from the Ukraine, who were both on a bicycle tour across south Montenegro, were forced to spent a night in a tree saving to escape from a bear. On Thursday, police and residents of Virpazar went on a search and rescue mission after the two tourists used to their mobile to call a friend, saying that they were in a tree in a nearby forest hiding from a bear. The search lasted for several hours, complicated by the fact that the tourists’ mobile went dead, then, the cops decided to take a break. Ultimately, both travellers emerged safe and unhurt in Vilpazar on their bicycles. The website added that the Montenegrin government strongly advised tourists against travelling without a local guide in remote areas.

30 August 2013



Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2 October 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Mobilise All Resources!


Sergei Shoigu, Governor of Moscow Oblast, told the President of the Russian Geographical Society (RGO) that the Moscow Oblast government would approve a plan next week to mobilise resources to address a bark beetle infestation in the area’s forests.

2 October 2012

Sergei Yolkin



Sunday, 22 January 2012

22 January 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World: The Gonepteryx Butterflies Woke Up!

The Gonepteryx Butterflies Woke Up!

Sergei Yolkin



The press service of the Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve reported that warm winter temperatures and heavy precipitation in the Bryansk forests precipitated a premature awakening of Gonepteryx (Brimstone) butterflies; they usually hibernate until early spring.

18 January 2012

Sergei Yolkin



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