Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

24 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Main Russian New Year’s Tree in the Moscow Kremlin

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Main Russian New Year's Tree in the Moscow Kremlin. 2013

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Loggers cut down the main Russian New Year’s Tree in a forest in Naro-Fominsk Raion in Moscow Oblast on Thursday 19 December. It’s a spruce tree, over 110-years-old. Soon, workers will load it onto a flat-bed trailer and deliver it on Saturday in Moscow, where workers will put it on Cathedral Square in the Kremlin. Strict standards exist for the selection of the Kremlin New Year’s Tree… it must have a smooth trunk, a pyramidal shape, feathery branches, and be at least 30 metres (99 feet) in height. The quality of the trees’s timber is important, for it must be able to withstand temperature fluctuations, and it must last for three weeks without deterioration. Foresters reject any trees with moss or lichen on the trunk, or if they discover that the tree’s hollow. Usually, the trees come from the edge of the forest, as it’s easier to take them out and ship them to the city. For several weeks, a special commission examined the forests surrounding Moscow to select a proper tree. They choose two or three main candidates, for two are backups, just in case the primary tree has an accident for one reason or another during the display period. The decorations are rather simple… it has large, medium, and small ornament balls in the colours of the Russian flag (red, white, and blue).

19 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/infografika/20131219/985113920.html

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20131223/185857162/The-Countrys-Main-Christmas-Tree.html

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

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

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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

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.ria.ru/ecocartoon/20121002/764508858.html

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

20 July 2011. Sergei Yolkin’s World: Show Your Papers for a Tramp in the Woods…

Show Your Papers for a Tramp in the Woods…

Sergei Yolkin

2011

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“Hey, you! You got honey? Like about five kilos worth? How ‘bout some of that Tsarkie salami that I can smell from here? We could forget about the pass…” That’s what would happen if the bear were a typical Russki copper… 😀

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Because of a dangerous situation regarding forest fires in his region, Governor Viktor Kress of Tomsk Oblast decreed that most non-local people would only be able to visit forest areas with an authorised pass. Since the beginning of the fire season, forests in Tomsk Oblast have suffered 91 reported fires, which is a 500 percent increase over the number reported last year. The total area affected is 2,200 hectares (5,436 acres (7.94 square miles)), with an average area affected per fire doubled compared to last year. Since 13 May, Tomsk Oblast has been under a special forest fire watch alert.

July 2011

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://eco.ria.ru/ecocartoon/20110718/403648150.html

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