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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Bodies of Russian Medics Killed in Aleppo to Arrive in Birobidzhan on Friday



On Wednesday, an MVD source told RIA Novosti that the bodies of two Russian medics killed in Aleppo by terrorist shelling will be flown to Birobidzhan in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (EAO) in the Russian Far East on 9 December. According to the source, the funerals will take place on Saturday, saying:

The aircraft with the bodies [of the medics] will leave from Moscow to Khabarovsk at 19.00 MSK [16:00 UTC]. The bodies will be flown from Khabarovsk to Birobidzhan by a helicopter, so, they’ll arrive in the EAO only tomorrow.

On 5 December, terrorist shelling on a Russian mobile military hospital in Aleppo killed two army medics from Birobidzhan, Praporshchik* Nadezhda Durachenko and Starshina* Galina Mikhailova, and seriously wounded Professor Vadim Arsentyev from the Paediatric Faculty of the Kirov Military Medical Academy. Besides that, the terrorist attack injured local residents onsite for medical care. The Minoborony Rossii regards the tragic incident as premeditated murder, blaming the so-called moderate opposition and its Western sponsors.

8 December 2016

Sputnik International


  • Praporshchik: Warrant Officer, in the Russian forces, usually held by long-service non-commissioned personnel in technical or admin slots
  • Starshina: literally, “Elder” or “Eldest”, highest rank equivalent to Western sergeant-level ranks in the Russian Forces, highest rank below Warrant Officer (Praporshchik/Michman) level

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Hungry Bears Approach Villages in Flood-Hit Russian Far East

00 bear in a tree. 28.08.13


On Wednesday, local police said that aggressive bears, starving because their natural food sources were destroyed by floods, are becoming a growing threat for villagers in the Russian Far East. According to Yevgeny Shukshin, police chief of Polina Osipenko Raion  in Khabarovsk Krai, bears currently have difficulty finding their usual food… berries and salmon… because of floods. He said, “Chances of meeting a predator have increased. Hunger drives the animals closer to humans; it forces them to search for food in garbage dumps. More and more often, we’re informed of bears approaching villages”. In one such incident, police dealt with an aggressive bear, which dangerously approached a group of children picking mushrooms. At once, the cops tried to scare the animal off, but it ran towards them, so, they killed it. Due to the flooding, which has occurred over several weeks, an emergency was declared in four Far Eastern areas… Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (Birobidzhan), Khabarovsk Krai, and Primorsky Krai… as well as in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). On Tuesday, Vladimir Pysin, Deputy Presidential Envoy to the Russian Far East, said that the overall damage is currently estimated at 30 billion roubles (900 million USD. 937 million CAD. 980 million AUD. 684 million Euros. 576 million UK Pounds). In three of the affected regions… Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, and Khabarovsk Krai… the floods affected 190 settlements with almost 9,500 buildings.

28 August 2013



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