Voices from Russia

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Only in Russia… Woman Suspected of Burning Ex Alive Over Broken Phone in Krasnodar

00 Vodka. 14.09.13


Editor’s Foreword:

This is kinda a rad way of saying, “The thrill is gone”, isn’t it? Betcha that there was more than a small amount of vodka (consumed by the parties involved beforehand, that is) in the mix for this one…



A spirited family squabble ended in tragedy in Krasnodar. On Friday, the SKP in the southern Russian city said that a man died of severe burns more than a week after his ex-wife doused him in spirits and set him on fire after he smashed her phone. They said that the woman is now under investigation on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm resulting in negligent homicide, adding that she faces up to 15 years in jail. In a statement, the Krasnodar Krai SKP said that the couple was divorced for more than two years, but were still living together… along with their 11-year-old son… and often argued. On the evening of 2 September, reportedly, the 43-year-old woman was talking on the phone to their son, who was at summer camp, when the 45-year-old man grabbed the phone from her and smashed it, before going to sleep on her bed. The SKP statement said, “The woman, outraged by her ex-husband’s behaviour, ran into the kitchen, grabbed a cup of spirits and a lighter, poured it [the spirits] over him and set fire to him. After he caught fire, the woman immediately began to put out the flames, then, she called emergency medical services and the police”. The man sustained burns to 41 percent of his body and died in hospital on 10 September.

13 September 2013





Sunday, 24 March 2013

24 March 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Event “Earth Hour”: History, Purpose, Participants

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Event 'Earth Hour'. History, Purpose, Participants. 2013


Click here for an “Earth Hour” image gallery

The World Wildlife Fund sponsors “Earth Hour” annually. On the last Saturday in March, at 20.30 local time, all participants turn off lights and electrical appliances for an hour. This is the fifth “Earth Hour” held in Russia; last year, about 20 million people in Russia took part in it. According to WWF, about 70 Russian cities will participate in the action in 2013. The WWF specifically mentioned that Moscow, St Petersburg, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Lipetsk, Serpukhov, Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Krasnodar, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, and Syktyvkar would have special events. For the first year, Novy Urengoy will take part.

In Moscow, on 23 March, more than 80 buildings will plunge into darkness for an hour. On Saturday, the main attractions of St Petersburg… the Winter Palace, Palace Square, and the Petropavlovsk Fortress… will turn off their architectural and artistic lighting. The same thing would happen at St Petersburg State University, as well as at Troitsky Bridge, Blagoveshchensky Bridge, Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge, and Aleksandr Nevsky Bridge.

A giant ball, symbolising planet Earth will be set on fire in Nizhny Novgorod on Rozhdestvenskaya Street. The organisers of the action said, “The contours of the Earth’s continents would burn only for a short while, thus, presenting a representation of the limited and exhaustible basic resources used by mankind”. The event will take place on Markin Square near Rozhdestvenskaya Street. Residents of Krasnodar shall place candles outside a shopping mall on Stasov Street. The candles will have the inscription “Kuban +” as a symbol that the Krasnodar Krai joined the “Earth Hour” event. The shopping mall will turn off all its lights and signs.

23 March 2013




Monday, 3 September 2012

Cossack Brigades Take to Streets of Russia


This weekend, hundreds of Cossacks began patrolling the streets of cities in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia in what local authorities called “grassroots activism”, but critics panned it as provoking interethnic tensions. Yuga.ru local news website said that up to 1,000 Cossacks are involved in the patrolling, 150 of them in the regional capital of Krasnodar. The uniformed Cossacks carry no weapons except for their whips, but are entitled to intervene against crimes in progress, conduct document checks, and detain suspicious people. A police officer accompanies every patrol. Each Cossack will receive a salary of about 25,000 roubles ($770) a month. The region earmarked 650 million roubles ($2 million) to fund the patrols.

Aleksandr Tkachyov, the region’s controversial governor, hatched the idea of Cossack patrols last month, saying that they’d provide an equaliser against “aliens”, including natives of the neighbouring North Caucasus republics. The region, historically populated by ethnic Russians, has seen in recent years a steady inflow of economic migrants from the mostly Islamic regions of the North Caucasus, which resulted in ethnic tensions. The Public Chamber, as well as independent local linguistic experts, accused Tkachyov of fuelling ethnic hatred, a criminal offense in Russia. However, Tkachyov said that he was actually trying to curb tension, and that the only intent of the Cossack patrols was to deter illegal migrants bent on disturbing the peace. The 2010 census showed the only one of the dozens of North Caucasus nations that had a significant settled presence in Krasnodar Krai (population: 5.2 million) were the Adyghes, who numbered some 14,000.

The Cossacks served as a special police force in tsarist Russia, and the government often deployed them against street protests, which gained them much notoriety, and made them the target of massive repressions by the victorious Bolsheviks.

2 September 2012



Monday, 9 July 2012

Floods Strike the Kuban


On Sunday, a spokesman for the RF MVD said that the death toll in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Krai, hit by devastating floods, reached 150 people. Previous reports said 146 people were killed in Russia’s worst flood in decades, affecting several cities and residential areas in Krasnodar Krai, including Gelendzhik, Novorossiysk, as well as Krymsk, a town with the population of 57,000 people, located some 87 kilometres (54 miles) from Krasnodar. The MVD spokesman said, “As of 11.30 MSK (08.30 UTC 03.30 EDT 00.30 PDT), 150 bodies were found, including 139 in Krymsk, nine in Gelendzhik, and two in Novorossiysk”. Heavy rains caused flooding to sweep Krymsky Raion on Friday night when most people were asleep. Governor Aleksandr Tkachyov of Krasnodar Krai declared 9 July a day of mourning for victims of the flood. In 2002, over 60 people were killed in floods that hit Krasnodar Krai in January during an abnormally warm winter.


On Sunday, thousands of residents in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia flocked to churches to mourn the victims of devastating floods that killed at least 155 people. A government spokesman said, “All of the Kuban [the original name of Krasnodar Krai] is mourning for the people killed in the floods. The largest number of victims is in Krymsky Raion”. Krasnodar Krai authorities declared 9 July a day of mourning for the flood victims, and cancelled all festivities scheduled for Family Day on 8 July, as well as all entertainment events. Since early Sunday morning, Muscovites brought flowers and lit candles in front of the Krasnodar Krai mission in Moscow.

Russia’s worst floods in decades, triggered by heavy rainfall, ravaged several cities and residential areas in Krasnodar Krai on Friday night, including Gelendzhik, Novorossiysk, as well as Krymsk, a town with a population of 57,000 people, located some 87 kilometres (54 miles) from Krasnodar. Over 5,000 homes were flooded in the region because of the disaster. The floods sweeping Krymsky Raion killed at least 139 people late Friday night, when most of the people were asleep. The floods disrupted power, gas, and water supply lines, along with road and rail routes.


On Sunday, Governor Aleksandr Tkachyov said that residents of Krymsk, the city most severely devastated by floods that swept southern Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, would get new homes in 3-4 months. Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed over 170 people after torrential rains began on Friday dropping more than 30 centimetres of water. Officials said Saturday that rain forced many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs. A MChS spokesman said that the disaster affected over 20,000 people; of them, 320 sought medical assistance, 104 people were hospitalised. On Sunday, seven alleged looters were detained in Krymsk. Local meteorologists issued new flood alerts on Sunday.

At a meeting with locals, Governor Tkachyov said, “If your house was completely destroyed by rains and floods, the government undertakes the commitment to build a new home for you in 3-4 months, before the beginning of the cold period”. On Monday, the government will pay compensation to those people whose homes were destroyed. Each member of a family that lost its home will get 10,000 roubles (300 USD. 250 Euros. 200 UK Pounds). Starting Monday, more than 2,500 volunteers and 100 vehicles will join rescue work in the region, Deputy Governor Dzhambulat Khautov said.

8 July 2012





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