Voices from Russia

Sunday, 6 December 2015

6 December 2015. The Polar Sunset in Murmansk… Sunrise Won’t Be Until 12 January

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The Polar Night lasts for 41 unbroken days in Murmansk in the Far North… it started on 2 December… it’ll end on 12 January. That is, it’ll be dark for New Year’s and Christmas, and the sun will only rise again a week before Epiphany. At least, here in Upstate New York, we have light from 08.00 to 16.00 at the solstice. That ain’t much, but it’s much better than Murmansk has, which is NOTHING.

DARK! For 41 whole days… no wonder the Russians invented vodka… now, that’s an “All-Nighter”…

BMD

Friday, 12 December 2014

Bear Bites Off Worker’s Hand at Russian Beer Factory

00 Don't Wake Up the Russian Bear. 19.10.14

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The Genprokuratura in Murmansk Oblast is looking into reports of local web portals of a bear attacking a man. A bear kept in a cage on the premises of the Kolsky beer factory bit off a factory worker’s hand. According to preliminary information, the worker didn’t report the incident to cops as he put his hand into the cage, provoking the animal. The Genprokuratura also said that it had reports about the bear at the factory, but there were no grounds to confiscate the animal.

11 December 2014

ITAR-TASS     

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/766549

Editor:

Bears bite when you rile ‘em… the Anglo Americans should remember that.

BMD

Sunday, 20 October 2013

20 October 2013. A Photo Essay. Братья наши меньшие… Our Smaller Brothers

00 Our Smaller Brothers 01. 20.10.13. Moscow Dog Show

International dog show Russia-2013 in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF 

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 02. 20.10.13. Monument to Semyon the Cat. Murmansk RF

Children gather around a monument dedicated to Semyon the Cat in Murmansk (Murmansk Oblast. Northwestern Federal District) RF. Semyon gained wide recognition in Russia after he travelled for 6½ years, covering 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles)… the distance between Moscow and his home in Murmansk 

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 03. 20.10.13. Lime the Snowy Owl. Krasnoyarsk RF

Zoo employee Daria Zhirnova feeds Lime, a 6-week-old Snowy Owl chick, at the Royev-Ruchey Zoo in a suburb of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF 

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 03a. 20.10.13. Great Grey Owl. Krasnoyarsk RF

Zoo employee Daria Zhirnova trains a wild Great Gray Owl inside a cage at the Royev-Ruchey Zoo, Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 04. 20.10.13. Bear cubs. Bear Rescue Centre. Bubonitsy RF

Bear cubs walk inside the forest enclosure of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Bear Rescue Centre (near the Chisty Les (Чистый Лес: Pure Forest) Biostation), near the village of Bubonitsy (Pozhinskoe Rural Settlement. Toropetsky Raion. Tver Oblast. Central Federal Oblast) RF, 350 kilometres (218 miles) northwest of Moscow

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 05. 20.10.13. Bear cubs. Bear Rescue Centre. Bubonitsy RF

Bear cubs at the IFAW Bear Rescue Centre, Bubonitsy (Pozhinskoe Rural Settlement. Toropetsky Raion. Tver Oblast. Central Federal Oblast) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 06. 20.10.13. Bear cubs. Bear Rescue Centre. Bubonitsy RF

Bear cubs at the IFAW Bear Rescue Centre, Bubonitsy (Pozhinskoe Rural Settlement. Toropetsky Raion. Tver Oblast. Central Federal Oblast) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 07. 20.10.13. Sighthounds. Italian Greyhounds. Yekaterinburg RF

Italian Greyhounds participate in a sighthound racing hunt for a mechanical hare during the Federation National Russian Dog Championships in Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk Oblast. Ural Federal District) RF 

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 08. 20.10.13. Dog. VDV Day. Moscow RF

A dog dressed in VDV beret and a telnyashka during the celebration of Airborne Forces Day in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 09. 20.10.13. Baltic Grey Seal cub. Repino RF

A Baltic Grey Seal cub inside a temporary rehabilitation centre in Repino (Kurotny Raion. Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF, outside St Petersburg proper

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 10. 20.10.13. Polar Bears. St Petersburg RF

Polar Bears Uslada (left) and Menshikov investigate the contents of a parcel that zookeepers delivered to their enclosure for International Polar Bear Day at the St Petersburg Zoo, St Petersburg (Petrogradsky RaionFederal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 11. 20.10.13. Circus Bear. St Petersburg RF

Mikhail, a trainer from a travelling circus troupe based in Moscow, grooms Masha, an 11 year-old bear, during rehearsals at the Bolshoi Circus on the Fontanka in St Petersburg (Central RaionFederal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 12. 20.10.13. Watchdog. Tara. Omsk Oblast RF

Watchdog in Tara (Tarsky RaionOmsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 13. 20.10.13. Far Eastern White Whales. Vladivostok RF

Grigori Sirenko, an employee of the Primorye Aquarium, Far Eastern Department, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN), engaged in training Far Eastern White Whales at the open-air enclosure in Paris Bay on Russky Island, Vladivostok (Primorsky Krai. Far Eastern Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 14. 20.10.13. Almaz the White Lion. Krasnoyarsk RF

Almaz, a three-year-old male White African Lion, plays with a pumpkin inside his enclosure during the Zoo Halloween Weekend event at the Royev-Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 15. 20.10.13. Liliger. Novosibirsk RF

Kiara, a Liliger, a hybrid cross between Ligress Zita and Lion Sam, was born in the Novosibirsk Zoo, Novosibirsk (Novosibirsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 16. 20.10.13. Goose Fight. Pavlovsk RF

Spectators at a traditional goose fight in Pavlovsk (Pavlovsky Raion. Voronezh Oblast. Central Federal District) RF, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) outside Moscow

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 17. 20.10.13. Polar Bear cub. Moscow RF

A newborn Polar Bear cub with its mother at the Moscow ZooMoscow (Presnensky Raion. Central Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 18. 20.10.13. Cheetah. Moscow RF

Frank the Cheetah, who appears to be laughing, at the Moscow Zoo, Moscow (Presnensky Raion. Central Okrug. Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00 Our Smaller Brothers 19. 20.10.13. Polar Bear. Krasnoyarsk RF

Avrora, a one-year-old female Polar Bear cub, plays in a swimming pool at the Royev-Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District) RF

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00 Two Russian cats. somewhere in Russia. 22.09.13

Two cats in a park grooming one another… somewhere in Russia

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

1 October 2013. A Photo Essay. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Kola Peninsula in Autumn

00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 01. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 03. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 04. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 06. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 07. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 08. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 10. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 11. 30.09.13

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00 Kola Peninsula Autumn 12. 30.09.13

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One of the most northernmost parts of Russia is the Kola Peninsula. The ice-free port of Murmansk is here, along with the main Northern Fleet bases of Polyarny and Severomorsk. The Peninsula lies completely within Murmansk Oblast, and virtually all of the oblast’s territory is on the Peninsula. This is one of the most militarily-significant regions in Russia, the main base for Russia’s submarine strategic nuclear deterrent force is here (although Sevmash, the builder of all Russian nuclear-powered submarines, is in Severodvinsk near Arkhangelsk). Nevertheless, most of the Peninsula is wild, with the total population of 800,000 spread over an area of 144,900 square kilometres (55,946 square miles)… 40 percent of the population is in the single city of Murmansk. Most of the people live in a small area between Polyarny on the Barents Sea and Kandalaksha on the White Sea.

BMD

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