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Friday, 28 August 2015

Donetsk Waterpark to Reopen After Year’s Hiatus

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Today, the Donetsk GMA* announced that the Aquasferra Waterpark in Donetsk will reopen soon, after an extended hiatus due to hostilities. A source said, “Thanks to efforts by DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko and Donetsk GMA Head Igor Martynov, Aquasferra Waterpark will reopen on Saturday, 29 August. You’ll be able to use some of your favourite attractions… swimming pools and beaches. The hours will be from 09.00 to 19.00. Unfortunately, due to the military situation prevailing in Donetsk, the hours open and facilities open could change. For more information, contact the waterpark directly”. The Aquasferra Waterpark opened 18 months before the start of the armed conflict in the Donbas, in December 2012. It’s a year-round facility, open both winter and summer. The dome is 85 metres in diameter and 24 metres high… it can open to expose the area to the outdoors. The building has 6 slides and children’s area and it’s in Shcherbakov Park. For security reasons, the DNR government closed it to the public on 2 July 2014.

  • GMA: State Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

27 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



Friday, 10 May 2013

Volodya’s Cycling Friend: ALWAYS On His Shoulder

00a Volodya and Cat. Krasnoyarsk. Russia. 10.05.13


00b Volodya and Cat. Krasnoyarsk. Russia. 10.05.13


00c Volodya and Cat. Krasnoyarsk. Russia. 10.05.13


Volodya’s from Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia. He rides his bike every day on Tatyshev Island in the Yenisei River. He does it in good company… his cat is always on his shoulder! Volodya found the poor kitten in a tree… crows were trying to attack it. So, he had to climb up the tree to reach the kitten; he didn’t plan it, but he took the kitten home. He wanted to put the kitten in his backpack or near his chest, but the animal chose the best place by itself, he sat on Volodya’s shoulder. That’s how he took the little cat home. In summer 2010, when it was over 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit), they shocked everybody in Krasnoyarsk by taking part in a cycling marathon and riding together almost 100 kilometres (62 miles)! Several times, Volodya stopped and gave water to his cat; when they reached the finish line, both were exhausted… the cat laid down in the shade of the bushes to rest. However, in just a half-hour, it was full of energy and happiness again.

7 May 2013

English Russia


Sunday, 22 July 2012

22 July 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Winter Roebuck Hunting Season in the Kuzbass Extended

Winter Roebuck Hunting Season in the Kuzbass Extended

Sergei Yolkin



Winter Siberian roebuck hunting season in the Kuzbass was extended for another week because of the upcoming 2 December RF Gosduma elections. Hunting enthusiasts suggested moving the final open season day so that they’d have a chance to vote.

19 November 2007

Sergei Yolkin



Friday, 20 July 2012

Hunter Mistakes Three Men for Boars and Shoots Them



Getting shot in place of wild game isn’t a prime concern for outdoor vacationers, but local investigators said that’s what happened to three men camping out in Sverdlovsk Oblast. The Oblast SKP said that four men were in a group hanging out near a local forest, but three of them were hit with bullets early on Friday. Without releasing the victims’ names, the SKP said that one of the victims, a high-ranking private security guard, died, whilst the other two had to be rushed to hospital in unspecified condition. Reports say that the shooter, who fled the scene in an off-road vehicle, was some 70 metres away from the picnic when he fired a hunting rifle. The perpetrator possibly mistook the men for boars in the dark, without elaborating on what exactly could prompt the hunter to confuse vacationers with wild swine. Police are looking for the hunter, who faces up to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. This wouldn’t be the first instance of such an incident, last September, an elderly poacher in Tyumen Oblast shot his son-in-law dead during a hunting expedition. The victim, seemingly bored of waiting for the game, played a prank on his relative by imitating boar noises, prompting the man to take a wild shot in the dark that hit the target.

20 July 2012



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