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Saturday, 19 October 2013

19 October 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Man Caught Smuggling Rare Parrot Eggs in Underwear

00 Andrei Buzov. It was a Hot Day. Russian eggs cartoon. 19.10.13

“Really, it was that hot today!” By the way, “eggs” in Russian slang are “testicles”… you catch it, don’t you?

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On Thursday, Swiss customs authorities said that they’d arrested a bird specialist who smuggled the eggs of protected parrots in his underwear and travelled the globe trading in rare species. In a statement, the customs service said that they thought that the man, whom it didn’t identify, had trafficked over 150 eggs from endangered parrots protected by international law, as well as rare pheasant species. They busted the man, a Swiss citizen who was also a legal bird trader, at Zürich Kloten Airport in 2010 with 25 eggs hidden in his underwear as he returned from Brazil. The customs service explained that it was only now revealing details of the case because of the secrecy surrounding the probe. Investigators managed to establish that, thanks to a solid international network of contacts, the man managed to smuggle more than 150 eggs to buyers in Indonesia, Thailand, and Mexico. The total value of the contraband eggs was 65,000 Swiss Francs (2.3 million Roubles. 72,000 USD. 74,000 CAD. 75,000 AUD. 53,000 Euros. 45,000 UK Pounds), adding that it wasn’t possible to establish where they came from. Investigators said that the man also had an aviary of several hundred birds, including endangered species. The Swiss veterinary service also seized seven rare parrots from an accomplice, with an estimated value of 8,000 Swiss Francs (283,000 Roubles. 8,900 USD. 9,100 CAD. 9,200 AUD. 6,500 Euros. 5,500 UK Pounds). The two men face heavy fines for trafficking in endangered species.

17 October 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_10_17/Man-caught-smuggling-rare-parrot-eggs-in-underwear-6710/

 

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

3 January 2013. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up… Russian Christmas Party at Thai Resort

00 Pattaya resort hotel. Thailand. 03..01.13

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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in Pattaya invites you to celebrate 2013 Russian Orthodox Christmas on Sunday, 6 January at the Oasis Restaurant. Our Executive Chef, Chef Peter Held, will create a special Russian Christmas buffet consisting of international cuisine and Russian dishes. Prices start at THB 2,000 (1,992 Roubles. 66 USD. 51 Euros. 41 UK Pounds) for adults and THB 1,000 (996 Roubles. 33 USD. 25.50 Euros. 20.50 UK Pounds) for children 6-12 years old, including free soft drinks and a special offer of a half-price bottle of Absolut vodka. Oasis Restaurant is located in the lower main lobby near the water park of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in Pattaya. Open daily from 06.00 to 22.30.

3 January 2013

Thailand Press Release News

http://www.newswit.com/.life/2013-01-03/44e45266526c6113f520cfcac0b15c83/

Editor’s Note:

This feed at a luxury resort costs two-thirds of the fee demanded by Lyonyo et al for the OCA enthronement bash meal. I’ll betcha that it’s twice as good but it only costs about half as much. Now, if you’re looking for value for money, you’d cancel your booking for Mollard’s enthronement and fly out to Thailand tout suite…

BMD

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Russia Plans To Bring Bout and Yaroshenko Home

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Today, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov stated that Russia is seeking the return of pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko and businessman Viktor Bout, who are in American prisons. Viktor Bout, who owned a cargo shipping business, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment this April, convicted of plotting against the USA, as he allegedly intended to sell weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Konstantin Yaroshenko was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly plotting to smuggle cocaine to the USA. Both men plead their innocence. Dolgov found the sentences unfair, politically-motivated, and unwarranted, saying, “Both cases have politically-motivated aspects that we don’t like at all. The trials were conducted in violation of Bout’s and Yaroshenko’s rights, as Russia wasn’t officially briefed on Bout’s extradition from Thailand to the USA and on Yaroshenko’s arrest”.

Dolgov said that top officials are working on the matter, and Russia’s looking for any legal or political opportunity to bring the men home as soon as possible. Bout is set to appeal his verdict. Dolgov thought that the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons ratified by Russia five years ago could help in this case, and Moscow expects the USA to launch the extradition mechanisms. On 4 July, the Ministry of Justice stated that it would submit an extradition request to return Bout home as soon as it receives a respective appeal from Viktor or his lawyers. Dolgov pointed up that the USA’s responsible for health and life of the two Russians, saying, “Yaroshenko was placed to an isolation block for no reason, where he had to sleep on a concrete floor. He also was denied medical help, even though he has serious health problems”.

A number of Russian appeals helped to improve Yaroshenko’s detention conditions. Bout is now in USP Marion, a medium-security prison in Marion IL, instead of the previously-planned Colorado Supermax (USP Florence ADX). However, the Americans still put him in a special block for especially-dangerous criminals, although his lawyers and the judge claimed that such harsh measures are unnecessary. Dolgov added that both problems would be resolved; that Moscow wants its citizens to receive appropriate treatment to have their rights respected.

5 July 2012

Olga Sobolevskaya

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_07_05/Russia-bring-Bout-Yaroshenko-home/

Monday, 20 February 2012

20 February 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Longest-Lasting Kiss

The Longest-Lasting Kiss

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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China Daily reported that a pair of gay men in Thailand, whose kiss lasted 50 hours, 25 minutes, and 1 second, set a new world record for the longest kiss.

17 February 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120217/568028186.html

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