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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

19 April 2017. What’s Shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoopark? Two New Lion Cubs, That’s What!

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Two cubs were born to Erni and Emma, an African lion couple, on 10 March 2017 at the Yekaterinburg Zoopark. They appear quite hale and healthy…

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

11 December 2016. Russian Couple Save Frozen Cat in Chelyabinsk Oblast

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This couple found a cat frozen in the snow in Zlataust in Chelyabinsk Oblast (in the Urals). They freed the furby from its frozen snare and took him home. The followup vid shows that the kotik is safe n’ sound and has a new loving home. This is from this year in late November.

By the way… here’s some trivia. “Zlataust” in Russian is the translation for the name of “Chrysostom”… therefore, “Ioann Zlataust” or “Ioann Zlataustago”… I thought that you might want to know that… the town is named for St John Chrysostom.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

13 July 2014. Only in Russia! Snow in the Urals in Mid-July

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This image is from late April… another unseasonal time for snow, but less unusual than mid-July

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On Sunday, heavy rain in the town of Zlatoust in the South Urals suddenly gave way to a blizzard in a rare twist of weather for the summer. ITAR-TASS quoted Valery Semyannikov, an eyewitness, as saying, “It wasn’t just rain and snow, but real snowfall with snowflakes as white as during winter. It melted quickly, of course. A fantastic sight”. In some areas of Chelyabinsk Oblast, snow lay 5-10 centimetres (@ 2-4 inches) thick. It’s the first-ever mid-summer snowfall in the South Urals. The Chelyabinsk weather service predicted “wet and windy weather with moderate to heavy rain throughout the region, thunderstorms and soft hail in the east and ice hail in the mountains”.

13 July 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_13/Snow-falls-in-South-Urals-in-mid-summer-1564/

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“This is Siberia, but even we don’t get snow in July!” I’ll betcha that this one woke up more than one sleepyhead (not to mention more than one, “I’ll never drink that much again, no sir!”). Even Siberia has a summer (and a rather hot one at that)…

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Friday, 18 April 2014

18 April 2014. Easter’s On Its Way… Making Easter Eggs in Yekaterinburg

00 Easter 01. Assumption Cathedral Yekaterinburg. 18.04.14.

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They’re gettin’ ready for Easter in Yekaterinburg (that’s in the Urals… it’s where the Imperial Family suffered martyrdom). People at the Assumption Cathedral are making Easter eggs for the weekend services. Yes, Virginia, things are achingly NORMAL in the Mother Church… thank God for that! Get those last-minute things done… it’s almost here! Remember… the Easter Bunny’s legit… he’s on pre-Revolutionary Easter cards with “Christ is Risen” on ’em… let your kids have some FUN…

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