Voices from Russia

Friday, 27 February 2015

Sputnik International Presents… What’s Shakin’ in Vladivostok? Newborn Asian Black Bear Cub Abandoned at Circus Doorstep

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Workers found a newborn Asian Black Bear cub in a cardboard box at the entrance to the Vladivostok Circus during the night of 24 February.

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Vets say that he’s about two-weeks-old.

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00 black bear cub. vladivostok. russia 03. 27.02.15

The official circus vet reported that the little guy is spry and spunky.

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00 black bear cub. vladivostok. russia 04. 27.02.15

Circus staffers believe that poachers who killed his mother dumped the cub at their door.

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They feed the cub every three hours.

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00 black bear cub. vladivostok. russia 06. 27.02.15

Other names for the Asian Black Bear are the Moon Bear and White-Chested Bear.

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00 black bear cub. vladivostok. russia 07. 27.02.15

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classified the Asian Black Bear as “vulnerable”.

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27 February 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/photo/20150226/1018807097.html

Saturday, 3 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Russian Cities Welcome 2015 with Fireworks and Sparklers

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People wave sparklers as they celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF, 1 January 2015

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Fireworks explode over St Basil Cathedral on Red Square, Moscow

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00 new year 03. St Petersburg. 03.01.15

New Year light show at Palace Square in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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00 new year 04. St Petersburg. 03.01.15

Festive illuminations on Palace Square in St Petersburg

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00 new year 05. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

New Year fireworks at the Central Square in Vladivostok (Primorsky Krai. Far Eastern Federal District)

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00 new year 06. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

Festive illuminations in Vladivostok

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00 new year 07. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

New Year celebrations at the Central Square in Vladivostok

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00 new year 08. Vladivostok. 03.01.15

Fireworks in Vladivostok

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00 new year 09. Rostov-na-Donu. 03.01.15

New Year’s Eve in an apartment in Rostov-na-Donu (Rostov Oblast. Southern Federal District) RF

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00 new year 10. Rostov-na-Donu. 03.01.15

Local resident on New Year’s Eve in Rostov-na-Donu

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00 new year 11. Kemerovo. 03.01.15

Ice town in Kemerovo (Kemerovo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF

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1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/770219

Thursday, 1 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Russian Streets and Squares Decked Out for the New Year

00 Russian New Year 01. Moscow Red Square. 01.01.15

Children on a merry-go-round in Red Square in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 02. Moscow Christmas Fair. 01.01.15

Festivities at the Christmas Market in Red Square in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 03. Moscow Christmas Fair. 01.01.15

A view of the Christmas Market on Moscow’s Red Square

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00 Russian New Year 04. Moscow Christmas Fair. 01.01.15

A view of the Christmas Market near the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 05. Moscow Manezhnaya Square. 01.01.15

A couple at Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square

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00 Russian New Year 06. Moscow Red Square New Year Tree. 01.01.15

New Year Tree on Red Square

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00 Russian New Year 07. Moscow Tverskoy Boulevard. 01.01.15

Tverskoy Boulevard in Moscow decorated for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations

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00 Russian New Year 08. Moscow Manezhnaya Square. 01.01.15

A giant decoration made of 9.5-metre-long (31-feet-long) LED lights in Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square

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00 Russian New Year 09. Moscow Manezhnaya Square. 01.01.15

Most expect the decoration to enter the Guinness Book of World Records

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00 Russian New Year 10. Moscow Red Square GUM. 01.01.15

A high-wire trapeze performer in Moscow’s Red Square with the illuminated GUM department store in the background

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00 Russian New Year 11. Moscow Tverskaya Square Ded Moroz. 01.01.15

A musician dressed as Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost) playing a tuba on Tverskaya Square, Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 12. Moscow Tverskaya Square Christmas Market. 01.01.15

A Christmas Market on Moscow’s Tverskaya Square

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00 Russian New Year 13. Moscow GUM. 01.01.15

Moscow’s GUM department store, decorated for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations

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00 Russian New Year 14. Moscow. 01.01.15

Children looking at New Year decorations in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 15. Moscow Red Square GUM skating rink. 01.01.15

Visitors at skating rink set up by the GUM department store in Moscow

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00 Russian New Year 16. St Petersburg. 01.01.15

Street decorated for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations in St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 17. Vladimir. 01.01.15

A decorated New Year tree in Vladimir (Vladimir Oblast. Central Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 18. Yekaterinburg. 01.01.15

A decorated tree in front of the Gorsoviet building ahead of New Year and Christmas celebrations in Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk Oblast. Ural Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 19. St Petersburg Pionerskaya Square. Christmas Market. 01.01.15

Christmas Market on Pionerskaya Square, St Petersburg

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00 Russian New Year 20. Vladivostok. 01.01.15

A giant decoration made of Christmas lights at Central Square ahead of New Year and Christmas celebrations in Vladivostok (Primorsky Krai. Far Eastern Federal District) RF

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00 Russian New Year 21. Novosibirsk. 01.01.15

Decorated New Year Tree in Novosibirsk (Novosibirsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF

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Unlike in many Western nations, where Christmas is the main celebration, New Year is the main winter holiday in Russia. Lights and decorations, giant baubles and street artists, abound in public places ahead of the New Year celebrations.

22 December 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/765871

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Big Break: Russians Search for Cat Who Snitched Sneak Feast at Pricey Seafood Shop

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Just some funny cats… for funsies…

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A ginger tomcat who broke into a closed shop at Vladivostok international Airport and treated himself to seafood worth 63,000 roubles (6,700 Renminbi. 67,900 INR. 1,080 USD. 1,260 CAD. 1,320 AUD. 870 Euros. 690 UK Pounds) has gone missing. The fishy story sparked a media frenzy… both in Russia and beyond. The four-legged seafood lover… who nibbled on and scarfed down squid, flatfish, and octopus from the shop counter under the cover of night… quickly rose to stardom, as his crime made world headlines for two straight days. The little ginger thief overshadowed record-low oil prices and the plunging Russian rouble; he dominated news reports on Russian online media services. However, now, the story took a dramatic turn… the cat is nowhere to be found.

ITAR-TASS announced that cops launched a search at the airport when the feline went missing. The seafood store’s owners blame the airport for the loss of their goods, as they had to write off the entire inventory of fish on the counter that the cat laid its paws on, due to health and safety regulations. A source told TASS, “The cat disappeared. He was here yesterday, but today, he’s not here anymore. He’s been here [at the airport] for some time before the incident, but where he came from and where he’s now gone remains unknown”, suggesting the cat could have been left at the airport by a passenger who didn’t want to pay the extra fee for pet transportation. An airport official source previously stated that security regulations strictly prohibit any unsupervised animals in the terminal, and blames the shop for the stray cat’s intrusion.

People across Russia… and even beyond… are worried about the tomcat’s fate. Some added fuel to the fire, claiming that the shop owners killed the cat, whilst others believe that his death could be impending if well-wishers don’t find him first. Vladivostok locals have launched their own investigation on social media, to find and save the feline. Local source PrimaMedia reported that requests to find the animal bombarded the airport, whilst the seafood shop became an attraction for both travellers and locals. Shop owner Irina Kuzmina told PrimaMedia, “Literally, passengers and those who see them off or meet them occupy the shop. People come here straight from the terminal, asking us about the cat. Nevertheless, they don’t buy anything; they’re just curious”, adding that she’s also been receiving international calls regarding the store’s furry visitor. Dvtur reported that some worry about the cat’s health… he did eat a lot of dried salty fish… but experts say that the animal should be fine, and could have helped himself to some water.

Both local and social media have chosen names for the seafood lover, with some suggesting Hooligarch or Inflatio. St Petersburg’s Onion-like “communist” website anointed the cat a hero and promised him “party membership”. The site quoted its fake party head as saying, “This cat is Robin Hood or Che Guevara”, adding that the feline simply brought revenge upon “bourgeois and foreigners” who could afford buying goods at the seafood store, unlike “proletarians”. Russia’s well-known cat trainer Yuri Kuklachyov also promised the now famous ginger thief permanent employment. The founder of the Moscow’s Cats Theatre wasn’t joking when he said that he was eager to pay for the damage the hungry feline cost the shop, and feature him in the theatre’s performances. Cat lovers on Facebook went even further, suggesting that the Vladivostok airport erect a monument in honour of the feline, which would become a symbol of “optimism and desires” for Russians.

12 December 2014

RT

http://rt.com/news/213931-seafood-russian-cat-missing/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

For more read this, this, this, and this… the last one has three funny demots in Russian. Also, check out this vid.

Editor:

Now, this is something that I enjoy doing. Normally, I cover politics, religion, history and culture… this is a welcome break from all that. I hope that they find the little guy and that he gets a good home. We have three of the furbies (one of ‘em is trying to get my attention big-time… I think that I need to attend to their food bowl). We’re animal lovers (but no more than three… that’s all that we can afford and have sufficient room for).

BMD

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