Voices from Russia

Monday, 27 July 2015

27 July 2015. This was Yesterday in Vorkuta… NO LIE

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Even in Vorkuta, above the Arctic Circle, they have a summer. Sure, it isn’t as hot as more southern climes, but it IS summer, and people can do “summer things”. Well… yesterday, Dame Winter came calling in the midst of summer. The snow didn’t “stick”, but it did fall, and here’s a picture to prove that it happened… winter in July… where was Ded Moroz and Snegurochka?

BMD

Monday, 19 January 2015

Russian Ice Bucket Challenge: Russians Celebrate Orthodox Epiphany

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Epiphany in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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Epiphany in Vorkuta (Komi Republic. Northwestern Federal District) RF… that be above the Arctic Circle, kids… that’s FAR North

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On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Christians across Russia marked Orthodox Epiphany, immersing themselves into freezing waters on a cold January night. Epiphany is on 19 January according to the Orthodox Church tradition. The Church teaches that St John the Baptist baptised Jesus Christ in the Jordan River on this day, so, Orthodox Christians mark the occasion by jumping into frozen rivers or ponds.

More than 150,000 Muscovites took part in the tradition this year. Russia’s capital offers A-one conditions for believers by constructing specifically designed areas for plunging. The authorities built 60 ice-dipping spots across Moscow, with medical personnel and volunteers present and ready to provide assistance at all specifically designated areas for the cold plunge. For those who truly believe in the holy powers of healing and blessing of the water on Epiphany, even extremely low temperatures in Arctic Siberia didn’t stop them from making the plunge. With temperatures being below -40 degrees in Norilsk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District), one of Russia’s most northern cities, hundreds of people showed up to test their faith, Norilsk TV reports. In Vorkuta, situated north of the Arctic Circle, where visibility was less than ten metres (33 feet) because of freezing fog, hundreds of people lined up for the plunge. As they walked out of the ice-hole cut out on the surface of the frozen Usa River, water droplets turned into ice a split second after reaching the ground.

Prior to Epiphany, the Orthodox Church holds a series of religious services that conclude with a blessing of the water. Those who didn’t jump into the icy waters took blessed water home with them. Epiphany concludes the traditional Christmas holiday season in Russia. Russian authorities built more than 3,000 plunging spots across the country. Last year, over 1.3 million people across Russia celebrated Orthodox Epiphany.

19 January 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150119/1017076077.html

Sunday, 17 February 2013

17 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Danger of Methane Explosion in Coalmines

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On 11 February, there was a methane gas explosion at a coalmine in Vorkuta in the Komi Republic. Of the 22 miners who were at the explosion site, five died, whilst rescuers saved eight. The fate of nine miners remains unknown. Our Infographic gives detail about how methane explosions occur in coalmines.

Methane is the least toxic gas in the homologous series of paraffinic hydrocarbons.  Methane can be an asphyxiant; it leads to death only in case of extremely high concentration of the gas in the air, which leads to methane displacing oxygen. When air has 25-30 percent methane content, the first signs of asphyxia (increased heart rate, increased respiration, loss of coordination and fine muscle movements, etc.) occur. Higher concentrations of methane in the air cause anoxia… headache, shortness of breath… symptoms similar to altitude sickness.

11 February 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20130211/179410057/Methane-in-coalmines.html

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