Voices from Russia

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Tourists Spend Night on Tree Escaping Bear in Montenegro

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Local news website CdM reported that a man from Kazakhstan and a woman from the Ukraine, who were both on a bicycle tour across south Montenegro, were forced to spent a night in a tree saving to escape from a bear. On Thursday, police and residents of Virpazar went on a search and rescue mission after the two tourists used to their mobile to call a friend, saying that they were in a tree in a nearby forest hiding from a bear. The search lasted for several hours, complicated by the fact that the tourists’ mobile went dead, then, the cops decided to take a break. Ultimately, both travellers emerged safe and unhurt in Vilpazar on their bicycles. The website added that the Montenegrin government strongly advised tourists against travelling without a local guide in remote areas.

30 August 2013




Thursday, 29 November 2012

You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Georgian Strongman Pulls 8-Ton Truck with One Ear


On Thursday, Georgian record-holding strongman Lasha Pataraya set a new record by pulling an 8.28-ton truck attached to his left ear by a cord. Pataraya pulled the truck a total of 71 feet (21.5 metres) at Rustavi International Motorpark near the country’s capital, Tbilisi. A special commission verified the record. He said, “It took me two months to prepare for this record. I expected [to pull the truck] to a distance of 10 metres, but the result surpassed my expectations”. Pataraya added that he didn’t expect to carry out such an achievement. Gvandzhi Mania, head of the Georgian Union of Sporting Achievements and Records, noted that this was Pataraya’s seventh record. After he set the record, Pataraya’s friends threw him into the air several times. A special medical team then checked his medical condition. Free-style wrestler Pataraya set his first record for dragging heavy weights with strings attached to his ears in October 2003, when he pulled a 2.35 ton microbus 135 feet (41.1 metres). He is also famous for breaking a Chinese-held record for carrying a 115 pound (52.5 kilos) weight by his ears for 19.9 seconds. In October 2007, he hauled a helicopter weighing almost eight tons by his ears for 86 feet (26 metres). Mania said that Pataraya had been ready for some time to make a new attempt on the record, but a lack of sponsorship had been a problem, saying, “We’re grateful for the support of the Platinum vodka company, which sponsored the event”.

29 November 2012



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Monday, 26 December 2011

26 December 2011. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up… Naked Brazilian Burglar Breaks into Houses in São Paolo to Steal Christmas Cake


On Sunday, police in Brazilian city of São Paolo arrested a naked burglar who broke into two houses on Christmas Eve and stole a Panettone cake from one of them, a spokesman said. The man, a prisoner with a temporary release for the Christmas holidays, broke into two houses in the western district of São Paolo on Saturday night and stole clothes, electronic gadgets, and a Panettone (a traditional Italian Christmas cake). The owners of the burgled houses called police and they soon arrested the naked thief. It’s still unclear why the man was unclothed, according to the police.

25 December 2011



26 December 2011. Sergei Yolkin’s World: A Striped Surprise

Striped Surprise

Sergei Yolkin



Passers-by found a box containing a live tiger in Moscow’s south-eastern Pechatniki Raion, a source in the Moscow Municipal Environmental Department said. The authorities took the tiger to an animal shelter.

11 December 2011

Sergei Yolkin



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