Voices from Russia

Friday, 14 December 2012

Elephants Stranded in Siberia Saved by Vodka

00 cartoon elephant. 14.12.12

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What do you do if you’re stuck with two elephants on a Siberian highway, your elephant-transporting truck is burning, and the pachyderms are freezing in -40 degrees weather {-40 degrees Fahrenheit… the only place where the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales coincide: editor}? The correct answer is that you make them jog and give them vodka. A local official said that the problems started when the two Indian elephants, owed by a travelling Polish circus, were enroute from Novokuznetsk to Omsk in Novosibirsk Oblast late Thursday. The hay in the truck caught fire from the diesel generator heating the cargo section, where the elephants were. The truck had to be stopped and the elephants promptly released. They escaped the fire unharmed, but were left stranded on a Siberian highway in winter.

The handler made the animals jog so that they didn’t freeze. Meanwhile, the local authorities were alerted, and the animals moved into a heated garage nearby. As an added precaution, the elephants were served two cases of vodka mixed with warm water. The official told RIA-Novosti, “They roared like it was the jungle… they must’ve been happy”. A spokeswoman for the Omsk city circus said that the animals only suffered minor frostbite to their legs and tips of their ears, nothing that’d disrupt their performance schedule. Their handler was admitted to hospital, also with frostbite.

14 December 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121214/178159421.html

 

14 December 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Elephants Didn’t Do it for Fun; They Did it to Prevent Freezing to Death

00 Sergei Yolkin. The Elephants Didn’t Do it for Fun; They Did it to Prevent Freezing to Death. 2012

The Elephants Didn’t Do it for Fun; They Did it to Prevent Freezing to Death

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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For them not in the know, -40 is the only time where the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales intersect.

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Two elephants were dumped into the 40-degree frost (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) after the truck carrying them caught fire. To warm the animals, their trainer plied them with two cases of vodka mixed with warm water.

14 December 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20121214/914804345.html

Editor’s Note:

RIA-Novosti gets a Big Green Weenie Award on this one. In the Russian version (which I used), Yolkin portrayed the elephants with “red” trunks… the English version lacked this vital visual clue to drunkenness. Yolkin was making a visual “play” here and the ham-fisted English editor removed it, destroying the fun of the cartoon. The red trunks were a cue that these elephants were nothing but two drunks full of the usual “vodka wisdom”…  and the editor removed them! They must be related to somebody with blat… that’d explain why RIA would keep on such a klutz.

BMD 

14 December 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. What Does the Gulf Stream Have in Store for Us This Winter?

00 Sergei Yolkin. What Does the Gulf Stream Have in Store for Us This Winter. 2012

What Does the Gulf Stream Have in Store for Us This Winter?

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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A rise in the average temperature of Atlantic currents such as the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Current has led to an increase in the intensity of the movement of air masses from west to east, increasing precipitation in European Russia.

4 December 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20121204/913349722.html

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

4 December 2012. A Photo Spread. Humungous Traffic Snarl on the M10 Motorway between Moscow and Piter

00a M10 traffic jam. moscow-st petersburg. 04.12.12

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00b M10 traffic jam. moscow-st petersburg. 04.12.12

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00c M10 traffic jam. moscow-st petersburg. 04.12.12

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00d M10 traffic jam. moscow-st petersburg. 04.12.12

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For four days, from 30 November to 3 December, the MUTHA of all traffic jams took place on the M10 motorway, the main limited-access road connecting Moscow and St Petersburg, jamming hundreds of cars in traffic, stretching for 200 kilometres (124 miles). Volunteers from Tver brought food and water to stranded drivers. A Facebook post stated, “Where’s the fucking government!?? Regular ol’ Tver people brought us food, water, and cigarettes, bought with their own money to hand out to us! It’s been four days; can’t they clear up the snow? Do we live in Africa, or what?!” Reports are contradictory. What we do know is that a bowl of soup costs 120 Roubles (3.80 USD. 3 Euros. 2.40 UK Pounds), a pack of cigarettes costs 200 Roubles (6.50 USD. 5 Euros. 4 UK Pounds), and that the locals take people to shop for food… and chisellers in the motorway cafés are price-gouging, prices have gone up 3 to 4 times the normal rate.

BMD

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