RUSSIA: ‘ 90-percent intact skeleton ” Woolly Mammoth “dating-back 126,000-years found in Siberia ‘

#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: A unique, 90-percent intact steppe mammoth skeleton dating back 126,000 years has been discovered in northern Russia. The find could mean the species existed for much longer than previously thought.

It is the first steppe mammoth to be found in Yakutia in Northern Russia. It’s in better condition than the five other skeletons discovered in other parts of Russia.

Although scientists estimated the animal’s height as a little below average at just over 3 meters, the male specimen had giant tusks – each 2.5 meters long and weighing 75 kilos.

“The skeleton was discovered in an anatomical position and was extracted mostly intact. Even the smaller bones of the feet were complete. It lacked the right hind leg. Evidently it had been torn off during the mammoth’s lifetime,” says Yevgeny Mashchenko, senior research scientist at the Paleontological Institute in Moscow.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Navalny Supporter Accused of large scale fraud released ‘

#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW: June 12: (RAPSI) – Konstantin Yankauskas, a Moscow municipal legislator who stands charged with large-scale fraud, has been released on his own recognizance, his lawyer Sergei Panchenko told RAPSI on Thursday.

Yankauskas was placed under house arrest on June 11, 2014. Panchenko said earlier that his client was suspected of illegally transferring large funds to opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s campaign during the Moscow mayoral election last year.

According to investigators, Yankauskas and businessmen Nikolai Lyaskin and Vladimir Ashurkov each transferred 1 million rubles ($18,200) to Navalny’s election account posted an online address “for web users to voluntarily refill their digital wallets, presumably to compensate for the funds that had been transferred to Navalny’s account, and to support his political activity.”

“As a result, over 10 million rubles (over $182,400) was transferred to these digital wallets. Investigators have cause to believe that Yankauskas, Lyaskin and Ashurkov embezzled these funds,” Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said earlier.

Entrepreneurs Nikolai Lyaskin and Vladimir Ashurkov are also under investigation, searches were conducted earlier at their premises. Searches were also conducted at Yandex.Money offices.
An arrest warrant was issued for Ashurkov who had left Russia and asked for asylum in the UK.

This is not the first time that Navalny’s supporters have been suspected of embezzling funds. Last year, the Interior Ministry announced that Yankauskas had received 5 million rubles ($91,200) via transfers to the Yandex. Money wallet, of which he embezzled 4 million rubles (about $73,000).

The ministry said that Ashurkov embezzled 2.27 million rubles ($41,400) and Lyaskin 790,000 rubles ($14,400).

Navalny ran for Moscow mayor, losing to the incumbent mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, who received 51.37% of the vote. Navalny finished second with 21.24%. The turnout was 32.03% of the electorate.



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` Siberia Floods Devastate and Submerge Large Areas Including Towns and Homes ‘

#AceNewsServices – SIBERIA – June 01 – As a result of the flooding that devastated parts of Siberia, some 10,000 people have had to be evacuated, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry reports. “40 temporary displacement shelters have been set up.

More than 10,000 people have been moved out of their homes, of which 1,500 have been settled, including 530 children,” they told Itar-Tass.

Large areas of the Altay region, as well as of Khakasiya and Tuva remain submerged, with 4,000 houses in 50 different towns underwater. Their population comes to about 11,500 people.

There is substantial damage to roads, and six bridges have been damaged as well. The impact of the flooding is so severe that relief efforts now include over 17,000 rescue workers.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated and tens of thousands left without power after heavy floods struck southern Siberia. A state of emergency has been introduced in three regions.

Those areas are the Altai region, Khakassia Republic, and Altai Republic, said Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, who added that a “high alert” has been issued for two other regions – Tuva Republic and Buryatia Republic.

Meanwhile, Puchkov also noted that other regions are at risk from the flooding – such as Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and the Amur region – due to the fact that rivers in southern Siberia have responded quickly to the heavy rains.

In the Altai Republic alone, the flooding has already destroyed 230 kilometres of roads and 1.5 kilometres of a federal highway which links Russia with Mongolia.

Fifteen bridges were washed away.

Heavy floods swallowed up nearly 1,000 houses in Altai Republic, where up to 3,500 people – including 927 children – live.

Hundreds are now homeless and have been forced to seek shelter in temporary accommodation centres.

Emergency services have confirmed that one person has died and three are missing.

Several areas in the republic have been left without electricity after heavy rain brought down 48 utility poles.

Humanitarian aid has already been delivered to the affected regions, including 12 tons of food.

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Fisherman nets 4,000-year-old pagan figurine

Nikolay Tarasov pulls Bronze Age artifact, carved in bone and said to be worth more than its weight in gold, from Siberian river

A fisherman dragging a net through a river in Siberia thought he had snagged a rock. Instead he had snared what experts believe is a 4,000-year-old pagan figurine of pagan-statuette1a god. Nikolay Tarasov, 53, considered throwing the 12-inch statuette back, until he wiped away the muck and saw that a ferocious-looking face had been carved into the artifact. “I pulled it in by getting my pal to help and I was going to chuck it away,” he told the Siberian Times. “But then I stopped when I saw it was a stone with a face. I washed the thing in the river—and realized it was a statuette.” On the back of the figurine, snagged in the community of Tisul, was what looked like hair, carved behind the head. Tarasov was told that the relic could be worth its weight in gold, but decided to donate his rare catch to a local museum, free of charge. “Experts there quite literally jumped for joy, and quite high!” he said. It was later determined, with the help of experts, that the statuette had been carved in horn, probably during the Bronze Age. Marina Banschikova, director of the Tisul History Museum, said experts are still studying the relic but are reasonably sure that the figurine represents a pagan god and belonged to the Okunev or Samus culture. “The only things we have dated approximately to the same age are a stone necklace and two charms in the shapes of a bear and a bird,” Banschikova said. The museum director added that Tarasov did not ask for any reward, even though the artifact “is probably worth more than if it was made of gold.” Tarasov, a Siberian driver who fishes on the side, offered a simple explanation. “People should see it, and learn the history of their region. It was quite clearly precious for the museums of any country.”

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#AceWorldNews MOSCOW April 30 Latest The Russian Defence…

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 30 – Latest – The Russian Defence Ministry has confirmed the death of only ten people in a fire which broke out at a military depot in Russian Siberia’s Trans-Baikal Territory on Wednesday.

“The emergency headquarters in the fire area has confirmed reliably at 10:00 Moscow time the death of only ten people, including two servicemen and eight civil employees of the arsenal,” chief press officer of the Defence Ministry Maj. Gen Igor Konashenkov told ITAR-TASS.

The ministry jointly with law enforcement agencies is preparing the identification procedure of the fire fatalities, the general added.

The truck with people reportedly happened to be in the epicentre of a sudden ammunition blast
Two servicemen and eight local residents have been killed as a result of ammunition explosions and an ensuing fire in Karymskoye District of Zabaikalsky Krai (Trans-Baikal Territory).

Among the victims was the commander of a military unit from Bolshaya Tura village, where the tragedy occurred, as well as four women.

After a fire and several blasts on the territory of a military unit in the village of Bolshaya Tura in Karymskoye district of Trans-Baikal Territory around 25 people sought medical aid.

Nine people were taken to hospital with injuries and burns.

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1. #AceWorldNews – MOSCOW. April 29 – (Interfax) – Latest reports on Tuesday’s explosions in an ammunition depot in the Trans-Baikal territory occurred after a fire spread to the ammunition depot from a neighbouring forest, a source in law-enforcement services told Interfax.


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` Siberian Region eases Migration Rules for Ukraine’s Ethnic Russians’

#AceWorldNews says that Russia’s Khanty-Mansi autonomous area in Western Siberia has simplified re-settlement procedures for ethnic Russians living abroad, the measure targeting first of all Ukrainian Russians, the press service of the regional governor reports on Friday.

“This decision was prompted by dramatic events in Ukraine. We must create all conditions to accept fellow Russians from Ukraine in case of necessity,” governor’s first deputy Gennady Bukhtin said on Friday, adding that he implied job placement and shorter time-frame for processing applications to move to the autonomous region.

He said not only higher professional education would be taken into consideration, but also programs of additional professional training were planned, first of all regarding blue-collar occupations in demand for the region’s economy. “In a set, these measures are to help solve two tasks – help the fraternal people and strengthen the economic potential” of the region, he noted.

As of Friday, the regional department for labour and employment had received 13 applications from ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.

Courtesy of TYUMEN, March 07. /ITAR-TASS/.


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` Researchers have revived a `Giant Virus ‘ that is more than 30,000 years old ‘

#AceWorldNews says that AP has reported that researchers have revived a giant virus more than 30,000 years old, recovered from the permafrost of north-east Siberia.

The virus poses no threat to people,

Although it is considered a giant when compared to other viruses, it is microscopic and infects amoebas.


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