(SIBERIA) JUST IN: Russian planes seeded clouds to bring down rain on huge fires raging in the region of Yakutia, that in one place spread dangerously close to a hydroelectric power plant #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsDesk says that wildfires are raging across a cold area of Yakutia, Siberia, threatening a power plant and disrupting transport as Russian planes are seeding clouds to make it rain as blaze gets closer …..Reuters Wires on Telegram reports …

Flames leap up at some trees that are about to be engulfed
The wildfires are burning over 885,000 hectares and are more intense than in previous years.(Reuters: Roman Kutukov)

Fires have flared across Russia amid a heatwave, tearing through over 1.5 million hectares of land in Yakutia, which is the worst-hit region.

Officials told people to stay indoors and to keep windows shut due to the smoke at the weekend.

The regional capital Yakutsk, one of the coldest cities on the planet, was forced to suspend flights at its airport due to bad visibility, and transport on the river Lena that carves through Siberia was also interrupted.

Fires flare across Russian forest land annually, but they have become more intense in recent years amid unusually high temperatures across the northern Siberian tundra.

Yakutia is itself in the grips of a heatwave.

A firefighter tries to extinguish a wall of flames
Thousands of firefighters are battling the blazes.(Reuters: Roman Kutukov)

In less than two months, fires in the region have spewed out around 150 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent — close to the 2017 annual fossil fuel emissions of Venezuela, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), part of an European Union observation programme.

On Monday, a Beriev Be-200 amphibious plane flown in from another Siberian region joined a massive effort to contain the blaze involving more than 2,000 firefighters on the ground.

Orange haze can be seen through  a dark forest
More than 100 fires are burning out of control.(Reuters: Roman Kutukov)

Firefighters took special care to contain one fire covering 41,300 hectares, it said.

“There’s a natural water barrier from the river Vilyuy, but the fire is potentially dangerous for the … Svetlinskaya hydroelectric power station,” it said.

Smaller-scale fires have continued to burn in less remote parts of the country.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.20: 2021:

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(SIBERIA) #Coronavirus Report: Cases of #COVID19 on the rise with hospitals nearing capacity as more wards are opened to cope #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.08: At least three Siberian regions are reporting an alarming spike in new coronavirus cases, with hospitals near capacity in at least one of those regions,

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – The Siberian Times reported Monday that new #COVID19 rises and grips the country as the Novosibirsk region announced Friday that two more Covid-19 wards will open to accommodate a 10-15% weekly spike in hospitalizations. Health officials said at a response center meeting Monday that new cases are also on the rise.

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June.7, 2021RZD Medicine employees on board a medical train to vaccinate locals in the Irkutsk region of southern Siberia.Sergei Karpukhin / TASS

Authorities in the republic of Buryatia 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow have announced new restrictions after reporting 91% of hospital beds being occupied by Covid-19 patients.

“Today, the republic ranks third in the infection rate after Moscow and St. Petersburg,” the administration said in a statement. 

“There are twice as many patients in treatment compared with May 31. There are currently [a total of] 1,211 beds,” Buryatia regional health minister Yevgenia Ludupova said.

Regional schools and public offices have been ordered to go remote amid the increase. Mass events have also been canceled for the remainder of June, while fans are banned from sporting events and restaurants ordered to limit opening hours and seating capacity.

Meanwhile in the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia’s largest federal subject by area, The Siberian Times reported that volunteers working alongside doctors warn of a “wave of Covid patients” numbering 50 per day.

Despite a sputtering nationwide vaccination campaign, Russia has lifted nearly all its coronavirus-related restrictions since the start of the year.

Russia has recorded some 475,000 excess deaths since the start of the pandemic, one of the world’s highest tallies both in overall terms and adjusted for population.

The country also has one of the world’s highest officially registered Covid-19 caseloads at 5.1 million, with new cases averaging 9,000 in recent days.

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#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Jun.08: 2021:

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(SIBERIA) JUST IN: Authorities in the city of 1.7 million on Tuesday issued a so-called “Black Sky” air quality warning, according to the local Ndn.info news website, with smoke-clearing rain not expected until early Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: Citing global air quality ratings, Ndn.info and Siberia’s Tayga.info news website said concentrations of fine particles and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere dangerously exceed the norm:

Wildfire Smoke Blankets Russia’s Third-Largest City: ‘Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk has been blanketed by smog from dozens of nearby wildfires, with residents gasping for air and local media reporting a distinct smell of smoke in the city centre & bloody sun rose over the city because of the smog,” the outlet reported.

April 27, 2021: Russian forecasters have warned of higher numbers of Siberian forest fires in 2021 due to hot and dry weather.Alexander Oshchepkov / NGS.ru

Photos shared by The Siberian Times showed Novosibirsk shrouded in thick sepia-toned air.

With fire season in full swing across nearly every corner of the country, Russia’s fire map service shows Novosibirsk surrounded by dozens of blazes as close as 10 kilometers away.

Earlier this year, Russian forecasters warned of higher numbers of Siberian forest fires in 2021 due to hot and dry weather. Russia has set a number of heat records in recent years.

Russian weather officials and environmentalists have linked the forest fires that have ripped across Siberia with increasing regularity in recent years to climate change and lack of funding for the forest service.

Tuesday’s bad air quality alert comes nearly a month after Siberian scientists decided to classify a “bombshell” pollution report out of fear of angering voters ahead of this fall’s legislative elections.

(C)MOSCOW TIMES 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.28: 2021:

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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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` 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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