Friday, August 7, 2020
Russia’s bars have seen a lot of crazy things over the years — but attempted robbery by a kleptocratic kitten has to be high on the list, The Moscow Times reported. The U.S.S.R. Beer Bar in the Siberian city of Anapa recently had to fend off a burglary attempt from...
A shocking new study has found that polar bears could be made extinct by the end of the century unless decisive steps are taken to combat climate change. But a Russian zoologist believes it could happen before 2040, Russia Today writes. In an interview with news agency NCN, Russian TV...
The mayor of the Russian Arctic city of Norilsk who was charged with negligence last month over a major fuel spill in the region resigned on Monday, the RIA news agency reported. State investigators opened a criminal case against Norilsk’s mayor, Rinat Akhmetchin, after 21,000 tonnes of diesel leaked from...
Wildfires in Russia have burned across an area larger than the size of Greece so far in 2020, Greenpeace Russia said Monday as it criticized the authorities of inaction, The Moscow Times reported. Using satellite data, Greenpeace Russia estimated that 19 million hectares (47 million acres) burned across Russia's forests,...
Russian aluminium giant Rusal said on Tuesday it had requested Norilsk Nickel’s board of directors make management changes, relocate its headquarters to Norilsk in Russia’s Arctic and overhaul its environmental and safety policies, Reuters reported. Rusal said it was seriously concerned by a series of ecological accidents in Norilsk and...
Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel said around 45 tons of aviation fuel has spilled from its pipeline in the Arctic, Radio Free Europe reported. The incident is the latest in a series of environmental disasters to hit around the Far Northern city of Norilsk, which is located above the Arctic...
Russia's forest service said there were nearly 300 wildfires blazing across the vast country's northern wilderness on Saturday, as it attempted to contain them with methods including explosives and cloud seeding, The Moscow Times reported. Freakishly warm weather across large swathes of Siberia since January, combined with low soil moisture,...
In a first for the Russian Navy, an all-female navy crew carried out patrols on the Black Sea on Friday in preparation for Russia’s Navy Day celebrations later this month, Reuters reported. The crew, on board a patrol boat, fulfilled a broad array of drills on their maiden voyage, simulating...
Russian firefighters have been seeding clouds to bring down rain over wildfires raging in Siberia, the authorities said on Friday, Reuters reported. The Russian forestry agency said active work was underway to battle 158 forest fires covering 46,261 hectares as of Friday. Just a few days ago, that area was...
Pressure is mounting on Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel over an Arctic oil spill that has wiped about 17% off its share price, left it with a hefty compensation bill and exposed it to accusations of covering up the full extent of the damage, Reuters reported. Nornickel, as it is...