Siberian authorities to tear down illegally installed Stalin statue
Sep18

Siberian authorities to tear down illegally installed Stalin statue

Activists have illegally put up a bust of Josef Stalin in Surgut, Western Siberia, near a site where a monument dedicated to Soviet era political prisoners is expected to be built, local authorities said on Thursday. “The bust of Stalin that was erected today has been deemed illegal. A commission on toponymy has approved a place near it for installing a monument to the repressed and the funds are being collected,” said...

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Light aircraft crash in Western Siberia kills one
Aug16

Light aircraft crash in Western Siberia kills one

One person was killed today when a light aircraft crashed in the Khanty-Mansi autonomous area in Western Siberia, the local emergencies’ press service told TASS. “According to preliminary data, one person was killed in the crash,” the press service said, adding that the incident occurred some 85 kilometers from the town of Uray. A local law enforcement source said the A-22 LS plane carrying two people onboard crashed. One...

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Siberian court orders company to compensate gay woman for job rejection
Aug12

Siberian court orders company to compensate gay woman for job rejection

A district court in the Russian city of Novosibirsk has ruled that a private company’s refusal to hire a gay woman as a sales manager was unlawful and ordered that 1,000 rubles (US$15) compensation be paid in moral damages. The Russian LGBT Network NGO reported that the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Novosibirsk had satisfied the lawsuit filed by Anna Balash against the Sib-Alliance wood trading company. Balash claimed that she...

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Around 50 wildfires on area of 6,500 hectares registered in Siberia
Jul28

Around 50 wildfires on area of 6,500 hectares registered in Siberia

The area of wildfires in Siberia has grown from 4,700 to 6,500 hectares over the last 24 hours. A total of 47 forest blazes is currently active in the region. Most wildfires were registered on the territory of the Krasnoyarsk Krai. According to the forest fire protection service , 16 wildfires on the area of around 2,900 hectares were registered there, and three wildfires were localized on the territory of 1,200 hectares. “Most...

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Siberia’s wildfires seen from 1 million miles away: even the tundra is burning
Jul24

Siberia’s wildfires seen from 1 million miles away: even the tundra is burning

Greenpeace claim authorities underestimate the scale of destruction, amid warnings of lack of resources to fight fires. These exceptional images show how the smoke trails of wildfires over Siberia can be seen from outer space. The pictures were made by the EPIC camera on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft some 975,074 miles – or 1,569,229 kilometres from Earth on 21 July this year. Hovering between the Earth...

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