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Murmansk gay support organization fined for “propaganda to children”

courtThe Center of Social and Psychological Assistance and Legal Support for the Victims of Discrimination and Homophobia “Maximum” has been found guilty of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” on the group’s VK page, and fined 100 th. roubles (about $1500 at the current exchange rate).

Murmansk art in Moscow

murmansk-artIn the Central House of Artist in Moscow (Krymsky Val 10/14) soon opens a big exposition featuring 65 works, mostly from the collection of the Murmansk Regional Art Museum, by classic Murmansk artists, starting May 27 and closing on June 19.

This season’s first mushrooms

Gyromitra-esculentaPicked up 5 fruiting bodies of Brain Fungus (Gyromitra esculenta) yesterday near Luvenga. Intend to eat them today.

Since this mushroom is of somewhat controversial edibility I want to say possible good by to friends and clients. (I do intend to boil it twice before consuming though.)

The average cost of one square meter of housing in the Murmansk region

Location Roubles/m2 In $US at the current exchange rate of 62 roubles per $1US
Murmansk 37202 Just over $500/m2
Kola 37052 just over $500/m2
Apatity 21700 $350/m2
Kirovsk 21715 $350/m2
Monchegorsk 15000 just under $250/m2
Olenegorsk 17100 just under $400/m2
Severomorsk 35500 slightly over $500/m2
Revda 10609 $160/m2
Polarnye Zori 30000 under $500/m2
Molochny 35750 over $500/m2
Pushnoy 7895 slightly over $100/m2
Murmashi 31025 $500/m2

Source: www.b-port.com

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A steam engine has just arrived in Murmansk

steam-engineA steam engine Л-4386 (made in Lugansk, Ukraine, in 1951) has just arrived to Murmansk from the Novosokolniki train depot in the Pskov region. It is to be installed as a monument near the train station, part of the current memorial-construction craze..

Bears are out!

bearsTwo reports today (see story 1, story 2) in the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve VK group of bears noticed by the town and at nearby dachas over the weekend.

 

 

do-not-feed

Photo by Peter Afonin, Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada

Even though they may look cute, feeding cubs is not a good idea, for doing so makes them see us as a source of food, which is one small step from being food.

New Life Festival in Teriberka August 12-14 2016

teriberkaThis will be the second event of the sort, organized by LavkaLavka Farmers’ Coop, this time also supported by the Murmansk Region government.  During the event local food will be presented, as well as touristic opportunities in the Kola Peninsula. A special program for children is said to be planned too. The ultimate aim of the event is to get the community pull itself out of the situation of an economic and social disaster by turning towards taking part in the tourism industry. Festival’s VK page >>

Foreigners, from what I see, ARE allowed in Teriberka without having to go through any permit-obtaining rituals. But feel free to ask me to double check on that subject should you seriously consider that destination.

Related: Community events along the Ter (south) coast of the peninsula.

Mosquitoes are out

mosquitoesMosquitoes have been noticed in numbers today landing on our dog Tasha’s nose. They mostly left us humans alone however.

That’s a week or even two earlier than when the mosquito season normally begins here..

extremeThe Regional Youth Subculture Festival will be held at Polarnye Zori on May 21, at the Main City Square (ulitsa Sivko), starting at 1pm.

Skateboarders, BMX bikers, graffiti artists, breakdancers and other fun types will be presenting their skills.

Festival’s VK page: vk.com/xday_pz