A typical event of this sort, with most of local arts and crafts community present. New was a noticeable number of the police, and people with newly fashionable “patriotic” symbolics, such as this gentleman with “Glory to great Stalin” T-shirt AND an Orthodox cross on his bag, a combination that exemplifies present-day Russia:
The unfinished hotel on the Monastery Cape burned down yesterday..
That’s especially disconcerning given that about a week ago a tourist hut on top of Mount Volostnaya overlooking the city burned down too.
About a week ago there were a few reports of bears by the TV tower just east from Kandalaksha. Today I read that a decision to shoot them has been made by the wildlife authorities following their failure to chase the animals away. Sorry guys!
A bunch of mass media outlets came out with a heading “Demonstration by migrants in Kandalaksha provoked by the New York Times journalists”, who are accused of organizing the demonstration and are said to have made signs demanding that migrants be let into Finland.
tnt-kandalaksha.ru reports that cases of flu are way down in the Murmansk region in the last two weeks, and that “special scheduling” has been lifted off local schools and public gatherings.
..is getting worse in the meantime after Finland has recently refused letting these people in. About 100 of Arab and African migrants are now stuck in Kandalaksha, many without money or winter clothing, according to this report by TV-21 of Murmansk:
During a small protest demonstration (shown in the video above) they asked for donations of food and warm clothing.
Here is a fresh Vesti TV report on Middle Eastern refugees travelling to Finland via Kandalaksha:
It is in Russian but the key points are:
Noticed an article on the flow of Eastern (Syrian, Afghan, North African etc.) refugees trying to get into Finland via Kandalaksha on the site of snob.ru, a major Federal-level monthly. We are becoming famous! The only sad thing is that I’ve had not a single request to act as a “guide” – a job that pays, according to Snob, $1500 per trip. Only a couple of accommodation request from people with Middle Eastern sounding names that didn’t show up anyway.
Full article here >>
Rumours are that they are staying at the Polar Star hotel. About 5-6 of them manage to get to Finland through the Salla crossing control point per day using beat up old cars as transportation instead of bicycles, now banned by the Finnish side. Another 10 or so are sent back home from Russia after being processed by the Kandalaksha court. Jounalists interested in covering this subject can now come to Kandalaksha instead of Pechenga.