tvrain.ru reports that several island in the north of Lake Ladoga in Karelia are contaminated with radiation left from the times when these locations were used as testing ranges in the 50s and 60s. Three islands — Makarinsaari, Kugrisaari, and one without a name — are considered as particularly dirty, and offer a possibility of picking one year’s norm in three hours.
In the south of the Kola region and north of Karelia the expedition of the Barents section of the Word Wildlife Fund has stumbled into remains of 11 wild deer, a species listed as endangered, and four killed and one dying moose. The wild deer population in North Karelia is said to be around 200 and dropping due to poaching. For more info see www.wwf.ru..article/14056
A couple of days ago I wrote about Arkhanagelsk communists’ plan to put up a monument to Stalin. Since that I’ve been sent a link to a Stolitsa na Onego article on doing the same in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia. The article mentions that there is already one in Lipetsk. Someone take me out of here!!
Interfax.ru, fontanka.fi, and gubdaily.ru report that Esa Tuominen, a journalist from Finland, was fined 2000 roubles ($25) and had his visa revoked for interviewing “without journalistic accreditation” the ex-mayor of Petrozavodsk, Galina Shirshina, famous for being the last of non- United Russia city heads, recently fired from her job in a controversial if not to say scandalous manner. The journalist was apparently apprehended after two ladies sitting next to him and Ms. Shirshina in a cafe called the authorities.
A new guesthouse has recently opened in Keret’, 40km from Chupa, Loukhi District, Karelia. As most hospitality places around here the establishment specializes in fishermen, and offers motor and row boat rental, as well as local transportation.
The place features an old-style smoke sauna for lovers authenticity taken to extreme.
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Consider signing up for a workshop where you’ll learn to make something neat, and have fun and make friends in the process, such as making Chrismtas angel dolls on Jan. 5 at the Pomor Culture Center in Belomorsk, Karelia, at Ul. Oktyabrskaya 5-a, tel. 8 921 458 0383.
I must say that the fashion for these workshops is on the rise here, and those wishing to get close to make contact with the locals should consider participating.
This advice particularly applies to Russian bride seekers.
(2) Nordavia.ru flies Moscow to Apatity (next door to Kirovsk) twice a week, Friday and Sunday, with tickets starting at 3780 roubles ($55 at the current exchange rate) one way, which is not much more expensive than train tickets.
An “anti-cafe” (where you pay 5 roubles per minute for the first half an hour, then 3 roubles/minute, and the rest like tea, coffee, sweets, games, and books, is included) recently opened in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia.
The main drawing point of this establishment is cats that can be petted or, if you qualify, adopted.
Also a library and regular workshops are held in this establishment.
Vladimir Zavarkin, a municipal deputy at the Karelian town of Suoyarvi, had spoken at a meeting in Petrozavodsk on May 20 2015 saying something to the effect that if Russia doesn’t need Karelia – and it doesn’t, judging from the treatment the latter receives from Moscow – the republic should perhaps separate and re-join Finland, from which it was partly annexed as a result of the 1939 war. That brought him under the newly passed, in 2014, law against “calls for separatism”, and had him fined 30 th. roubles ($450 at the current exchange rate) by a Petrozavodsk court last week.
For details see The Moscow Times article.
I must say he got off lightly. The prosecutor was asking for two years of imprisonment. Others guilty under the same “calls for separatism” law, like the head of Crimean Tartars, got something like three years of real Russian prison.
After the wind and the waves on the Petrozavodsk waterfront. Photo Igor Podgorny.