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.
A group of Moscow orphans on their holidays at the Park Hotel Syamozero camp in Southern Karelia, Prazha district, went out on June 18 and got caught in a storm that had their canoes overturned. Of about 50 of them that ended up in water, 14 drowned, and the rest made it to the shore. A big scandal is under way, with four or five of the camp staff arrested and the camp closed. Today was declared a day of mourning in Karelia and Moscow.
B-port reports that in January-February of 2016 the value of goods transported across the Finnish-Russian border dropped by 35.2% in value compared to the same period last year. The reason is mutual sanctions. For an average non-commercial traveller that means fewer lineups at the border-crossing points. For us, making a living off traveller support, on the other hand, that explains why clients are few and far between these days.. Guess it could be a good time to announce a “beginning of the season” special at $100/day for my humble services, back to the mid-90s rate.
B-port reports yet another host in Nickel busted for providing “fictional registration” to foreigners. According to Article 322.3 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code, “fictional registration” is registration without intent to provide living space. At one point, years ago, it was a common $25-50 service available to foreign travellers!
The 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).
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.
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.
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
..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.