An ugly way to die

cement-siloOn June 23 2016 a worker at the Kandalaksha Cement and Asphalt plant got burried under a pile of cement dumped from the silo tower. Not exactly a pleasant way to go.

Another fire in Kandalaksha

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.

14 children drowned in Karelia’s Syamozero lake

syamozeroA 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.

Russian-Finnish cross-border trade is down by 1/3

russian-finnish-borderB-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.

Yet another report of a criminal charge for “fictional registration”

registrationB-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!

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).

Radiation on Lake Ladoga island in Karelia

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Photo from kezling.ru

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.

It’s all the Americans’ fault again

refugeesA 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.

Examples: ruposters.ru (that also mentions that 10g of hashish was found in the hotel where migrants were staying), severpost.ru, and flashnord.com.

Remains of 11 wild deer and 4 mooses found in North Karelia

wild-deerIn 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

The migrant situation

..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.