Russia officially starts Winter

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Ceremony was held earlier today, in Yakutsk, capital of Sakha-Yakutia republic, in North Siberia, as every December 1st in recent years, to mark what is seen in Russia as the first official day of Winter.

Yakutia Governor Aisen Nikolaev (in fur hat) was joined on the stage by Ded Moroz (in red; the Slav Russian answer to the Western Santa Claus; also the main national such holiday figure) and Chyskhaan (similar holiday deity of the local Sakha native people, in blue)




As always, Chyskhaan (who, in the Sakha folklore, magically emerges right out of the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean around the holiday time) brought Moroz the magic ice crystals which symbolize the Winter


Yakutia is famous in Russia for the diamonds they produce, as I mentioned before (https://politicalhotwire.com/threads/forcing-patriotism-on-kids.217470/post-6790215); hence the one in Chyskhaan's staff

and maybe the crystals are diamond too, would explain all the security around this event; even aside from the fact that the Governor is there lol

Afterwards, there would be lots of entertainment, performances by various indigenous artists and such


And the the nation's first official New Year Tree was lit up (whether by good old electricity; or the combined magic powers of Moroz & Chuskhaan, as far as all the kids, Slav or Sakha, in attendance, are concerned lol)



Keep in mind, it is around a crispy -40 Celsius in Yakutsk right now :D

But, as always, there were big crowds out for this, loads of families with kids





They are Siberians, they ain't afraid of any cold :D

These are kids who've never heard of such a thing as a "snow day" at school hehe

Read here about all the many Santa-type holiday characters in Russia: https://politicalhotwire.com/threads/the-many-santas-of-russia.203397/

Russians do go out of their way to create these fairly tales for their kids... Maybe it's because the grown ups there need em too, real life being so harsh and unforgiving in Russia in many different ways... Need to get away from it all, at times... ;)
 

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Ceremony was held earlier today, in Yakutsk, capital of Sakha-Yakutia republic, in North Siberia, as every December 1st in recent years, to mark what is seen in Russia as the first official day of Winter.

Yakutia Governor Aisen Nikolaev (in fur hat) was joined on the stage by Ded Moroz (in red; the Slav Russian answer to the Western Santa Claus; also the main national such holiday figure) and Chyskhaan (similar holiday deity of the local Sakha native people, in blue)




As always, Chyskhaan (who, in the Sakha folklore, magically emerges right out of the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean around the holiday time) brought Moroz the magic ice crystals which symbolize the Winter


Yakutia is famous in Russia for the diamonds they produce, as I mentioned before (https://politicalhotwire.com/threads/forcing-patriotism-on-kids.217470/post-6790215); hence the one in Chyskhaan's staff

and maybe the crystals are diamond too, would explain all the security around this event; even aside from the fact that the Governor is there lol

Afterwards, there would be lots of entertainment, performances by various indigenous artists and such


And the the nation's first official New Year Tree was lit up (whether by good old electricity; or the combined magic powers of Moroz & Chuskhaan, as far as all the kids, Slav or Sakha, in attendance, are concerned lol)



Keep in mind, it is around a crispy -40 Celsius in Yakutsk right now :D

But, as always, there were big crowds out for this, loads of families with kids





They are Siberians, they ain't afraid of any cold :D

These are kids who've never heard of such a thing as a "snow day" at school hehe

Read here about all the many Santa-type holiday characters in Russia: https://politicalhotwire.com/threads/the-many-santas-of-russia.203397/

Russians do go out of their way to create these fairly tales for their kids... Maybe it's because the grown ups there need em too, real life being so harsh and unforgiving in Russia in many different ways... Need to get away from it all, at times... ;)
STARTS? I thought Spring was June 15th ,Summer was June 21st ,and Fall was june 28th.
 
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I'll bet Putin's Puppet would LOVE Siberia. He could Make it GREAT again!
And I will personally pay for his one-way ticket. :)
Sure, Putin could give him some economically depressed shithole of a region there, to be Governor of; he did that with oligarchs before lol

Roman Abramovich, for example, ruled Chukotka for years

:D

The Chukchi actually rever Abramovich to this day, FWIW. Dude funded so many various projects to help the people there, from new engines for fishing/whaling boats, and satellite communication devices for the remote nomad bands of reindeer herders, to alcoholism treatment centers (a big problem for the men up there), with his own money, from own pocket...

Of course it was all so much pocket change indeed for him too... haha
 
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The Chukchi actually rever Abramovich to this day, FWIW.
You say they revere him, but that woman taking the selfie looks pretty disgusted with him.

Either that, or she can't figure out how the camera app works.
 
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You say they revere him, but that woman taking the selfie looks pretty disgusted with him.

Either that, or she can't figure out how the camera app works.
Probably the latter lol

No, for real, Abramovich actually did a hell of a lot for Chukotka...

Among other things, he even paid to build a new hospital in Anadyr, the regional capital, and continued to finance it over the years and see that it is outfitted with all the cutting edge equipment






It is thanks to Abramovich's efforts, in large part, both combating alcoholism and providing decent medical care up there (which drastically reduced both infant mortality and deaths of women in childbirth, which used to be a regular occurrence, as many native women actually would give birth in their yurts and such, out there, in the wilderness (now, their tribe can call by radio for a helicopter to bring her to the hospital), that birth rates also have risen in Chukotka to among the highest in the country

:)

The House of Culture in Anadyr, another monument to Abramovich


It includes a museum of native Chukchi culture and history


Video viewing room


Art gallery, etc


Et al. This is what a billionaire can do for a region, if made to devote himself to it :D