New Bedford is getting ready for the snow storm Kenan. Tomsk has just celebrated Tatiana’s day. And other news.
During the day (January 27), 421 residents of the Tomsk region were infected with a new coronavirus infection; 3 people died.
Governor Sergey Zhvachkin urged residents to vaccinate and strictly follow the requirements of epidemiologists, and instructed law enforcement agencies to reinforce control over this. The governor also recalled the ban on holding mass events.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a decree awarding the Governor of the Tomsk region Sergey Zhvachkin with the Order of Alexander Nevsky* for his great contribution to the development of the region.
I immediately remembered Leonid Brezhnev** and his love of awards/orders.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service has strengthened control over gasoline prices. Now gasoline sellers must report weekly gasoline prices to the Federal Antimonopoly Service. Maybe this will stop the endless rise in gasoline prices in Russia.
Another news that caught my attention…
Tomsk traveler Evgeny Kovalevsky and his colleague from Novosibirsk Stanislav Berezkin got caught in a storm in the Atlantic Ocean on December 21.
An article in English is here.
The thing is that I was familiar with Evgeny’s parents. They were neighbors in the Magadaevo village, where I spent several summers. Evgeny was a traveler back then too and very rarely visited his parents. It was interesting to know that he was still doing it.
Now Evgeny and his colleague are in Brazil. They asked Russian businessmen for donations. They need at least 20000 million rubles to continue their journey, meaning accomplish their mission.
Their route: Russia – Finland – Poland – Sweden – Denmark – Holland – Great Britain – France – Spain – Portugal – Canary Islands – Brazil – Uruguay – Argentina – Chile – Polynesia – Micronesia – Philippines – Indonesia – South Africa – Namibia – Portugal – Great Britain – Denmark – Russia.
I wonder: Do they need visas, covid tests, international passports?
And why didn’t I become a traveler?
On January 25 Tomsk and all Russian students celebrated Tatiana’s day.
People congratulate Tatianas and students they know. Here is my old post of a history of it.
The students changed the words in a song I’ve known since I was a teenager. They seemed to be having fun.
And I, following the tradition, congratulated my sister.
Tomsk, winter. Photos taken by my friend Marina.
And about the weather on Saturday (Jan 29).
Weathermen promise partly cloudy weather, the air temperature is -14°C (6°F) and the south-easterly wind, 2-7 meters per second. By Tomsk standards – it is not cold.
*According to the “State Awards of the Russian Federation” portal, it is awarded to Russian citizens who have at least 20 years of a total civil service experience for long-term conscientious service and high results achieved by them in the performance of official duties. Whatever it means.
**Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was a General Secretary of the governing Communist Party of the Soviet Union for 18 years.