He was Unaware of Being Raised in Abject Poverty Little Irving Berlin was born on May 11, 1888, one of eight children of Moses and Lena Lipkin Beilin. According to his daughter, Mary Ellin Barrett, claimed that his birth city was Tyumen, Siberia. . His father, a cantor in a synagogue, uprooted the family to … More Irving Berlin of “God Bless America” was born in Russia
Harbor seals, grey seals, elephant seals — these all share a common habitat: the ocean. Baikal seals are among the few seals to live exclusively in freshwater. The only other species of freshwater seals are the couple hundred Saimaa Ringed Seals found in Lake Saimaa in Finland and the few thousand Ladoga Ringed Seals in Lake Ladoga … More The Mysterious Baikal seal
Bizarre Object found in Siberia This bizarre object was found buried 40 meters underground by excavators working in a Siberian open pit mine in Russia The object was discovered at the Kuzbassrazrezugol mine in the Kuznetsk Basin . The strange saucer-shaped object was dug up by two miners working their shift excavating the pit in Siberia. Excavator … More Bizarre Object Found in Siberia – What is It?
Native American’s Ancestry Results from a DNA study of a young boy’s skeletal remains believed to be 24,000 years old could turn the archaeological world upside down — it’s been demonstrated that nearly 30 percent of modern Native American’s ancestry came from this youngster’s gene pool, suggesting First Americans came directly from Siberia, according to … More Native Americans and Western Eurasians -“Brothers”
All People Live In It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you – All People live in – These are Folk songs and people’s stories gathered in remote villages of Western Siberia in 2013. After conversing with Andrey he allowed me to present you with some of his work. You can visit his … More The Simple Life – All People live in
German made, Adorned in Sweden How is it possible that a German-made 12th century blade, adorned in Sweden, reached Siberia? Buried under a tree in the Novosibirsk region, Archaeologists discovered a medieval sword. Unearthed in 1975 scientists are looking to unlocking it’s secrets with the help of European experts. It is the only weapon of … More Medieval Swedish Sword Found in Siberia
Cycling in Siberia. In the winter. Sounds like fun, right? Well, sort of. In 2004, Alastair Humpreys did just that with his friend Rob Lilwall, as part of Alastair’s trip around the world and Rob’s long ride back to England. They experienced frigid temperatures, technical problems with the bikes as plastic started snapping in the … More Cycling across Siberia
Lost in the Taiga Karina went to search for her Father When Karina Chikitova‘s decided to follow her father into the Siberian Taiga no one knew it would be the beginning of a 11 day saga. Her father who’s a firefighter had left his remote village to fight a bushfire some distance from their home. … More 3 Year Old Girl Survives in Russian Taiga for Eleven Days
The Saga Continues Lonely on the Road Our road trip continued further into Siberian vastness with breaks only for photos, music and picnic lunches. Mountains and sky encircled us possessively all the time and it felt at times very small to be just two small dots in this endless wilderness. Villages became far spaced and … More Maverickbird’s Siberian Road Trip – The Saga continues
When you go searching for gold and find a diamond the excitement it brings is truly brilliant. My newest guest blogger “Maverickbird” has an eloquent way with words, let’s let her writing style create the beginnings of an amazing dance of wonderful verbiage as to who she is and what she does. Maverickbird’s Bio Trekking, … More Maverickbird’s Siberian Road Trip
Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus Could all dinosaurs have had feathers? Up until this find in Russia it’s been debated if all Dinosaurs had feathers. Over 30 species of non-avian dinosaurs this have been confirmed, either from direct fossilized evidence of quills, or other indicators, such as quill knobs. All of those dinosaurs that were confirmed to be … More Dinosaur Found in Russia Might Prove that All Dinosaurs had “Feathers”
Second largest excavated hole in the world In Eastern Siberia in the town of Mirniy is a open pit diamond mine that closed down in 2011. The mine itself is 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep (4th in the world) and has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft), and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, … More Abandoned Russian Diamond Mine turned into Eco City
Raven or Shagoon In Alaska and Siberia there is a native belief that the present world owes much of its form and features to an immortal being called Raven or “Shagoon”. Who’s combined attributes are of spirit, human, bird, genius, and fool. He is a god often known as Heaven and has a diffuse and … More The Itelmens – An Indian Tribe in Kamchatka
Introduction: It’s one thing to read about different lands and cultures but it’s a whole different experience to see it through the eyes of another. This Guest blogger has lived in Central Siberia off and on for over 15 years. I was so delighted when he agreed to do a post for “Life in Russia”. … More My Paradigm Shift in the Land of Buryat
Evidence of Persian Empire in Siberia? At the end of the Earth In at place called, “the end of the earth”, a group of 34 grave sites have been located, possibly believed to be of Persian descent. The actual discovery was made in Zeleniy Yar, 18 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The medieval Necropolis … More Medieval Persian Civilization found in Siberian Arctic?
The following gentleman who has contributed a post to “Life in Russia” spent several years living a working in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. I became very intrigued with what he was doing since he and I have a lot of common ground. It’s not an easy decision to make drastic changes in one’s life. He’s also an … More He’s One in a Million – Meet Ken Kerr
One of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world Russia’s Putorana Plateau photo by Sergey Gorshkov (2009) In the Plateau Putorana. the landscapes are stunningly beautiful, even somewhat eerie and other worldly looking at the same time. Looking upon different vistas from different locations take one through this truly magnificent UNESCO reserve believing that … More Putorana Plateau – UNESCO Heritage site # 3
Deep in the heart of Yakutia Yakutia, officially the Sakha Republic is a vast unexplored region of Siberia in the northeast of Russia is a land of extremes. Territory of Yakutia is one fifth part of Russia and the world’s largest “stateoid,”, excelling the area of Khonsyu island more than 13 times; it is 3,103,200 … More Russia’s Unexplored Territory, “Yakutia”
Somewhere in Siberia in the middle of the night A donkey, pig, cat, and rooster crossed the road on a dare It was all caught on on this owner’s dash cam. Sorry the Yeti on the side of the road can’t be seen in this picture. Who do you think dared them anyway? Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/picture-of-the-day-dec-9/ … More Picture of the day – Dec. 10
Mystery Valley, Colorado Now I’ve seen this on the Indian reservations but didn’t think anybody with a lick of sense would use a loo like this but then I’ve been proved wrong on many things. This little habitat for taking care of business is in Mystery Valley, Colorado. Can’t imagine why it’s called that, never … More Who’s Crazier – Coloradans vs Russians
Over the weekend Russian Government officials spoke up after 40 years of silence, they finally gave scientists from the nearby Novosibirsk Institute of Geology and Mineralogy permission to lift the lid on the crater’s hidden gems in a meeting with journalists. What does this mean? Russia is about to start tapping into this enormous source … More Russia reveals it’s hidden “Diamond” treasure to the world
Taiga, also known as the boreal forest, is a biome characterized by coniferous forests. Taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome and covers huge portions of the Earth, predominantly in Canada, Alaska, most of Sweden, Finland, northern Norway, Mongolia, Japan and Siberia. For centuries, the taiga has been a hotspot for Sasquatch and Yeti sightings. … More Brown Bear vs Yeti – Russian Fairytale or Reality?
Crystal Island One look at this building and it can be seen that it’s enormous structure will tower over the city. The firm of Foster + Partners who designed the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan has plans for this mega-structure in Moscow. Even though the project was put on hold in 2009 it … More Utopian Building in Moscow – The Largest in the World?
Baikal is one of the biggest lakes in world on area of 31,722 km2 (12,248 sq miles) located in Eastern Siberia, Russia. Baikal is famous for its depth in 1,642 m (5,387 ft) that makes Baikal is the deepest lake in the world with amazing clearest water. Wild nature and fresh Siberian air attracts people … More Russian Architect discovers Pyramid on Lake Baikal, Russia
Buryatia Buryatia History Buryatia as one of the beautiful regions of the East Siberia strikes everyone with amazing diversity of nature organically combining grandeur and might of Baikal, boundless taiga space, deep rivers and snow-covered tops of the Sayan mountain ridges. From the ancient times different ethnic groups and Peoples inhabited the territory of the … More Buryatia Republic – Land of the “Raindeer Stones”
Tuva: Russia’s Tibet Tuva, like Tibet, consists of a mountainous, underdeveloped region tucked away in the Eurasian heartland, traditionally inhabited by Buddhist herdsmen, and relatively recently added to the state’s official domain as a strategic buffer. Both Tuvans and Tibetans chafe at the cultural and demographic dilution of their homelands as Han Chinese and Russian … More Tuva Republic – The land of the Blue-eyed and Fair-haired People of Siberia
The Altai Republic, Russia’s most mountainous region borders China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. The region is barely larger than Maine has been inbabited since the Paleolithic times. This Eurasian region has served as a vital gateway to Siberia and the cradle of widespread human lineage. “It’s a place where people have been coming and going for … More Altai Republic the home of the “Mythical world of Shambhala”
Life in Lithuania Sadly, my time in Palanga is coming to an end. I’ve had a wonderful few days here, so as most people (outside the Baltics or Russia) wouldn’t normally think of Lithuania as a sun holiday destination, I thought I’d do my bit to promote it here, with a sort of rough guide … More Mirror Reflections – Lithuania & Russia
Russian authorities have found a young man living alone in a Siberian forest after having apparently spent most of his life living there in a hut with his parents, local officials said Tuesday. Locals near the town of Belokurikha found the man, who told the local prosecutor that he was born in 1993 and had … More “Siberian Mowgli” – comes out of Russian Tiaga
Life in Argentina Daniel Karlin is an American born, bilingual 5 year veteran of Argentina. His wife, Lourdes, who also contributes to this blog, is a Buenos Aires born bilingual Argentine. Together they own and operate Anuva Wines and a few other small businesses in Buenos Aires and the U.S. This blog is born of … More Mirror Reflections – Argentina & Russia