In 2012, a total of 27,953 people were killed in traffic accidents. The number of accidents increased to 203,597, up 2 percent from the previous year.
258,618 people were injured in these accidents, reads the statistics from Russian Traffic Police, reports Gazeta in an article named Year of the car crashes.
The police blame the drivers’ careless behavior for causing 87 percent of all accidents.
2,103 of the casualties last year died in accidents involving drunk-drivers. 940 children and teenagers were killed and more than 22,000 were wounded, the statistics reads.
Viktor Pokhmelkin, head of the Movement of Russian motorists blames bad roads and call for more effective investment. He also notes that casualties in domestic made cars are six times higher than in foreign made cars.
A hit that really made take off last year was so-called dash cams; small cameras mounted to drivers’ dashboards making it possible for the driver to prove his innocent in case of accident.
Internet sites, like You Tube, are fraught with disaster films. One of the most popular is this one, involving the strangest possible behaviors in traffic you ever have seen.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.