Most people treat Yakutia only as coldest inhabited place on the Earth and birthplace of largest diamond fields, but wait there is more. YSIA gathered top 5 news from Yakutia which were most talked about in the international community.
The Justin Bieber song “Baby” scared away a bear attacking a Yakutian (Russian) fisherman Igor Vorozhbitsyn, thus saving his life. The man was being mauled by the big predator when his phone reportedly began ringing and the Bieber song started to play. Apparently, the startled bear was not a fan and ran away.
The Yakutian fisherman bear attack story has become international news, prompting some clever headlines primarily poking fun of the beleaguered teeny bopper singer. The Daily Mail “Finally, proof that Justin Bieber IS unbearable” headline stands above one of the most viewed articles about the Justin Bieber song scaring away a bear. Many social media posters are shocked that not only a grown man is a Bieber fan, or a “Belieber” but was so enamored with the often arrested teen that “Baby” was chosen for a ring tone on his cell phone.
Igor Vorozhbitsyn suffered severe cuts and bruises to his chest and face during the bear attack. The Russian fisherman was found and ultimately rescued by other anglers after using his cell phone to call for help. Later he explained: ‘I had parked my car and was walking towards the spot I’d marked out when there was a tremendous impact on my back and the bear was on top of me.’
‘I couldn’t believe my luck when the phone went off and he fled. I know that sort of ringtone isn’t to everyone’s taste but my granddaughter loaded it onto my phone for a joke,’ he added.
Russian scientist injected himself with ‘eternal life’ bacteria which was discovered in Yakutian permafrost
A controversial Russian scientist has injected himself with a 3.5 million year old ‘eternal life’ bacteria found in the Yakutian permafrost – and says he is now stronger and never gets ill. Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, says he has not had flu for two years following his injection. The bacteria,named Bacillus F, was originally found on Mamontova Gora – Mammoth Mountain – in Yakutia in 2009.
‘I started to work longer, I’ve never had a flu for the last two years,’ he told The Siberian Times. ‘After successful experiments on mice and fruit flies, I thought it would be interesting to try the inactivated bacterial culture’, – he said. The bacteria is actually in trace amounts in the water of the region, he claimed.
‘The permafrost is thawing, and I guess these bacteria get into the environment, into the water, so the local population, the Yakut people, in fact, for a long time are getting these cells with water, and even seem to live longer than some other nations. So there was no danger for me’, – Anatoli said. He admitted he had no idea what the bacteria was doing to him.
Residents in Yakutia have made a statue for Leo DiCaprio that bears close resemblance to the Oscar prize and is made from donated metals. Nearly 150 DiCaprio fans from the Yakutia region donated the 1.5 kilograms of silver and 4 grams of gold to make the statue for the American, who is nominated in the best actor category for his role in “The Revenant.”
Unlike the real trophy, the Siberian one will be made of both Gold and Silver (therefore not having the same gold colour), it will face upwards rather than downwards and will hold a golden traditional three-legged Yakut goblet.
Tatyana Yegorova, the woman behind the campaign, told Russian news agency TASS: “Yakutia praises high-quality cinema and considers DiCaprio to be an actor who can inspire and delight his audiences.” According to the campaign leader, over 1000 people have already donated to the cause. She also argued that this award is just as valid as a real Oscar: “Since the movie is a mass art form, aimed at the broad masses, we believe that viewers have a right to give this prize.”
Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Yakutian award in March and shared his impressions on Instagram:
Anyway, Internet users actively react when they find out that people in Yakutia live in such harsh conditions. They used to discuss it in youtube channels of users who posted videos about our cold winters: Bolot Bochkarev, Sebastian Balders, George Makharadze, Taramaan, Geoffmackley, Robert Ratliff, Mikael Strandberg. Users often note that the region is very inhospitable and discuss how do locals deal with the extreme cold.
Karina Chikitova was huddled in tall grass after wandering away from home, apparently following her father Rodion who had left to go to his native village on 29 July. The mother believed she and her dog had gone with her father and in this part of remote Siberia had no way to check because of a lack of phone connections, discovering the awful truth only four days later, when a search was launched. Karina Chikitova survived by eating wild berries and drinking river water in territory roamed by wild bears and wolves.
The statue – called Girl with Dog – was unveiled at Yakutsk Airport to the little girl who last year cheated death by surviving in the taiga where bears and wolves roam. The story of Karina and her puppy Naida captivated the world after it was run by The Siberian Times.
General Director of the airport, Nikolay Mestnikov, erected the memorial on the forecourt of the airport to showcase’ the love of life, resilience, and fortitude of this little Yakut girl and the devotion of her puppy’. The bronze sculpture to the girl, who celebrated her sixth birthday this week, and her dog was made by Nikolay Chochchasov.