Russian media monitoring company, Medialogia has prepared a list of the most popular cats on Russian social networks in the period of the COVID-19 confinement, with Hermitage cats making the top of the list, TASS news agency reports.
The Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, has shot a video about the life of feline residents of the museum during the self-isolation period. All of them are being cared for by the Hermitage employees and cat food producing companies, acting as their sponsors. All felines are up for adoption. In the period from April 1 to April 10, the museum’s fluffy residents have been mentioned 58,900 times on Russian social networks.
From 50 to 70 rat-catching cats roam basement of the Hermitage, also appearing on the neighboring embankment and square. Their population is regulated by sterilisation to avoid territorial disputes. In recent years, the cats of the Hermitage have become a popular tourist attraction.
The media monitoring company has counted all mentions made on Russian social media, taking into account the social media outreach of every user.
According to the ‘Petersburg Diary‘ ( «Петербургский дневник») online residents of a residential complex located along one of the cities avenues, noticed a lion cub on the street, who was frozen (-5C°) and placed himself sunder a car to keep warm. It turned out that the animal belongs to a man living in a house near the place where the little inhabitant of savanna was found by shocked pedestrians.
The owner of the lion cub said that sometimes he walks with the lion cub, but sometimes he releases him into streets alone, he plans to sell the cub in the nearest future, because he is “growing very fast”. The owner was not punished for cruelty, and the animal was returned to him as if nothing wrong happened.
Although Russia signed to CITES the black market of wild animals flourishes. Lion cubs are in high demand for photo shooting at parties, and events. There are companies renting lion or tiger cubs for an evening for a photo session for weddings, or fashion presentation.
However they grow quickly, and owners are willing to get rid of them, selling to private zoos, where the stay in misery locked in cages until the end of their days. Some of them are sold to circuses to be trained by electroshock collar to jump through the fire ring. The Stone age entertainment, subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.
Twenty three (23) British diplomats have been declared personae non gratae and will be expelled within a week, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov said in a statement after the British Ambassador to Moscow Laurie Bristow was summoned.
“Twenty three diplomats of the British Embassy in Moscow have been declared personae non gratae and will be expelled within a week’s time. Taking into account the disparity in the number of consulates of the two countries, Russia withdraws permission to open the British Consulate General in St. Petersburg. Related procedures will be carried out in accordance with international law. Due to the unregulated status of the British Council in the Russian Federation it will be dissolved,” the statement said.
“Our thoughts go out to the people of Russia, and in particular to those who have lost loved ones in today’s explosion in the Saint Petersburg metro. We wish a swift recovery to those who have been injured,” – says the statement of the European External Action Service.
“The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms all acts of violence.”
“The High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini has sent condolences on behalf of the European Union to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.”
Eleven people were killed in a blast on the St. Petersburg metro on Monday, 3.04.2017, the Russian health ministry said, in what authorities defined as a ‘terrorist attack’. Reportedly 38 injured are in intenstive care with severe burns, there are also childern among the wounded.
The CCTV images of an allerged terrorist started to circulate in Russian mass-media shortly after the news broke out. (Tweet: ‘Teract in Petersburg metro’)