Orthodox people of Russia have celebrated Epiphany at overnight of 18 January to 19 January. According to the tradition, people swim in ice-cold water during that night. The Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has taken part in Epiphany swimming in the town of Zvenigorod in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov has sent today a telegram offering condolences to Minister for Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan Rustam Dzhurayev in connection with a tragedy that happened on a motorway linking Samara and Shymkent in Kazakhstan.
Rescuers of the Emergency Ministry’s Elbrus Highland SAR Unit have held today an exercise on a vertical glacier face in the Valley of Narzans. Such exercises allow them practicing rescue skills, as they have had to conduct 3 SAR operations on the slopes of Mount Elbrus area since the year began.