Eco-activists say nearly irreparable damage to the nature has been done in the region of Siberia.
The huge fires that swept the Siberian forests were deliberately ignited. This was stated by the Russian prosecutor's office.
Investigators say the fire, which covered two and a half million hectares, was lit to cover up illegal logging.
A worker checks the valve of an oil pipe at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
Thousands of angry and distraught Russians rallied on March 27 in a Siberian city to demand a full probe into a shopping mall fire that killed at least 64 people, 41 of them children.
At least 53 people were killed by a fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said on March 26.
The new electronic thermometer in the Siberian village of Oymyakon, recognized as the coldest village in the world, was damaged yesterday when the temperature dropped to minus 62 degrees Celsius.
Local residents say the temperature has fallen even further - down to minus 71.2 degrees. It was not so cold in Oymyakon since 1933 when it was minus 61 degrees.
The basin of Lake Van in southeast Turkey is currently hosting white swans from Siberia and migrating flamingos, amid unseasonably warm temperatures.