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Chingis Oorzhak plays with dolls - professionally

At the age of 26, Chingis Oorzhak still plays with dolls. And he does it professionally. He learned to craft them independently from various ordinary materials at Moscow State special institute of arts, where he received his diploma of  actor-puppet master. Today Chingis continues his beloved work already at the small scene "Tete-a-tete" of the National theatre of Tuva.

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Ayana Oolak, mkyzyl.ru, translated by Heda Jindrak

100th anniversary of the first world lady-president

Khertek Amyrbitovna Anchimaa-Toka (1 January 1912 – 4 November 2008) was a Tuvan/Soviet politician who in 1940-1944 was a chairman of Little Khural (parliament) of Tuvan People's Republic, and the first elected or appointed (i.e., not hereditary) female head of state in the modern worldKhertek Anchimaa was born in what is now Bay-Tayginsky kozhuun of Tuva in a poor peasant family. She lost her father and elder brother due to smallpox when a child. Despite her mother being illiterate, Khertek managed to learn to write and read in Mongolian language, and in 1930, when the first national Tuvan alphabet was introduced, she was one of the first to learn it.

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Over 3000 people in Kyzyl provided temporary shelter

Over 3000 people in Kyzyl provided temporary shelterThe strongest earthquake in ever history of Tuva has damaged dozens of buildings in Kyzyl, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.

The epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake was about 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Kyzyl, capital of the Russian republic of Tuva, which borders Mongolia, in the place Bai-Sut of the Kaa-Khem district.

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RIA Novosti

Strong quake strikes Tuva, no damage reported

Strong quake strikes Tuva, no damage reportedA 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the southern Siberian republic of Tuva on Tuesday caused no damage or casualties, a spokesman for the regional Emergencies Ministry said.

“Everything is all right. Our dispatchers work round the clock and they did not receive any calls on any destruction,” the spokesman said.

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RIA Novosti

Nature park Shuiskiy - "cradle of the snow leopard" - was established in Tuva

Nature park of regional significance "Shuiskiy" was established on the territory of two districts of Tuva, which have been recognized as some of the ecologically cleanest places on Earth. Today, the decision was made by the government of the republic. The park was created under the statute of specially protected natural territory on an ecological-economic basis presented by Tuvan institute of complex research of natural resources (TIKOPR) .
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gov.tuva.ru, translated by Heda Jindrak

Tuvan hunters have destroyed a record number of wolves in 2011 - 669 individuals

Tuvan hunters have destroyed a record number of wolves in 2011 - 669 individualsTuvan hunters have destroyed a record number of wolves this year; the number of predators shot consisted of 669 individuals, which is one and half times more than in 2010, as reported by government of the republic.

The authorities in Tuva noted, that the discontinuance of systematic struggle with the predators in the early 1990's caused a fast increase in the numbers of wolves in Tuva, whose population to date has reached 2.5 - 3 thousand individuals (380-400 packs).
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RIA Novosti, translated by Heda Jindrak

WWF proposes to Russian businessmen to "adopt" the snow leopard

Experts from WWF, after the discovery of total numbers of red Book snow leopards who live  on the territory of pastures of south-west Tuva, are turning to members of Russian business community  with a plea to "adopt" the irbis.

Voluntary contributions by the "adoptive parents" will help to compensate herders for losses of livestock to attacks of the predator, to discourage the herders from killing the animals, as RIA Novosti was told by the press-secretary of Altai-Sayan project of WWF in Russia, Tatiana Ivanitskaya.

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RIA Novosti, translated by Heda Jindrak

Tuva voted for Putin's party

Russia’s ruling United Russia party managed to cling on to its majority in the lower house in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, despite failing to get a majority of votes in an election that was marred by accusations of vote rigging and intimidation by opposition parties.

With 96 per cent of ballots counted on Monday, United Russia, the party of prime minister Vladimir Putin, had 49.54 per cent of the vote, down from 64.3 per cent in 2007, which would give the party 238 seats in the 450-seat parliament, down from 315.

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RIA, translated by Heda Jindrak

New book by a Tuvan scholar about spiritual-cultural ties of Eurasian nomadism

New book by a Tuvan scholar about spiritual-cultural ties of Eurasian nomadismMoscow publishing house "MOBY Publishing" released a book by Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of TuvGU, Nikolai Abayev 'Influence of Tengrianism on ecologic culture and ethnogenesis of Turko-Mongol people of Altai-Baikal region".

The book is meant for all who are interested in the history of culture and religion of Turko-Mongol people of Central Asia and Sayan-Altai.
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Alexandr Filatenko, translated by Heda Jindrak

Student from Tuva at home in Brewton

Student from Tuva at home in BrewtonImagine being over 5,000 miles away from your home and meeting and living with a family you do not know for a year.
That is just what Russian exchange student Mariya “Masha” Madyrova, 17, is doing here in Brewton.
“Masha is a unique name,” she said. “Usually in Russia we have official names and short names. Masha is short name off of Mariya.”
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