It is really weird for onlookers: decrepit old women with wild whooping shred a doll. The doll's clothes flocks and last year's straw are flying right and left and soon this all will be over. The old women will go back home with a daubed head of the doll. According to an old popular belief they have just provided rich crop for the next year.
This is how ends a complicated ritual of Stroma's funerals that has been celebrated in Shutilovo village in Nizhny Novgorod region since the beginning of time. Each year old women dress up a doll and then they shred it and blow around in a field. They say that in the place of a doll there used to be a real man ...
Looks like they had bombings even in Soviet Union, back at the peaceful and quite 1970s. That times when anything anti-Soviet was banned, and people couldn't gather in groups larger than three of participants for the reasons different than praising Soviet regime it looks rather surrealistic and unreal, but still there were some. Day of January 8th, 1977 had three of those happened almost at once in the Soviet capital, the Moscow city. One was in the subway (maybe that was the first of the subway bombings
ever) and other too happened in the grocery store and in a residential complex. Seven were killed and more than thirty wounded. The authorities didn't succeed too much in catching the suspects, and as a matter of a fact didn't have reasons to suspect anyone neither enough evidences to build up any sane versions of who could do this. No any groups took the responsibility too, in reality there were no any groups operating in Soviet Union before this accident.
Since May, 31st to June, 1st in the Internal forces training center near Minsk there were held trials for the right to wear Maroon berets - a traditional symbol of unconventional unit. Only those who have passed an appropriate multistage exam and "deserve this right in accord with
their professional, physical and moral qualities", can wear this beret. Such trials have been held in Byelorussia since 1993. This year 92 soldiers of internal military forces of Ministry of the Interior took part in the trial. Only 12 of them got the berets.