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Early humans spread as far north as Siberia 400,000 years ago

Early humans spread as far north as Siberia 400,000 years ago

The archaeological site at Diring Yuriakh, Russia Vasilij Lytkin A site in Siberia where early humans lived has been dated to 417,000 years ago, making it by far the most ancient early human site found this far north. “This site dramatically revises our understanding of when humans reached high latitudes,” John Jansen at the Czech Academy of Sciences told a press conference on 16 April. Other early human sites in the Arctic region are no more than 45,000 years old, he says. … Source link

Wife of Russian-British citizen locked up in Siberia says UK government could have been ‘more vocal’ about his detention | World News

Wife of Russian-British citizen locked up in Siberia says UK government could have been ‘more vocal’ about his detention | World News

The wife of a dual Russian-British citizen locked up in Siberia has told Sky News the UK government could have spoken out more about his detention. Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza, who was arrested near his Moscow home in April 2022, was convicted of treason by a court in the Russian capital in April 2023. The political activist and prominent opposition figure, who claims he has twice survived poisonings which he blamed on the country’s authorities, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The charges stemmed from a speech he gave in March 2022 to the House of Representatives in Arizona, where he denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Speaking to Sky’s Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips programme, Evgenia Kara-Murza said: “The British government could have been more vocal about his unlawful illegal arrest and detention for two years now.” She also said the “UK’s policy with regard to hostages and political prisoners” was “not acceptable anymore”. “By saying that we do not engage, the UK government sends a very bad signal to its citizens all over …

Alexei Navalny ‘mocked prison guards’ in bid to survive Siberia jail, says pen pal | World | News

Alexei Navalny ‘mocked prison guards’ in bid to survive Siberia jail, says pen pal | World | News

Alexei Navalny survived through difficult times in a brutal Siberian prison by cracking jokes and handwriting letters, according to a survivor. Natan Sharansky, 76, was a political dissident and Israeli former minister who endured almost nine years in Soviet prisons, including the same Arctic prison where Navalny died. Even though they had never met in person, the activists formed a close bond by exchanging letters about their shared experience back in 2023. Navalny first reached out the former Soviet dissident by joking how little the Russian penal system has changed since Sharansky was a prisoner – which was cited in Sharansky’s book ‘Fear No Evil’. In one of their letters, Sharansky calls the punishment cell his “alma mater”, and tells Navalny – an admirer of his book – that there is no better place to spend Holy Week than in the punishment cell. READ MORE: Alexei Navalny’s ‘tortured’ body returned to his mother 9 days after his death The letters, both translated in Russian and English, were first published by the Free Press.  Sharanksy praised …

Arctic zombie viruses in Siberia could spark terrifying new pandemic, scientists warn | Health

Arctic zombie viruses in Siberia could spark terrifying new pandemic, scientists warn | Health

Humanity is facing a bizarre new pandemic threat, scientists have warned. Ancient viruses frozen in the Arctic permafrost could one day be released by Earth’s warming climate and unleash a major disease outbreak, they say. Strains of these Methuselah microbes – or zombie viruses as they are also known – have already been isolated by researchers who have raised fears that a new global medical emergency could be triggered – not by an illness new to science but by a disease from the distant past. As a result, scientists have begun planning an Arctic monitoring network that would pinpoint early cases of a disease caused by ancient micro-organisms. Additionally, it would provide quarantine and expert medical treatment for infected people in a bid to contain an outbreak, and prevent infected people from leaving the region. “At the moment, analyses of pandemic threats focus on diseases that might emerge in southern regions and then spread north,” said geneticist Jean-Michel Claverie of Aix-Marseille University. “By contrast, little attention has been given to an outbreak that might emerge …