Latest Karelia Stories

2008-10-11 00:00:15

By Peter Popham The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish diplomat who has successfully banged heads together to end many conflicts from southern Africa to Indonesia to the Balkans. The former Finnish president credits his ability for solving ancient and bitter disputes to his childhood wanderings as a victim of the Second World War. "I was born in the city of Viipuri, then still part of Finland," Mr Ahtisaari, 71, said recently. "We lost Viipuri when the...

2006-09-03 06:43:56

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hundreds of people looted shops and burned a restaurant belonging to Caucasus businessmen in an outbreak of racial violence in northwestern Russia triggered by the recent killing of two locals, Russian media said on Sunday. Special police were sent into the town of Kondopoga in Karelia, to quell a riot sparked by a rally of up to 2,000 locals demanding the eviction of all Caucasus-born traders. Hundreds of people -- many drunk -- marched through the town and looted...

Word of the Day
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'