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Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath

By The Siberian Times reporter
22 November 2020

Elsewhere in Primorsky region 94,000 people are still without electricity, 18,000 are without heating.

The homeless man fell and was entombed in ice. Picture: Yury Ufimtsev

A 60-year-old man was found early on Friday in the yard of Pokrovsky Cathedral in the centre of Vladivostok. 

Police confirmed there were no traces of violent death on his body; the man’s name was not reported. It is known he usually lived in the street close by. 

The cathedral’s attendant confirmed he knew the man who tragically died in the aftermath of the ice rain that caused a state of emergency in Vladivostok and all around the region.

‘The body of the man was found by the entrance to the cathedral. He froze to death. He was a local homeless man, he even came inside a couple of times’, Yevgeny the cathedral caretaker told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in Vladivostok. 

‘As far as I know he took part in a rehabilitation programme, but then got back to old habits. 

‘Sadly nearly every season we see such awful scenes… last year five people were found in the park after similar cyclones’, he said. 

Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 


Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 


Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 


Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 


Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 
94,000 people are currently without power, while 18,000 people are reported to still have no heating. Pictures: Primorye government, VL.ru, Pyotr Maksimov


120,000 people in Russia’s Pacific capital Vladivostok and all around Primorsky region had to stay without electricity, heating and water at minus 1C following the ice rain. 

A combination of heavy rain, strong winds, and suddenly freezing temperatures leads to ice encasing buildings, cars, power cables, and trees.

The homeless man fell and was entombed in ice. 

The transport system in the city and in the region collapsed, too, with roads blocked by hundreds of fallen trees. 

Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 

Army mobile kitchens with hot food seen around Vladivostok. Picture: Vecherny Khabarovsk


Flights and trains were delayed by the dozen, including the world famous Trans-Siberian rail service which connects Vladivostok to Moscow. 

The Russky Bridge - the only transport link connecting Vladivostok to the Russky island had to be shut due to heavy icing on its cable stays. 

A local man filmed the moment some of the ice melted and collapsed in an avalanche, damaging the concrete. 

The government promised to organise a ferry service to deliver key provision to the island and to transport the people. 

Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 


Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 


Homeless man freezes to death steps away from cathedral in Vladivostok’s ice rain aftermath 
Ice rain aftermath in Vladivostok, the Far East of Russia. Pictures: Tatiana Soroka, Primorye police


Today the region’s government said that it will take three more days to repair electricity. 

94,000 people are currently without power, while 18,000 people are reported to still have no heating. 

Queues of people waiting to get hot food from army mobile kitchens were pictured in Vladivostok. 

Local shops were offering free hot tea, business owners collaborated with restaurants to provide free hot meals.

Ice is melting & falling from cable stays on Russky Bridge, shut since this week's ice rain paralysed most of Vladivostok's transport system. Video: Serhio Mazeratti

Comments (5)

Saying, "that he went back to his own ways" is no excuse. Homeless are still always human beings & if the church can't have empathy with the homeless, who can? Never give up on a human being - should be the rule of thumb - 365 days of the year. Period.


May his soul rest in Peace.
Jaker, Dundalk
25/11/2020 10:27
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@Alex Sweden Thank you for your answer. I understand that no one was to blame on that particular evening, that's clear.

I was simply making a broader more generalized statement in that he and all other poor homeless people, no matter what their background, should not be out there freezing and dying in the cold IN THE FIRST PLACE...

That's what I meant by heartless and inhumane. Restos Du Coeur or Abbe Pierre foundations, even our dear Pope ensure that homeless people have some sort of fixed shelter and meal. Because he was found in the church park it was just my question why no one helped from the church. No offence to anyone intended..
Anonymous, Switzerland
25/11/2020 01:30
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@Anonymous, Switzerland. He fell in the middle of the night in the middle of a storm, the blame cannot be put on anyone, he was helped but he went back to his old ways. Its deeply sad he died but no one is to blame. Not the Church not the Church workers, its just what it was
Alex, Sweden
24/11/2020 18:27
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Poor soul. RIP in a warm, caring and humane heaven. Disgusting and heartless that even the church turn a blind eye to homeless people's suffering, letting them die on their doorstep...

Why did the church caretaker not help him, or let him inside to obtain some warmth and human compassion??? I thought the church's role in society is to help others, not just themselves!
Anonymous, Switzerland
24/11/2020 01:21
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Sad that he died, everyone has a story, but most storys we never hear
Alex, Sweden
22/11/2020 22:41
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