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A page devoted to newspaper clippings, unusual articles some psilocybian mushroom trivia

Hello and welcome to our News archives. In this section you will find a wide variety of newspaper clippings regarding the visionary mushrooms. I Started to catalogue these clippings back in 1976.
They are arranged alphabetically by countries and newspapers and then Chronologically by dates.

Russia (Caucasus)
Friday, 29 November, 2002, 14:14 GMT

'Doped up' Russian soldier runs amok

Conditions are harsh in the one million strong army

A Russian soldier serving in the Caucasus has killed at least five of his fellow border guards in a shooting spree - reportedly after eating hallucinogenic mushrooms.

At least three others were injured in the incident on Russia's southern border with Georgia.

The soldier fired his Kalashnikov assault rifle at a tent where his comrades were resting while deployed on patrol, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Some were killed on the spot, others died later of their wounds in hospital, it said.

Preliminary investigations suggested that the soldier - named as Denis Solovyev - was in a state of narcotic intoxication, Yuri Kolodkin, a spokesman with the Emergency Situations Ministry was quoted as saying.

Witnesses said he had eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms not long before the incident, at the Ptysh border guard post.

Collecting mushrooms - though not usually for hallucinogenic properties - is a Russian passion.

Correspondents say tales of substance abuse are common in the Russian army, which suffers from poor discipline, low morale and under funding and is plagued by brutality, shootings and desertions.

In a similar incident in August, two border guards killed eight fellow-servicemen who were asleep while on patrol in the same part of the country, saying they did it to avenge bullying.

In September, more than 50 soldiers abandoned their unit and marched nearly 60 kilometres (35 miles) to the city of Volgograd to protest against beatings by their officers.

Friday, 19 September, 2003, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK

Russians lost in mushroom heaven.

St Petersburg is having its best mushroom year for half a century

A bumper mushroom crop in Russia this year has pleased everyone except officials of the Emergencies Ministry in St Petersburg.

The discovery of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the area in recent years raises the possibility that some lost people may not just have taken a wrong turning.

The newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta, reporting the disappearances, had some advice for potential mushroomers.

It said people should be aware of which direction they were travelling in, but if lost they should keep calm, build a fire and make some tea.

People could generally live for as long as a week in the forest without any great risk to their health, the article said.

National pastime

Mushroom-picking is a national pastime in Russia, with thousands of people going out into the woods every summer and autumn to gather.

Mostly mushrooms are appreciated as a nourishing pickled or fried dish or as a base for healthy soup.

But in recent years Psylocybe, or magic, mushrooms have been discovered outside St Petersburg.

Occasionally, people mistakenly eat poisonous toadstools.

Moscow health officials quoted by the Associated Press news agency say 34 people have died from eating fungi this year.

A total of 457 cases of poisoning have been reported throughout the country.Story from BBC NEWS:

Friday, 19 September, 2003, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK

Favorite Mushroom Names:

Bely or Borovik (Penny bun boletus)

Opiata (honey mushroom)

Podberyozovik (Rough birch stock)

Masliak (Slippery jack)

Ryzhik (Saffron milk cap)

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