Saturday, September 22, 2018

Cold weather delays annual volunteer clean-up efforts for second time

The city of Yekaterinburg has postponed its annual volunteer clean-up event again due to cold temperatures and sleet.

The volunteer work event was initially scheduled for April 19 but was moved to April 26 due to weather, reports.

Eugene Lipovich, the deputy head of Yekaterinburg's beautification, transport and environment division, extended the event until May 5, saying the traditional cleaning day will be held on a weather-appropriate day between April 30 and May 5.

The city will announce the exact date after more information comes in on expected weather, according to

Subbotnik--a practice established after the October Revolution at the turn of the 20th century in Russia--brings together citizens to clean urban common areas such as parks, gardens and courtyard areas.

The first subbotnik was held on April 12, 1919, at the Moscow-Sortirovochnaya railway depot on the Moscow-Kazan Railway, reports.