The End Of The World: Salvation Solutions – OpEd


By Nikita Sorokin

Only days are left until December 21, the end of the Mayan calendar and alleged end of the world. While doomsday-mongers are predicting Armageddon some are trying to avert it. On December 8, extravagant Russian actor Nikita Dzhigurda put on a kilt and danced under PSY’s Gangnam Style techno-hit right in the middle of Red Square. The actor claims that the ritual averted the end of the world.

And he is not alone – people all over the world offer salvation solutions depending on their creativity and funds. shows that Muscovites and other big city residents are taking leaves and even holidays on December 21. Some asked for their salaries to be paid in advance.

However, most Russians appear to be epicures. The majority of popular clubs, cafés and bars are already booked out for December 21 while travel agencies have their doomsday specials – for example facing thepandemonium in the remote region of Altai.

Scientists are already tired of explaining the Mayan traditions to contemporary Armageddon-waiters. Galina Ershova, expert from the Knorozov Center for the Mayan Culture spoke with the Voice of Russia.

“All this doomsday talk is nothing but another way to dupe ignorant people. It can’t even be called a theory as it is not backed by any scientific research – it’s ordinary swindle. The Mayan calendar has not predicted the end of the world. It is most likely connected to the Moon cycles but gives no forecast.”

Meanwhile, tycoon Bill Gates and his Monsanto and Rockefeller Foundation associates appear to be the best prepared for the doomsday.

They founded the so called “doomsday seed bank” in Norway’s Svalbard on the Barents Sea near the Arctic Ocean

The bank will have dual blast-proof doors with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced concrete one meter thick. It will contain up to three million different varieties of seeds from the entire world, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future’.

Bill Gates hasn’t so far confirmed going to the vault himself on December 21.

As for our humble opinion, we recommend buying X-mas presents instead of shelters and diesel generators. And follow our updates.


VOR, or the Voice of Russia, was the Russian government's international radio broadcasting service from 1993 until 2014, when it was reorganised as Radio Sputnik.

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