World News: Russian girls strip down to their on freezing slopes to celebrate the end of the ski season with wild record-breaking party

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RUSSIANS cast off the gloom from the looming Cold War with the West with a record-breaking bid in swimwear.

Some 1,525 revellers stripped to bikinis and bathing shorts despite temperatures of only 5C in the spring sunshine of the Siberian resort of Sheregesh.

More than 1,525 revellers stripped to bikinis and bathing shorts despite temperatures of only 5C
Some unexpected sun made things a lot easier for those in swimwear
Skiers and snowboarders marked the end of the winter season by beating their own previous record

Skiers and snowboarders marked the end of the winter season by beating their own previous Russian record for a ‘near naked descent’.

One participant Rodion Kirpichikov, said: “Emotions are overflowing.  The sun is like Thailand, the snow is like the Alps, the party is like Ibiza.”

The resort is in the same region – Kemerovo – of last month’s appalling shopping mall fire which killed at least 64.

And much recent news out of Russia – including the bitter conflict with the West over nerve agents in Salisbury and Syria as well as an economy on the brink – has been miserable but the participants found the fun in the cool spring sun.

It looks as if those that took part were not distracted by world affairs
This skier braved a cheeky Brit-inspired outfit
People came from around the world for the annual event

One, Kristina Tikhomirova,  said: “I was told that Siberian women are the craziest and most fearless and they are completely right. It was an explosive day.

“The weather was super, the people are cheerful, so, if you were not here, you lost a lot!”

Irina Komarova said: “There’s an carefree atmosphere of overwhelming joy so much that you don’t want to return to usual things….there are no prohibitions.”

People came from around the world – including Uganda, Canada and Sweden – for the annual event.

“Wearing bikinis and bathing shorts a total of 1,525 claimed a new Russian record for the daring downhill escapade,” reported The Siberian Times.

The Russian Book or Records confirmed the ‘near naked’ descent achievement
The resort is in the same region – Kemerovo – of last month’s appalling shopping mall fire
Those that took part were happy to have gained he world’s ‘coolest record’

Last year 1,496 took part in the so-called GrelkaFest highlight closing the ski season.

Stanislav Konenko, editor of the Russian Book of Records, confirmed the achievement.

“This is the coolest record,” he said. “It’s very pleasant to be here, always a really positive atmosphere. Preparation for the record is always at a high level.

“There were no gross violations of the rules for setting the record. All the issues were resolved on the spot.’”

Sheregesh, in Kemerovo region, is Siberia’s most developed downhill skiing resort, located in the Gornaia Shoria region of the Altai mountain range.

Originally constructed as a mining settlement, in Stalinist times there was a local Gulag nearby. Its 12,000 inmates built the local railway line.

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