Student climbs tree for internet
Russian student Alexei Dudoladov has been forced to go to great lengths - or rather great heights - to attend classes online, having to climb a birch tree in his remote Siberian village every time he needs an internet connection.
The 21-year-old, a popular blogger and a student at the Omsk Institute of Water Transport, located 2,225 kilometers east of Moscow, got the authorities' attention by pleading for better internet coverage from the top of a snow-covered birch tree.
In his plea - viewed 1.9 million times on TikTok and more than 56,000 times on Instagram since last week - Dudoladov tells regional governor Alexander Burkov that his home internet is not strong enough to connect to his online classes and that he has been forced to come up with a creative solution.
The Omsk region's education ministry said it was preparing an individualized study plan for Dudoladov so he could study in Stankevichi, a village 170 kilometers northwest of the regional capital.