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  • St. Petersburg Cossacks Deny Involvement In Mephistopheles Relief Destruction

    08/28/2015 8:35:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/28/15 | Anna Dolqov
    A Cossack organization denied that one of its members was responsible for the removal of a 100-year-old bas relief depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles from a historic building in St. Petersburg after a man claiming responsibility for the act said he was a member of the group. In a letter sent to the editors of St. Petersburg news site, a man named Denis Gorchin — the self-described former leader of a group known as the Cossacks of St. Petersburg — said his organization was responsible for the removal of the bas relief from the building on Lakhtinskaya Street, which...
  • David Jolly moves toward Senate run

    07/13/2015 9:09:54 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/2015 | Matt Dixon and Marc Caputo
    Rep. David Jolly of St. Petersburg is poised to announce his plans to run for U.S. Senate next week, following a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could add a substantial swath of Democratic voters to his congressional district. “Congressman Jolly is seriously considering a U.S. Senate run, and is moving towards a decision and announcement early next week,” Jolly spokeswoman Sarah Bascom said. The Florida Supreme Court ruled last week that eight congressional districts will need to be redrawn, including Jolly’s. The justices said that the Tampa-based seat of Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor can no longer jump across Tampa Bay...
  • St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral Restored to Church, a Symbol of the City of the Tsars

    04/16/2015 10:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/15
    Confiscated by the Bolsheviks, first used as a warehouse and more recently a concert hall, the cathedral will be restored to the Orthodox diocese. In 2010 it was reopened for worship.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, one of the symbols of the city of the Tsars and now owned by the state, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. This was announced April 14 by Nikolai Burov, director of the museum of the four cathedrals which also includes that of Smolny. "The decision has been made: the Smolny Cathedral will be restored to the diocese,"...
  • Russia's Putin Reappears After 10-Day Absence (Life Would Be Boring Without Rumors Alert)

    03/16/2015 4:58:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/16/2015 | BBC News
    According to a tweet from the meeting in St Petersburg, Mr Atambayev said that Mr Putin "just took me for a little drive - he was at the wheel - nearby here, and I can confirm that he's in excellent form". The Russian TV news channel Rossiya 24 also showed some brief footage of Mr Putin at the meeting, without sound. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov - quoted in a Russian journalist's tweet - said St Petersburg was chosen as a convenient venue for Mr Atambayev, whose daughter is studying there. Mr Peskov was also quoted as saying the "little drive"...
  • Cops investigate deadly shooting at 'Obama Food Mart'

    02/18/2015 8:11:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies ^ | Feb. 17, 2015 | Steve Nichols
    ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - Police are investigating a shooting at a local food mart Tuesday morning. Investigators with the St. Petersburg Police Department said it happened outside the Obama Express Food Mart at 1400 18th Ave. South around 3 a.m. when a man, identified as 23-year-old Jhai-quel Rai-Tez Black entered the store after an argument outside. Security guards asked Black to leave, but said he refused and pulled out a gun. The guards fired theirs first, shooting and killing Black at the scene. Detectives are reviewing the store's surveillance footage and will forward their findings to the State Attorney's...
  • UKRAINE: Conscripts from Kamenka, Russia Are Preparing to “Get Lost”

    According to the information from a Russian activist, a member of the Facebook group “We are together” Albert Liberman, the 138th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Western Military District has been sent to Ukraine. Mr. Liberman stated that about 70% of the brigade is made up of newly recruited conscripts, and it would be worth giving a hint to their mothers in Saint Petersburg about their children’s assignment. Detachments of the 138th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade were discovered in the Rostov group of Russian invasion forces back in the fall of 2014. Specifically, an artillery unit of this brigade was...
  • Snow Fall in South East America Breaks 100 Year Records, Ushering in Mini Ice-Age

    11/03/2014 8:28:05 AM PST · by eyeamok · 59 replies ^ | 3 Nov 2014, 7:55 AM PDT |
    The cooling was predicted at least two years ago by Russian scientist Habibullo Abdussamatov, supervisor of the Astrometria project on the International Space Station and head of space research at the Pulkovo Observatory, St Petersburg. Abdussamatov has predicted that this year will mark the start of a downward trend into a mini ice age, with its nadir in 2055. The cold period would be the fifth mini ice-age to occur in a millennium, suggesting that the climate is following a well-worn natural pattern.
  • Watch Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell & Others Rock to Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir Putin has quite a musical side. The Russian prime minister may have a tough stance on foreign policy, but he also has quite a docile side when it comes to the arts. Putin gave his best rendition of Fats Domino’s classic “Blueberry Hill” for a larger audience at a charity event for cancer in St. Petersburg recently and the A-list crowd could not get enough! The full house was packed with famous faces including Kevin Costner, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Gérard Depardieu and Sharon Stone. OK! NEWS: KATE HUDSON’S HOLLYWOOD HERO — HER “BRILLIANT” MOM GOLDIE HAWN Goldie and...
  • Singing PM: 'Fats' Putin over the top of 'Blueberry Hill' with piano solo (For reals)

    12/11/2010 12:05:27 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 17 replies
    RT (via youtube) ^ | December 9th, 2010 | Vladimir Putin
    Who dares gives an honest critique of the new Tzar. The most honest critique gets awarded a Polonium Tequila.
  • SHAME, SHAME (St. Pete Bishop Wants Catholics to House Immigrants)

    08/04/2014 3:35:38 PM PDT · by shortstop · 26 replies
    Bishop Lynch's Blog ^ | 08/04/14 | Bishop John Lynch
    After twenty-eight days away from this desk I returned this past Sunday with pleasant memories and not too many tasks sitting in front of me. Arthritis is beginning to take its toll on me, in the feet, hands, knees, elbows, etc. and I face a schedule for the coming year that in most ways is even more challenging than this last year which I found very challenging. Everyone, uniformly and universally, counsels me to slow down, take it easy, and then presents me with some event where my presence is absolutely necessary so for me, like for many others of...
  • Church in Russia Closed for Holding “Unregistered” Sunday School Classes

    03/20/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | March 19, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    The Harvest Church of St. Petersburg, Russia was closed by the Russian government without warning. Government officials reported that the church was conducting unregistered educational activities, namely holding Sunday school classes during the week without explicit permission. Wade Kusack is the Project Manager for Russian Ministries; his specialty is religious issues in Russia. Krusack explained, “In Russia, the church is supposed to have registration. Without registration, no one has the right to practice their religion. The church was stripped of its legal registration.” Since the Harvest Church did not acquire the proper documentation necessary to hold the weekday Christian education...
  • Tampa Bay Times to begin employee buyouts

    03/06/2014 5:59:33 AM PST · by shortstop · 30 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 03/06/14 | Richard Mullins | Tribune Staff
    The Tampa Bay Times newspaper will begin offering buyouts to current workers in advance of a round of layoffs, according to company memos posted online. This comes as the St. Petersburg-based newspaper faces increasing financial strain and works with business consultants to “improve the company’s financial results.” Employees will have between March 10 and 24 to consider the packages, which could include up to 13 weeks of severance, plus two extra weeks, according to a memo sent to employees by Human Resources Director Sebastian Dortch that was posted on the website of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns...
  • Tampa Bay Times Financials Strained

    03/01/2014 6:22:01 AM PST · by shortstop · 30 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 03/01/14 | Richard Mullins
    The Tampa Bay Times organization faces financial strains. The company is shedding assets and looking to lease bureau buildings, and took out a $28 million short-term loan to pay down debt and fund operations. Times Holding Company Revenue: (in millions) 2009 $274 2010 $159 2011 $151 2012 $151 2013 Not disclosed Financial Moves: $28 million loan due in December 2016 Bureau building in Clearwater: Sold Employee Cafeteria: For Lease or Sale Bureau building in Port Richey: For Sale Bureau building in Brooksville: Half of space for lease 30,000 square feet in headquarters: For Lease The Tampa Bay Times bills itself...
  • St Petersburg village transformed into warzone as Siege of Leningrad re-enacted by historians..

    01/27/2014 11:38:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2014 | Staff
    World War II re-enactors today staged the final Siege of Leningrad battle in St Petersburg to mark the 70th anniversary of the fight which ended the Nazi blockade of the city. More than 400 history fans dressed up as Soviet Red Army soldiers and Nazi Germany troops to recreate the battle which ended one of the world's most deadliest sieges. The re-enactment took place in the village of Porogki in Leningrad - now known as St Petersburg - in front of hundreds of spectators.
  • Republicans have way to protest party's takeover by religious right

    03/30/2005 8:45:00 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 269 replies · 6,687+ views
    Omaha World Herald/ ^ | 3-27-05 | Harold Andersen
    the (relatively silent) majority of Americans feel(s) that the most compassionate treatment for Terri Schiavo - as well as the proper legal course of action - is to let her vegetative existence end, as advocated by her legal guardian, her husband. For Republicans who consider their party a captive of the religious right on matters like medical research and right-to-die legislation and now legislative intrusion into the judicial system, there is a way to at least feel more comfortable with their political consciences. That way is to leave a party whose leadership is currently attempting to leave behind in the...
  • St. Petersburg, City of Literature

    07/01/2013 12:17:58 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06/30/2013 | John Freedman
    St. Petersburg is the city of literature. Most of its streets are as straight as an arrow, laid out on a fanned grid like books neatly placed on a shelf. But there are anomalies, too. Its curved, tapered streets lined by beautiful old buildings that hug narrow, wending waterways can actually look like an open book if you look hard enough. At least they always have to me. St. Petersburg is a city you share with the writers you love. You sense clearly that they — even if they wrote in the 18th or 19th century — sat in the...
  • St. Petersburg police shoot man they say threatened with scissors

    04/09/2013 4:47:16 PM PDT · by Altariel · 40 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | March 10, 2013 | Brittany Alana Davis
    ST. PETERSBURG — Police shot and killed a man Sunday evening they say was suicidal and threatening two officers with a pair of scissors. The man, identified by police as Arthur Dixon, 43, of 5411 Fourth Ave. N was shot in the upper torso. He was transported as a trauma alert patient to Bayfront Medical Center, where he later died. His mother, who was temporarily staying at his house, called authorities about 6:10 p.m. to say Dixon had doused himself with gasoline and was threatening to set himself afire. A neighbor, Ray Wuest, saw firefighters arrive and went to help....
  • Kittens found inside sandwich bags in freezer, deputies say

    12/04/2012 2:16:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies ^ | December 3, 2012 |
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Petersburg man was arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty and one count of battery after a visitor at his home found four kittens in the freezer, police said. Florida mug shots: Dec. 3 ROBERT AUDETTE Check out the latest mug shots from around the state of Florida. More One of the kittens was dead when deputies arrived at the home late Sunday afternoon. Deputies said Rodney J. Blanchard, 49, asked a visitor at his home to get him a beer out of the freezer. When the visitor went to the freezer,...
  • School: Sorry About Hammer & Sickle (HS Marching Band Commemorates Communist Revolution)

    09/25/2012 5:26:24 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/25/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A Pennsylvania school district has apologized and made significant changes to a high school marching band’s halftime show that commemorated the Russian Revolution with red flags, military-style outfits and giant hammers and sickles. The New Oxford High School Marching band’s show will no longer be called “St. Petersburg: 1917″ and the performance will no longer include the hammers and sickles, according to a statement from Rebecca Harbaugh, the superintendent for the Conewago Valley School District.
  • Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity”

    03/15/2012 7:53:37 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity” Scott Lively targeted by an international homosexualist plot By Julio Severo Two years ago, Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika”, addressed members of the Ugandan Parliament, which was considering a bill criminalizing homosexuality. Lively urged an emphasis on therapy rather than punishment, and, after the bill was released he opposed the death penalty provision. Scott Lively: accused of “Crime against Humanity” Now, on March 14th a lawsuit was filed in an American court alleging that Lively committed the “Crime Against Humanity,” by speaking against homosexuality in Uganda. The plaintiffs say that his...
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • US gay group wants to defeat Russian law banning homosexual propaganda

    02/24/2012 9:27:40 AM PST · by juliosevero · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US gay group behind the shutdown of Julio Severo PayPal account wants to defeat Russian law banning homosexual propaganda By Julio Severo The world is cheering a new law in St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, banning homosexual propaganda. Yet, AllOut is not cheering. It is calling upon gays and government officials in America, Europe and around the world to defeat the Russian law protecting children from gay indoctrination. The American gay group launched an international campaign this week to exert pressure on Russian lawmakers. AllOut says, “Over the past few months over 250,000 people have joined All...
  • Kamikaze Small Plane Pilot Hits Tampa's Tallest Building

    01/05/2002 11:00:54 PM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 66 replies · 719+ views
    A fifteen-year-old student pilot apparently trying to recreate the 9/11 kamikaze attack on the World Trade Center slammed a stolen Cessna 172 private airplane Saturday into Tampa, Florida's Bank of America building, the city's tallest structure. Charles J. Bishop, a 15-year-old flight student from Great Britain, stole the small aircraft from Albert Whitted Municipal Airport in nearby St. Petersburg at about 5 p.m., law enforcement sources said. Bishop was killed as the Cessna carrying 56 gallons of fuel slammed into the Bank of America tower, leaving the tail section of the plane dangling precariously from its side. The fuel did ...
  • Catholic Bishop Lynch Vows to Thwart Health Care Law (St. Petersburg)

    12/01/2011 5:42:02 AM PST · by shortstop · 8 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 12/01/11 | John Barry
    Bishop Robert Lynch surprised lawyers and judges at the annual Red Mass at Tampa’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church. TAMPA — The servants of the Lord wore red as always, and the servants of the law wore pinstripes. But the annual Red Mass for Tampa's legal community struck a new chord of civil disobedience. Bishop Robert Lynch, leader of nearly a half-million Tampa Bay Catholics, surprised two dozen judges and 300 lawyers Wednesday by promising to thwart the federal health care law. It was a departure from his traditional homilies on the virtues of judicial wisdom. If draft regulations aren't changed,...
  • St Petersburg lawmakers consider fines for “gay propaganda”

    11/16/2011 8:11:16 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 13 replies
    Pink News ^ | November 14, 2011 | Stephen Gray
    Crime · Europe · Law · Russian · World St Petersburg lawmakers consider fines for “gay propaganda” by Stephen Gray for 14 November 2011, 11:40am The city of St Petersburg was the imperial capital of Russia Legislators for the Russian city of St Petersburg are considering new laws designed to prohibit gay “propaganda”. The draft law introduces fines for what it terms the “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, to minors” and “propaganda of paedophilia”. Fines range from a minimum of 1,000 roubles (£20) for an individual to 50,000 (£1,000) for a business. Polina Savchenko, General manager of...
  • Planned Mosque Sparks Controversy in Russia

    10/21/2010 1:47:58 PM PDT · by FromLori · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/19/10 | Maxim Kireev
    The leaders of Moscow's 1.5 million strong Muslim community say they desperately need more places of worship. But a plan to build a new mosque has run into local opposition which is being fuelled by nationalists calling for a "clean Moscow" without Muslims and foreigners. Small trees are supposed to be keeping the Muslims out of Tekstilshchiki, a district in south eastern Moscow. A young man sets to work with his shovel, pushing it into the earth with a determined kick. Then he places a seedling into the hole and sprinkles earth over it. Using her watering can, Maria Sotova...
  • INTERNATIONAL HACKER ARRAIGNED AFTER EXTRADITION Elaborate Scheme Stole over $9.4 Million...

    08/07/2010 4:01:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: International Hacker Arraigned After Extradition Elaborate Scheme Stole over $9.4 Million from Credit Card Processor ATLANTA, GA—SERGEI TŠURIKOV, 26, of Tallinn, Estonia, has been extradited to the United States. TŠURIKOV appeared today and was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III, on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, computer fraud, and aggravated identity theft. TŠURIKOV was indicted by a federal grand jury on these charges on November 10, 2010, along with VIKTOR PLESHCHUK, 29, of St. Petersburg, Russia; OLEG COVELIN,...
  • St Petersburg Paradox; Games and Statistical Decisions;

    07/17/2010 6:55:34 AM PDT · by mattstat · 1 replies
    The estimable Daniel Bernoulli gave us this problem, one of the first creations of decision theory. You have to pay a certain amount of money to play the following game: A pot starts out with one dollar. A coin is then tossed. If a head shows, then the amount in the pot is doubled. If a tail shows, the game is over and you win the pot, else the coin is re-flipped repeatedly until a tail appears. How much should you pay to play? Suppose you pay ten bucks and the coin shows a tail the very first throw. You...
  • Catholic Caucus: CHA Board Bishop: 'I Side With USCCB' against Health Bill

    03/16/2010 4:38:58 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies · 289+ views
    Tuesday March 16, 2010 CHA Board Bishop: 'I Side With USCCB' against Health Bill By Kathleen GilbertST. PETERSBURG, Florida, March 16, 2010 ( - Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg has stepped into the row between the Catholic Health Association (CHA), on whose board he is a member, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), siding with the bishops in fighting the CHA-endorsed abortion-expanding Senate health care bill.The CHA sparked controversy over the weekend by throwing its weight behind the vastly pro-abortion Senate health bill. CHA president Sr. Carol Keehan had issued a letter to lawmakers urging them...
  • Report: Baker interested in Senate run

    02/06/2009 10:16:20 AM PST · by Red Reign · 18 replies · 633+ views
    Bay News 9 ^ | February 6, 2009 | Bay News 9
    PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- Count another politician who may be interested in the seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez. According to Bay News 9's partner newspaper the St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has not ruled out running for the seat. Baker said that while he is focused on his job as St. Petersburg mayor, he said he is "not taking anything off the table,' regarding a Senate run. Baker becomes the second Bay area mayor to express interest in possibly pursuing the position. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said last week she was analyzing a...
  • Woman kills husband with folding couch

    07/09/2008 1:54:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies · 436+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 9, 2008 | Denis Pinchuk
    ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - A Russian woman in St Petersburg killed her drunk husband with a folding couch, Russian media reported on Wednesday. St Petersburg's Channel Five said the man's wife, upset with her husband for being drunk and refusing to get up, kicked a handle after an argument, activating a mechanism that folds the couch up against a wall.
  • Republican Presidential Candidate Debate #10 – St. Petersburg 11/28/07 - Official Discussion Thread

    11/28/2007 3:59:54 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 2,734 replies · 3,708+ views
    Republican Presidential Candidate Debate #10 – St. Petersburg, Florida 11/28/07 - Official Discussion Thread CNN will hold this debate, hosted by Anderson Cooper, with submitted questions in video form via YouTube. 8pm ET/5pm PT Hosted by Anderson Cooper Candidates participating: Rudy Giuliani Mike Huckabee Duncan Hunter John McCain Ron Paul Mitt Romney Tom Tancredo Fred Thompson
  • ** PRE-LIVE THREAD ** CNN/YouTube Debate *LIVE* @ [8 PM EST]

    11/28/2007 9:55:27 AM PST · by davidosborne · 43 replies · 80+ views
    YouTube & CNN ^ | 28 November 2007 | You Tube & CNN
    Orginial Thread pulled because it's too early.. **** LET'S GET READYYYYYY TO RUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMBBBBLLEEE ***
  • Police and Protesters Clash in St. Petersburg

    03/04/2007 8:22:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 604+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2007 | ANDREW E. KRAMER
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, March 3 — An unusually large and unruly protest against the government of President Vladimir V. Putin ended here Saturday in clashes with the police and the arrest of opposition leaders. Rally organizers and the police said more than 100 people were arrested after a midafternoon scuffle between marchers and riot police on the main street, Nevsky Prospekt, in the heart of the city’s tourist district. St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, is Mr. Putin’s hometown. The rally was held in advance of local elections scheduled for March 11. Opposition events typically draw no more than several hundred...
  • Blast Hits Russian McDonald's, injures 6

    02/19/2007 4:03:14 AM PST · by Colquhoun · 7 replies · 561+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sun, Feb 18,2007 | AP
    An explosion hit a McDonald's restaurant in the city center on Sunday, injuring at least six people, officials said. The explosion blew out windows at the restaurant and partially destroyed the ceiling, said Irina Andriyanova, spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. She said six people were wounded, including four who were hospitalized with various injuries, including concussions and cuts from flying glass. Ekho Moskvy radio, citing eyewitnesses, said the blast went off in the handbag a restaurant patron. Officials did not say whether they believed the explosion was related to terrorism or a criminal act. McDonald's restaurants have been targets...
  • Fire in Troitsky Cathedral (St. Petersburg)

    08/27/2006 11:59:37 AM PDT · by eleni121 · 18 replies · 886+ views
    Regnum news ^ | August 27, 2006 | Regnum News
    Fire in Troitsky cathedral in St. Petersburg is localized at about 08:00 p.m. Moscow time, a REGNUM correspondent is told by a spokesman for Russia’s Emergency Ministry in St. Petersburg. Fire brigades have continued working on the site. The big and small cathedral domes have fallen down, the second small dome is partially destroyed by the fire, the REGNUM correspondent is informed at St. Petersburg emergency ministry press office.
  • 21 killed in ethnic hate attacks in Russia in 2006 - human rights activists

    08/21/2006 1:05:02 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Interfax ^ | Aug 19 2006
    The number of ethnic hatred crimes has been increasing in Russia, human rights activists said. "A total of 21 people have died and 208 have been injured in ethnic hate attacks since the beginning of the year in Russia," Galina Kozhevnikova, deputy director of the Sova information center, told Interfax on Saturday. Ethnic hate attacks were reported in 30 Russian regions, but most were registered in Moscow and St. Petersburg, she said. Thirteen people were killed in ethnically motivated attacks in Moscow and in the Moscow region this year, with 89 suffering injuries. Three people were killed and 21...
  • Russia: Officials Say Betrayal, Bad Inventories Behind Hermitage Thefts

    08/08/2006 1:20:37 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 343+ views
    RFERL ^ | August 7, 2006 | Daisy Sindelar
    The revelation that St. Petersburg's renowned Hermitage Museum had been systematically robbed of 221 precious art objects has underscored yet again the vulnerability of Russia's cultural treasures. PRAGUE, August 7, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- It has all the elements of a classic mystery novel. Hundreds of icons and precious objects worth an estimated $5 million are systematically stolen from Russia's most storied art museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The majority of the items, it becomes clear, were taken from a single storeroom -- whose guardian, a curator identified as Larisa Zavadskaya, died suddenly late last year. Museum officials bring in...
  • Girl, 9, stabbed in Russian racial attack

    03/26/2006 7:07:13 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 28 replies · 817+ views
    AP ^ | March 26th, 2006
    Two men attacked and stabbed a nine-year-old girl of mixed Russian and African heritage in St. Petersburg, seriously injuring her in an apparent xenophobic attack, officials said Sunday. The Saturday evening attack took place in an apartment building hallway and was the latest incident targeting foreigners or minorities in Russia's second-largest city. Aliu Tunkara, who heads a civic group for Africans in St. Petersburg, said the girl was returning home after a walk and had just entered the building when two men stabbed her. Alexander Klaus, an investigator with the city prosecutor's office, said in televised comments that during the...
  • Gas Sickens 78 in Russia

    12/27/2005 7:40:12 PM PST · by mastercylinder · 3 replies · 242+ views,2933,179741,00.html ^ | Monday, December 26, 2005 | Associated Press
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia  — A gas attack in a home-supply store on one of the busiest shopping days of the year sickened scores of people in an incident that police called likely motivated by a commercial dispute or blackmail attempt. Boxes containing timers wired to glass vials were discovered at the scene of the attack and three other stores in the same chain in Russia's second-largest city.
  • Gas capsules with timers found in Russian store-(nerve gas)

    12/26/2005 10:55:53 AM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 837+ views
    Agence France-Presse. ^ | 12/26/2005 09:35 | na
    SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) - Gas capsules with timers attached were found in stores in Saint Petersburg, the Russian city where dozens of people fell ill after inhaling an unknown gas that spread through a store, officials said. "The devices that were discovered consisted of capsules of gas with a strong garlicky smell. Clocks set to the current time were attached," a spokesman for the Federal Security Service in Saint Petersburg told AFP on Monday. Only in one of the three stores, all belonging to the Maksidom chain, did a capsule release gas, officials said. Dozens of people felt sick after...
  • Attack in Russia poisons shoppers

    12/26/2005 4:53:18 AM PST · by rhainw · 92 replies · 8,013+ views
    Sky News UK ^ | 26-12-2005 | SKY NEWS
    At least 78 people have become ill in a gas attack on a store in St Petersburg, Russia. Dozens of people, suffering breathing difficulties and sickness, have been taken to hospital. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the shop, belonging to the Maksidom chain, was among four stores targeted. The mystery gas was released in one of the four stores, the Federal Security Service said. Employees in the three other stores found boxes with wires and timers, but had managed to dispose of them. The stores specialise in home goods. More to follow...
  • Debate over escaped elephant

    12/16/2005 5:31:39 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies · 277+ views
    Debate over escaped elephant An escaped elephant is roaming the streets of St Petersburg - while authorities try to decide whose job it is to catch it. The animal, which was being transported through Russia by an unnamed Finnish company, escaped from its container by smashing through its walls. There have been a number of sightings around the city but no one has tried to catch the elephant yet. Local media say it's unclear which arm of the St Petersburg emergency services is responsible for escaped elephants.
  • Going Dangerously Astray

    09/20/2005 9:32:51 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 11 replies · 1,234+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | September 20, 2005 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    This month, Russia lost two jet fighters during military exercises that simulated a major war with NATO. A naval task force was deployed in the North Atlantic on a mission to intercept and destroy U.S. reinforcements heading to the European theater of war. During exercises on Sept. 5, a Su-33 jet fighter fell off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov during landing and sank. The pilot ejected and was rescued. Then on Thursday, seven Air Force jet fighters were sent from the St. Petersburg area to fly over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea to Kaliningrad....
  • American Family Fall Vacation to St. Petersburg Russia 2005

    09/16/2005 4:17:48 AM PDT · by schwing_wifey · 23 replies · 556+ views
    personal letter home to US friends and family | 9/16/05 | schwing_wifey
    For privacy purposes and since its Russia, I'll be Natasha and we'll have Boris and Boris Junior OK? We went to Russia. I can't believe we went to Russia. Did I say we went to Russia? Never in a million years would I have believed I'd be able to say, "I went to Russia". Now that I've gotten that off my chest... Getting a visa to go to Russia was very interesting. Someone told me it was their revenge for the American visa process. Needless to say, it cost about $130 each and wanted to know everything from education, military,...
  • Missile fiend hero-worshipped Bin Laden

    08/13/2003 9:02:21 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 398+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | 08/14/03 | BRIAN FLYNN and NICK PARKER
    Nicked ... emotionless Lakhani arrives at court THE British arms dealer seized over a US terror plot hero-worshipped Osama Bin Laden.Hemant Lakhani, 68, tried to supply missiles for a blitz on the scale of the September 11 attacks.He spoke of a bid to shoot down a plane on the anniversary of 9/11.Lakhani hated the US and was hell-bent on killing Americans, prosecutors said last night.The arms dealer believed terror leader Osama Bin Laden “did something right and set the Americans straight” when he orchestrated the September 11 attacks.And he was ready to help extremists unleash a new wave of terror....
  • NJ Missile Plot Affidavit

    08/13/2003 11:09:06 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 17 replies · 591+ views | The Associated Press
    (AP) — Some highlights from an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in New Jersey, outlining the alleged plot to smuggle a shoulder-launched missile into the United States: _Investigation began in December 2001, when a "cooperating witness" or informant under federal law enforcement control began talking with the alleged arms dealer, Hemant Lakhani, about obtaining anti-aircraft guns and missiles. The witness told Lakhani he was representing a Somali group that wanted to buy one missile initially "with a purchase of a greater number of missiles to follow." _Between Dec. 2001 and Aug. 13, 2003, more than 150 conversations between Lakhani...
  • Russia will equip Iranian Submarines with Missiles

    07/06/2005 12:08:22 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 122 replies · 4,379+ views
    Quoting a report from the Second International Naval Show (IMDS-2005) in St. Petersburg. Moreover, Kommersant found out that Rosoboronexport is negotiating with Iran about repair and modernization of Iranian submarines. Iran has three submarines of Project 877EKM that were supplied by Russia in 1992 (Russian name of the sub B-219, Iranian—901 Tareq), in June 1993 (B-224, 902 Noor) and in November 1996 (B-175, 903 Yunes). It was expected that all the major components that already exceeded their life expectancy will be replaced. Also, the new anti-ship missile complex Club-S with the target distance of 200 km will be installed on...
  • Massive FLorida FReep Needed To Protect Dead Soldier's Family From Freaks During His Funeral

    06/29/2005 4:07:34 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 291 replies · 7,693+ views
    multiple, Bos Herald, WCVB, St. Pete Times, | MB-26
    This is a vanity post, but trust me, a well sourced one. (I'm an old network newsie and have about 8 more good sources on this than Rather had for his typeface fiasco.) Here are the details: A SF SGT E-5, James Stewart, will be buried in St. Petersburg, Florida on July 4, 2005. It's wholly appropriate that he be buried on our nation's birthday, because Sergeant Stewart gave his life for our country.... and all of us. He was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb, call an IED in MilSpeak. IED is short for "Improvised Explosive Device." It...
  • What Bishop Lynch Thinks about Rome and the Liturgy: Enough already!

    03/09/2005 12:39:39 AM PST · by Cato1 · 11 replies · 1,023+ views ^ | March 2005 | Adoramus
    Bishop Lynch to FDLC: "Enough already" "I wonder when and where the current movement backward in liturgy will end and lead", said Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg in his speech to the national meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) held in Orlando, Florida, in October. Bishop Lynch, who worked at the US bishops' conference from the early 1970s, and was associate and general secretary of conference from 1984 until 1995 when he became bishop of St. Petersburg, recalled the "courage and resolve" of liturgical reformers working in the conference, who "courageously fought for proper liturgical implementation...