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Bomb Blast Near 'Digger'

Published: February 3, 2004 (Issue # 940)


MOSCOW - Yelena Tregubova, a newspaper reporter who recently published a tell-all book about her days covering the Kremlin, was about to step outside of her apartment on Monday when a small bomb exploded in the corridor. No one was hurt.

The explosive device was strung onto the door handle of the apartment opposite hers on the second floor of 10 Bolshoi Gnezdnikovsky Pereulok off Pushkin Square, Tregubova said.

"Everything shook like in an earthquake," she said when reached by telephone.

The blast dented the steel door of the opposite apartment, which is vacant, and smashed several lampshades and a windowpane in the corridor, police said.

A police officer on the scene said they were investigating it as hooliganism. A police spokesman told NTV television that the explosive device, which contained about 50 grams of TNT, was too small to have been an attempt on Tregubova.

Tregubova, however, said she believed she was the target.

Tregubova's book, "Tales of a Kremlin Digger," which came out late last year, describes her behind-the-scene experience of covering the Kremlin for several Russian newspapers from 1997 to 2001.





 


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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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