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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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Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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