Published: August 17, 2011 (Issue # 1670)
ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — Russia’s northwest has been ranked the second most dangerous place in the country in terms of the number of extremist crimes, the region’s officials said.
During the first six months of this year, 40 crimes linked with extremism were registered — 41.8 percent more than in 2010. Meanwhile, the number of such crimes in Russia as a whole decreased by 6.5 percent, said Alexander Nesterov, deputy head of the northwestern region.
The majority of extremist crimes happen in St. Petersburg, the Leningrad and Vologda Oblasts, and in the Republic of Karelia, Nesterov said.
He added that the statistics are not complete, because a number of similar crimes are classified under different articles of the Criminal Code, such as hooliganism, vandalism and others.
Private Plane Crashes
ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The pilot and two passengers of a small private plane died when the aircraft crashed in the Leningrad Oblast on Monday, Interfax reported.
The Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane took off from the village of Kusino, located 100 kilometers from St. Petersburg. It is thought that the plane got caught in overhead cables and fell into the River Tiboda.
All three people on board — pilot Alexander Pribylsky and passengers Anatoly Baranov, 36, and Dmitry Pichugin, 31 — died, 47 News portal reported.
Toxic Dump Fined
ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The Krasny Bor toxic waste dump has been fined 150,000 rubles ($5,217) for the fire that occurred there in June, Interfax reported.
The Environmental Watchdog Agency that investigated the fire at the dump said 18.6 tons of contaminated substances had been released into the air as a result of the accident.
The dump was fined for the violation of ecological and sanitation requirements when dealing with dangerous waste.
The fire broke out at the toxic waste dump located 30 kilometers from St. Petersburg on June 23.
ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — Police twice detained Boris Nemtsov, the co-head of the People’s Freedom Party or PARNAS, in St. Petersburg on Sunday and Monday.
After being detained Sunday on unclear grounds, Nemtsov resumed his aim of handing out materials to St. Petersburg residents, calling on them not to vote for St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko at the municipal elections on Aug. 21.
The car Nemtsov was driving was stopped by police, and some pro-Kremlin youths threw eggs at him, Nemtsov said. After that, Nemtsov was taken to a police precinct, Interfax reported.
Peeing Policeman Saga
ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — A policeman who uploaded the much talked-about video of the “peeing police colonel” has been forced to resign from his job, Fontanka.ru reported this week.
The policeman who uploaded the video of his colleague recognized that his actions violated police regulations, and he decided to leave his job of his own accord, the police press service was cited as saying by Fontanka.ru.
The incident took place on June 28, when the police colonel filmed himself urinating on his own office door from the corridor. He was apparently drunk.