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IN BRIEF

Published: August 17, 2011 (Issue # 1670)


Northwest Extremism

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) Russias northwest has been ranked the second most dangerous place in the country in terms of the number of extremist crimes, the regions 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.

Double Detention

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) Police twice detained Boris Nemtsov, the co-head of the Peoples 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.





 

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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