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IN BRIEF

Published: August 17, 2011 (Issue # 1670)


Northwest Extremism

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.

Double Detention

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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Nov. 28


Join table-top game aficionados at the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., aficionados and amateurs alike can come take part in a variety of different games that test one’s intellect and cunning.



Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only man’s best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during today’s reenactment titled “Winter War: How it Was.” More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie “Black Cat, White Cat,” as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of “Takoy Festival,” a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonight’s festival finale is “Fathers and Sons,” a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenev’s classic about familial relations.



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