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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

Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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