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Vkontakte Founder Throws Paper Planes With Money Out Window

Published: May 28, 2012 (Issue # 1709)



  • A paper airplane with a 5,000-ruble note attached sails out the window
    Photo: facebookru.com

Founder of social media site Vkontakte Pavel Durov and colleagues threw paper airplanes with 5,000-ruble notes ($155) out the window of their St. Petersburg office, causing chaos among revelers celebrating the city's 309th birthday Sunday.

Bloggers described the event online: "Just now Durov was throwing 5,000-ruble notes out the window and was recording how people jumped on the money, pressing on each other and beating each other," Ekaterina Abramova wrote on Vkontake.

"This is disgusting. They threw out about 10 bills. People came out of the crowd with broken noses, were climbing on traffic lights and behaving like monkeys. Durov had a good laugh. Shame on you, Pavel," Abramova wrote.

Other bloggers posted pictures of the event showing airplanes sailing out of the ornately decorated window of the iconic Singer building in which Durov's office is located.

Durov explained the situation on his Twitter account.

"My colleagues and I decided to support the holiday atmosphere with a little event, but we had to stop quickly — people started to behave like animals," Durov wrote.





 


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Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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