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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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Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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