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IN BRIEF

Published: May 28, 2002 (Issue # 772)


City Gas Inquiry

MOSCOW (SPT) - Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov has sent a team of law enforcement officials to St. Petersburg to investigate corruption allegations in the city's gasoline market, the ministry's organized-crime department said Wednesday.

The investigation was ordered after the Faeton gasoline company complained to both Gryzlov and the Prosecutor General's Office in April. Faeton accused the city's tax police of giving favors to the St. Petersburg Fuel Co., or PTK, Faeton chief Sergei Fetisov said.

He said the city administration heavily favors PTK and that several former city officials work at the company.

City Eurobonds

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The St. Petersburg administration is planning to issue Eurobonds worth around $110 million this year in order to refinance its outstanding debt, a senior city official said last week.

"In 1997 we issued Eurobonds with a 9.5 percent coupon. ... We now want to issue five- or seven-year Eurobonds," St. Petersburg Deputy Governor Viktor Krotov said at a conference on municipal borrowing in Moscow.

The previous $300-million issue will reach maturity next month and Krotov said that about $110 million of the bonds in that issue remain outstanding.

Tax Shortfall

MOSCOW (Prime-Tass) - The Tax Ministry is experiencing difficulties in meeting the May tax collection target, Tax Minister Gennady Bukayev said last week.

The ministry is expected to transfer 120.8 billion rubles ($3.86 billion) in taxes to the federal budget this month.

The Tax Ministry collected 136.9 billion rubles of taxes in April, or 2.1 percent below the monthly target.

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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



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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