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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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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Nov. 27


The Customs and Transportation Committee for AmCham meets this morning at 9 a.m. in their office on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.


Tickets are still available for local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg’s showdown with Siberian club Metallurg Novokuznetsk tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ice Palace outside the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. Tickets can be purchased on the team’s website, at the arena box office or in their merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.


Celebrate one of Russian literature’s most tragic figures during Blok Days, a two-day celebration of the 134th anniversary of the poet’s birthday. The tragic tenor’s work, which led to writer Maxim Gorky to hail him as Russia’s greatest living poet before his death in 1921, will be recited and meetings and discussions about his contributions to the Silver Age of literature in St. Petersburg will be discussed in the confines of his former residence.



Friday, Nov. 28


Join table 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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