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City Dwellers Show Loyalty

Published: May 30, 2012 (Issue # 1710)


The majority of St. Petersburg and Moscow residents love living in their cities, according to a new poll.

According to a sociological survey carried out by the website Superjob.ru, at least 87 percent of St. Petersburg residents and 72 percent of Moscow residents said they liked living in their cities.

St. Petersburg residents were quoted as saying, I have loved St. Petersburg since I was a child and Im still madly in love with it and St. Petersburg is closer to Europe, people are more well-mannered here than in some other cities, and life here is safer.

However, according to the sociologists data, both St. Petersburg and Moscow have lost some of their fans; last year the number of St. Petersburg residents satisfied with their life in the city totaled 88 percent, while the figure in Moscow was 75.

This year the number of those dissatisfied with living in Moscow was registered at 28 percent. In St. Petersburg this number was 13 percent.

Fifty percent of Muscovites and 55 percent of Petersburgers said that the most actively developing spheres in the two cities were social restaurants, clubs and other public places.

The fast rate of retail development was noted by 36 percent of Moscow residents and 38 percent of Petersburgers.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias 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 Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, 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 Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs 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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