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Local Activists Protest in Kiev

Published: January 29, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • St. Petersburg activists recently went to Kiev to support the ongoing protests.
    Photo: Igor Obolentsev / For SPT

St. Petersburg’s liberal and left-wing activists have offered their support to the protests currently taking place in Ukraine with one-man rallies and pickets, a vigil and visits to Kiev. Pickets have been held near the Consulate General of Ukraine and on Nevsky Prospekt since mid-week while on Jan. 23 a group of St. Petersburg residents held an event at the monument to Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko on Ploshchad Shevchenko on the Petrograd Side to honor those who have died during the unrest.

Andrei Pivovarov, the chair of the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Republican Party — the People’s Freedom Party, RPR-Parnas — returned late Sunday from Kiev, where he had visited the protesters’ encampment on Maidan Nezalezhnosti with two other activists to see the protests and convey messages of solidarity from St. Petersburg activists.

“It was very impressive. I’ve never seen barricades in the center of the city or a complete city-within-a-city that lives by its own rules and is very well organized,” Pivovarov told The St. Petersburg Times this week.

“Many people who probably did not known each other before have built a workable, functioning organization — a system within a system. Some people are in charge of collecting funds, some are responsible for arranging overnight lodgings. There are security guards and then there are the more radical elements who confront the police. There are people who cook food and medics; it replicates the system of a state.

According to Pivovarov he felt no danger within the protesters’ camp. “It’s really safe,” he said.

“Sure, there are people walking around with sticks and covered faces, but it does not cause any fear. Even when we witnessed the Ukrainian House [a congress center used by Ukrainian police and special forces as their base of operations until its seizure by protesters at about 4 a.m. Sunday] being stormed, people were polite and respectful. If somebody pushed another by accident, they apologized. There was a joke going round that if a man in camouflage carrying a stick enters a cafe in Kiev, he is most likely to have two degrees and a good command of English.”

Pivovarov said he was also impressed by how strongly motivated and politically conscious the people were.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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