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Published: July 16, 2014 (Issue # 1820)


Moscow Metro Crash

MOSCOW (SPT) At least 20 people have been killed and 129 people hospitalized after three metro cars derailed near Moscows Slavyansky Bulvar station Tuesday morning.

News agency Interfax earlier quoted sources within the emergency services as saying 15 people were in serious condition as a result of the crash and that two passengers have been airlifted to a hospital with spinal injuries.

The derailment took place at about 8:35 a.m. between the Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy metro stations on the citys Blue Line, a statement on the Moscow Metro website said.

The crash is believed to have been caused by a decrease in the electric voltage running through the tracks of the metro, a spokesman for Moscows Emergency Situations Ministry said, Interfax reported.

In total, 200 people have been evacuated from the tunnel, Interfax quoted a representative of the Emergency Situations Ministry as telling local television broadcaster Moscow 24.

Diplomats Go to Guam

MOSCOW (SPT) Moscow has dispatched adiplomatic mission tothe U.S. territory ofGuam todemand that aRussian lawmakers son arrested onhacking charges be transferred fromjail toa hospital, diplomats said.

Suspected hacker Roman Seleznev, who has ametal plate inhis head after surviving abomb attack inMorocco in2011, needs constant medical observation after switching froma Russian medical drug toan American one that has aserious side effect, Sergei Chumaryov, adiplomat atthe Russian Embassy inWashington, told Itar-Tass onMonday.

Seleznev, the30-year-old son ofa State Duma lawmaker fromthe nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, was detained earlier this month inthe Maldives bythe U.S. Secret Service onsuspicion ofbeing amember ofa cyber gang that hacked andsold credit-card data between 2009-2011.

Seleznev faces up to30 years inprison if convicted onan array ofcharges that include identity theft andbank fraud.

Depardieus Vodka

MOSCOW (SPT) Famed French actor Gerard Depardieu announced onMonday that he was planning toproduce bio-vodka inRussia, anenvironmentally friendly version ofthe spirit made fromspring water.

This will be my first experience with manufacturing spirits, andI hope it will be successful, Depardieu said during avisit toSaratov, ITAR-Tass reported. Nevertheless, I would like tosee as more people choose wine as their alcoholic beverage ofchoice.

Depardieu also spoke about his plans toopen aneponymous restaurant chain andlaunch aline ofkitchen accessories inRussia.

In 2013, Vladimir Putin granted Depardieu Russian citizenship.

Plane Shot Down

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) A Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down Monday along the countrys eastern border with Russia but all eight people aboard managed to bail out safely, the defense ministry said.

Separatist rebels in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26, but Ukrainian officials swiftly ruled that out and blamed Russia instead.

There was no immediate comment from Russia on the plane.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Dec. 18


Improve your English and knowledge of British culture during todays FORM lesson at the British Book Center. These free English lessons with a native speaker elaborate not only on grammar particulars but cultural topics as well. Todays event will discuss the BBC Two documentary Victorian Farm Christmas.



Friday, Dec. 19


Test your mastery of parlor games during Game Evening at the British Book Center. Learn how to play a variety of classic, mentally challenging games and use your newly acquired skills to crush weaker opponents. The event beings at 5 p.m.



Saturday, Dec. 20


The citys Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during todays Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Stock up your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya ploschad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


TheZenit 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 clubs 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 made from a plethora of sweet treats. 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 SPIBAs and Capital Legal Services 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.



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