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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

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 mans 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 todays 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. Tonights festival finale is Fathers and Sons, a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenevs classic about familial relations.



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