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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

Wednesday, Oct. 1


The St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum 2014 kicks off today at Lenexpo, where it will be presenting the latest and greatest ideas until Oct. 3. Focusing on economic development and the decisions and measures necessary to encourage development in Russias most important industries, the event is a possibility to discuss the innovations currently available in a variety of fields.


Representatives of the Russian and international media industries arrive in St. Petersburg for the first ever International Media Forum being hosted by the city until Oct. 10. With a variety of events on tap, including workshops, lectures and film screenings, the event plans to reemphasize the citys reputation as the countrys culture capital and as an emerging market and location for the visual arts.



Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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