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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, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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