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St. Petersburg Metro to Require Passport Details to Access Free Wi-Fi

Published: August 12, 2014 (Issue # 1823)



  • The Avtova metro station in St. Petersburg.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

St. Petersburg authorities said that passport or driver's license information will be required to access Wi-Fi on the city metro and on other public Internet networks under a new government decree that public network operators require user identification, the government's official newspaper reported Monday.

Municipal authorities have met with public Wi-Fi operators to discuss the implementation of the new law, but said the new measure should not affect Internet access in privately owned places, including restaurants, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported.

Public Wi-Fi is available in 40 stations of the St. Petersburg metro, as well as on the city's main street, Nevsky Prospekt, at the airport and the Peterhof Palace complex, among other places.

The former capital is not following the example of Moscow, which said Friday that the new law would only apply to certain "collective access points" and not require people to submit their personal information to use public Internet in parks, cafes, universities and public transportation.





 


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Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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