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St. Petersburg Governor Tips Ice Bucket Over Head in Charity Challenge

Published: August 26, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko.
    Photo: Sergei Porter / Vedomosti

The usually staid governor of Russia's second-largest city St. Petersburg has poured a bucket of water over his head for the "Ice Bucket Challenge," a global campaign aimed at raising money for, and awareness of, a degenerative motor neuron disease.

Governor Georgy Poltavchenko had been challenged by Vyacheslav Malafeyev, a goalkeeper for St. Petersburg's Zenit football club.

"Your offer reached me at home so I transferred the money first, and now I have come home and want to fulfill the second part of the assignment and also appeal to my colleagues — the governors of St. Petersburg's sister cities — to follow my example," Poltavchenko, who is not noted for his flamboyant public stunts, said in the video of him pouring the water on himself.

According to another statement, Poltavchenko transferred $100 to the ALS foundation, a U.S. charity that helps sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

President Vladimir Putin was challenged last week by Hollywood star Vin Diesel to throw a bucket of ice over himself.

According to Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the president is probably unaware of Vin Diesel's challenge.

"We had other things on our agenda," he told the Lenta.ru news site.

Other celebrities to have taken part in the challenge include Microsoft founder Bill Gates and singers Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Dec. 18


Improve your English and knowledge of British culture during today’s 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. Today’s 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 city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s 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 club’s 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 SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s 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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