Nov 22, 2011

Issue #1684(46), Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The St. Petersburg Times
Issue #1684(46), Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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LOCAL NEWS

City Launches New Sub
NGOs Inspect Driving Schools
Admiralteiskiye Verfi launched a non-nuclear B-237 submarine called Rostov-on-Don, a project for the Russian Navy in St. Petersburg on Monday. Alexander Buzakov, acting general director of Admiralteiskiye Verfi, said on Sept.
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With more than 370 people having been killed on the roads of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast during the past six months, drivers' qualifications are being scrutinized as a reason for the staggering numbers of casualties.
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New Program to Fight Respiratory Diseases
IN BRIEF
A new Belgian-Russian project aimed at training Russian doctors to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obtain reliable statistics on the spread of the illness in Russia was launched in St. Petersburg on Friday.
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Fishermen vs the Law ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — About 300 men who fish for sport held a meeting in St. Petersburg on Sunday to protest the amendment of a law on fishing. The first changes to the federal law on fishing and conserving biological resources were introduced on Dec.
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Annual Winter Charity Bazaar Set to Have Russian Flavor
Amnesty Int. Slams Gay Law
"There's a certain picture of Russia abroad," says Taisia Ivanova, the manager of the Russian stall at this year's upcoming annual Winter Bazaar. "It might be nice to make the picture bigger and show something else.
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The St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly is encountering increased criticism from within Russia and abroad as it gets ready to pass United Russia's anti-gay law in a second reading. Meanwhile, Russian officials are talking about expanding the anti-"gay propaganda" law proposed by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev's party to the entire nation.
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Festival of Tolerance Aims To Educate City's Youths
 
"It's quite an expensive mission, I pay for it every day," said Maria Rolnikaite, a Holocaust survivor in her eighties, when discussing her life-long dedication to speaking publically about her experiences.
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NATIONAL NEWS

Mixed Martial Arts Fans Boo PM Putin
Call-In To Be After Elections
MOSCOW — Pro-Kremlin officials scrambled Monday to explain away an embarrassing chorus of boos Prime Minister Vladimir Putin faced from a crowd of 20,000 mixed martial arts fans in what was likely the worst public reception of his political career.
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MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will hold his annual live televised call-in show before the end of the year, but only after the Dec. 4 State Duma elections are held, his spokesman said Monday. "Communication with the Russian people will take place in December in the traditional format.
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U.S. Visa Deal May Be Set for New Year
Customs Union Aims At Forming Closer Bonds
MOSCOW — A long-awaited visa agreement between Russia and the United States will hopefully be ratified before the New Year's holiday, although it will have to wait until after a State Duma is voted into office, U.
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MOSCOW — Russia and its customs union partners, Belarus and Kazakhstan, on Friday signed a declaration seeking to reinstate even more of the bonds — possibly even a common currency — that snapped with the Soviet collapse.
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Peace Corps to Leave Kazakhstan
Russia Admits to Losing Mars Moon Probe
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — The U.S. Peace Corps will pull out of the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, a move that follows reports from volunteers about a spate of sexual assaults and Islamist-inspired terrorist attacks on the program's workers.
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MOSCOW — Russian officials on Tuesday acknowledged that the chances of fixing a space probe bound for a moon of Mars that got stuck in Earth's orbit are close to zero, Russian news agencies reported. The unmanned $170 million Phobos-Ground was launched two weeks ago and reached preliminary Earth orbit, but its engines never fired to send it off to the Red Planet.
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Soyuz Capsule Carrying Three Lands Safely
Russia Demands Tougher Penalty For the Parents Of Adopted Boy
MOSCOW — A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts back from the International Space Station touched down safely in the snow-covered steppes of Kazakhstan early Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan's JAXA space agency landed at the break of dawn some 90 kilometers north of the town of Arkalyk at 8:26 a.
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MOSCOW — Russia will seek tougher punishment for an American couple convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of a 7-year-old boy they adopted from Chelyabinsk, authorities said Saturday. Michael and Nanette Craver of York county, Pennsylvania, were sentenced in a U.
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NATIONAL BUSINESS

Court Rules on Monuments
Railway Still Looking for Middle Eastern Projects
The St. Petersburg city court confirmed a statement from the city's public prosecutor's office annulling the Committee for the State Control, Use and Preservation of Monuments' (KGIOP) 2004 edict to amend the list of culture and heritage sites, which removed 31 monuments from the list, the prosecutor's office reported Friday.
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MOSCOW — Russian Railways is seeking to enter into new projects in the Middle East, despite the losses it has faced in restive Libya, Vladimir Yakunin, chief executive of the state-run monopoly, said Saturday.
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Like Mother, Like Father: Dads Seek Legal Security
Draft Law Might Add to Foreigners' Taxes
MOSCOW — Father of three Alexei Ostayev is trying to prove that he was fired from his job in circumstances that should be protected under the country's labor laws. Ostayev is the only breadwinner for his stay-at-home wife and their children.
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MOSCOW — On top of paying relocation fees and higher salaries, companies could face paying insurance fees for foreign workers starting next year. A bill that has passed its first reading in the State Duma proposes to lower the insurance fee from 34 to 30 percent, but add a 10 percent fee for those who earn more than 512,000 rubles ($16,600) per year.
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$60M Reserved for Tourism
 
MOSCOW — Russia is to spend up to $60 million on a six-year advertising campaign to bolster its image as a tourist destination, the Federal Tourism Agency said Monday. The spending is part of the government's program for the development of tourism through 2018 that was approved in July and will see a total expenditure of $10.
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OPINION

United Russia's Ratings Bubble
the russian front: The Logic of Putin's Third Term
The Novgorod region has beautiful churches, but otherwise it's nothing to write home about. It's a very typical Russian region, and that's why Novgorod is so important politically. Analysts discovered that the election results in Novgorod come very close to the results of the national vote.
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The smart money says that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will be president from 2012 to 2024. He will be 72 in 2024 and probably will not be up for "castling" with some amiable stooge until he is 78 and eligible to be president yet again.
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CULTURE

A brief history of photography
American theatricals
Aristocratic balls just before the Bolshevik Revolution, Silver Age art exhibitions, military parades in the Stalin era, peasants working hard in the fields and the first trains arriving at provincial stations can all be seen at the Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum as part of a photo biennale that explores the history of photography.
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The repertoires of St. Petersburg drama theaters inevitably include works by a number of American playwrights, including Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee. But it is 50 years or more since their plays were written.
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In celebration of Faberge
Best of British cinema
Carl Faberge, described by the BBC as "the most famous jeweler of all time," is to be paid tribute to by the State Hermitage Museum in 2014 when it plans to open a Carl Faberge Museum to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage.
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British cinema has always stood out in world cinematography for its way of depicting the problems of an entire generation — and sometimes of all of mankind — through an individual story. This is probably the main common characteristic of the films chosen for screening at the New British Film Festival that kicks off in the city Wednesday, as the majority of the stories to be screened go deep into history to show the reality of modern society.
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A design for life
A brief history of photography
There's an old Soviet joke: A factory worker puts a down payment on a Zaporozhets, a ramshackle Ukrainian Fiat knockoff with an engine in the rear, a removable floor panel for ice fishing, and a tendency to go up in smoke at the first sign of breaking 80 kilometers an hour.
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Aristocratic balls just before the Bolshevik Revolution, Silver Age art exhibitions, military parades in the Stalin era, peasants working hard in the fields and the first trains arriving at provincial stations can all be seen at the Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum as part of a photo biennale that explores the history of photography.
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in the spotlight: Valeria turns political
THE DISH: YamiYami
Last week, blonde pop singer Valeria became an unlikely dissident, as her husband and producer, Iosif Prigozhin, complained in an interview with Radio Liberty that United Russia had hijacked one of her concerts to electioneer from the stage.
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Use your noodle Stepping into YamiYami, the now six-month-old noodle bar on the bustling Moskovsky Prospekt just behind Sennaya Ploshchad, is not unlike stepping into a trendy eatery in the hip Lower East Side of Manhattan.
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FEATURES

Kaliningrad: The Real Window on Europe
Like Mother, Like Father: Dads Seek Legal Security
KALININGRAD — Although St. Petersburg is traditionally known as Russia's "window to Europe," today's Kaliningrad is more deserving of the moniker. The city is the capital of Russia's westernmost province of the same name, an exclave on the Baltic Sea that is separated from the rest of the country by Lithuania and Latvia.
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MOSCOW — Father of three Alexei Ostayev is trying to prove that he was fired from his job in circumstances that should be protected under the country's labor laws. Ostayev is the only breadwinner for his stay-at-home wife and their children.
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Vote, Spoil, Rally — the Opposition's Duma Choices
 
MOSCOW — It's a hard time for opposition voters in Russia. With the State Duma elections just two weeks away, it would seem that voters unhappy with United Russia will soon have the chance to register their discontent.
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WORLD

As Crowds Swell in Cairo, Military Is in Crisis Talks
Pakistani Taliban Declare End to Attacks on Govt
CAIRO — A swelling crowd of tens of thousands filled Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday, answering the call for a million people to turn out and intensify pressure on Egypt's military leaders to hand over power to a civilian government.
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban have declared a cease-fire to encourage nascent peace talks with the government, a senior commander said, a move that appears to show the deadly group's willingness to strike a deal.
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S. Korea-U.S. Trade Deal Leads to Tears and Scuffles
Romania Votes To Kill Strays
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's ruling party forced a long-stalled free trade deal with the United States through parliament Tuesday, enraging opposition lawmakers who blasted their political rivals with tear gas.
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BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian lawmakers voted Tuesday to make it legal to euthanize the thousands of stray dogs that roam the country's streets, angering animal rights activists who have lobbied for months to stop the measure.
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