The St. Petersburg Times http://www.sptimes.ru The St. Petersburg Times 1993 - 2011 webmaster@sptimes.ru 60 http://www.sptimes.ru/images/spt_logo_rss.gif The St. Petersburg Times http://www.sptimes.ru en Putin Warns of Color Revolutions and Uncontrolled Migration in Extremism Speech Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41263 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41263 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 President Vladimir Putin called on law enforcement agencies, religious leaders, institutions of civil society and Russia\'s education system to join together to prevent the rise of extremism.]]> Russia Signs Landmark Military Cooperation Agreement With Pakistan Latest News By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41260 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41260 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russia and Pakistan on Thursday signed their very first military cooperation agreement and laid out future avenues of cooperation, ending years of division over Islamabad\'s close military ties with the U.]]> Hermitage Museum\'s Piotrovsky Champions Contemporary Art Latest News By Kit Rees http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41266 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41266 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 He\'s the head of what seems on the surface to be one of Russia\'s most conservative art institutes St. Petersburg\'s State Hermitage Museum but Mikhail Piotrovsky has been in the middle of a dispute about contemporary art this year as the museum hosted Manifesta 10, an itinerant biennial art exhibition.]]> Report: Russia Considers Opening Arctic Ministry Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41261 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41261 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The Russian government is considering setting up a new ministry to oversee the development of the country\'s Arctic territory, the Kommersant newspaper reported Thursday, citing sources in regional government and the presidential administration.]]> Forbes Lists Russia\'s Top 5 Highest-Paid Executives Latest News By Sarah Crowther http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41264 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41264 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Despite rising inflation and a falling ruble, a small percentage of Russians are apparently still doing very well, according to Forbes\' latest ranking of the 25 highest-paid Russian top managers, published Thursday.]]> Opinion: Russia\'s Neglected Human Rights Activists Latest News By Susanne Berger, Arne Ruth http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41265 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41265 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Last month French newspaper Le Monde featured an impassioned appeal by two human rights veterans Aage Borchgrevink, a senior adviser to the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and Gregory Shvedov, a member of the Russian human rights organization Memorial and editor-in-chief of the Internet publication Kavkazsky Uzel (Caucasus Knot).]]> Russia Readies for Showdown Over Taxing Offshore Companies Business By Delphine d'Amora http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41250 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41250 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s lower house of parliament on Tuesday took aim at the offshore holdings that have become ubiquitous in Russian business, passing in its final reading a bill that will make Russian taxpayers declare and pay taxes on their assets abroad.]]> Foreign Online Retailers to See Gains From Russian Shoppers Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41251 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41251 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russians are set to shell out up to 240 billion rubles ($5.1 billion) on foreign commerce websites this year, doubling last year\'s spending in an already booming market despite Russia\'s economic troubles, news agency RBC reported Tuesday.]]> State Budget and Oil Majors Eye Low Crude Prices Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41236 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41236 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Ina blow tothe financing ofthe state budget andRussian oil majors alike, global crude prices will likely remain low until 2015, according tothe Oil Market Report forNovember from the International Energy Agency, or IEA, released late last week.]]> Government Tightens Control of Troubled Vostochny Cosmodrome Project Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41262 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41262 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Construction of Russia\'s Vostochny Cosmodrome will come under direct state control following an order signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that gives the government authority to appoint and fire the project\'s top managers.]]> Russia to Tighten Media Ownership Business By Delphine dAmora http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41237 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41237 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 St. Petersburg Museum Adds 36,000-Year-Old Human Skull to Collection Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41256 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41256 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 St. Petersburg\'s Kunstkamera Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography has added to its collection a 36,000-year-old human skeleton, a news report said Wednesday.]]> Side By Side To Open Despite Pressure Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41243 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41243 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Side by Side, an annual LGBT rights film festival, will open in the city on Thursday despite the pressure on LGBT activism from Russian authorities. Scheduled to open at the Kempinski Hotel at 22 Moika, the nine-day festival will then move to Vasilievsky Island, where a few days of screenings are scheduled to be held at Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge St.]]> Weeklong Festival Spotlights Finland Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41242 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41242 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Finnish Film Week will celebrate its 25th anniversary since the event was held for the first time in St. Petersburg with an expanded version of the film festival, which will be shown at four theaters in the city.]]> Pieces de Resistance Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41244 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41244 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 St. Petersburg has always wanted to be a European city. Its original intention as Peters window to the West is evident in the wide streets, colorful buildings and dazzling architecture, which vastly differ in comparison to Moscow, the heart of Russian culture.]]> Moscows Big Stink Culture By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41245 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41245 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Buckwheat Panic Points to Economic Fears Food & Drink By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41252 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41252 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Following the news of a bad buckwheat harvest, panic buying of the traditional foodstuff sent prices soaring in a sign that some analysts say is likely linked to economic anxieties, not harvest yields.]]> Gamarjoba: A Window on Georgia Food & Drink By Simon Patterson http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41246 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41246 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Support Group for LGBT Teens To Face Charges National News By Anna Dolgov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41230 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41230 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russias media watchdog has said it will bring charges against ajournalist who runs anonline support group forLGBT teenagers under alaw that bans thepromotion ofgay propaganda tominors.]]> Foreign Ministry Blasts U.S. Torture Record National News By Allison Quinn http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41253 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41253 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russia\'s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday lashed out at the U.S. administration for what it described as numerous failures to stamp out the use of torture and inhumane methods in American prisons and detention facilities.]]> Russia\'s Demand of NATO Unlikely to Defuse Ukraine Conflict National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41255 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41255 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 President Vladimir Putin\'s spokesman on Tuesday voiced what Russia wants from the West over Ukraine: guarantees that the former Soviet republic will not join NATO, an outcome that political analysts agree was already unlikely in the year-long conflict that has already claimed 4,000 lives.]]> Russia Looks to Launch Reindeer Police Force National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41254 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41254 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Giving Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer a shot at alternative employment, Russian authorities have moved to launch a reindeer police force to combat crime above the Polar Circle.]]> British Embassy Tweets Diagram to Help Russia Spot Its Tanks in Ukraine National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41259 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41259 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The British Embassy in Kiev has published a diagram of a Russian armored vehicle in a sneer on Twitter that is \"to help the Kremlin spot its tanks\" in eastern Ukraine.]]> FIFA Corruption Report Sparks Outrage National News ByGabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41232 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41232 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Following FIFAs release ofa staunchly criticized report rejecting corruption allegations, aformer British Football Association chairman called onEurope toboycott Russias 2018 World Cup unless theinternational football body commits toradical reform.]]> Report Accuses Crimea Authorities of Human Rights Violations National News ByAllison Quinn http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41233 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41233 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The Future of Russian Military Firms National News By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41234 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41234 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 InSoviet times, Russian military professionals worked across theglobe fromCuba toVietnam, teaching, advising andsometimes just pointing Kalashnikov muzzles atthe enemy forthe sake ofthe proletariat.]]> Putins Departure A Mistake National News By Ivan Nechepurenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41235 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41235 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Finland Sees Drop in Russian Tourists for New Year\'s Holiday Travel http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41249 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41249 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Finland expects to see a 20 to 30 percent decline in Russian tourists visiting for the Jan. 1-11 holidays, the regional director for Russia at Finland\'s national tourism center told the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, or ATOR.]]> How Stalin Rewarded Arctic Explorers Features By Alice Lagnado http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41247 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41247 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Less than aweek after Soviet Arctic scientist Nikolai Yevgenov returned froma gruelling expedition across unforgiving icy deserts, he was taken fromhis home inthe middle ofthe night bythe secret police.]]> This Week in Russian Periodicals Features By Simon Knapper http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41248 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41248 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russia Is Hurtling Toward Disaster Opinion By Ivan Sukhov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41257 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41257 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Drivers in Russia often encounter curious road markings. For example, a sign might announce an imminent turnoff for the airport, but in the end, that turn never appears and the driver ends up missing his flight.]]> Putins Gunboat Diplomacy Opinion ByAlexander Golts http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41238 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41238 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Some define militarism as when political leaders prefer using military solutions forevery problem they face, andtwo recent events have brought this idea tomind.]]> Why an Iran Deal Must Be Sealed Now Opinion By Moritz Pieper http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41239 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41239 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 In-Fighting in the Information War Opinion By Mark Adomanis http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41240 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41240 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Adispute that unfolded onFacebook this weekend showed that many journalists writing about Russia need tospend alot less time caring about which team theyre playing forand alot more time getting their facts straight.]]> Crimea, Chechnya and Putins Double Standards Opinion By Andrew Foxall http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41241 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41241 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41231 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41231 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Friday, Nov. 21 Learn more about Russian labor laws at Labor Law Seminar 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Center West Pushkin Hotel this morning at 166 Kanala Griboyedova.]]> SHUYA OKINO (Kyoto Jazz Massive / Japan): 25 Years Anniversary Tour @ ARKA Business Digest http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41258 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41258 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 29 : Kyoto Jazz Massive, - C . , 25- - , .]]>