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 Emergency Situations Ministry Issues Hurricane Warning for Russia\'s Far East Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41117 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41117 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Emergency officials have issued a hurricane warning for five regions of the Russian Far East, warning residents to expect snow and rain storms, powerful gusts of wind and possible power outages.]]> Çàãîëîâîê Latest News By Chris Gordon http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41109 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41109 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 U.S. Elections Raise Specter of Sanctions That Last Decades Latest News By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41111 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41111 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Concerns are rising among U.S. businesses in Russia that Washington lawmakers could move to enshrine sanctions on Russia in new legislation, extending their impact and delaying their repeal.]]> Ruble Weakens Ahead of Russian Central Bank Decision Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41114 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41114 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The ruble weakened on Friday morning before a key Central Bank meeting at which policymakers are expected to raise interest rates in a bid to rein in the currency\'s recent plunge.]]> Russian Billionaire Buys German F1 Track Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41112 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41112 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russian Billionaire Buys German F1 Track Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41113 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41113 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russian billionaire Victor Kharitonin has bought a majority stake in the famous Nürburgring German Formula One race track after a local buyer failed to make good on his bid.]]> St. Petersburg Lawmaker Wants Russian Travel Ban on Apple CEO Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41116 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41116 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 St. Petersburg\'s conservative lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has slammed Apple\'s CEO Tim Cook for coming out as gay on Thursday, saying the chief executive should be banned from entering Russia because he could have AIDS.]]> After Elections, What\'s Next for Ukraine? Latest News By Robert Orttung http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41115 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41115 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Will the Ukrainian parliamentary elections held last Sunday help the country reduce the pervasive corruption that blocks sustainable economic growth and makes Ukraine vulnerable to pressure from its predatory neighbor? We will probably know the answer within a few weeks because only quick and decisive action taken immediately after the electoral cycle has concluded will be effective.]]> Pension Tsar Implicated in $8 Million Fraud Business By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41104 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41104 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The head of Russia\'s flagging state-owned Pension Fund owns property he cannot legally afford on his salary, anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny said Thursday.]]> Russia Climbs 30 Places in World Bank Business Ranking Business By Sam Skove http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41097 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41097 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Despite dire forecasts for its sanctions-struck economy, Russia has leaped up an unprecedented 30 positions in the World Bank\'s annual \"Doing Business\" survey for 2015, the bank said Wednesday.]]> Navy Projects Fill Shipyards Business By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41084 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41084 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 A surge in military spending is squeezing the share of civilian projects at Russian shipyards, forcing Russian energy majors to invest in their own shipbuilding facilities to power their ambitious Arctic expansion plans.]]> China Beating Russian Firms in Drive to Replace Sanctioned Western Technology Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41106 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41106 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Sanctions limiting Russia\'s access to Western equipment and expertise in shale and Arctic oil production have been in force for two months, but local producers are hardly rushing to replace their U.]]> Ruble Swings Wildly as Traders Bet on Central Bank Action Business By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41107 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41107 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The Russian ruble swung wildly on Thursday, plunging to historic lows before rising 5 percent in just over an hour, as traders abandoned their positions before a key Central Bank meeting this Friday when policymakers are expected to hike interest rates in an effort to prop up the tumbling currency.]]> Local Car Production Slumps Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41099 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41099 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Automobile production in St. Petersburg dropped by five percent, the Fontanka.ru Internet news portal reported last week. For the first nine months of the year, 272,700 cars were produced in St.]]> Siluanov: Russia Must Plan for Worst Business By Delphine d’Amora http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41085 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41085 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Zenit Returns to Form Against Mordovia Local News By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41077 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41077 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Five second-half goals from Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St. Petersburg swept aside Mordovia Saransk on a cold Sunday evening in Petrovsky Stadium during Zenit’s first home game in nearly a month.]]> Cost of Water in St. Petersburg to Continue Rising Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41098 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41098 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Municipal water tariffs in St. Petersburg will keep rising by 11-14 percent per year, Felix Karmazinov, general director of Vodokanal, which provides and disposes of water for the city, said last week, Kommersant reported.]]> LSR to Buy Communist-Era Resort from City Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41100 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41100 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Andrei Molchanov, head of the board of directors for St. Petersburg’s LSR Group, is buying the city’s popular health resort Dyuny from the city. Beside the health resort, which is located outside St.]]> Gromyka: Distorted Soviet Retro Chic Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41090 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41090 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 If we’re seeing the restoration of the U.S.S.R. in Russia at the present, Gromyka may be the best soundtrack for it. Hailing from Petrozavodsk, the band sports the Soviet Politburo’s “pie” hats, suits and painted eyebrows — an allusion to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.]]> 13 Ghosts: Classic Halloween Chillers Culture By Chris Gordon http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41110 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41110 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Sitting down in front of a horror film guaranteed to give you nightmares is as much a Halloween tradition as dressing up in costume, bobbing for apples and hiding from trick-or-treaters once the candy has run out.]]> Konchalovsky\'s Stoic Ode to Isolation Culture By Simon Knapper http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41091 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41091 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Andrei Konchalovsky’s latest film, which earned him a Silver Lion at the Venice film festival last month, is one of three notable films made recently set in the Russian north.]]> Music & Media: Alive and Kicking at 25 Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41092 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41092 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Music & Media, Finland’s music industry conference, marked its 25th anniversary last month with a weekend packed with panels, Q&A sessions and the Lost in Music festival.]]> Exploring the Field of Mars Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41093 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41093 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The Field of Mars is a stone’s throw from the banks of the Neva and kitty-cornered on the Moika River and the Lebyazhaya Kanavka river, which separates the iconic field from the Summer Garden.]]> The Wit and Wisdom of Alexander Lukashenko Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41094 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41094 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Nozh Sprava, Vilka Sleva: Style-Moderne Food & Drink By Simon Knapper http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41095 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41095 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 The restaurant Nozh Sprava, Vilka Sleva (Knife to the Right, Fork to the Left) has been refurbished in the Modern style (Art Nouveau). Its central detail is a floral-patterned hung illuminated glass ceiling with lush green armchairs, heavy green curtains and tall palms that divide up the central space.]]> Poll Shows Half of Russians Expect Repeat of Soviet-Era Repression National News By Allison Quinn http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41101 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41101 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Nearly half of all Russians believe that a return to Soviet-era repression is possible within their lifetime, a poll by the state-run Public Opinion Foundation revealed Wednesday.]]> France Suggests No Mistral Delivery – Yet National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41108 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41108 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 France\'s Finance Minister cast doubt Thursday on what Russia had said was the imminent delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers, feeding uncertainty that French political analysts view as authorities\' reluctance to be seen as caving in to Russian pressure.]]> Russia Planning to Claim Arctic Territory With UN in 2015 National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41103 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41103 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russia intends to lay claim to more than a million square kilometers of Arctic shelf by filing a formal application with the United Nations next spring, a senior official said Wednesday.]]> SKA Lose in Shootout in Yaroslavl National News By Nathan Proctor http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41078 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41078 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 First Building Of New Prison Completed National News By Irina Titova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41079 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41079 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Ukraine Looks to Reform With an Eye on Europe National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41081 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41081 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 KIEV, Ukraine — As Ukraine’s most ardently pro-European parties pocketed a resounding collective election triumph Monday, thoughts turned to a reform agenda that promises pain and progress in equal doses.]]> Authorities Scour Activist’s Apartment National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41082 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41082 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Putin Accuses U.S. of Undermining Global Stability National News By Vladimir Isachenkov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41083 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41083 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin of Russia said on Oct. 24 that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place because of U.S. attempts to enforce its will on other countries and that his nation will not comply.]]> No Closure for Victims of Nord-Ost Theater Crisis Features By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41096 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41096 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Tatyana Karpova sits on a patched leather couch in her musty ninth-floor apartment in southeastern Moscow, her wrinkled hands folded on her lap. A worn rug hangs on the wall above her head.]]> The Price of a Russian Soldier’s Life Opinion By Anna Pivovarchuk http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41086 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41086 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 On Oct. 17, following a search at the offices of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk, Lyudmila Bogatenkova, the head of the branch, was arrested and charged with fraud.]]> Ripple Effect: Ukraine and the South Caucasus Opinion By Maxim Suchkov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41087 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41087 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Russia’s Empire State of Mind Opinion By Pyotr Romanov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41088 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41088 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Following World War I, the Russian Empire bid farewell to Poland, Finland, the Baltic states and Bessarabia [in modern Moldova]. The Soviet Union later regained only some of that territory — and yet that did not prevent the world from continuing to view the Soviet Union as an empire.]]> Russia’s Economy Is Stuck in the Past Opinion By Alexei Bayer http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41089 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41089 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41080 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41080 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Saturday, Nov. 1 The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition.]]> Hipsters — More or Less Blog By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41105 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41105 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300 Õèïñòåð: hipster, more or less You know them. They are the cool-looking young people in skinny jeans and long scarves at the bookshop buying the latest novel translated from Japanese.]]> Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia Business Digest http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41102 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41102 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0300