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\'s Popularity Masks an Uncomfortable Reality Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40634 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40634 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 It has become increasingly common to hear people even opposition politicians say that it is in Russia\'s best interests for President Vladimir Putin to remain in power as long as possible.]]> Sites Named for New NATO Bases in Eastern Europe Latest News By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40649 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40649 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The five NATO new bases intended to contain the Russian threat will be located in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, a German newspaper reported Sunday.]]> Questions Remain Unanswered 10 Years After Beslan Latest News By Ivan Nechepurenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40650 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40650 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The children who set off for their first day of school 10 years ago in the small Caucasus town of Beslan, North Ossetia, will graduate from high school this coming academic year at least, those who survived will.]]> Putin Calls for Talks in Ukraine as Fighting Spreads Latest News By Jim Heintz http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40648 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40648 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 KIEV, Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.]]> EU Threatens Russia with More Sanctions Latest News By Juergen Baetz and Jim Heintz http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40647 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40647 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 BRUSSELS Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia\'s increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.]]> Inquisitive Pskov Lawmaker Beaten Unconscious Latest News By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40646 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40646 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A Pskov region lawmaker was found stumbling through the streets covered in blood on Friday, after having called attention to reports that local paratroopers may have been deployed to war-torn Ukraine.]]> Sberbank Offers Free Cats to Mortgage Clients Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40630 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40630 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s biggest lender, Sberbank, is looking to boost mortgage sales by offering a free cat to anyone willing to buy a property with money loaned from the bank.]]> International Carmakers Confident of Market Revival Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40632 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40632 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 International carmakers are hopeful that Russia can become Europe\'s biggest market and vindicate their decision to spend more on localizing production in the country, company executives said on the sidelines of the Moscow International Automobile Salon on Thursday.]]> Air Travel Costs to Rise After Fuel Price Hike Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40612 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40612 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A rise of up to 7 percent in the price of aviation fuel at Russian airports since May will push up costs for domestic carriers, making Russias already notoriously expensive air fares more costly and damaging the competitiveness of Russian airlines on the international market, aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia said Aug.]]> Russia\'s First MC-21 Airliners to Be Powered by Foreign Engines Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40641 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40641 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s next-generation civilian airliner will initially have to rely on foreign engines, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin lamented on Friday, but said that the country is on the verge of making a breakthrough in engine technology.]]> Ruble Plunges to Historical Low Over Ukraine Tensions Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40639 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40639 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The Russian currency weakened Friday to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since records began as evidence mounted of direct Russian military involvement in an escalating conflict in Ukraine.]]> Food Ban Predicted To Cause Job Losses in Europe Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40613 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40613 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Space Agency Requests $6 Bln for Lunar Program Business By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40614 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40614 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Forty-five years after the Soviet Union lost the race to the Moon, Russias Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, wants to revive its plan to put Russian boots on the lunar surface a mission for which it says it needs almost 230 billion rubles ($6.]]> U.S. NGO Consultant Jennifer Gaspar Deported From Russia After 10 Years Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40628 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40628 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A U.S. citizen who worked for NGOs in Russia and is the wife of a prominent St. Petersburg human rights lawyer, has left the country after a court upheld an order to deport her as a threat to national security.]]> Attacks Disrupt Local Pro-Ukrainian Rally Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40625 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40625 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A reporter received a concussion as dozens of pro-Kremlin protesters wearing the black and orange St. George ribbon were seen assaulting demonstrators at a rally in support of Ukraine on Ukraines independence day in central St.]]> Zenit Wins Fifth Straight League Game Local News By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40626 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40626 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 St. Petersburg Composer\'s Opera Incites Violence Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40618 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40618 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The premiere of a new opera was canceled in St. Petersburg last week after both the refusal of yet another venue to hold it and an assault on the operas composer.]]> Russians 3D-Printing Underwear After Lace Ban Culture By Rebecca Hartmann http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40644 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40644 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Earlier this summer, Russia\'s parliament took the controversial step of banning all underwear made from synthetic lace, preventing its manufacture and sale within the country.]]> Russia Officially Recognizes \'Star Wars\' as Film Classic Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40645 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40645 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Despite a revival of Cold War tensions, the Russian government formally advised its citizens to watch a Hollywood sci-fi classic. \"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope\" made the list of officially recognized \"foreign classics\" by the Culture Ministry.]]> Finding Success in Divine Designs Culture By Lana Matafonov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40619 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40619 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 You know, there is a story about [Leonid] Brezhnev and jeans, says local St. Petersburg tailor Nikita Borisov. As you know, jeans are very strongstiff, you need to wash them before you wear them.]]> Orthodox Philanthropists Planning to Finance Russian-Themed Blockbusters inHollywood Culture By Nadia Beard http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40620 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40620 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Fish Fabrique Hits 20 Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40622 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40622 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Fish Fabrique which describes itself as the oldest surviving club in St. Petersburg will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a weeklong series of concerts starting on Monday, Sept.]]> Reminiscing in Cubas Retro-Soviet Cafe Food & Drink By Peter Orso http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40623 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40623 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 HAVANA Theres no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havanas newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but itll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum.]]> Brixton: On Trend Food & Drink By Lana Matafonov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40624 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40624 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 It was not so long ago that spotting a unicorn on Nevsky Prospekt was more likely than being able to order a satisfying, delicious burger in town. The popular fallback meal for many occasions was not one of the citys strong points.]]> Experts Believe Russia Not Ready to Fight HIV National News By Allison Quinn http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40617 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40617 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Olesya asks if her glittery hair clips are in place, if her hot pink lipstick needs reapplication. Its all she can do to detract attention from the stump where her arm used to be, the price she paid for injecting drugs even after the site became gangrenous.]]> United Russia Lawmakers Feature in Anti-Gay Election Video Starring \'Conchita Wurst\' National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40629 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40629 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Two lawmakers in the Murmansk city council representing the ruling United Russia party feature in a video depicting bearded drag-queen \"Eurovision\" winner Conchita Wurst in which the candidates appear to announce their \"anti-gay\" platform ahead of the city\'s municipal elections.]]> Weapons Convoys Seen in East Ukraine National News By Mstyslav Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40611 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40611 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 KRASNODON, Ukraine For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockwork-like regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia.]]> Lie Detectors Used in Fight Against Corruption National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40643 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40643 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 More than 600 Russian civil servants have undergone lie detector tests this year a practice that has had a positive effect on weeding out those who are liable to corruption, a city official said Friday.]]> Russian Blogger Says Interrogated for Creating \'Gay Terrorist Underworld\' National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40642 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40642 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A blogger in the Khabarovsk region in Russia\'s Far East says the Federal Security Service (FSB) has accused him of creating a \"gay terrorist underworld\" in a bid to bring about regime change, regional news website Amurburg.]]> UN Security Council Members Lament Ukraine Crisis National News By Cara Anna, Trenton Daniel http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40637 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40637 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 UNITED NATIONS The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having \"outright lied\" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions.]]> Ukraine Accuses Russia of Sending in Tanks, Armor National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40635 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40635 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had \"outright lied\" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.]]> Prosecutors to Investigate Election Video for Inciting Hatred Against Gays National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40633 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40633 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Prosecutors in Murmansk will examine a six-second campaign video featuring two lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party for evidence of incitement of hatred against homosexuals.]]> Obama Places Blame for Ukraine Violence Squarely on Russia National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40636 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40636 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 WASHINGTON President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine.]]> Families of Russian Troops in Ukraine Want Answers National News By Laura Mills http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40640 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40640 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 MOSCOW The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.]]> City View: The Admiralty Features By Jonathan Melvin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40621 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40621 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 One of St. Petersburg most oldest and, arguably, most historically important buildings, the Admiralty building serves as the focal point of Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and Voznesenskiy Prospekt.]]> Russias History Is Incomplete Opinion By Ivan Sukhov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40615 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40615 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 August in Russia is a big month for anniversaries. Aug. 19, 1991, saw a conservative military coup in Moscow; its failure signaled the terminal phase of the fall of the Soviet Union.]]> Asia Wins in Sanction War Opinion http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40631 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40631 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Relatively affordable Western financing alongside London\'s role as Russia\'s de facto financial capital had been the two pillars of the Russian economic system.]]> Rosneft Should Extract Russias Oil, Not Its Cash Opinion http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40616 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40616 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40627 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40627 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Monday, Sept. 1 Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26.]]> SPA Partners News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40638 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40638 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 - SPA- - SPA , 2- , .]]>