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 Russian Shoppers Feel the Pinch of Inflation Latest News By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41025 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41025 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Standing on tiptoe, Galina Abdullina strained to reach the back of the top shelf to get one of the last tubs of discounted smetana, the sour cream beloved by Russians.]]> Former Yukos Investors Eye Russian Assets in Europe and U.S. Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41027 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41027 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Former investors in defunct oil firm Yukos will ask U.S. and EU courts to expropriate Russian-owned assets on their territory as part of a $50 billion damages ruling made by the Hague arbitration court in June, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported Monday.]]> \'Leviathan\' Takes Top Prize at London Film Fest Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41022 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41022 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev won the top prize at the London Film Festival for his film \"Leviathan,\" a tale of small-town corruption in Russia.]]> Deepening Slump Causes First Drop in Real Wages Since 2009 Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41028 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41028 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 In their first decline for five years, real wages in Russia fell 1.2 percent in August, hollowing out the spending power of Russian consumers amid an economic slowdown that shows no sign of quitting, business newspaper Vedomosti reported Monday, citing data from Russia\'s statistics agency, Rosstat.]]> The End of Russia\'s Gas Monopoly Latest News By Wenyuan Qiu http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41026 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41026 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The position of Russian natural gas in Central and Eastern Europe seems unshakeable: 100 percent market share in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Belarus, 90 percent in Bulgaria, 80 percent in Hungary and Slovakia, and 60 percent in the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine.]]> London Remains Attractive for Russian Investors Despite Sanctions Latest News By Des Brown http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41029 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41029 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Britain has been one of the most aggressive lobbyists for sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine. But as that crisis has unwound into tit-for-tat trade barriers between Russia and the West, what has happened to London\'s position as the capital of Russian money abroad? London has used it arts, culture, shopping and financial clout to attract crowds of Russians and huge volumes of their capital over the past two decades.]]> Putin Loyalists Poised to Grab Newspaper as Foreign Owners Ousted Business By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41005 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41005 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Influential business newspaper Vedomosti, one of the last Russian media outfits not yet under the sway of the Kremlin, is facing escalating political pressure amid a new media law that targets its foreign owners and the imminent sale of a major shareholder\'s stake.]]> Finance Ministry Joins Central Bank in Defending Russia\'s Weakening Currency Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40999 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40999 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The ruble sank to another historic low Wednesday, passing the 41 per U.S. dollar mark twice in morning trading as the Finance Ministry announced it was joining the Central Bank in moves to defend Russia\'s rapidly weakening currency.]]> Specter of \'98 Default Stalks Russia\'s Record Ruble Falls Business By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41010 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41010 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 As the Russian ruble plunges to repeated record lows and the Central Bank ramps up market interventions to defend it, few want to mention Aug. 17, 1998.]]> Britain May Block $6.5 Billion Russian Energy Deal Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41008 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41008 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A $6.5 billion attempt by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to buy the oil and gas operations of German utility firm RWE, which has operations in British coastal waters, could be blocked by London, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.]]> New Coins Honor Crimea Annexation Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40985 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40985 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Putin Signs Law Curbing Foreign Ownership in Russian Media Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41000 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41000 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a widely criticized bill limiting foreign ownership in Russian media assets to 20 percent, according to a document published Wednesday on the government\'s legal information website.]]> New Oil Service Company Approved Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40986 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40986 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 President Vladimir Putin has approved the creation of a state-owned oil exploration drilling corporation that will replace Western oil service companies forced to reduce operations in Russia by sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, a news report said Monday.]]> Russians Flock to Budget Food Stores Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40987 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40987 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Fans Confronted by Riot Police at Canceled Concert Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40976 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40976 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Eighteen music fans were detained Sunday as hundreds protested against the last-minute cancellation of a Cannibal Corpse show outside the Kosmonavt music club in St.]]> Popular Finnish Stamps Outrage St. Petersburg Lawmaker Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41019 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41019 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, known for his initiatives in defense of public morals, has asked the Russian post office not to accept for delivery Finnish mail bearing stamps with images by gay artist Tom of Finland, reports the TASS news agency.]]> St. Petersburg Journalism Seminar Shuttered by Immigration Officials Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41017 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41017 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A journalism workshop led by two prominent U.S. speakers in St. Petersburg has been canceled after immigration officials charged that the men had violated the terms of their visas and tried to get them deported from the country.]]> Mikhail Lermontov Was My Relative Culture By David Aitken http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40989 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40989 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 My middle name is Learmont, and I am one of the few surviving members of the Scottish family that provided Russia with one of its greatest lyric poets, Mikhail Lermontov.]]> Mixed Outcomes for Femen Activists in French Court Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41003 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41003 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 PARIS — A Paris court on Wednesday threw out a legal complaint against nine activists who bared their breasts in a protest at Notre Dame Cathedral but ruled that three security guards who restrained the women were too violent.]]> Censorship Fears Grow as Officials Move to Tackle \'Negativity\' in Russian Media Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41011 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41011 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Days after President Vladimir Putin signed a law forcing foreign companies to sell stakes in Russian media, members of Russia\'s upper house of parliament have advocated applying state pressure to combat a glut of \"negative\" news that is poisoning the country\'s image, a news report said Friday.]]> Memories of Lyubimov and Meyerhold at Director’s Funeral Culture By John Freedman http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40990 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40990 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Yury Lyubimov once told me about meeting the great director Vsevolod Meyerhold. This happened in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1987. I paid Lyubimov a visit to talk about his old friend, the playwright Nikolai Erdman, but the conversation, naturally and fortunately, took plenty of detours.]]> A Requiem for Anna Akhmatova Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40994 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40994 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 St. Petersburg’s reputation as the country’s culture capital is not just because of the numerous museums and dazzling architecture but also because of the literature it has inspired.]]> The Russian-Language Generation Gap Culture By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40995 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40995 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Red Fury: Comic Books Finally Take Root in Russia Culture By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40997 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40997 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia’s first annual Comic Con has a genuine armored tank, but surprisingly few comics. It is still a geek’s paradise: Tables groan under the weight of steampunk merchandise, solemn-faced cosplayers (“costume+play”) of both sexes pose for photographers, giant screens blast video game ads, and a genuine Soviet lunar rover huddles modestly in the corner.]]> Brit Lewis Hamilton Wins Russia’s Inaugural Grand Prix Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40984 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40984 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 British racer Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first Formula One constructors’ title and stretched his lead in the championship.]]> Chopsticks: Getting It Just Right Food & Drink By Simon Patterson http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40996 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40996 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Chopsticks celebrates its 20th anniversary in Russia this year, making it one of the few restaurants in the city to survive from the early 1990s. For most of this time, it was located at the Grand Hotel Europe on Mikhailovskaya Street, but it recently moved to Admiralteisky Prospekt, which has recently transformed into a site for many restaurants and bars, with something to suit every taste, from Indian to Irish.]]> Russian Patriots Demand Pizzeria Drop \'New York\' From Its Name Food & Drink http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41012 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41012 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Angry Russian patriots in Russia\'s far eastern region of Amur have forced a recently opened pizzeria to change its name from New York Pizzeria to something more patriotic in the face of what locals consider to be anti-Russian sanctions, the Interfax news agency reported Friday.]]> Price of Apples Set to Double as Import Ban Squeezes Supply Food & Drink http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41007 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41007 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s cheapest apples are expected to roughly double in price by the beginning of next year as Russia\'s bans on food imports from Western countries that have sanctioned it over Ukraine drive up inflation, the Izvestia newspaper reported Thursday.]]> Russia Allocates More Than $19 Million to Fight Deadly Ebola Virus National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41013 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41013 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A day after two West African students were hospitalized over fears of Ebola, Russia\'s Foreign Ministry said it had allocated almost $19 million to help fight the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people since December.]]> Russia Expands Air Defenses With Bases in Belarus and Central Asia National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41001 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41001 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 As Russia moves to bolster its military presence in ex-Soviet allied states, the head of the Russian air force announced that Russia will establish an airbase for fighter jets in eastern Belarus in 2016, state media outlets reported Wednesday.]]> Tennis Scandal Reflects Russian Officials\' Love of Earthy Language National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41023 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41023 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The Kremlin Cup tennis tournament winners\' trophies were handed out in Moscow with great pomp and ceremony Sunday amid an international scandal sparked by Russian Tennis Federation head Shamil Tarpischev last week when he referred to U.]]> Russia May Ditch ISS for Moon Program National News By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40998 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40998 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia may favor putting boots on the moon over financing for the International Space Station (ISS) program, Denis Lyskov, deputy director of federal space agency Roscosmos told news agency TASS on Wednesday.]]> Quarry Workers Uncover Prehistoric Remains National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41015 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41015 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 When workers digging up sand at a quarry in Russia\'s Ural Mountains stumbled upon several large bones, they had no idea they had just unearthed a graveyard of mammoth tusks and other prehistoric animals\' remains.]]> Rogozin Pushes Builders to Complete Cosmodrome National News By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41016 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41016 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 With winter on Russia\'s doorstep, Deputy Prime Ministry Dmitry Rogozin is hounding workers at the Vostochny Cosmodrome construction site in the Far East to complete the spaceport\'s facilities before the cold sets in.]]> Sweden Continues Underwater Activity Search Amid Reports of Russian Sub National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41021 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41021 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Sweden\'s military continues to investigate reports of \"foreign underwater activity\" in the Stockholm archipelago using high-tech equipped naval vessels, aircraft and home guard forces.]]> Ukraine Postpones Construction of Chernobyl Sarcophagus National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41002 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41002 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Ukraine has been forced to push back the commissioning of a new cover for the Chernobyl nuclear plant back two years because it has run out of money for the project, a Ukrainian official said.]]> Tug Tows Disabled Russian Container Ship to Port National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41024 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41024 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia — A disabled Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was in route to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over Sunday, but a debate brewed over oil tanker safety off Canada\'s West Coast.]]> Ombudsman Wants Fundraiser for Castration of Pedophiles National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41014 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41014 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s child rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has called for a fund-raising drive that would let Russians donate money for the chemical castration of convicted pedophiles, a news report said.]]> 73-Year-Old Chairwoman of Soldiers\' Mothers NGO Detained on Fraud Charges National News By Allison Quinn http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41020 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41020 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Police in Russia\'s Stavropol region have charged with fraud a 73-year-old human rights activist who claimed that Russian soldiers were fighting in Ukraine in a move that the woman\'s colleagues say is a reprisal for her work.]]> Russian Container Ship Continues to Drift Off Canadian Coast National News By Rudy Kelly and Rob Gillies http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41018 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41018 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia — A disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel is adrift again but officials said Saturday there is no immediate risk of it reaching shore, hitting rocks and causing a spill.]]> Late Goal Saves SKA’s Home Record National News Nathan Proctor http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40977 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40977 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia, China to Welcome More Students National News By Anna Dolgov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40979 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40979 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia and China plan to increase the number of students studying under mutual exchange programs to 100,000 in five years, Russian media has reported, shortly after Moscow canceled a popular exchange program with the U.]]> Australian PM Abbott Plans To Talk Tough With Russia National News By Rod McGuirk http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40980 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40980 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 8 Years After Politkovskaya’s Murder, Questions Still Remain National News By Allison Quinn http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40981 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40981 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Troops Ordered to Retreat From Ukrainian Border National News By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40982 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40982 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 11 ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Ukrainian border, in what analysts saw as a move aimed at diplomatic tactical gain rather than long-term de-escalation.]]> Justice Ministry Moves to Liquidate Human Rights Group Memorial National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40983 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40983 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Italy, Finalnd Among Hotspots for Russians During November Holiday Travel http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41006 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41006 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Italy, Finland and Turkey are among the top 10 destinations for Russian tourists on the National Unity Day public holiday in early November, according to Russian online travel booking service Oktogo.]]> Russian Nobel Laureate on Fun and God Features By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40988 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40988 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia missed out on the Nobel Prize in Physics last week, despite some solid contenders. But two Russian-born scientists won as recently as 2010, bringing the nation its third Nobel Prize in its post-Soviet history.]]> What Russians Think About NATO Opinion By Pyotr Romanov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40991 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40991 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The Ruble\'s Senseless and Harmful Devaluation Opinion By Vladislav Inozemtsev http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41009 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41009 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The exchange rate for the Russian currency recently dropped to 41 rubles to the dollar, with no change in that trend expected. And although the weakening of the ruble might stem in part from a stronger dollar that forced down the Japanese yen by 7.]]> Editorial: Oppression Won’t Cure Russia’s Drug Addiction Opinion The St. Petersburg Times http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40992 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40992 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 In the past month, at least 800 Russians have been poisoned after using synthetic marijuana and other smoking blends known collectively as “spice.” At least 25 people died.]]> How To Deal With Returning Fighters Opinion By Richard Barrett http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40993 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40993 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40978 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40978 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Tuesday, Oct. 21 The Environment, Health and Safety Committee of AmCham convenes this morning at 9 a.m. in the organization’s office. Take the opportunity to pick the brains of Dmitry V.]]> You Have Got to Be Kidding Me! Blog By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41004 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/41004 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Äà óæ: Yeah, right; for sure; I hear ya The Russian language has lovely ways of expressing tenderness and warmth — think of all those luscious diminutives — but it is equally strong at the other end of the emotional scale.]]>