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 ECHR Awards Billions to Yukos Shareholders Latest News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40445 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40445 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The European Court of Human Rights awarded the shareholders of defunct oil giant Yukos $2.6 billion in compensation Thursday, a ruling that has left political and legal analysts split about its significance for Russia\'s relations with the West.]]> Russia\'s \'Maskirovka\' Keeps Us Guessing Latest News By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40450 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40450 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Ìàñêèðîâêà: camouflage, variously Because I\'m a news junkie, I read more about the Ukraine crisis than anyone who values their sanity. And because I read so much about Ukraine and am so interested in language, right now my main sources of new words are military terminology and obscenities.]]> Without EU Cash, Russian Business Is Sunk Latest News By Mark Adomanis http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40449 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40449 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Before the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, it was hard to see how the Europeans were going to implement serious economic sanctions against Russia.]]> How and Why Russia Forgot The Great War Latest News By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40447 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40447 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia lost 3 million people in World War I. But it also provided examples of explosive military strength and economic resilience that would make any nation proud.]]> St. Petersburg Consumes Tons of Ice Cream as Temperatures Soar Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40448 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40448 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Rising thermometers have pushed ice cream sales up around most of the country this month, and Petersburgers are eating up to 150 tons of the frozen treat on particularly hot days, a news report said.]]> With Sanctions, Russia Becomes Crimea\'s Sole Investor Latest News By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40446 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40446 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Under the weight of the latest round of European Union sanctions, the contested territory of Crimea will become an even greater burden to the beleaguered Russian budget than had been expected.]]> New Submarines Being Built Business By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40428 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40428 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia started building its three newest submarines on Sunday in the White Sea port of Severodvinsk, marking the halfway point in the country’s drive to re-establish its place as a naval power.]]> EU Energy Sanctions Only Painful on Paper Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40443 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40443 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 While the EU\'s harshest sanctions against Russia to date do target major sectors of the Russian economy, great care has been taken to avoid damaging the energy industry, where Europe is loath to disrupt supplies of vital Russian gas.]]> VTB, Bank of Moscow, Rosselkhozbank Brush Off Sanctions Business By Delphine d'Amora http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40442 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40442 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russian bank VTB Bank on Wednesday declared U.S. sanctions politicized and \"completely inappropriate\" but said that they will not prevent the bank from raising capital when needed, while Bank of Moscow and Rosselkhozbank, also struck by Washington, said the measures will have little impact on their business.]]> Court Orders Russia To Pay Yukos Shareholders Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40429 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40429 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Ivan Blanarik: Experimenting with Success Business By Anatoly Medetsky http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40430 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40430 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The Carpathian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean have excited Ivan Blanarik’s admiration for nature. Blanarik, the general director of German pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim’s Russian division, was in awe during his mountainside hiking tours as a youth.]]> Protesters Left in Peace at Annual LGBT Rally Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40424 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40424 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 One activist and one photographer were arrested at the fifth annual St. Petersburg LGBT Pride rally on Saturday, July 26. Nevertheless, the one-hour rally against the discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Russia went ahead more peacefully than ever before in the rally’s history, neither being attacked by anti-gay crowds nor shut down by the police.]]> Helsinki\'s Flow Music Festival Gears Up for Best Year Yet Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40432 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40432 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Flow Festival, one of the most significant summer festivals of music and art in Finland and northern Europe, opens in Helsinki next month. Held in historic Suvilahti, a former power plant area, from Aug.]]> Uncovering Hidden Beauty in Russian Suburbia Culture By Anastasiia Fedorova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40431 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40431 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Every Russian has memories of the suburbs, and mine are quite straightforward. I lived in a suburb in south-east St. Petersburg from the age of five till ten.]]> Talking Smack About Ukrainians and Russians Culture By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40433 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40433 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Horti-Cultural St. Petersburg Culture By Carolina Starin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40434 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40434 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Breath-taking buildings in pastel hues and elaborately decorated facades are the hallmarks of the extraordinary city that is St. Petersburg. But despite the visual feast of architectural wonders, one cannot help but feel a certain spiritual fatigue from the pronounced lack of greenery found here.]]> The Russian JFK Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40435 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40435 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A few minutes’ walk from Narvskaya metro station on the city’s red line stands a towering statue reminiscent of the grander one of Vladimir Lenin in the square in front of Finland Station.]]> UK-Russia Year to Go On Culture By Nadia Beard http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40436 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40436 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Modern Cuisine With a Conscience Food & Drink By Wabke Waaijer http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40437 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40437 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Although Lev Tolstoy, one of Russia’s most famous writers, was a known vegetarian in the 19th century, not eating meat is still uncommon to many Russians.]]> Pita’s Cafe: Street Smart Food & Drink By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40438 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40438 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The St. Petersburg culinary scene has been the site of a recent renaissance, or maybe it would be more accurate to call it a resurrection, of the popularity of shaverma.]]> More Than 80% of Russians Blame Ukrainian Army for Malaysia Airlines Crash National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40441 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40441 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Eighty-two percent of Russians believe the Ukrainian army is to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a poll released Wednesday by the independent Levada Center showed, as the investigation into the tragedy suffered yet another setback Wednesday.]]> Investigators Turn Back from MH17 Site National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40426 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40426 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there.]]> U.S. Says Russia Violated Treaty National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40427 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40427 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Why Hopes of Putin’s Surrender are Futile Opinion By Simon Saradzhyan http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40439 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40439 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 With over a week past the tragic crashing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, it is becoming clear that whatever initial hopes Western leaders might have had — that Russia’s Vladimir Putin can be shamed or coerced into unconditionally throwing the pro-Russian rebels under the bus — are futile.]]> U.S. And Russia Still Have Some Common Ground Opinion By Steven Pifer http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40444 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40444 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 In nominating John Tefft to be his ambassador to the Russian Federation, U.S. President Barack Obama chose a gifted and experienced diplomat. Assuming the Senate confirms him — and there is no reason to think it will not — he will have to draw heavily on that skill and expertise to manage a U.]]> Editorial: Separatists\' Faults May Give Putin A Way Out Editorial Opinion http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40440 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40440 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia may finally have a pretext for bailing out on Ukrainian separatists. But the pretext is not sanctions — it\'s ethics. Still, the idea will be highly difficult for President Vladimir Putin to transmit, as there are few people who can take the moral high ground in the Russian establishment.]]> All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40425 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40425 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Friday, Aug. 1 Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug.]]>