The St. Petersburg Times The St. Petersburg Times 1993 - 2011 60 The St. Petersburg Times en Tennis Head Apologizes to Serena Williams Latest News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The head of the Russian tennis federation has written to U.S. star athlete Serena Williams to apologize for comments in which he referred to her and sister Venus as \"the Williams brothers.]]> Is Russia Heading for Another 1998-Style Crisis? Latest News By Robert Person Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Not since the financial crisis of August 1998 has Russia faced the very real possibility of a currency crisis that could seriously threaten the fundamental stability of the country\'s economic and political system.]]> HSBC Poll Places Russia Ahead of Japan, U.S. for Expats Latest News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia has ranked 17th on HSBC bank\'s annual list of the of the world\'s best countries for expats, beating other destinations like Japan, France and the United Kingdom.]]> Russia Seeks State Control of Internet Root Infrastructure Latest News By Alexey Eremenko Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia has mounted an effort in recent weeks to bring the root infrastructure of the Internet under control of state-affiliated bureaucracies, both internationally and at home.]]> Total CEO\'s Death No Conspiracy, But No Accident Latest News Editorial Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil giant Total, died on Monday night outside Moscow along with three others when his business jet hit a snowplow on a landing strip at Vnukovo Airport.]]> Finance Minister: Russia Needs Backup Budget For Worst-Case Scenario Latest News By Delphine d'Amora Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia must create a contingency budget to counter the threat that Western sanctions, economic stagnation and low oil prices will dash the country\'s hopes of restoring growth in the near term, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Friday.]]> French CEO 1 of 4 Killed in Moscow Crash Business Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russians’ Love for London Strong as Ever Business By Des Brown Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Britain has been one of the most aggressive lobbyists for sanctions against Moscow 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.]]> World\'s Oldest Brown Bear Dies in St. Petersburg Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Varvara, the world\'s oldest brown bear — a mother of 29 bears — died at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg on Tuesday at the age of 35, caretakers said.]]> Zenit Escape With Well-Earned Point in Krasnodar Local News By Gus Peters Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St. Petersburg maintained their unbeaten start to the season after clawing their way back from two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Krasnodar on a wet and rainy afternoon on Oct.]]> Peter’s ‘Cabinet of Oddities’ Local News By Jonathan Melvin Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 As fall sets in around the city and with Halloween just around the corner, St. Petersburg’s dwellers will undoubtedly begin to feel the buzz of a supernatural excitement and curiosity.]]> World-Famous Circus Sees Comeback Culture By Olga Grishina Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Sunday marked the end of Tamerlan Nugzarov’s equestrian circus’ cycle of performances that began on Sept. 20. From the Avtovo metro, it was just a short walk to the enormous circus tent, which was covered with the first fall of snow.]]> American Actor Attributes Success to Russia Culture By Ali Sar Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 One of the actors sharing the co-starring roles with Brad Pitt in Sony’s new film “Fury” attributes his acting success to his training and education in Russia.]]> Cradle of Filth Show Canceled Culture Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Master and Margarita Reborn as Musical Culture By Larisa Kempbell Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 “The Master and Margarita,” one of the most famous and controversial novels in 20th-century Russian literature, comes to life as a musical on the stage of the St.]]> You Have Got to Be Kidding Me! Culture By Michele A. Berdy Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Vinniy Shkaf – Hit and Miss Food & Drink By Nathan Proctor Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The small cultural hub on Ulitsa Rubinsteins welcomed yet another dining option into its midst last August – wine bar Vinniy Shkaf (Wine closet). The exterior’s cutesy handwritten placard promises the variety of food and drink, and a brazen neon sign advocating “Drink wine, Don’t give up!” suggests the quirk synonymous with local offerings, but the hangout largely fails to live up to the street’s cache in both style and substance.]]> 600,000 Russians Disclose Dual Citizenship National News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 More than 600,000 Russians have disclosed to the Federal Migration Service that they hold dual citizenship in accordance with a controversial new law, a news report said Thursday.]]> \'No Putin, No Russia,\' Says Kremlin Deputy Chief of Staff National News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Ahead of President Vladimir Putin\'s speech at the 11th-annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on Friday, deputy chief of staff Vyacheslav Volodin took to the stage to tell international analysts and Russia-watchers that \"there is no Russia today if there is no Putin.]]> SKA’s Late Surge Leads to OT Victory National News By Nathan Proctor Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Foreign Minister Voices Bleak Forecast for Russia-U.S. Relations National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The prospect of assuaging the rift in U.S.-Russia relations appeared dimmer Monday after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov predicted that the dire state of bilateral ties would persist for a long time.]]> Russian Shoppers Feel Surging Inflation National News By Howard Amos Wed, 22 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.]]> Activist Stabbed for Anti-Putin Sticker on Car National News By Anna Dolgov Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 An opposition activist in southern Russia who decorated his car with a sticker reading “Putin, go away!” has been stabbed by an attacker who objected to the anti-presidential slogan, a human rights advocate said.]]> Scores Killed in Battle for Key Ukrainian City National News By Peter Leonard Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Submarine Hunt Sends Cold War Chill Over Baltic Features By Karl Ritter and Matti Huuhtanen Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day on Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally.]]> Russia Ups Spending Despite Slowdown Opinion By Alexander Golts Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 No doubt NATO defense ministers will turn green with envy if they catch wind of an interview that State Duma defense committee chairman Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov recently gave.]]> Russia’s Gas Monopoly Is Over Opinion By Wenyuan Qiu Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Actions Speak Louder Than Words Opinion By Mark Adomanis Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The West’s rhetorical support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity has been exceptional. Barely a day goes by without a stirring news release from Washington, London or Berlin that defends Ukraine’s right to conduct whatever foreign policy it deems most suitable and attacks Russia’s illegal and unjustified interference.]]> Cuban Missile Crisis — A Lesson in Diplomacy Opinion By Ivan Kurilla Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Saturday, Oct. 25 AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture.]]> The Wisdom of Alexander Lukashenko Blog By Michele A. Berdy Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Ïåðë: gem, howler Back in the old days, my idea of linguistic fun was tuning in to an interview with former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, whose earnest malapropisms were hilarious, charming and often apt.]]>