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 UN Demands Access to MH17 Crash Site Latest News By Anna Dolgov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40385 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40385 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 NEW YORK — The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an international investigation into the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, with Moscow’s envoy urging other countries to avoid jumping to conclusions — and then proceeding to slam Ukraine.]]> City Denies Request by Organizers of LGBT Rally Latest News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40383 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40383 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 City authorities have issued their first refusals to the organizers of the annual St. Petersburg LGBT Pride rally to be held in the city on Saturday, July 26, which is aimed at “drawing the attention of the public and the state to the problems of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people and supporting tolerance and equality towards the social group LGBT.]]> Making Fast Food in a Slow Van Latest News By Anna Frumkina http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40397 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40397 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Maybe it’s because of the climate or maybe its because of people’s distrust of food stalls near railway stations, but the street food industry in Russia is not as developed as it is in Berlin or Bangkok, where street food is considered to be something sacred, varying from hot dogs to fried grasshoppers.]]> St. Petersburg’s Criminal Underworld Latest News By Galina Stolyarova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40392 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40392 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 From gang wars to the avalanche of counterfeit goods — this has been the transition that St. Petersburg’s criminal underworld has made over the past two decades, according to Andrei Konstantinov, a prominent Russian writer and journalist.]]> Andrea Pal: Flying High at the New Pulkovo Latest News By Irina Titova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40389 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40389 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 There were times when Andrea Pal, Chief Financial Officer of Northern Capital Gateway, LLC, the company running St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport, woke up in a hotel wondering what day of the week it was and what country she was in.]]> Hamleys Opens in St. Pete Business By Irina Titova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40386 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40386 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Famous British toy store Hamleys opened its first store in the city last week inside the Nevsky Center shopping center on Nevsky Prospekt. Located on the third floor, the 1,200-square meter space has been stocked with toys from more than 400 different brands, including the brand’s popular Paddington bear.]]> Tourists Seek Neva Refunds Business By Maria Buravtseva http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40387 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40387 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 By July 17, over 30 people had demanded compensation for the vacation packages bought at Neva travel agency, a representative of Voskhozhdeniye insurance company said.]]> Sanctions To Be Protested Business By Mark Lammey http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40388 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40388 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 City Tales: Divine Felines Culture By Jonathan Melvin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40393 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40393 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Perhaps it is not as noticeable for St. Petersburg natives but it doesn’t take long to realize that this city has an affinity for cats. Those cuddly and sometimes fickle felines permeate almost every aspect of life in this city.]]> Library Escape Culture By Olga Kalashnikova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40395 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40395 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 In many European cities there has been a growing trend towards spending time and meeting people in libraries, and St. Petersburg is not an exception. The 95-year-old Gogol Library on Sredneokhtinsky Prospekt has recently undergone renovations and been transformed from an archaic establishment into a modern cultural center.]]> Fruktovaya Lavka: Healthy Bite Food & Drink By Carolina Starin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40398 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40398 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The simple charm of Fruktovaya Lavka’s small café on the glitzy Bolshaya Konnushnaya is not what you might expect from the showcasing of high fashion exhibited in the windows of its immediate neighbors.]]> Edge of an Empire: Narva and Ivangorod Travel By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40396 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40396 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Two fortresses, one Russian and one Estonian, face each other on the two banks of the Narva river. To the east is the Ivangorod Fortress, the main sight of the Russian town of Ivangorod; to the west is Narva’s Hermann Castle, which has belonged to Estonia since the Baltic country declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.]]> Putin Just Doesn’t Care Opinion By Anna Pivovarchuk http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40390 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40390 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 In a twist of morbid irony, the village of Hrabove, or Grabovo, in eastern Ukraine, is only one letter away from having the word “coffin” in its name — grob in Russian.]]> Russia Needs Dissidents Like Novodvorskaya Opinion By Vladimir Ryzhkov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40391 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40391 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Valeria Novodvorskaya is dead. Novodvorskaya was not only an opposition politician, human rights activist and Soviet dissident who endured prison and Soviet punitive psychiatry, but also was a talented writer and publicist.]]> All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40384 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40384 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Wednesday, July 23 SPIBA’s Legislation & Lobbying Committee invites everyone interested in the practical aspects of courts and procedural law to today’s Legal Debating Club at 9:30 a.]]> Don’t Quote Me In Russian on That Blog By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40394 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40394 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400