The St. Petersburg Times The St. Petersburg Times 1993 - 2011 60 The St. Petersburg Times en St. Petersburg Composer\'s Opera Incites Violence Latest News By Sergey Chernov 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 opera’s composer.]]> Sberbank Offers Free Cats to Mortgage Clients Latest News 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.]]> Air Travel Costs to Rise After Fuel Price Hike Latest News By Alexander Panin 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 Russia’s already notoriously expensive air fares more costly and damaging the competitiveness of Russian airlines on the international market, aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia said Aug.]]> Asia Wins in Sanction War Latest News 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.]]> U.S. NGO Consultant Jennifer Gaspar Deported From Russia After 10 Years Latest News 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.]]> United Russia Lawmakers Feature in Anti-Gay Election Video Starring \'Conchita Wurst\' Latest News 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.]]> Food Ban Predicted To Cause Job Losses in Europe Business Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Space Agency Requests $6 Bln for Lunar Program Business By Matthew Bodner Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Forty-five years after the Soviet Union lost the race to the Moon, Russia’s 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.]]> Attacks Disrupt Local Pro-Ukrainian Rally Local News By Sergey Chernov 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 Ukraine’s independence day in central St.]]> Zenit Wins Fifth Straight League Game Local News By Gus Peters Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Finding Success in Divine Designs Culture By Lana Matafonov 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 strong…stiff, you need to wash them before you wear them.]]> Orthodox Philanthropists Planning to Finance Russian-Themed Blockbusters in Hollywood Culture By Nadia Beard Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Fish Fabrique Hits 20 Culture By Sergey Chernov 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 Cuba’s Retro-Soviet Cafe Food & Drink By Peter Orso Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 HAVANA — There’s no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana’s newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it’ll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum.]]> Brixton: On Trend Food & Drink By Lana Matafonov 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 city’s strong points.]]> Weapons Convoys Seen in East Ukraine National News By Mstyslav Chernov 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.]]> Experts Believe Russia Not Ready to Fight HIV National News By Allison Quinn 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. It’s 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.]]> City View: The Admiralty Features By Jonathan Melvin 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.]]> Russia’s History Is Incomplete Opinion By Ivan Sukhov 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.]]> Rosneft Should Extract Russia’s Oil, Not Its Cash Opinion Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Thursday, Aug. 28 Learn more about the city’s upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project “Road Map for the Municipal Elections” being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt.]]>