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 Arktika, the Tallest Building North of the Arctic Circle Latest News By Eva Hartog http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40868 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40868 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The revamped and reopened Arktika Hotel in Murmansk has an easy claim to fame: At 72 meters, the Soviet modernist building has for three decades held the record as the tallest building north of the Arctic Circle.]]> Market Intervention Looms as Russia\'s Ruble Drops to Historic Lows Latest News By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40870 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40870 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s ruble extended a months-long losing streak on Monday, falling to new historic lows and hovering just below the level at which the Central Bank has said it would take action to defend the currency.]]> Iran\'s President Rouhani Offers Russia Helping Hand Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40869 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40869 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized Western sanctions against Moscow as \"the wrong tool\" Monday and said his country was ready to provide Russia with any assistance it might require.]]> eBay to Open Marketplace to Russian Retailers Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40874 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40874 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 U.S. online auction mega-site eBay plans to expand its Russian services by opening its website to some of Russia\'s largest online stores, business daily Vedomosti reported Monday, citing retailers involved in the project.]]> Skull Fragment Found Near Lenin\'s St. Petersburg Hideout Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40871 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40871 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A fragment of a human skull was discovered near the hiding place Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin used in 1917 while on the run from imperial forces, Interfax reported Monday, citing a source in law enforcement.]]> Art From Ukraine\'s Yanukovych Estate Appears for Sale in Belarus Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40872 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40872 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 MINSK, Belarus The Belarusian KGB says it has arrested several art dealers who were trying to sell what they claimed were five paintings taken from the former residence of Ukraine\'s disgraced former president, Viktor Yanukovych.]]> Lawmakers Push for Ban of Most Foreign Web Services Business By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40851 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40851 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The State Duma approved a bill to expedite a new set of Internet regulations that, experts say, would provide for the banning of such web services as Facebook, Booking.]]> Banks Seek Funding as Sanctions Bite Business By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40819 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40819 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The head of Russias biggest lender, Sberbank, said Sept. 19 that the bank was doing a colossal amount of work to reorient itself toward domestic funding sources, as Western sanctions imposed on Moscow for its annexation of Crimea and support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine begin to hit Russias banking sector.]]> 15 Global Firms Hit by Russia\'s Law Limiting Foreign Ownership of Media Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40863 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40863 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s law limiting foreign ownership of media in Russia to 20 percent will overturn the country\'s media scene. Foreign companies have been at the forefront of developing media in Russia since the early 1990s.]]> EU Proposes Deal To Ensure Ukraine Gas Supplies Business By Geir Moulson http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40861 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40861 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 BERLIN Ukraine would repay $3.1 billion in debts to Russia in exchange for guaranteed gas deliveries through the harsh winter months under a proposal unveiled Friday after talks brokered by the European Union.]]> Legislators Revive Plans to Ban Skype Calls Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40844 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40844 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russian legislators have revived plans to ban long-distance calls via Skype and similar services, saying they foster terrorism and an illegal drug mafia.]]> Government Undercutting Its Own Drive to Localize Pharmaceuticals Production Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40855 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40855 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Excessive bureaucracy, deficient legislation and an absence of government guarantees are hampering a drive to localize pharmaceutical production in Russia, industry executives said.]]> Russia Returns to Bond Market as Ukraine Tensions Ease Business By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40848 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40848 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia successfully sold 10 billion rubles ($260 million) of government bonds Wednesday, in a sign that easing tensions over Ukraine are restoring a semblance of normality to money markets.]]> Russian Parliament Limits Foreign Stake in Media to 20% Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40857 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40857 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 An era in Russian media ended Friday as parliament passed a law calling foreign ownership in domestic media assets at 20 percent, hitting some of the world\'s largest media companies and turning back the clock on an industry that has thrived on foreign brands and capital.]]> Young Entrepreneur Tackles Online Education Business By Diana Kulchitskaya http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40824 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40824 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Yelena Masolova may be only 29, but she has already convinced prominent business consultants like Ichak Adizes, Tim Enneking and Alexei Kapterev to join forces with her to revolutionize Russian education.]]> Learning How to Sweeten the Deal in Russia Business By Jonathan Melvin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40826 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40826 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 There is perhaps no time in a students life more ambiguous and fraught with uncertainty than the immediate post-graduation period. This is even more relevant for graduating students who had the unlucky circumstance of leaving their educational careers behind in the midst of a global financial meltdown in 2008-09 when, subsequently, job markets around the globe collapsed.]]> Son of State Media Chief Named CEO of Vkontakte Business By Anna Dolgov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40820 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40820 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Thousands Unite Against War in Ukraine Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40812 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40812 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Thousands protested against Russias involvement in Ukraine at the unauthorized Peace March in St. Petersburg on Sunday. By the estimates of organizers, between 1,500 and 2,000 protesters were present at one given time, but a total of 5,000 overall made it to the rally, which lasted for nearly four hours.]]> Election Monitors Linked to Extreme Right Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40830 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40830 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A group of international monitors, who hailed the elections of the St. Petersburg governor and municipal deputies on Sept. 14 as fair and transparent, were mostly European right-wing politicians who have been involved in several disputed elections before the one in St.]]> St. Petersburg\'s Hermitage to Open Branch in Yekaterinburg Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40856 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40856 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A branch of Russias State Hermitage Museum is set to open in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg in 2016, following an agreement signed by Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky, Sverdlovsk regional governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev and the head of Yekaterinburgs administration Alexander Yakob earlier this month.]]> Zenit Extends Winning Streak to 12 Local News By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40813 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40813 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 St. Petersburg to Host Euro 2020 Matches Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40814 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40814 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Queerfest Opening Quashed by Attackers Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40834 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40834 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Queerfest an annual LGBT rights socio-cultural festival that opened in St. Petersburg on Sept. 18 was forced to cancel most of its events following attacks, pressure from authorities, bomb threats and last-minute cancellations.]]> Controversial \'Leviathan\' May Represent Russia at Oscars Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40864 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40864 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 \"Leviathan,\" a Russian film that had been prohibited from public screenings due to its liberal use of expletives, could represent the country at the 2015 Academy Awards in the U.]]> Filmmaker Konchalovsky Snubs Oscars Before Receiving Nomination Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40860 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40860 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A Russian film director who spent more than a decade in Hollywood has asked his colleagues not to consider his latest work for an Oscar nomination because of his disdain for U.]]> Solzhenitsyn Spat Sees Mironov Attack Putin Ally Culture By John Freedman http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40867 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40867 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 As St. Petersburg\'s weather gradually cools down, the temperature of political discourse is definitely heating up. A public spat over the place in history of novelist and historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn led last week to some fighting words that culminated with a popular actor, Yevgeny Mironov, slinging rhetorical mud at a prominent editor and writer, Yury Polyakov, and drawing cheers from many for the deed.]]> Moscow State University Makes List of Worlds Best Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40825 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40825 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Lomonosov Moscow State University has placed 114th in the latest World University Rankings compiled by British-based education specialists QS Quacquarelli Symonds.]]> Standing Out Among the Higher Educated Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40827 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40827 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Unemployment rates in the European Union remain extremely high in comparison to Russia. As of February of this year, unemployment in the EU topped 10 percent and by summer it was at an average of 11.]]> Invaluable Lessons From Studying Abroad Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40828 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40828 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 When Peter the Great first hoped to learn about the West, he went to the Netherlands, working in shipbuilding yards alongside Dutchmen who were unaware of the awesome power their fellow worker held in the palms of his giant hands.]]> Russian Education is Cheap, But Often Bad Culture By Andrei Panov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40829 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40829 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A Snapshot of Russias Colorful History Culture By Igor Zinatulin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40831 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40831 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Leonid Parfenov is widely considered to be the most influential journalist in Russia. His sense of the zeitgeist, combined with impeccable style and use of language, made his current-affairs digest Namedni one of the most highly-rated shows ever produced on Russian television.]]> Off the Beaten Path With Tchaikovsky Culture By Galina Stolyarova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40832 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40832 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 On Sept. 11, 2014, Tatyana Oshivalova, a resident from the town of Kamyshlov in the Yekaterinburg region, spent most of the night without sleep, crying from excitement after one of her long term dreams came true she was able to finally listen to a live performance of Gustav Mahler for the first time and in her own town.]]> Youve Got to Get the Hang of Russian Culture By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40833 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40833 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Unraveling the Universe: Griffins Tower Culture By Jonathan Melvin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40835 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40835 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Tucked away in one of St. Petersburgs hundreds of claustrophobic courtyards is a less well-known relic of the northern capitals past. This relatively well-preserved historical monument, known as Griffins Tower, is perhaps one of the more mysterious attractions that the city has to offer, especially when considering the works intriguing origins.]]> Timeless Fashions Throughout the Ages Culture By Galina Stolyarova http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40836 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40836 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 What does a modern parka coat have in common with a medieval suit of armor? How likely is it that the outfit of Macbeth that William Shakespeare describes is the predecessor of the contemporary military camouflage print? These are the kinds of intriguing questions at the heart of a new book written by the prominent St.]]> St. Petersburgs Hermitage Ranked No. 1 in Europe Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40837 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40837 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The Hermitage has been recognized as the best museum in Europe by TripAdvisor, a popular publisher of tourist guidebooks. The St. Petersburg museum beat out the Florence Academy of Fine Arts and the Paris Musée dOrsay to take first place in the ranking, titled the Top-25 Travellers Choice.]]> St. Petersburg Transforms Into a Canvas for Modern Art Culture By Anna Frumkina http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40838 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40838 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 If the general public is not keen to become familiar with contemporary art, then contemporary art itself will take the first step. This is the motto for the staff at CEC ArtsLink, the international arts organization which held its third annual Art Prospekt International Public Festival opening in St.]]> City to Host Inaugural Global Media Forum Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40839 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40839 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 After Russia\'s Ban, Belarus Ramps Up Apple Imports From Moldova Food & Drink http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40850 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40850 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Moldova, which lost its largest market for apples when Russia placed an embargo on its fruit this summer, is finding a new buyer for its produce in Belarus.]]> Half of All Beer in Russia Is Illegal Food & Drink http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40849 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40849 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s state alcohol watchdog has raised the alarm on massive counterfeit beer operations throughout the country after discovering that more than half of all beer and beer-based beverages in the country are produced illegally, Interfax reported Wednesday.]]> Sulo & Gulo: Georgian on My Mind Food & Drink By Jonathan Melvin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40840 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40840 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russian Foreign Minister Blasts U.S., NATO at UN National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40862 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40862 Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 UNITED NATIONS The Russian foreign minister issued a blistering attack on the West and NATO on Saturday, accusing them of being unable to change their Cold War \"genetic code\" and saying the United States must abandon its claims to \"eternal uniqueness.]]> Putin Seen as Russia\'s Highest Moral Authority, Poll National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40845 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40845 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 President Vladimir Putin is seen as Russia\'s highest moral authority, a poll published Wednesday revealed. The state-run Public Opinion Foundation asked individuals from 43 different regions across Russia whether celebrities can be considered moral authorities.]]> Russia\'s First Female ISS Crew Member Heads Into Space National News By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40852 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40852 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s first female cosmonaut to travel to the International Space Station, Yelena Serova, launched early Friday morning, making her the fourth Russian woman in history to go to space.]]> Russian State Duma Back in Session, More Creative Than Ever National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40854 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40854 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Summer appears to have been a fruitful and creative period for Russian lawmakers. Less than two weeks into the State Duma\'s fall session, the legislative body is already buzzing with an array of quirky new legislative initiatives.]]> Lawmaker Says California\'s Fort Ross May Be Russian Territory National News By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40865 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40865 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Fort Ross, a 19th-century landmark on the northern coast of California, may have been illegally appropriated by the U.S., a Russian lawmaker said, urging the Foreign Ministry to launch a probe into the matter, Izvestia reported.]]> Cease-fire Holds in Ukraine National News By Laura Mills http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40816 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40816 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 KIEV, Ukraine Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels began withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective cease-fire in the region.]]> Russia Fights to Retain Veto Right in UN Security Council National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40858 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40858 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia opposes calls to limit veto rights for UN Security Council members, a Russian diplomat was quoted as saying by TASS news agency Friday. \"We\'re against any change in veto rights,\" Russia\'s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly in New York.]]> Russia Warns of Islamic State Fighters From Former Soviet Union National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40859 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40859 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s Security Council has sounded the alarm about Islamic State fighters from former Soviet countries returning home \"politically and religiously \'loaded,\'\" TASS news agency reported Friday.]]> Russia to Inject Massive New Funding Into International Space Station National News By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40846 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40846 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s new federal space program will allocate a whopping 321 billion rubles ($8.2 billion) to the development and utilization of the International Space Station, a byword for global space cooperation that Russia threatened to abandon earlier this year over the crisis in Ukraine.]]> Tatars Worry About New Leadership National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40817 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40817 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Khodorkovsky Declares Sudden Political Comeback National News By Ivan Nechepurenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40818 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40818 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Eagle Travel: Success Against the Odds Travel By Lana Matafonov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40823 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40823 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Starting a business in Russia as a foreigner is a challenge. Add into the mix Russias current political situation, with the increasing sanctions affecting the economy and deterring people from doing business with Russia, and it would seem that there are enough red flags to make one hold off on the business idea, especially if its opening a local tour company.]]> Anniversary Marked With the Right Note Features By Lana Matafonov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40843 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40843 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The life of a doctor can be full of difficult challenges and decisions. However, when a leading doctors orchestra in Melbourne, Australia, was given an invitation to perform in St.]]> Worlds Apart, Sister Cities Celebrate 25 Years Features By Lana Matafonov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40841 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40841 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 This year marks the 25th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between St. Petersburg, Russia and Melbourne, Australia a landmark achievement that almost didnt happen because of calls to cancel the relationship by the Melbourne gay community last year.]]> Aussie Students Travel the Distance for the Ultimate Adventure Features By Lana Matafonov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40842 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40842 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 When it comes to school excursions, nothing can be quite as adventurous as a two-week trip to Russiaespecially if you are from Australia. And despite the 26-hour plus travel time, with warnings about such stereotypes as bears in the streets and Russias current political situation, these factors did nothing to deter eight 14- to 15-year-old students from Princes Hill Secondary College in making the epic journey in fact, it only encouraged them more.]]> Russias Short-Term Policies Risk Its Future Opinion By Mark Adomanis http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40821 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40821 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov raised quite of lot of eyebrows last week when he stated that the government would withhold $8.2 billion worth of money that was originally scheduled to be invested in the pension system.]]> Cosmo Isn\'t the West\'s Trojan Horse Into Russia Opinion By Ksenia Boletskaya http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40866 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40866 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 State Duma deputies passed a law on Friday limiting foreign ownership in domestic media assets to 20 percent. According to the law\'s authors deputies Vadim Dengin, Vladimir Parakhin and Denis Voronenkov the measure aims to secure Russia\'s \"information sovereignty.]]> NGOs Shouldn\'t Suffer in Sanction War Opinion By Gilbert Doctorow http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40853 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40853 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Media coverage of the U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia as punishment for its annexation of Crimea and alleged designs on southeastern Ukraine focuses on the impact on business.]]> Russia\'s Image Problem Won\'t Be Fixed by RT Opinion By David Kelm http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40847 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40847 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Only 16 percent of Americans in a March survey could correctly identify Ukraine on a world map. Many respondents said the country is somewhere between Canada and Australia.]]> Russias Energy Sector Is an Insiders Game Opinion By Kirill Kharatyan http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40822 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40822 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40815 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40815 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Tuesday, Sept. 30 Local neo-pagans invite all worshipers to the dedication of a new Heart Tree in Sosnovka Park, Gods Wood. 4 p.m. The second MIFIC Expo begins today at Lenexpo, providing an interactive platform for industry experts and manufacturers.]]> Business Digest http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40873 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40873 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400