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 Putin Seeks Ways to Cut Russia Off From Internet Latest News By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40797 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40797 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s Security Council will convene on Monday to discuss the government\'s ability to isolate the Russian segment of the Internet from the global network during times of crisis, such as military action or foreign-sponsored protests, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday, confirming earlier speculation in Russian media.]]> Singer Rufus Wainwright Slams Russia\'s \'Gay Propaganda\' Law at Concert Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40795 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40795 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 American singer Rufus Wainwright condemned a Russian law forbidding the promotion of homosexual relations to minors during a concert in Moscow on Thursday, saying it was \"disgusting,\" to a storm of applause.]]> U.S., Canadian Jets Intercept 8 Russian Aircraft Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40798 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40798 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.]]> Getting the Hang of Russia Latest News By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40791 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40791 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 : to be suspended, to hang It\'s been a while since I\'ve indulged in my obsession with stance verbs verbs like (to stand), (to lie) and (to sit) that are used in what seem like whimsical ways to describe an immobile something or someone.]]> Russia Makes Bloomberg\'s List of Top 50 Most Efficient Health Care Systems Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40794 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40794 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia has for the first time made it onto Bloomberg\'s list of countries with the most efficient health care finishing last out of 51 countries polled.]]> Pro-Russian Separatist Hints Scottish Referendum Results Were Falsified Latest News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40796 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40796 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A representative of Ukraine\'s self-proclaimed Donetsk People\'s Republic expressed skepticism about the fairness of the Scottish independence referendum Friday, saying the results may have been falsified.]]> Russia\'s Gas Supply Cuts to Europe Bolster Gazprom\'s Bargaining Power Business By Alexander Panin http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40790 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40790 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 For two weeks, reports have been surfacing of large, peculiar falls in volumes of Russian gas deliveries to Eastern European countries that are supplying gas to Ukraine, with which Russia is locked in a gas price dispute.]]> Yevtushenkov Arrest Deals Russia\'s Investment Climate Another Blow Business By Ivan Nechepurenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40782 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40782 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The arrest of Vladimir Yevtushenkov, the largest stakeholder in one of Russia\'s biggest private corporations, will deal another blow to Russia\'s already decimated investment climate and is emblematic of the state\'s attitude toward private property, analysts said Wednesday.]]> Private Equity Funds Predict Years of Hardship in Russia Business By Howard Amos http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40783 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40783 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Top fund managers at private equity outfits working in Russia said Wednesday that tensions between the country and the West have badly hit their ability to raise money abroad and will restrict their operations for years.]]> Jeff Bezos Strikes Down Russian Space Rocket Engine Maker Business By Matthew Bodner http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40793 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40793 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 In a surprise turn of events, U.S. space industry behemoth United Launch Alliance, or ULA, and Blue Origin a secretive space startup owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos have unveiled an American rocket engine that may end Russia\'s supremacy in the field.]]> U.S., EU Sanctions Go Ahead Business By Julie Pace and Jonathan Fahey http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40769 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40769 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 WASHINGTON (AP) Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions on Sept. 12 against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russias ability to develop oil and gas projects.]]> Belarus Aids Norwegian Fish Producers in Dodging Russian Import Ban Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40792 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40792 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Norway\'s fish producers, heavily hit by Russia\'s ban on food imports from countries that have sanctioned it over Ukraine, have found a way around the embargo by sending goods through Belarus.]]> Russia and Finland Sign Icebreaker Deal for Baltic Sea Business http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40785 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40785 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia and Finland have signed an agreement on the provision of mutual icebreaking services in a bid to improve navigation in the eastern Gulf of Finland.]]> Polina Sokhranova: Inspiring Russias Women Business By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40770 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40770 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 When Cosmopolitan magazine came to Russia in 1994, it had its work cut out for it. Russia was a country with entrenched gender inequality and no beauty or fashion industry to speak of, but it had a hunger for Western mass culture.]]> Hermitage Museum Tops TripAdvisor Rankings Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40781 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40781 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The State Hermitage Museum has been recognized as the best museum in Europe by TripAdvisor, a popular rating of tourist destinations and infrastructure.]]> Poltavchenko Win Marked by Controversy Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40763 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40763 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Acting governor Georgy Poltavchenko officially received a record-breaking 79.3 percent of votes at in a controversial gubernatorial election the first since 2003 in St.]]> Local Peace March to Go Ahead Despite Ban Local News By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40764 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40764 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The local organizers of Peace March, an all-Russian protest against the war in eastern Ukraine scheduled for Sept. 21, said late on Monday that the St.]]> Mass Grave Uncovered Near St. Pete Local News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40765 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40765 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A World War II-era mass grave has been unearthed in a village near St. Petersburg, LifeNews reported Sept. 11. The discovery was made by a volunteer search party from the village of Vazhinsky in the Podporozhsky district of the Leningrad region.]]> Translators Affected by Ukraine Crisis Culture By Nataliya Bokareva http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40773 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40773 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Translators of Russian literature were honored at an award ceremony at Moscows Pashkov House, where participants warned that international tensions over Ukraine were having an effect on the quiet work of translators too.]]> Russian Director Seeks Ban on Hollywood Movies to Protest U.S. Sanctions Culture http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40784 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40784 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia should target Hollywood to pressure U.S. President Barack Obama into lifting sanctions on the country, prominent Russian movie director Yury Kara said Wednesday.]]> The Zombies Are Coming Culture By Michele A. Berdy http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40774 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40774 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Swedish Rocker to Front Queerfest Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40775 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40775 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Queerfest, an annual celebration of LGBT art and culture opening in St. Petersburg this week, will return to the city center after being forced last year to relocate to the citys northeastern outskirts.]]> Avant-Garde Music Festival Returns Culture By Sergey Chernov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40776 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40776 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Arthur Brown, Henry Kaiser and Dror Feiler will perform at the Aposition avant-garde music festival, which opens in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Held for the 10th time, Aposition will feature musicians from different music genres from across 10 different countries.]]> Alexander Pushkin: A Duel to the Death Culture By Gus Peters http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40777 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40777 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Alexander Pushkin is a giant of Russian literature and considered the father of the modern Russian language. And just as his life remains the subject of numerous myths, the circumstances of his death have become similarly dramatized.]]> The Laymans Guide to Caviar Food & Drink By Lana Matafonov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40779 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40779 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Blini, vodka and black caviar: No real Russian feast is complete without this tasty troika, which has become synonymous with Russian culture. Even during the time of the tsars, there was no dinner without caviar, especially in the Romanov era, says Alexander Dmitriev, a caviar specialist and vodka sommelier at Belmond Grand Hotel Europes Caviar Bar and Restaurant.]]> Namaste: Currying Flavor Food & Drink By Simon Patterson http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40780 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40780 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 On an evening when half the city seemed to have decided to take a walk down Nevsky Prospekt, it was a relief to duck into Namaste on Malaya Konyushennaya, which opened at the beginning of this month.]]> What McDonalds Meant to the U.S.S.R. Food & Drink By Mitya Kushelevich http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40778 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40778 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 In Russia, we dont panic easily. We get used to change fairly quickly. On the day of the self-imposed embargo of Western food, my Facebook page was flooded by jokes about delicious Belarusian mussels and toothsome Chinese ham, some of them already in comic strip form.]]> United Russia Tops Local, Regional Polls National News By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40767 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40767 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 The pro-Kremlin United Russia party swept most of 6,024 local polls conducted nationwide on Sunday amid the usual flurry of violation reports, and scandals over everything from discounted vegetables to topless activists.]]> Russian Prisoners Given Petting Zoo National News http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40788 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40788 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 When the words \"penal colony\" are mentioned, furry animals are not the first thing that spring to mind, but a prison in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg is changing all that with the construction of its own mini-zoo.]]> Bill to Cut Foreign Stakes in Russian Media Shocks Business Leaders National News By Ivan Nechepurenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40789 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40789 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 A draft bill limiting foreign ownership of Russian media assets to 20 percent will reshape the market and damage both media freedom and the business climate in the country, industry leaders said Thursday.]]> Ukraines Threat to Go Nuclear Is Hot Air National News By Ivan Nechepurenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40768 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40768 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russian Travel Agencies Bankrupted as Demand Falls Up to 50% Travel http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40786 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40786 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Some 130,000 Russians have lost money or needed emergency help with air tickets to return home from interrupted overseas vacations after more than a dozen travel agencies went bankrupt over the past two months, Interfax reported Wednesday.]]> Europes Political Divorces Are Often Messy Opinion By Pyotr Romanov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40771 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40771 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Divorce among couples rarely ends without scandal, and all the more so with divorce between states. Those splits inevitably involve political and economic hardships, mutual recriminations and a complex and painful division of property.]]> Donbass Is Not Scotland Opinion By Ivan Sukhov http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40787 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40787 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Russia\'s state-controlled television and propaganda is fixated on Scotland, in part because Britain is one of the foundation stones of Western society.]]> Russia Is Scared of the 21st Century For Now Opinion By Alexey Eremenko http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40772 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40772 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 As the dust settles over eastern Ukraine, the consensus is solidifying that the conflict there was the first battle of an attempted Cold War revival. A Cold War requires a Soviet Union, and the government of President Vladimir Putin has finally embraced it as a role model, more than a decade into his reign.]]> All About Town ALL ABOUT TOWN http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40766 http://www.sptimes.ru/story/40766 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0400 Saturday, Sept. 20 Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.]]>