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2009-09-25 12:37:52

The man convicted of killing Russian gold medal-winning Olympics cyclist Dmitry Nelyubin has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, court officials said. ITAR-Tass said Friday Alim Azhagoyev was given the sentence in a city court in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the New Year's Day 2005 killing. Nelyubin, 33, was fatally stabbed during a street fight that began after the 1988 Olympic champion, his common-law wife Natalia and a friend began setting off fireworks, authorities said. Azhagoyev's...

2009-08-03 13:40:12

Police in Florida said a woman searching for the source of rodent sounds discovered a bazooka shell in the attic above her garage. Jeanne Tipton, 81, of St. Petersburg, called police shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday after she found the shell in the attic and moved it to her backyard, the St. Petersburg Times reported Monday. The Tampa Police Department's bomb squad was called to the scene and determined the shell, which is believed to be at least 40 years old, was an inert practice round. Tipton...

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2009-07-29 09:09:37

A communist group has asked U.S. pop star Madonna to dress modestly and sing a revolutionary song when she performs in Russia this weekend. The iconic recording artist's concert is scheduled to take place Sunday at the historic Palace Square in St. Petersburg. RIA Novosti said the Communists of Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, an organization that is separate from the larger Communist Party, has published an open letter asking the American singer to reconsider her costumes and repertoire...

2008-10-07 06:00:31

Sistema (LSE: SSA), the largest public diversified corporation in Russia and the CIS, which manages fast growing companies operating in the consumer services sector, today announced the launch of movie and TV production at Russian World Studio (RWS) in St Petersburg. RWS is a subsidiary of Sistema and one of the leading Russian film and TV production companies. The construction of the first phase of movie production facilities in St Petersburg was completed in July 2008 with a total...

2008-08-21 15:00:40

Text of report by Russian Gazeta.ru news website, often critical of the government, on 6 August [Report by Viktoriya Buravchenko: "Luzhkov as TV star"] Authorities in the capital are trying to gain federal status for their TV channel Centre TV [TV-Tsentr], something that could be greatly to their advantage. But Moscow does not want to turn over its channel to central government entirely. Experts are of the opinion that, in this way, Yuriy Luzhkov hopes to reinforce his status as a federal...

2008-08-05 12:00:30

Moscow mayor Yuriy Luzhkov has spoken out in favour of turning Centre TV, owned by the Moscow city government, into a federal channel, Centre TV reported on 5 August. "Centre TV channel, especially compared with the St Peterburg [TV] channel which has for some reason become a state channel, broadcasts on a scale which is approximately three times broader than St Petersburg TV. Russia should include it into the list of state channels. In essence, it is state channel already, since it not only...

2008-07-17 21:00:26

ST. PETERSBURG. July 17 (Interfax) - The North-Western transport prosecutor's office has concluded that the officers from the Pulkovo Airport security service acted strictly in line with the law when they made chief of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs Doris Leuthard and members of her delegation undergo a security check. "Our inspection has not uncovered any violations of the law in the actions of the Pulkovo Airport security officials," the prosecutor's office said in a...

2006-08-11 10:07:19

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - The husband of a curator at the center of a stolen art scandal in Russia said he and his wife were so poor that they stole artefacts from the Hermitage museum to buy insulin for her diabetes, his lawyer said on Friday. The theft of more than 200 silver and enamel pieces from the Hermitage exposed years of under-funding and neglect at Russia's museums, with staff paid paltry wages and no cash for adequate security. President Vladimir Putin has...

2006-08-05 12:52:04

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Police have detained the husband and son of a museum curator on suspicion of stealing hundreds of artworks from Russia's world-famous Hermitage Museum, Interfax news agency said on Saturday. The suspects have confessed to stealing about $5 million worth of artifacts over a period of six years with the help of a member of the museum staff who is now dead, the agency quoted a source close to the investigation as saying. "Two people suspected of...

2006-08-01 10:17:03

By Dennis Pinchuk ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Historic Russian art worth nearly $5 million has vanished from the Hermitage, one of the world's greatest museums, its director said on Tuesday, with suspicion falling on members of staff. Auditors noticed the loss of pieces of silver and enamel, made by Russian craftsmen in the Middle Ages and 19th century, in stock-taking last month. News agencies said the lost artworks included icons, religious works and items with precious...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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