Latest Saint Petersburg Stories

2006-07-11 05:12:46

By Denis Pinchuk ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Vladimir Soloveichik had some unexpected visitors. It was a group of officials from the draft board telling him he had to report immediately for military duty. His friends have also had call-ups. They all have two things in common: they live in St. Petersburg, venue for this weekend's Group of Eight summit, and they are opposition activists, the sort of people the police do not want spoiling the talks. "Right now there are police...

2006-04-07 02:22:07

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A Senegalese student was shot dead by a gun decorated with a swastika as he was coming out of a night club with friends in Russia's second city St Petersburg early on Friday, police said. "They were coming out of a club when they heard a noise -- they thought it was a firecracker. Then they looked and one of them was lying on the ground," Dezire Defo, head of the African Unity group, told Reuters. Police have launched a criminal investigation....

2005-08-05 07:03:02

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Conductor Valery Gergiev is on a mission to make Russian classical music great again, and he is not afraid to ask friends in very high places to help. The famously fiery 52-year-old, considered one of the world's great conductors, has already done more than most to restore pride in his country's orchestras, ballets and operas, which suffered a talent drain when the Soviet Union collapsed. He has built the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, known...

2005-07-12 06:38:19

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police have foiled plans to smuggle a Marc Chagall painting worth an estimated $1 million abroad, local media reported on Tuesday, citing art police in St. Petersburg. The painting, known in Russian as "Khasid," was stolen in 2001 from a private collection in Russia along with six other paintings. St. Petersburg police raided an expensive restaurant in the city where the work by the Russian master was about to be handed to a smuggler who intended to take the...

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  • An evil spirit; a devil.
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