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In Brief

Published: September 9, 2008 (Issue # 1406)


Gay Taxi Service?

Taxis for gay people may be set to appear on the streets of St. Petersburg, Interfax reported Monday.

Although there are no concrete plans as yet, a representative of a Petersburg taxi firm told Interfax that they believe there is a market for this service.

He added that the cars, driven by heterosexual women, would be “normal” taxis, and not painted pink or light blue.

Openly homophobic attacks and abuse are increasingly considered acceptable in Russia, with Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov repeatedly banning Gay Pride events and last year calling gay people “Satanic.”

Sennaya Shoot-out

One man was killed and two injured in an exchange of fire on Thursday near Sennaya Market, Interfax reported.

The shoot-out, in which one of the shooters died and the other was injured, is believed to have been the result of a longstanding conflict between two criminal groups whose members are natives of Tajikistan.

It appears that the other injured party was a bystander.

Soldier Death Enquiry

The military prosecutor’s office is to carry out an inquiry into the death of a professional soldier from the North Petersburg military unit.

The cause of death, which Interfax reports as having happened Sept. 2, is not yet known.

The unnamed soldier, from the Komi Republic, had 18 months left of his contract.





 


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Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDA’s Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBA’s Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.