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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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Wednesday, Apr. 23


Problems facing the elderly are in the spotlight at Senior Generation 2014, an international forum at LenExpo beginning today that focuses on drawing attention to and providing information about some of society’s most vulnerable members. An exhibition combined with a trade fair will help those interested be better equipped to help this demographic.



Thursday, Apr. 24


Learn more about Denmark during the Danish Business Delegation’s visit to SPIBA this evening starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Danish Culture Institute. Danish Consul general Klaus Sorensen will be in attendance and the buffet following a presentation on Danish companies in Russia will be the perfect opportunity to network with the assembled businessmen.


AmCham’s Human Resources Committee Meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning in their St. Petersburg office. Check their website for more details.



Friday, Apr. 25


Light Music presents the main events for their Cultural Kitchen project at Loft-Project Etagi today. A B2B event that focuses on Finnish food, arts, travel, music and design, the evening will conclude with a dinner by chef Jyrki Tsutsunen and dancing to music by Aino Venna. The event, which began yesterday with presentations by tourism and cultural institutions, concludes today with a preview of Finland’s Flow festival and other musical events. Invitations are available from www.culturalkitchen.fi.



Saturday, Apr. 26


At 6 p.m. this evening, stylist Liliana Modigliani offers 50 simple ways to up your style quotient with beauty tips at the Galeria shopping center on Ligovsky Prospekt. The event is part of the final day of the shopping mall’s Fashion Saturday sales event, this week focusing on top brands located on the ground floor as well as presentation from fashion experts on sprucing up your spring look.



Sunday, Apr. 27


Families shouldn’t miss Childhood Planet 2014, the trade fair that started yesterday and concludes today at LenExpo. Not only will goods and services be provided for children and families but the event hopes to promote Russian brands and eco-friendly products using the latest technology available in the childcare industry.



Monday, Apr. 28


The Hotel Indigo will be the site of SPIBA’s Acting Skills for HR and Other Managers master class this morning starting at 9 a.m. The event will begin with coffee before moving on to the class itself and conclude with a tour of the recently opened hotel. Confirm attendance by Apr. 24.



Tuesday, Apr. 29


Improve your English at the British Book Center’s Interactive English Lesson tonight at 6 p.m. Students at pre-intermediate and intermediate levels are welcome discuss topics that are selected to help learners master the more difficult aspects of English grammar and vocabulary.