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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 prosecutors 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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Centers Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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