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Pamfilova Won't Apologize to Nashi

Published: October 9, 2009 (Issue # 1516)


MOSCOW The Kremlins human rights council wont apologize for a statement condemning the Nashi youth group for persecuting a journalist and intends to send the matter to prosecutors, council head Ella Pamfilova said Wednesday.

The comments came as United Russia and Liberal Democratic Party deputies piled on Pamfilova, demanding that she apologize for offending veterans and defending Alexander Podrabinek.Pamfilova, who was first appointed as a Kremlin human rights aide by then-President Vladimir Putin in 2002, has stressed that she and the councils members do not share Podrabineks views.

In an article last month, the journalist and human rights activist wrote that members of a veterans group were probably former camp guards and executioners for demanding that a Moscow restaurant be renamed from Antisovetskaya, or Anti-Soviet, to Sovetskaya.

Podrabinek was forced into hiding, saying he and his family received threats, and Nashi has held daily demonstrations outside his apartment for the past week.

At a State Duma session Wednesday, Robert Shlegel, a deputy with United Russia, proposed that the president dismiss Pamfilova for advocating Podrabineks rights. Another United Russia deputy, Frants Klintsevich, who also heads the Russian Union of Afghanistan Veterans, said Tuesday that Pamfilova must be sacked.

On Monday, Pamfilovas watchdog released a statement condemning the persecution campaign organized by irresponsible adventurists from Nashi and cautioning that the activists were showing open signs of extremism.





 


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Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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