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Gang Steals $4.3M From St. Petersburg Bank

Published: February 14, 2014 (Issue # 1797)




  • Photo: Maxim Blinov / © RIA Novosti.

Four masked thieves made off with $4.3 million from a bank in St. Petersburg after beating up a security guard and stealing the keys to the vault, police said Thursday.

Police cited the lender’s chief security specialist as saying the guard at a branch of Russky Standard Bank was found handcuffed at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday with 150 million rubles missing from the vault.

Robbers Get Away From Bank With 10M Rubles

The guard told police the robbers attacked him while he was patrolling the bank’s premises on Tuesday night, and beat and bound him before stuffing him into a car.

After driving around the city for 15 minutes, the gang returned to the bank and pepper-sprayed the guard in the face before stealing his keys to the vault and locking him inside the bathroom, police said.

The Interior Ministry said the guard has been hospitalized and that the robbery was filmed on the bank’s surveillance cameras.





 


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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.