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Russia, China Block 'House of Cards' UN Location Shoot

Published: July 3, 2014 (Issue # 1818)



  • Kevin Spacey as Francis J. "Frank" Underwood in "House Of Cards."
    Photo: Nextflix

Russia's UN delegation has blocked a request by the producers of "House of Cards" to use its New York headquarters as the backdrop to two episodes of the hit series, a news report said.

The scenes in question would have "depicted a meeting of the Security Council, as well as depicting behind the scenes discussions between ambassadors," British diplomat Michael Tatham wrote in an email to council members, news website Foreign Policy reported Tuesday.

Taham said the shooting would help raise the public profile of the Security Council and the UN as a whole, setting a deadline of 6 p.m. Tuesday for member states to raise their objections, the report said.

Film buffs may have expected Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, to welcome the producers' request, having starred in several films in his youth before casting aside his acting ambitions in favor of a career in diplomacy.

Less than half an hour before the deadline, however, the Russian delegation answered the request with a resounding "nyet."

In an email to council members, Russian diplomat Mikhail Agasandyan defended the veto, arguing the "premises should be available at any time and on short notice. Besides that, we insist that the Security Council premises are not an appropriate place for filming, staging, etc.," Foreign Policy reported.

China with whom Russia has sided to block four Security Council resolutions on boosting aid to war-torn Syria echoed Agasandyan's reservations.

"I think Mikhail's argument is reasonable," Bo Shen, a political counsellor at the Chinese mission the the UN, was quoted as saying by Foreign Policy.

House of Cards, which features Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, is a political drama detailing the schemings of politicians and lobbyists on Capitol Hill. The show has received rave reviews by critics since it was premiered by Netflix in February 2013.





 

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Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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