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St. Petersburg Governor Tips Ice Bucket Over Head in Charity Challenge

Published: August 26, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko.
    Photo: Sergei Porter / Vedomosti

The usually staid governor of Russia's second-largest city St. Petersburg has poured a bucket of water over his head for the "Ice Bucket Challenge," a global campaign aimed at raising money for, and awareness of, a degenerative motor neuron disease.

Governor Georgy Poltavchenko had been challenged by Vyacheslav Malafeyev, a goalkeeper for St. Petersburg's Zenit football club.

"Your offer reached me at home so I transferred the money first, and now I have come home and want to fulfill the second part of the assignment and also appeal to my colleagues — the governors of St. Petersburg's sister cities — to follow my example," Poltavchenko, who is not noted for his flamboyant public stunts, said in the video of him pouring the water on himself.

According to another statement, Poltavchenko transferred $100 to the ALS foundation, a U.S. charity that helps sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

President Vladimir Putin was challenged last week by Hollywood star Vin Diesel to throw a bucket of ice over himself.

According to Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the president is probably unaware of Vin Diesel's challenge.

"We had other things on our agenda," he told the Lenta.ru news site.

Other celebrities to have taken part in the challenge include Microsoft founder Bill Gates and singers Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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