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St. Petersburg May Lose Oldest Nude Beach

Published: September 4, 2014 (Issue # 1827)



  • A spokesman said local authorities would offer disheartened nudist beachgoers an alternative spot.
    Photo: Michael Behrens / Flickr

St. Petersburg's oldest nude beach is under threat of closure as local authorities aim to turn the area into a "family-friendly" resort.

The Dunes, located in Sestroretsk, 30 kilometers northwest of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland, has long been a favorite haunt for nudists, but plans are under way to rebrand the beach for regular usage, a spokesman for the local district authorities said Tuesday.

"We are doing everything possible to survey the area and register it as one of the city's official city beaches," the spokesman told the Interfax news agency. "It will become a well-equipped, secure spot. There will be no nudists. There are certain rules that have to be followed in popular public places."

The spokesman said local authorities would offer disheartened nudist beachgoers an alternative spot.

"Of course, they'll be offered some other place, such as by the lakes on the district's border, where families with children don't go."

The Dunes, which in 2008 was recognized by a U.S.-based publication as one of the best 1,000 naked beaches in the world, has been used by free-spirited sunbathers since the 1960s and, in 1992, was granted official nude-beach status.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburg’s answer to the United States’ popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genre’s authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



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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