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Mirilashvili Arrest Given Political Overtones

By Masha Kaminskaya

STAFF WRITER

Since St. Petersburg prosecutors arrested prominent Russian-Israeli businessman Mikhail Mirilashvili on Tuesday, specula- tion has raged over the possible political and business motives for the arrest. And while the prosecutors are stick- ing to their story — that Mirilashvili was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping as the result of a criminal investigation be- gun last September — Russian media and sources close to Mirilashvili are fo- cusing on his connection to two other

men who have fallen foul of prosecutors:

Media-MOST’s Vladimir Gusinsky, and businessman Dmitry Rozhdestvensky. Gusinsky, the president of the Rus- sian Jewish Congress, is under house ar- rest in Spain awaiting a Madrid court de- cision on a Russian extradition request. Mirilashvili is vice president of the Jewish Congress, one of the two main national Jewish organizations in the country. Rozhdestvensky, who has been charged with fraud and embezzlement, is head of the board of directors of the ad- vertising and film production company

Russkoye Video. Media-MOST’s acqui- sition of a stake in Russkoye Video is at the heart of the case against Gusinsky. In an interview with The St. Peters- burg Times, Rozhdestvensky, whose trial is due to open Feb. 22, described Miri- lashvili as “an old friend.” The two men have a long-standing business associa- tion, including partnership in the history of Russkoye Video.

KIDNAPPING CHARGES At a press conference on Wednesday, however, City Prosecutor Ivan Sydoruk

denied that Mirilashvili’s arrest had “anything to do with either Media- MOST or [Mirilashvili’s] membership of the Jewish Congress.” “We have enough proof to suspect [Mirilashvili] of organizing the kidnap- ping of two St. Petersburg businessmen last year,” said Sydoruk. “He will be offi- cially charged within the week.” Sydoruk refused to give any details on the names or age of the kidnapped. Immediately after news of the arrest broke, Yury Novolodsky, Mirilashvili’s See ARREST, Page 2

ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT Nadezhda Grebeshkova and Vera Bodrina, shown here singing songs at a get-together, are

ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT

Nadezhda Grebeshkova and Vera Bodrina, shown here singing songs at a get-together, are two of the 560,000 people who were left in the city in January 1944.

Blockade Survivors Who Lived by Bread Alone

By Irina Titova

STAFF WRITER

Lidiya Lifanova, a 77-year-old pen- sioner, has not thrown away a piece of bread for 60 years. “For me bread is priceless,” Li- fanova said. “All these left-over odds and ends that we have in our family we give to stray cats and dogs,” she said. Nadezhda Samsonenko, another 77-year-old woman, puts seemingly useless scrapings from plates in the fridge with which she magically pre- pares delicious meals. Unappealing frozen fish, three- day-old boiled potatoes left by her young relatives, a desiccated carrot, left-over broth, and spices all combine in her pot to create a delicious soup

that wastes nothing. She could even make glue and bean skins an appeal- ing dish. Far from being some modern super- recycling effort, however, these are habits the women developed during the 900-day blockade of Leningrad during which the city was surrounded by Nazi troops. While the siege ended 57 years ago this Saturday, more sombre cere- monies will mark the 60th anniversary of its beginning later this year. At the beginning of the siege on Sept. 8, 1941, the German army de- stroyed all railways into the city, blew up Badayevsky, the city center’s main food storage facility, shut off electric- ity, water and all possible routes of nourishment and vowed to starve

Leningrad to death until it gave in. But the city never surrendered. When the blockade ended, only 560,000 people remained in the city, which in 1941 had a population of 3.2 million. Of those, 1.7 million were evacuated during the war while 600,000 joined the army. Starvation, sickness and bombing raids took the rest — more than 500,000. At that time, small rations of bread — which was often more saw-dust than flour — were available on a daily basis and distributed according to the following scheme: laborers — 250 grams; office workers — 200 and an additional 125 grams for each of these peoples’ dependents. Given the spartan fare, people had

to use their imaginations to come up with more palatable cuisine — which today would look more at home on a carpenter’s bench: soup made from joiner’s glue; leather belts; potato peels and tea from pine twigs for vitamins. Others dug the sweet soil near the bombed-out Badayevsky facility fol- lowing the German bombing, where fire had melted sugar into the earth. In more morbid circles, some peo- ple actually sold meat from corpses and tried to pass it off as pork. Ac- cording to Nina Volodina, who was 10 years old in 1941, city radio broadcast almost constant warnings about canni- balistic practices. Once when Anton- ina Mirinova, now 75, went to take wa- See SURVIVORS, Page 2

Kokh To Take Charge Of NTV

By Andrei Zolotov Jr.

STAFF WRITER

MOSCOW — Gazprom-Media head Alfred Kokh announced Thursday that he is taking over control of NTV televi- sion and planning to install a new board that will not include NTV founder Vla- dimir Gusinsky. The announcement was a stunning turn in the months-long battle for the only national television station still in- dependent of the Kremlin. The stage was set earlier Thursday when court marshals seized the disputed 19 percent of NTV shares and forbade Media-MOST from voting with them. “This means that the number of vot- ing shares is 81 percent, and conse- quently Gazprom with 46 percent is the controlling shareholder,” Kokh said at a news conference. Gusinsky’s Media-MOST holding company said the court marshals had violated the court decision and pre- dicted the battle was not yet over. Kokh said he plans to call an emer- gency shareholders meeting within days and bring in new Gazprom representa- tives, including himself. Gusinsky and his closest associates, Igor Malashenko and Andrei Tsimailo, will be ousted. Management changes at NTV are also likely, Kokh said, but he promised to do his best to keep the existing team. Appearing later in the day in a dramatic duel with an NTV correspondent on the channel’s program “Geroi Dnya,” or Hero of the Day, Kokh said he is “satisfied” with Yevgeny Kiselyov as NTV’s general director. After insistent questions about the Kremlin’s role in his takeover of NTV, Kokh said in both public appearances that on Jan. 14, President Vladimir Putin had summoned him to his country residence to discuss the future of NTV. According to Kokh, Putin demanded that Gazprom-Media should not influ- ence the channel’s coverage. “Shares, debts, finance is your pre- rogrative,” Kokh quoted Putin as say- ing. “But don’t touch journalists and management, that is my prerogative. I am the guarantor of press freedom. Our task is to preserve the management and editorial team as much as possible.” Media-MOST said Thursday that Kokh had jumped the gun. Both in comments from the press service, and on NTV’s news program, the company focused on the difference between the document it had received from the Moscow Arbitration Court earlier this week and the one it got from the court marshals Thursday. According to Media-MOST, the court froze the 19 percent stake but re- See KOKH, Page 2

2 Friday, January 26, 2001

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The St. Petersburg Times

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lawyer, called a press conference and declared his client innocent, demanding his release on bail or on a guarantee that he would not leave St. Petersburg. Novolodsky said that Mirilashvili was calm, if confused by the charges, which the lawyer described as extremely vague. He also said that prosecutors were trying to frame Mirilashvili, who, he said, did not know anything about the investiga- tion or what it might be linked to. “[Mirilashvili] came to see me in my office [Tuesday] evening and said he was afraid that there was a smear cam- paign being organized against him,” said Novolodsky on Wednesday. “Half an hour later, the police came and took him to the Prosecutor’s Office to be in- terrogated.”

him to the Prosecutor’s Office to be in- terrogated.” ALEXEI DANICHEV/FOR SPT Mirilashvili, who was arrested

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Mirilashvili, who was arrested Tuesday, has many St. Petersburg business interests.

Mikhail, and brother, Gabriel, who now reportedly live in Israel, Mirilashvili is said to control a wide range of St. Pe- tersburg businesses, including real-es- tate, pharmeceutical, trading, entertain-

ment and construc- tion companies.

Mirilashvili himself is said to control the Conti Group, which runs

a number of casi-

nos in the city, as well as having con- nections to the lo-

cal branch of LUKoil, and being a ma- jor shareholder in the Gostiny Dvor de- partment store. Police on Tuesday and Wednesday searched Mirilashvili’s apartment on Ka- mennoostrovsky Prospect, and LUKoil’s offices on Moscow’s Tverskaya Ulitsa. According to both Dmitry Dolgov, spokesman for LUKoil, and Mikhail Varganov, director of the company’s St. Petersburg branch, police took away audio and video tapes from the office but did not remove any documentation. Interfax quoted the two LUKoil representatives as saying that the search was “only vaguely connected” to

LUKoil. Mirilashvili has an office in the same building, although it was not clear

if that had been searched as well.

“Mirilashvili has never been an offi- cial LUKoil representive in the North- west, but we’ve heard that he has intro- duced himself as such,” the two said ac- cording to Interfax.

In the first incident, two men and a woman described by prosecutors as well- known St. Petersburg mobsters of Geor- gian nationality were shot dead in broad daylight in front of the Astoria hotel, where a conference on investment and business security was taking place, which

Mirilashvili was chairing. At the time, some local reports hinted that Mirilashvili — who is said to have an underworld-style nickname, Misha Ku-

taissky — was behind the shootings, in revenge for his father’s abduction. Novolodsky called rumors of Miri- lashvili’s criminal ties absurd. “The [shootings] may or may not be con- nected with the arrest. I have no com- ment,” he added. Rozhdestvensky also rubbished the kidnapping and murder allegations. “I have never heard of a more absurd case,” he said. “Mirilashvili is a peaceful man, incapable of committing any crime.” “It makes no sense for him to murder three people outside a business-security conference he himself was holding.” Ruslan Linkov, head of the St. Peters- burg branch of the Democratic Russia party, called the charges “absolute non- sense,” according to an Interfax report. “This is yet another demonstration of

anti-semitic tendencies [

[the police and prosecutors],” Linkov,

] on the part of

who has close ties to Rozhdestvensky, was quoted as saying.

Staff writer Vladimir Kovalyev also con- tributed to this report.

writer Vladimir Kovalyev also con- tributed to this report. SERGEI GRACHEV/SPT Ivan Sydoruk CRIME CONNECTION However,

SERGEI GRACHEV/SPT

Ivan Sydoruk

CRIME CONNECTION However, Prosecutor Sydoruk also said on Wednesday that Mirilashvili could have been involved in a triple murder that took place in the center of St. Pe- tersburg last September, perhaps in re- sponse to the kidnapping of Miri- lashvili’s father a few weeks before that.

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ter from the Neva river ice-hole she came across the severed head of a woman who had obviously been eaten. “What was striking is that we were not shocked by the sight or the existence of cannibalism,” said Mironova. “We just

tried to fill our buckets, a difficult task with the head constantly popping up.” So pervasive were the ugly signs of hunger that one became inured to them in time. Samsonenko recalls walking down Ulitsa Nekrasova in December, 1941 when a man in front her, struggling to catch his balance, plopped down on a box at the side of the side walk. When Samsonenko reached him, she found he was dead of exhaustion and starvation. “Wherever we walked somewhere we simply stepped over the corpses on in our path,” said Volodina. “We no longer reacted to

such sights.” Despite the thick skin one had to develop during the blockade years to survive, no one had any illusions that they could survive without

help. In turn, many thousands of the city residents were ready to give it. Volodina recalled that one mother of two in her communal apartment took on the responsibility of two more young children after their mother died of star- vation while their father was at the front. He too was killed, and from the blockade on, the neighbor treated the children as her own. Indeed, except for the very young or old, women dominated the city during the blockade. When bombing set whole city blocks ablaze, it was women who ex- tinguished them in the fire brigades. Women also dug trenches for shelter and stood in the watch towers, watching for enemy planes on the horizon. It was they, too, who pulled survivors from under smoking rubble, or looked after the chil- dren of the dead, whom they would find trying to wake their dead mothers. In a way, it was not the Red Army that saved Leningrad from the ruin of the war, but the city’s own tradition of

humanism and culture. Samsonenko, who worked in a school during the blockade, would read the poems of Alexander Pushkin to the

children to distract them from their painful hunger. Later, in the evenings, radio announcers would read those same verses to distract adults from their hunger as well. Indeed, the city refused to give its culture up. People went to the sym- phony, saw plays, visited museums, wrote and read. They visited the zoo as well, a storehouse of possible food that no one ever dared to eat. Some people — including Alexan- dra Pukhova, who smiles gently at the recollection — even managed to fall in love. The young sailor she met, she added, would always leave her extra ra- tions of bread in her apartment “It moved me so much that he didn’t just give it to me outright, so as not to embarrass me,” Pukhova said. They married

on January 30, 1944, three days after the blockade was over. On September 28, 1944, she gave birth to a son. After the harsh winter of 1942,

spring brought some relief and people were able to cul- tivate modest gardens in local parks. Those who remained alive set about cleaning up the city after the long winter. Pukhova said that there were many places where the corpses of the deceased were piled, and in spring all of them were buried at what is now Piskary- ovskoye memorial cemetery, in the North East of the city. Despite the dev- astation of hunger and war, Leningrad miraculously never suffered any out- breaks of disease during the siege. Those blockade survivors who are still among the living are now, of course, pensioners. In addition to the standard 800-ruble state pension they receive an additional 800 rubles. Sometimes, the government also gives them discounts on bread and sugar. It can hardly be called luxury, but af- ter surviving the blockade, Lifanova — who still hasn’t thrown a piece of bread away in 58 years — is hardly inclined to wastefulness.

A RANGE OF THEORIES Despite the prosecutor’s statements to the contrary, the Gusinsky connection

was still highly fa- vored by commen- tators. Media- MOST’s offices in Moscow were also searched by police on Wednesday. And although Rozhdestvensky said to Interfax

Wednesday that “there is no connection between the Russkoye Video case and Mirilashvili’s arrest,” he said in an inter- view that when he himself was arrested in 1998, “Investigators asked me to give ev- idence against Gusinsky and Mirilashvili, and made anti-Semitic remarks.” “They couldn’t [successfully prose- cute] me, so they’ve gone after Gusinsky and Mirilashvili.” NTV television, part of Gusinsky’s Media-MOST, has been highly critical of President Vladimir Putin’s government, and many commentators have said that his case and other attacks on Media- MOST are politically motivated. “Law-enforcement agencies are being used more and more for political and economic goals,” said Novolodsky. Tankred Golenpolsky, a leading member of the Russian Jewish Congress, said to Agence France Presse that he did not believe the charges against Mirilashvili, whom he described as “a pleasant, cultured young man.” “We’ll have to wait and see what the courts say before drawing conclusions,” Golenpolsky was quoted as saying.

drawing conclusions,” Golenpolsky was quoted as saying. Except for the very young or very old, women

Except for the very young or very old, women dominated the city during the Leningrad Blockade.

old, women dominated the city during the Leningrad Blockade. ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT Yury Novolovsky KOKH Continued from

ALEXANDER BELENKY/SPT

Yury Novolovsky

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fused Gazprom-Media’s demand that Media-MOST be barred from voting with these shares. The court marshals, however, ordered the shares be ex- cluded from voting. “Obviously, under pressure, the court marshals have violated the court’s decision and carried out a crime,” Me- dia-MOST spokesman Dmitry Ostalsky said. He said Media-MOST will dispute the court marshals’ decision in court. “Nobody other than the court can de- prive shareholders of their right to man- age their property,” Ostalsky said. “The procedure will take longer than Kokh would like,” he said. “Mr. Kokh is rushing.” Kokh said there is no contradiction between the two documents. “The form of arrest is determined by the court marshals, not by the court,” he said. The dispute over the 19 percent portfolio derives from an agreement Media-MOST and Gazprom-Media signed on Nov. 17. Both sides accuse the other of violating the agreement and suits have been filed in London, Gibral- tar and Moscow. The shares were frozen Thursday pending a decision by the Moscow Arbitration Court, which is scheduled to hear the case on Feb. 14. “This is a blatant, rude attempt to disregard the court and simply take our television company away from us,” Kiselyov said in dramatic comments aired by NTV. “And the ruler will be not the Prosecutor General’s Office, not Kokh, but President Putin. The law is on our side, I am convinced. We will de- fend our legal rights, and we will win.”

In an attempt to prevent the takeover of NTV, Media-MOST an- nounced late last week that they were ready to sell Gusinsky’s shares in NTV and three other media companies to a consortium of investors led by CNN founder Ted Turner. The company chal- lenged President Putin to back the pur- chase and guarantee that the state would not interfere in editorial matters. The $300 million raised from the sale would go to repay loans to Gazprom. Christopher Renaud, Media- MOST’s head of finance and strategic development, described the situation as

a race between Media-MOST trying to

repay the loans first and Gazprom-Me- dia trying to take over the company be-

fore the loans had been paid. Among the nine board members Kokh plans to nominate, there are five Gazprom representatives. Media-MOST

is to be represented by NTV’s Kiselyov,

TNT head Sergei Skvortsov and another NTV official, Mikhail Shmushkovich. There is a ninth board member on Kokh’s list: chairman of the state-owned RIA news agency, Vladimir Kulistikov. Last October, Kulistikov left his post as NTV’s deputy director and joined RIA, which is part of the government-owned television and radio conglomerate, VGTRK. The conglomerate is headed by another Media-MOST defector, for- mer NTV president Oleg Dobrodeyev. Last week, the government-owned newspaper Parlamentskaya Gazeta re- ported that Media-MOST planned to replace Kiselyov with Kulistikov in an attempt to smooth its relations with the government. Media-MOST officials ve- hemently denied the reports. Kokh blurred the answer to the question of whom Kulistikov will repre-

sent, but pointed to his expertise in managing NTV. The prosecutor’s office on Thursday called Malashenko, Gusinsky’s first deputy, and NTV anchor Tatyana Mitkova in for questioning on Friday morning. Ostalsky said Malashenko was abroad and could not appear.

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BUSINESS INTERESTS Mirilashvili, 40, is a native of Georgia who now holds dual Russian-Israeli cit- izenship. Together with his father,

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Vandals Targeting Latvian Consulate

By Vladimir Kovalyev

STAFF WRITER

In what has become a cycle of hostility, the Latvian Consulate in St. Petersburg was vandalized early Tuesday morning by a group that smashed windows on the building’s first floor, thus touching off a minor diplomatic furor. Glass on the front door and two win- dows on the first floor of the building — which is located on the 10th Line of St. Petersburg’s Vasilievsky Island — were shattered with a metal rod and stones, consulate officials said. Latvian Embassy officials accused the Russian authorities of being lax for not posting 24-hour guards in front of the diplomatic mission. “The Russians are not providing safety for the consulate, which they should be doing according to the Vi- enna Convention [signed in 1963],” said Latvian Consul General Yuris Au- darins in an interview on Thursday. The police and consulate officials say they think members of the national- ist Russian National Unity Party, or RNE, group — which has no connec- tion to the Yedinstvo, or Unity, political faction — were involved in the vio- lence. In fact, a police source who re- quested anonymity said that they had a suspect for the most recent attack under surveillance but had not arrested him yet. The source declined to say why, but he did say that the suspect had been kicked out of RNE. Throughout the year, said Audarins, the consulate has suffered at least six hostile acts, including angry pickets, telephone threats, and even a Molotov cocktail attack last July.

And last January, the consulate was vandalized with black paint and eggs. During the same month, the RNE claimed responsibility for the action. The police arrested a young activist, Andrei Dmitriyev, who was charged with deliberate damage of property. He confessed, spent three days in jail, but then he was amnestied and released. Also last May, police said, RNE members paid a beggar 250 rubles and two bottles of highly alcoholic cleaning fluid for the beggar to drink in ex-

alcoholic cleaning fluid for the beggar to drink in ex- Members of the extremist Russian National

Members of the extremist Russian National Unity Party have been linked to the attacks.

change for his breaking the consulate’s windows. He too was arrested and let go shortly thereafter. After Tuesday’s attack, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a letter of protest to the Russian Embassy in Riga, demanding Russia organize 24- hour security for the St. Petersburg con- sulate as well as apprehending the van- dals, Audarins said. The note added that Russia’s Embassy in Riga has round-the-clock protection from Lat- vian police. Police at Vasilieostrovsky Police sta- tion No. 16, however, say that they don’t have the staff to provide that kind of service. Generally, police can cover the

consulate only on the days when its visa section is working, the source said. He said the Lithuanian, Czech and Estonian consulates are in the same situation. Unconsoled, Audarins said there ap- pears to be a method behind the vio- lence, which appears to be driven by the tensions that have existed between Russia and the newly independent Baltic state. Dmitriyev, who was arrested last year, said he was protesting the impris- onment in Latvia of Vasily Kononov, 77, a former Soviet officer accused of war crimes and sentenced to six years last January. RNE members were not available for comment on the incident, but mem- bers of the Russian Party, another local nationalist group in St. Petersburg with anti-Baltic leanings, said it supported the alleged actions of the RNE. “The Baltic states made the policy of apartheid legal,” said Russian Party leader Nikolai Bondarik, in reference to the citizenship difficulties that Rus- sians have had in the Baltic states since the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Latvia fell under Soviet rule as a re- sult of the Molotov-Ribentropp pact signed in 1939. Approximately 35 per- cent of Latvia’s native population was killed during World War II, deported to Siberia, or fled. Since Latvia regained independence in 1991, Russia has been concerned about the Baltic nation’s ethnic Russian population and the Kremlin has protested the republic’s policy of prose- cuting suspected former Soviet officers.

Yeltsin Threatened With Immunity Limitation

By Vladimir Isachenkov

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that limits former presidents’ immunity from prosecution and may spell prob- lems for Boris Yeltsin, whose administra- tion has been accused of corruption. The bill, which the lower house of parliament approved by a 280-130 vote, substantially weakened the original Kremlin-proposed version that would have offered former presidents unlim- ited immunity. The new version says that a former president can be stripped of immunity by a simple majority in both houses of parliament if prosecu- tors charge him with a serious crime. Lawmakers in the State Duma passed amendments to the bill Wednes-

day, and today’s vote on the third and fi- nal reading came virtually without de- bate. To become law, the bill must be approved by the upper house and signed by President Vladimir Putin. The vote revived discussions about allegations of Kremlin corruption while Yeltsin was president, which have lan- guished since his abrupt resignation Dec. 31, 1999. Putin signed a decree immediately after Yeltsin’s departure guaranteeing total criminal immunity for former presidents, fueling speculation that Yeltsin stepped down before the end of his term out of fear of investigations into his corruption-tinged administra- tion. The Kremlin then submitted a bill to parliament in an effort to enshrine the decree in law.

Russia Regains Europe Council Vote

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

STRASBOURG, France — The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly restored Russia’s vote Thursday despite persistent con- cerns about the human-rights situa- tion in Chechnya. The European human-rights body’s 600-member chamber said it decided to reinstate the voting rights of the 36-member Russian delega- tion because of the Russian parlia- ment’s increasing cooperation with the group. The assembly had revoked the Russian delegation’s voting rights last April, saying they would not be restored without “substantial progress” toward improving hu- man rights in Chechnya. While it noted “some encourag- ing, if limited, developments” since then, the assembly said that Russia had a long way to go in adhering to human-rights standards in war-torn republic. “Russia did not act in line with the Council of Europe’s principles and values in the conduct of its mili- tary campaign and many of the as-

sembly’s requirements in this regard are yet to be implemented,” it said in a statement. A progress report on Chechnya said alleged human-rights violations by Russian troops were not investi- gated and cited a “disturbing” hu- manitarian situation highlighted by the scarcity of food, medicine, and hospital treatment. Chechen rebels drove Russian troops out of Chechnya in a 1994- 96 war, but Moscow’s forces went back last year and now occupy most of the territory. Fighting continues, and human- rights organizations have fre- quently accused both sides of hu- man-rights violations. Russia has repeatedly rejected criticism of its war in Chechnya, denying widespread abuses and in- sisting that the conflict is an inter- nal affair. The Parliamentary Assembly is a largely advisory body of lawmakers from the 43 nations that belong to the Council of Europe, which binds members to the 1952 European Convention on Human Rights.

The bill’s approval follows last week’s arrest in New York of Yeltsin’s property chief and ally Pavel Borodin on a Swiss money-laundering warrant. Borodin is in a New York jail pending a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday. Swiss prosecutors say there is evi- dence Borodin received tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks from the Swiss construction company Mabetex for a contract to renovate the Kremlin. Russia’s former prosecutor general, Yuri Skuratov, has said that documents provided by Swiss prosecutors allege that Yeltsin and his daughters, Tatyana Dyachenko and Yelena Okulova, used credit cards provided by Mabetex, with the company paying the bills. The Kremlin has denied the allegations, and no charges have been filed.

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Communists Walk Out Over Land Bill

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With left-wing deputies staging a walkout in protest, the State Duma on Thursday gave a narrow tentative approval to a bill enabling the pri- vate buying and selling of non-agri- cultural land. The Duma voted 229 to 168 on first reading to add a chapter to the Civil Code regulating business deals involving land. The proposal had been blocked by Communists who strongly op- posed trading in land, most of which remains in the hands of the government and collective farms left over from the Soviet era. The bill must go through two more readings, pass the Federation Council and receive President Vladimir Putin’s signature to be- come law. Second readings are usu- ally held within a month. Communists and their allies ar- gued unsuccessfully Thursday that the rich or politically connected would gobble up the best land, push- ing most of the population deeper into poverty. “Those who work and live on land don’t have money and won’t have any tomorrow,” said Nikolai Kharitonov, the leader of the Com- munist-allied Agrarian faction. “If we pass this bill, we will become slaves tomorrow.” He said it was “premature” to al- low sales even of urban land. “Those who vote for this bill hate farmers,” echoed Communist Yury Nikiforov. After the vote, Kharitonov led left-wing deputies out of the Duma hall in protest. Liberal and centrist supporters of the bill dismissed such protests as pointless since the bill only refers to non-agricultural land. The ban on deals in farmland will remain in place until a special Land Code is approved. Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of Duma’s legal affairs committee and member of the liberal Union of Right Forces faction, said the new bill would provide long-needed legal guidelines. The State Land Committee esti- mates the value of the nation’s land

at $5 trillion. Supporters of the Land Code point out that if the govern- ment were to levy a tax on privately owned land — as is done in the West — the state coffers would bulge. Land deals are currently regu- lated by myriad laws approved by lo- cal legislatures, and the legal confu- sion has created a rich ground for corruption and fraud. The absence of coherent legislation has spooked foreign investors and helped stall economic development. The approval on first reading Thursday will no doubt cheer those foreign investors who have for years been urging the government to cobble together a law that would clearly guarantee ownership rights to land. They say the lack of legisla- tion has drastically slowed down their investments into the country. But Vladimir Plotnikov, head of the Duma’s agriculture committee, said Thursday night that the bill would probably face a drawn-out fight to get through a second reading because among the agricultural lands banned from private owner- ship are dachas and gardens. “What we are doing by passing this article now is actually forbidding people who have dachas and gardens from doing anything with them,” Plot- nikov, who is also a member of the Agrarian faction, said in a telephone interview. “They can’t sell them, give them away or mortgage them.” The Land Code bans the sale of seven different kinds of agricultural land, and liberal deputies failed to read the fine print in their rush to get the code passed in first reading, he said. President Vladimir Putin’s repre- sentative to the Duma, Alexander Kotenkov, strongly backed the bill. “If we don’t enact the Civil Code chapter, we will preserve the black market in land,” he told lawmakers before the vote. The 1993 Constitution guaran- tees the right of citizens to own pri- vate land. But legislation setting up procedures for buying and selling land has been stalled for years in parliament.

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Bush: It’s Time To Talk to Rebels

By Barry Schweid

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — In a clear message sent to Moscow in one of its first for- eign-policy pronouncements, the presi- dential administration of George W. Bush is pushing negotiations with rebels in Chechnya as the only way to end the 16-month conflict. The message was coupled Wednes- day with open skepticism that Presi- dent Vladimir Putin’s announcement earlier this week of a reduction of Russian troops in Chechnya had any real meaning. “We’ve seen announcements of troop withdrawals from Chechnya be- fore, but frankly, Russia’s presence in Chechnya remains massive,” State Department spokesperson Richard Boucher said. “The fighting has con- tinued, and there are continuing cred- ible reports of humanitarian abuses against the civilian population by Rus- sian troops.” Russia maintains that the conflict in rebellious Chechnya is a domestic matter. The Kremlin also is likely to be irritated by the Bush administra-

tion’s plan to go ahead with a national missile defense system despite a ban contained in a 1972 treaty the two na- tions signed. Talks on a political settlement in Chechnya are the only way to bring peace and stability to the troubled re- gion, Boucher said. He also urged Rus- sia to take steps to deal with widespread social and economic prob- lems in Chechnya. Russian troops moved into Chech- nya in September 1999 following rebel attacks on Dagestan and apartment bombings in Moscow and other Rus- sian cities that were blamed on the in- surgents. This week, Putin signed a troop re- duction plan and turned over com- mand of the war to Russia’s chief secu- rity agency, the FSB, saying a new strat- egy was needed to secure control of Chechnya. Boucher said: “it remains to be seen whether this announcement represents a change in Russian strategy that could resolve the stalemate in Chechnya.” In any event, he said, “it doesn’t pre- clude the need for a political settlement.”

Asked if the Bush administration agreed with the Clinton administration that Chechnya should remain part of Russia, Boucher said: “We have not changed our view of the status of Chechnya in any way.” In the meantime, a panel advising the Energy Department issued a re- port that urged Bush to appoint a high-level official at the White House to oversee U.S. efforts to help safe- guard existing nuclear stockpiles in Russia and to stem the spread of nu- clear technology. “It is going to take someone who is at a high level to make sure this issue is not lost among other national security issues,” Lloyd Cutler, a former White House counsel who served on the panel, said at a news conference. “The most urgent unmet national security threat to the United States to- day is the danger that weapons of mass destruction or weapons-usable material in Russia could be stolen or sold to terrorists or hostile nation states and used against American troops abroad or citizens at home,” the report found.

Guerrilla Strikes Kill 14 Soldiers in Chechnya

By Yuri Bagrov

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NAZRAN, Russia — A day of rebel ambushes and mine blasts killed 14 Russian troops in breakaway Chech- nya, officials said Wednesday as Rus- sian artillery and paratrooper units re- portedly prepared to pull out of the republic. Chechen rebels trapped a Russian convoy leaving the eastern town of Vedeno, in the process killing one sol- dier, an official with the Russian- backed Chechen administration said Wednesday. Five Russian servicemen were killed in a gunfight in the village of Novogroznensky on Tuesday, five died in other rebel attacks and three more were killed when their vehicles ran over mines in the capital, Grozny, the official said on condition of anonymity. In Russia this week, President Vla- dimir Putin signed a troop reduction plan and turned over command of the 16-month-old Chechnya war to Rus- sia’s chief security agency, saying a new strategy was needed to secure control of the republic. The federal forces, who suffer daily casualties from hit-and-run rebel raids, say they will focus on small special operations

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instead of large-scale attacks. Putin did not say how many of Russia’s 80,000 troops presently serv- ing in Chechnya would ultimately be withdrawn or provide a timetable for the plan. But on Wednesday, the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agencies quoted the Defense Ministry as saying that paratroop units and some artillery equipment were preparing for a pull- out next month. Elsewhere on Wednesday, about 2,000 civilians rallied to demand an end to the Russian military offensive and the full withdrawal of Russian troops. The protesters gathered in the

city of Gudermes, headquarters of the Kremlin-backed Chechen administra- tion, and in Shali, a town in southern Chechnya. Russian troops moved into Chech- nya in September 1999 following rebel attacks on Dagestan and apartment bombings in Moscow and other Rus- sian cities which were blamed on the rebels. The offensive followed a botched attempt to regain control over Chechnya in a 1994-96 war. The military’s massive air and ar- tillery bombardments have led to casu- alties among civilians and drawn broad international criticism.

Russian Jet Makes Emergency Landing

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NOVOSIBIRSK, Western Siberia — A Russian jet with 89 people on board made a safe emergency landing in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk after the landing gear on its right side failed to lock shut, an airport spokesman said Wednesday. Oleg Shulmin said a Sibir Tu-154 air- liner left from Irkutsk for Moscow early on Wednesday with 80 passengers and nine crew. But the right side of its

undercarriage failed to retract after takeoff. Shlumin said it is not clear why the undercarriage seized up. The crew realized soon after take- off that there was a problem with the plane’s undercarriage, a second air- port spokesman, Gleb Osokin said, but they decided to fly to Novosibirsk to use up fuel because the Tu-154 is equipped with a system for emptying its tanks in flight.

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ing. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Steve Taylor and Hans Hartse participated in the study. “The main shock is consistent with the explosion of approximately

five tons equivalent TNT detonated near, or on, the sea floor,” they

wrote. That second blast was likely caused by fire from the first blast set- ting off other tor-

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Analysis of seismic waves sup- ports conclusions that two onboard

explosions, not a collision, destroyed

a Russian submarine in August,

killing all 118 crew members. The first explosion was relatively

small, consistent with a misfiring tor- pedo aboard the

small, consistent with a misfiring tor- pedo aboard the Kursk, according pedo warheads or to a

Kursk, according

pedo warheads or

to a report by Ari-

The first blast was

propellant fuel,

zona and New Mexico re- searchers pub- lished Tuesday in the geophysical journal Eos. That blast was followed

followed about two minutes later by and explosion 250 times larger.

Wallace said Tues- day by e-mail from Chile, where he and Koper are do- ing other research. Divers who en- tered the sub

about two minutes later by an explosion 250 times larger than the first, the researchers said. Most investigators have said they believed an explosion sank the sub

in the Barents Sea on Aug. 12, but

Russian researchers have left open the possibility of a collision — possi- bly with a ship shadowing the sub. The Eos authors, led by Keith Koper and Terry Wallace of the Uni- versity of Arizona, say their data were collected by a network of seismic sta- tions used in part to monitor a Rus- sian nuclear test site 805 kilometers from the location of the Kursk sink-

found two notes written by sailors trapped in a rear compartment after the explosions. One note described 23 crew mem- bers as suffering from carbon

monoxide poisoning from a fire and the other described how its author was writing by feel in the dark. Taylor said the research team is not suggesting either blast was a nu- clear explosion. The report refers only to conventional explosives. In December, an American diver who worked on the Kursk recovery team said damage he saw convinced him the sub blew up.

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Shutov Case Finalized

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — Yury

Shutov, a local businessman and former aid to Gov. Vladimir Yakovlev, is soon to stand trial on charges of organizing a string of contract hits, prosecutors said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We have finalized Shutov’s case consisting of 25 counts. His case will be sent to court on January 26,” said City Prosecutor Ivan Sydoruk. Shutov, a former Legislative Assem- bly member, is charged with organizing and committing several grave felonies — including murder, extortion, kidnapping and robbery, and arranging the contract hits of prominent St. Petersburg lawmak- ers and businessmen. He has been in pre- trial detention since Feb. 1999. If not for the finalization of the case, Shutov would have been released on Jan. 26. In late December, the assembly granted the City Prosecutor’s request to withdraw Shutov’s deputy’s immu- nity from prosecution. If found guilty of all charges, Shutov could face life in prison.

Train Kills 2

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — A

woman and her 5-year-old daughter died Wednesday night in a train acci- dent, Interfax news agency reported. According to the press service of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast Emergency Situations Ministry, the mother and daughter were hit by a train when trying to cross the railway tracks at the crossing near the 21-kilometer mark of Pushkinskoye highway. Both mother and daughter were killed instantly.

Trans-Siberian Siege

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East

(Reuters) — Police in the freezing Far East drove back hundreds of protesters Wednesday trying to block the Trans- Siberian Railway to complain at being left without power and heat. Desperate residents of Razdolnoye village, which has had its power and light cut off, attempted to surge onto the track of the Trans-Siberian Railway. But a police spokesman said security forces outnumbered the protesters at

the village, some 50 kilometers from Vladivostok, and no demonstrator ac-

tually reached the track. “You should be ashamed of yourself, pushing old ladies into ditches,” one el- derly woman was shown shouting on television as she struggled up an em- bankment toward the tracks. The situation in Vladivostok has im- proved since last week, with some parts of the far eastern city now spared power cuts while others lose heat and light for up to four hours daily.

Convoy Embarks

LONDON (AP) —Three Russian

trucks left London on the third and fi- nal leg of a round-the-world expedition Tuesday, their crew hoping to become the first people to circumnavigate the globe by truck. If the team arrives in Moscow in February as planned, they will have driven 26,000 kilometers and crossed 11

national borders. Five out of the seven team members had never been outside

of Russia before the expedition.

Stefania Zini, the Italian-born cap- tain of the trucking team and the only female crew member, said she “kept

dreaming about driving around the

world” three years ago while working at

a Moscow-based company importing

Italian furniture. Zini garnered dozens of sponsors and selected her crew of mechanics, truck drivers and engineers during the next few years. The team left Moscow last Feb. 16.

Tuleyev To Resign

MOSCOW (SPT) — Kemerovo re-

gional Governor Aman Tuleyev an- nounced Wednesday that he will re- sign in what RTR television said was a

plan to hold early elections and win the post again. Tuleyev said on RTR that he was re- signing so that gubernatorial elections would be held at the same time as local elections April 22, a move that he said would save the region money. Kemerovo’s regional parliament will decide Thursday whether to accept Tuleyev’s resignation, which would cause gubernatorial elections to be held three months early.

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Putin-Backed Bill Buys Governors More Time

By Ana Uzelac

STAFF WRITER

MOSCOW — The State Duma passed a bill Thursday that will allow 69 of the men who now govern Russia’s 89 re- gions to seek a third or even a fourth term in office. The legislation had the support of the Kremlin and was seen as President Vladimir Putin’s biggest concession yet to the regional elite. Among the beneficiaries of the move is Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who will be able to run again in 2003 and try to stay in office until 2007. Another is Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev, who now has the potential to rule his region for a total of 20 years. The move was hotly opposed by the liberal Yabloko and Union of Right Forces factions, which accused the president of backtracking on his earlier promises to fight corruption in the regions. The bill was an amendment to the law on regional government, which took effect Oct. 16, 1999, and limited the governors to two consecutive terms. When passed in the first reading on Nov. 30, the bill defined a governor’s first term as the one he was serving on Oct. 16, 1999. This would have limited those eligible to seek a third term to about 40 and would have excluded Luzhkov, who was re-elected to a sec- ond term in December 1999. The version that passed Thursday in the third and final reading defined a governor’s first term as the one started

after Oct. 16, 1999. As a result, Luzhkov can run again, while a governor like Shaimiyev, who was re-elected to a sec- ond term before that date, can run for two more terms. Shaimiyev comes up for re-election in March. The revised bill was put forward Wednesday by Georgy Boos of Father- land, the party founded by the Moscow mayor. It passed Wednesday in second reading, but took the more liberal fac- tions by complete surprise, said Vadim

the more liberal fac- tions by complete surprise, said Vadim The legislation was seen as Vladimir

The legislation was seen as Vladimir Putin’s biggest concession yet to the regional elite.

Bondar of the Union of Right Forces, or SPS. “It was clear that the Kremlin would make concessions for a limited number of extra terms, but not for al- most everybody,” Bondar said Thurs- day by telephone. The bill passed with the support of the pro-Kremlin Unity and People’s Deputy factions, indicating that it had Putin’s approval. Kommersant newspaper reported that two members of the presidential administration — deputy head Vladi- mir Surkov and the head of its political department Andrei Popov — were pre- sent at Wednesday’s Duma session. For the bill to become law, it still

Nuclear Waste Shipments May Test Northern Route

COMBINED REPORTS

Japanese power companies are con- sidering shipping radioactive waste

from Europe to Japan through Rus- sia’s northern seas, a Russian official said Wednesday. The international environmental group Greenpeace says the project is a nightmare scenario: a Soviet-era nuclear icebreaker crashing through the ice, followed by a ship carrying radioactive materials through the fragile Arctic. Alexander Ushakov of the Transport Ministry said plans for such shipments have been under dis- cussion for a year. However, the Japanese consor- tium interested in the route denied it was involved in any negotiations but said it was working with a Russian concern on a feasibility study. Shigeki Okada, spokesman for Japan’s Federation of Electric Power Companies, refused to elaborate on the position. In an interview broadcast by the Norwegian state radio network NRK, Vladimir Blinov of the Mur- mansk Shipping Co. also said that talks were under way. He said a test run, which would not involve any waste on board, was planned for this summer, with shipping to begin in

2002.

NRK said he refused to discuss de- tails of the talks. “There are such ne- gotiations, such positions, but nothing more,” Blinov said in English. “In principle, it is good business.” News of the negotiations, which was first reported by Japan’s Kyodo news agency, comes as the govern- ment is seeking ways to increase ex- ploitation of the northern sea route, which proponents say is the fastest and cheapest route between Europe and Asia. Russia has the largest fleet of nu- clear-powered icebreakers, which are operated by the Murmansk

Shipping Co., but aside from ship- ments by Norilsk Nickel, the route is largely unused.

It also comes as the government

is is in the process of pushing through legislation that would allow Russia to import spent nuclear fuel for storage. That plan has been met with outrage from environmental- ists, who were no more pleased about the shipping plan. Igor Forofontov, nuclear cam- paign coordinator for the Moscow office of Greenpeace, said that the northern sea route was a particu- larly dangerous way by which to ship nuclear waste. “The northern sea route is a tough waterway, and sailors who navigated it were always called heroes,” he said. The Japanese companies and their European partners have been shipping the waste since 1995 as part of a deal set up to reprocess spent uranium and plutonium from Japan at La Hague in France and Sellafield in Britain. The resulting mixed-oxide nuclear fuel and the high-level waste that is a by-prod- uct of the process are then shipped back to Japan. So far, two routes have been tried — through the Panama Canal and around the tip of South America. Both were met with protest by the countries along the routes. Caribbean states, Argentina,

Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Australia and other South Pacific countries have protested the shipments, forcing the Japanese to look for other routes.

A shipment launched Jan. 19 and

set to travel around South Africa is

also expected to meet with strong opposition, said Tobias Muench- meyer, a nuclear campaigner at Greenpeace International, speaking by telephone from Berlin.

— AP, MT

has to be passed by the Russian parlia- ment’s upper house, the Federation Council, and be signed by the presi- dent, but neither step appeared in doubt. The bill means that all governors who have not come up for re-election since October 1999 are in effect not even serving their first term yet and will only be seeking it in the future. There are 17 such regional leaders, including Ruslan Aushev of In- gushetia, Murtaza Rakhimov of Bash- kortostan and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov of Kalmykia. The 52 others, who like Luzhkov were re-elected after that date, can run for one more term. They include Alexander Lebed of Krasnoyarsk, Yevgeny Nazdratenko of Primorye and Konstantin Titov of Samara. The rest, who were elected for the first time in their political careers after Oct. 16, 1999, fall in the same category and can seek one more term. Sergei Markov, the director of the Center for Political Research and the head of the foreign desk of the Krem- lin-connected Strana.ru Web site, said that the concessions to the governors were greater than expected but not a surprise. “These concessions were a part of a deal that the Kremlin struck with the governors last spring, when it intro- duced the legislation that curbed their federal powers,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday. As soon as he was inaugurated in May, Putin began pushing for legisla- tion to deprive the governors of their

seats in the Federation Council, strip them of their immunity to criminal prosecution and give the president the right to get rid of those who disregard federal law. With remarkably little ob- jection, the governors in the Federa- tion Council gave in and passed the legislation. “The deal was simple: You lose your federal influence in exchange for full control over your regions,” Mar- kov said.

for full control over your regions,” Mar- kov said. The bill has caused a rift between

The bill has caused a rift between the Kremlin and SPS, its sometimes-loyal Duma partner.

He said Thursday’s concessions show that the Kremlin now has a re- gional elite it thinks it can work to- gether with and wants to keep it that way. The Kremlin was able to rid itself of some of the most objectionable governors in regional elections held last year. “I think the president’s revolution- ary zeal for reforming relations be- tween the federation and the regions has been overestimated,” Markov said. Andrei Ryabov, a political analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said the Kremlin is also counting on its repre- sentatives in the seven new federal dis- tricts to keep the regions in line.

“The Kremlin is counting on that when the representatives get stronger, it will be completely irrelevant who is in power in the regions,” he said. “So there’s no need for hostilities.” But the bill has caused another rift between the Kremlin and SPS, its sometimes-loyal Duma partner. The leader of the SPS Duma faction, Boris Nemtsov, said the bill was “un- dermining the foundations of Russian statehood.” “Whole regions are practically being given away to the old regional elite, which will result in a rise in the level of corruption and make local bureaucra- cies unchangeable and unpunishable,” he said. Yabloko went a step further, calling the bill “a constitutional coup” and warning that it might be just the first step toward allowing the president to extend his time in office as well. Luzhkov has been mayor of Moscow since 1992, when he was ap- pointed by then-President Boris Yeltsin. He was re-elected in June 1996 and De- cember 1999. Shaimiyev has ruled Tatarstan since 1989, when he became first sec- retary of the Communist Party’s re- gional committee. Yeltsin appointed him the republic’s president in 1991. He was elected for the first time in March 1996 and is still serving that five-year term. Rakhimov is another long-serving leader. He became head of the Supreme Soviet in Bashkortostan in 1990, was elected president in 1993 and re-elected in 1998.

Borodin Replacement Draws Belarus’ Ire

COMBINED REPORTS

MOSCOW — The Russian govern- ment rejected accusations of high- handedness from Belarus on Thurs- day after replacing Pavel Borodin,

who is under arrest in the United States, as head of the proposed union between the two states. The former Kremlin property man- ager was due to attend a bail hearing in New York later Thursday linked to Swiss attempts to extradite him. He is accused of taking multi-million dollar kickbacks from Swiss construction companies. Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov appointed Igor Selivanov, who is one of Borodin’s deputies, as acting secre- tary of the Belarussian-Russian Union, a nebulous body preparing the planned economic merger of Belarus and Russia. The appointment brought an indig- nant reaction in Minsk. “Theoretically Kasyanov has the right to propose can- didates for council secretary,” an offi- cial in Minsk said on condition of anonymity. “But it should be confirmed by the Council of Ministers. Not just by the Russian prime minister but by the Be- larussian too,” he said. “Kasyanov can- not give directions and orders for both governments.” Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko said the Belarussian-Rus- sian Union needed an acting chief to prepare for a meeting scheduled for Monday. Vladimir Zhirinovsky led a parade by supporters of his nationalist-ori- ented Liberal Democratic Party to the Swiss Embassy in Moscow on Thurs- day, waving banners and placards back-

ing Borodin. “This is a form of war against Russia,” Zhirinovsky said. “It is provocation.” Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has vehemently criticized Borodin’s arrest and said he was “duty- bound” to support the head of the Be- larussian-Russian union. Media say Lukashenko signaled his fury at Russia’s inaction over Borodin

this week by returning to Minsk from Moscow a day early, ostensibly to meet Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev. “Some insist that Lukashenko, hav- ing been offended by such treatment, decided on his own to cut short his Moscow trip. Others assert that the re- quest came from the Kremlin,” Be- lorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta newspa- per said. Andrei Ryabov, political analyst with the Moscow-based Carnegie En- dowment for International Peace, said Thursday that the decision to replace Borodin is a “pretext to show Luka- shenko that he is losing the Kremlin’s favor.”

Yevgeny Volk of the Heritage Foun- dation’s Moscow office also said that Borodin was too closely affiliated with Lukashenko. “In my view, Russian au- thorities have recently lost trust in Borodin because he has become an odi- ous figure,” Volk said. Ryabov and Volk both agreed that the Kremlin has yet to use all of the resources it has at its disposal to try to contest Borodin’s arrest. “It would be inaccurate to say that the Kremlin gave Borodin up, but, for a number of reasons, it chose not to fight [for his freedom] too vigorously,” Ryabov said.

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up, but, for a number of reasons, it chose not to fight [for his freedom] too

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2001

Cell Cos. Jump to New System

By Andrey Musatov

STAFF WRITER

St. Petersburg Telephone Network (PTS), through its wholly owned Tele- cominvest subsidiary, has further strengthened its position in the local mar- ket in the last two weeks with the launch of St. Petersburg Transit Telecom (PTT). PTT immediately attracted big-name clients to its $48.6 million ground-line capacity system with cellular providers North-West GSM, Delta-Telecom and Fora Communications switching to the carrier for their ground-line traffic. The cellular providers had previously routed this traffic through the Peterstar system. The transfer deals a serious blow to Peterstar as cellular traffic generated about $19 million in revenues during 2000 — about a third of total revenues — United Financial Group (UFG) reports. Telecominvest holds a 29 percent stake in Peterstar, while it owns 100 per- cent of the newly created company. The remaining 71 percent stake in Peterstar belongs to Metromedia Telecommunica- tions, an international holding company. According to a report authored by Ari Krel, a telecoms analyst with UFG, the PTT project was originally launched in January 2000 by PTS itself, but was later transferred to Telecominvest be- cause the parent firm lacked the funds to complete it. Telecominvest provided $21 million of the price tag for the new 320-kilometer fiber-optic network, with an additional $10 million credit provided by Moskov- sky International Bank and the remain- ing $17 million coming in the form of credits from equipment suppliers. While Krel reported that other firms, such as payphone service

provider Metrocom, and Sovintel, which provides long-distance and other services, are also negotiating a shift to the PTT network, he stressed that the cellular-related business was the most important factor for the new system. “The most lucrative part of PTT’s op-

eration will be the provision of connect- ing and numbering capacity to cellular operators,” Krel wrote. “PTT has taken

this business away from Peterstar

According to Aleksei Ionov, a press officer at North-West GSM, the PTT plan was originally hatched with the

.”

GSM, the PTT plan was originally hatched with the .” The transfer is a blow to

The transfer is a blow to Peterstar as cellular traffic generated about $19 millon in revenues during 2000.

goal of rationalizing the city’s phone traffic and easing the load on the exist- ing PTS network. But Ionov said that the system ultimately provided a num- ber of advantages to cellular providers. “While a more suitable infrastruc- ture was one reason to switch,” Ionov said in a telephone interview on Thurs- day, “a big reason is that the cost for our traffic on the system will be lower.” Ionov would not comment on the fi- nancial specifics of North-West GSM’s agreement with PTT, citing one condi- tion of the agreement, but did say that the negotiations with the new system took place over a long period. “North-West GSM signed the agree- ment with PTT just a few days ago, but

negotiations were initiated last fall,” Ionov said.

Industry analysts said the reduction

in costs for the cellular carriers would be

significant, but they said it was unlikely that these savings would make much of

a difference in the rates cellular users would be charged for their service. “Although carrying costs are about

half of what they were, this will hardly in- fluence the prices of St. Petersburg cell- phone operators,” Anton Pogrebinsky, a telecoms analyst at J’son & Partners, said

in telephone interview Thursday.

“North-West GSM, for instance, which is the only operator in the area working on the GSM standard, probably

won’t lower their rates in the absence of

a competitor, such as Telecom XXI.” In late 1997 Russia’s Communica- tions Ministry divided the country into eight regions and then stipulated that two licenses to operate the GSM stan- dard were to be granted in each. Along with North-West GSM, Telekom XXI was granted a GSM license for the Northwest region in spring 1998, but has yet to begin operating a system here. Aside from the incentive provided by lower charges, Pogrebinsky said corpo- rate structure concerns may have also played a role in the decision by North- West GSM and Delta to switch carriers. “Telecominvest’s direct stake in North-West GSM is 45 percent, but an- other 6 percent belongs to Kontakt-S and Vest-Link, which are also associated with Telecominvest,” he said. “Delta Telecom is 25 percent owned by Tele- cominvest and 32 percent owned by PTS, a total of 57 percent, so the switch could just represent the integration of daughter companies within a sector.”

Central Bank Proposed as Paris Club Debt Solution

By Svetlana Kovalyova

REUTERS

MOSCOW — A loan from the Central

Bank is the best way for the government

to service its debt to the Paris Club of

creditor nations, senior deputies in the State Duma said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said last week the government, facing tough talks with the club, would ask

the lower house of parliament to re- vise the 2001 budget so that a greater share of any extra incoming budget revenues could be allocated for for- eign debt servicing.

But Duma banking committee head Alexander Shokhin said the Duma

would hardly support this proposal be- cause deputies had agreed to pass a tight 2001 budget in exchange for a fixed dis- tribution of additional revenues. Shokhin advised the government to use the Central Bank’s burgeoning re- serves to pay debts to the Paris Club falling due in the first quarter. The Duma, which has to approve such bor- rowing, would support the government,

he said.

“The easiest way is to borrow from the Central Bank. The Duma will sup- port it. It always supports the govern- ment, even when it believes that the government is not quite right,” Shokhin told a news conference. He said the government was likely

to present its proposals on Paris Club

debt repayment to the Duma in mid- February. The 2001 budget doesn’t provide for $3.8 billion for payments to the Paris

Club this year, nor does it allow the government to bor- row from the Cen-

tral Bank. The budget states that if there are additional rev- enues up to 70 bil- lion rubles ($2.47

billion), they are to be split in half be- tween domestic needs and foreign debt. If extra revenues exceed 70 billion rubles, 70 percent will go to foreign debt. The government, which hopes to re- structure and partially write off the $38.7 billion of Soviet-era debt it owes to the Paris Club, angered creditors earlier this month by saying it would not pay in full $1.6 billion owed in the first quarter. Kasyanov has said funds are tight and social spending would not be cut for the sake of paying foreign debt, but he has opposed borrowing from the Central Bank, saying this would under- mine macroeconomic stability. Central Bank gold and foreign ex- change reserves are near post-Soviet highs at $27.8 billion. But the bank’s first deputy head, Tatyana Paramonova, said the bank would lend money to the government only as a last resort. “Only if there are no other sources, then, under the law, such an option could be used,” Paramonova told re-

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Yukos Plan Targets Chinese Energy Market

By Anna Raff

STAFF WRITER

MOSCOW — The nation’s No. 2 oil major is stepping up its efforts to breach China’s energy market with plans to invest $1.5 billion into its West Siberian subsidiary over the next five years. “We aim to extract 7.5 million tons of crude a year from its fields,” Yury Beilin, Yukos’ head of exploration and extrac- tion, said Wednesday at a conference. The West Siberia Oil Co. has the permit for geological exploration of the Yurubshensky plot in the Evenkiisky Autonomous District. The total conces- sion, which also includes several sur- rounding plots, has lain fallow since its discovery in the 1980s. The concession

is estimated to hold more than 500 mil-

lion tons of oil. The discovery was never exploited due to the economic slowdown during the twilight of the Soviet Union, and until now, no one has put forward the substantial funds necessary to extract oil from these fields. China’s growing energy needs, and an intergovernmental understanding that it would be an eager buyer of oil pumped from western Siberia, also acted as a catalyst for Yukos’ decision, said Beilin, a dead ringer for former presidential candidate and current pres- idential envoy to the Volga region, Sergei Kiriyenko. Profit figures for 2000 are not yet available, but recent record-breaking dividend handouts testify to the amount of last year’s take, much of which will finance Yukos’ investment, officials said. Yukos spokesman Andrei Krasnov said that the $1.5 billion investment figure was reached using a pessimistic estimate of the price of oil traded on international markets. Last year, Yukos invested $700 million. “Our in-

vestment plans will radically change only in the event of a dramatic down-

turn in the price of oil this year,” Kras- nov said. Yukos executives don’t expect such

an event to happen. In the past two years, Yukos focused on cost cutting, and this gives it a cushion in case the price of oil slips. The $1.5 billion will go toward drilling, construction of 80 to 100 wells,

a gas-compressing station and a

pipeline from the West Siberian fields that would join them to Transneft’s network. Yukos wants to exploit the West Siberian fields as fast as possible be- cause they are a relatively new playing card in Russia’s oil game, said Ivan

Mazalov, an oil analyst at Troika Dia-

log. “Overall, the quantity of their in- vestment is in line with what other petroleum companies are doing this year,” he said. At the beginning of this year, Yukos raised its stake in West Siberia from

19.9 percent to 68 percent. The other

32 percent belong to Mettalinvest, which, in turn, belongs to Rossiisky Kredit bank.

For 2001, Yukos intends to extract

56.5 million to 57 million tons of oil, and

Beilin noted that this will, in part, de- pend on the company’s processing and retail capabilities. This is a 15 percent increase from last year. Also, the oil company has allocated $750 million in total this year for its upstream activities.

Baltic Pipeline Plan Clears Hurdle

REUTERS

HELSINKI — A plan to build a

northern-tier pipeline to carry Rus- sian natural gas to Western Europe via Finland took a step forward on Wednesday when the Finnish and Russian governments signalled their support. Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen told reporters in Moscow that Finland and Russia had agreed

in principle to support the concept of

a pipeline from Russia through

Finnish territorial waters under the Baltic Sea to continental Europe. But one of the likely builders, Finnish energy group Fortum, said it and Gazprom had not yet made any firm decision to invest in the esti- mated $3 billion pipeline, and would first seek European partners. Gazprom board member Yury Komarov told reporters in Moscow that Gazprom, Fortum and Ger-

many’s Ruhrgas and Wintershall planned to create a consortium in the next two months to build the pipeline. A northern line would rival Cen- tral European routes for Russian gas, including one through Ukraine and another, the Yamal line, through Belarus and Poland. Fortum and Gazprom have made feasibility studies on the

pipeline via their joint venture

North Transgas, whose chief execu- tive, Rainer Moberg, said that if the project goes ahead, it would aim to start pumping gas by the end of the decade. Moberg said the partners would now proceed with further studies on a pipeline starting near the town of Vyborg in Russia, passing through Finnish waters in the east- ern Baltic Sea and emerging in northern Germany.

Friday, January 26, 2001

BUSINESS

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Sberbank Stock-Sale Plan Draws Flak

By Peter Baker and Susan B. Glasser

THE WASHINGTON POST

MOSCOW — A plan by Russia’s largest bank to sell millions of shares of stock at bargain-basement prices threatens to undercut foreign investors and revive the long-simmering issue of shareholder rights in a country still try- ing to lure Western businesses back af- ter the financial crisis of 1998. The state-controlled Sberbank plans to raise $135 million by issuing new shares. But American and other in- vestors whose holdings would be severely diluted are trying to block the sale and remove the head of the bank. The flare-up echoes similar disputes at a variety of major Russian businesses recently and presents a fresh challenge for President Vladimir Putin, who has promised to create an economic market with fair and predictable rules rather than one governed by backstage deal- making at the expense of minority own- ers. Until now, Putin has done little to curb the Wild West business climate. Just Wednesday, however, the gov- ernment finally stepped in on one prominent case. The Federal Securities Commission filed a lawsuit to stop a controversial restructuring by Norilsk Nickel, one of the world’s largest pro- ducers of nickel and platinum. Minority shareholders had complained that they would be ravaged by Norilsk, controlled by prominent tycoon Vladimir Potanin. The question of the state’s relation- ship to business remains a touchy one in a nation that has spent the past decade trying to create a market economy from scratch, only to find a select handful of politically connected oligarchs like Potanin profiting by privatizing govern- ment industries on favorable terms. Putin came to power a year ago promising to rein in the oligarchs, but he has targeted only two who owned media

companies sometimes critical of govern- ment policies. During a meeting on Wednesday, Putin emphasized to a group of the nation’s leading business moguls that he will not try to re-examine the sometimes questionable deals of the past and that rumors of “the destruction of Russian business” were unfounded. “I am certain that those fears are al- ready behind us,” he said in televised remarks. “Nothing of the kind is hap- pening, as you see.” The Sberbank case carries particular political sensitivities for Putin, both be- cause the Central Bank owns the major- ity of shares and because it is the one bank most used by the Russian people. Sberbank holds nearly three-quarters of

the Russian people. Sberbank holds nearly three-quarters of Foreign investors complain that selling shares at such

Foreign investors complain that selling shares at such a low price would drop the value of their stock.

the deposits by private individuals in Russia, for the simple reason that it is the only bank here with a commitment from the government to back its accounts. Sberbank executives want to issue 5 million shares to raise capital, taking advantage of authorization by share- holders given in 1997, but the stock price has fallen from a high of over $350 that year to around $28.75 now. Foreign investors complain that sell- ing new shares at such a low price would diminish the value of their stock. Critics calculated that the company’s book value, meaning the price based on the actual worth of the company, was four times as high as the price on the open market. Analysts said selling stock at such a price was virtually unheard of

for a bank except in bankruptcy cases. “The suspicion is that there’s some- thing going on — that these guys are going to issue the equity and a big chunk will end up with somebody we don’t know about,” said a neutral ana- lyst, Chris Weafer, research director at the Troika Dialog brokerage firm, who downgraded Sberbank’s stock Wednes- day. “In Russia, when you don’t know, it’s always led to bad things.” William F. Browder, managing direc- tor of Hermitage Capital Management, put together a coalition of enough for- eign investors to call for an extraordinary shareholders meeting to try to oust Sber- bank chief executive Andrei Kazmin. In a letter to the Central Bank this week, Browder accused Sberbank of “misman- agement” and said the proposed stock offering “is not a rational decision.” Browder and others argue that other options are available to raise the bank’s capital funds, which hover near the 10 percent minimum ratio required by Russian law. “One alternative might be short-term ‘subordinated debt,’” he said, perhaps from the Central Bank. Sberbank and Central Bank officials did not respond Wednesday. But a prominent Sberbank board member who normally sides with minority in- vestors said he agreed with the ratio- nale for the stock sale. Boris Fyodorov, a former finance minister, said he sympathizes with the “absolutely legitimate” complaints and agrees that selling at such a low price “is not a very nice thing.” But, he said, there was little choice and expressed confidence that the plan was not a scheme to sell to a hidden buyer waiting in the wings. “There’s no foul play in the sense that they want to ship the whole issue to some oligarch or friends or something,” he said. “We’ve got gentleman’s word that nothing like this will be tried.”

Putin Visit to India Leads Way to Deals

By Mikhail Yenukov

VEDOMOSTI

MOSCOW — An Indian oil com- pany is to receive a stake in the Sakhalin-1 offshore oil and gas pro- ject in return for an order for Rus- sian armaments in a deal that brings a windfall to state-owned oil major Rosneft, sources said Tuesday. Under the deal, which arose after President Vladimir Putin visited the subcontinent in October, Rosneft has agreed to pass on half of its 40 per- cent stake in Sakhalin-1 to India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp.’s international arm, ONGC-Videsh Ltd., or OVL. Under the deal, OVL will pay Ros- neft $200 million and cover the com- pany’s previous expenses of about $100 million to $150 million, and also fund Rosneft’s participation in Sakhalin-1 until the project starts to make a profit. The initial, loss-making stage of the project is to be completed by 2005, before which the participants are due to invest $4 billion. Once Rosneft is left with a 20 percent share, it will be required to invest $800 million. Now OVL will be picking up the bill. OVL’s conditions will most likely force Rosneft’s old partners in Sakhalin-1 — U.S. giant ExxonMo- bil and Japan’s Sodeco — to waive their preferential option to purchase the 20 percent stake, said a source close to the Property Ministry. “OVL is offering an unjustifiably high amount [for the 20 percent stake],” the source said. “Most likely this has all been resolved by political and international relations.” “Putin promised that he would

sell a share in Sakhalin to India. This is definitely a condition for selling Russian aircraft to India,” said a source close to the Energy Ministry. Putin’s visit to Delhi in October initially appeared not to have brought any significant results, and Russia reduced the value of military hardware it plans to sell to India. Now it seems that the reduction may have been made for a reason — it is almost equal to OVL’s costs in the deal with Rosneft. During the visit, it was anticipated that contracts licens- ing production of the new Su-30MKI fighter and T-90C tanks in India would be signed. India wasn’t excited about the terms, however. According to unofficial sources, the tank con- tract fell in price from $880 million to $520 million, while the price of the Su-30MKI deal signed in December last year was slashed by $700 million. Initially it was proposed that India would pay $4 billion for the license. This “political” deal between Russia and India could be extremely good news for Rosneft, which an- nounced in 1998 that it planned to sell off half of its Sakhalin share but failed to find a suitable buyer. Rosneft is happy that everything ended this way. “Sakhalin is a risky project — so far research has been carried out that has not given com- plete information as to how profitable it actually is,” said Rosneft press sec- retary Alexander Stepanenko. “Rosneft hopes that once we have sold our share we won’t lose the money that we could have earned from implementing the project.”

that once we have sold our share we won’t lose the money that we could have

8 Friday, January 26, 2001

OPINION

The St.Petersburg Times

EDITORIAL

Putin Must Fight for His Reforms

“T HIS is a big step forward,” said former Moscow City Court Judge Vladimir Mironov after

President Vladimir Putin had introduced legislation that would finally bring the Crim- inal Procedural Code in line with the Con- stitution. Human Rights Commissioner Oleg Mironov said he “felt great satisfac- tion” with Putin’s action. The Duma legislation committee was set to begin immediate consideration of the proposal, which was widely expected to sail through with ease. The bill — which would have mandated court-ordered arrest and search warrants — was set to become the next major step in legal reform, following December’s passage of a bill that reduced the maximum period of pretrial detention from 18 to 12 months. Until, that is, Putin unceremoniously withdrew it on Monday, reportedly under pressure from police and prosecutors. Dmitry Kozak, the Kremlin’s deputy chief of staff, told journalists that although Putin still supports the bill, a number of legal, technical and organizational issues need to be resolved. Supporters of the reform, though, fear that the proposal will be worked to death behind closed doors. We can only hope that these fears prove unjustified and that the government quickly returns with a bill that is substantively the same. Legal reform must remain a priority of the highest order, especially as the gov- ernment is moving very quickly to strengthen the police and security organs. Only a strong legal foundation based on constitutional guarantees can prevent Putin’s much-ballyhooed “dictatorship of law” from devolving into mere dictatorship. The president’s primary obligation is to ensure that all the provisions of the Consti- tution are consistently and effectively en- forced. By introducing this legislation, Putin has shown that he takes this obligation seri- ously. Now he must show that he has the de- termination to stay the course despite en- trenched interests pursuing less noble ends. Serious reform is rarely easy. The resis- tance that we are now seeing in regard to le- gal reform, we fear, is child’s play compared to what is to come when Putin moves seri- ously with the military reform that the Secu- rity Council approved last November. However, Putin has no excuse for back- ing down. His popularity rating is astonish- ingly high, and there is significant public support for this particular reform. The pres- ident has committed allies in the Duma, and the necessary funds for implementing the reform can surely be found. Yielding in this instance may under- mine all of the much-needed reforms that Putin has pledged himself to. Now Putin must prove he is ready for the difficult fights to come.

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The Next Crisis

By David Ignatius

P RESIDENT George W. Bush appears set to make a potentially costly mistake by politi- cizing his administration’s approach to

global financial crises. He announced plans last week to create a White House team to handle such economic problems — but it's one that could spend as much time in inter-agency bickering as in crisis management. This is one area where Bush would have been wise to learn from the Clinton administration, which developed real expertise in handling in- ternational financial crises, from the 1995 Mexi- can bailout to the ’97 Asian crisis to the ’98 Rus- sian default. A president who loved to put his arms around

other policy problems learned to back off and leave these delicate matters to experts at the Trea- sury Department and the Federal Reserve. They were able to handle crises quietly and calmly — outside the political spotlight. The Bush administration’s decision to dump this successful Clinton approach is perplexing and potentially dangerous. Instead of leaving it to the pros, Bush has chosen to

politicize global finance, by vesting power in the White House and its policy-making National Security Council. Bush told The New York Times last week that he would shift control of global economics to his national- security adviser, Con-

doleezza Rice, and his chief economic adviser, Lawrence Lindsey. They would “share a desk,” Bush said — an amicable formula that in real-world Washington often presages a power struggle. The desk-sharers will have to coordinate with each other, as well as with Treasury, State, Com- merce, the special trade representative and the CIA — not to mention the television networks. “Globalization has altered the dynamics in the White House, as well as between the White House and the Treasury,” Bush explained. He said he wanted to “make sure the economic people don't run off with foreign policy and vice versa.” But why reinvent this particular wheel? Partly, the answer is bureaucratic politics. Global eco- nomics is a hot issue, so Rice and Lindsey under- standably want to control it. Putting a White House stamp on the issue is a way of marking it “Important.” The problems will come when a financial crisis strikes. That's when the White House, operating under the klieg lights, may be the wrong address for crisis management. The real tasks will involve negotiating with banks, imposing harsh conditions on foreign countries and avoiding public state- ments that could send financial markets into a death spiral. White House operatives don't fit this job description. During the Clinton years, Treasury secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers and Fed chairman Alan Greenspan were able to move quickly and quietly when disaster loomed. A Time magazine cover dubbed these three “The Com-

mittee to Save the World,” because of their success in averting financial disasters. The danger in Mexico, Asia and Russia was spreading financial panic — a rush for the exits as investors tried to unload bad debts. The secret of success was to negotiate “workout” plans that kept these economies functioning and stemmed the panic. The model was Wall Street rather than Pennsylvania Avenue. Let’s imagine that a major international bank or foreign debtor should default over the next sev-

eral months, threatening a cascade of similar fail- ures by other financial institutions. Sadly, this is not an entirely far-fetched scenario. How would the Bush administration react? First, it apparently hopes to have earlier warning of such crises, thanks to more-aggressive economic reporting by U.S. intelligence agen- cies. That’s the initial fallacy. If the global bankers and financiers who have money at risk don't see the crises coming, how will a junior an- alyst at the CIA? The next thing Bush’s crisis managers will do is to hold meetings. They’ll have to coordinate all the Cabinet agencies that

have their fingers in the pie. With so many parties in- volved, there’s the added danger of leaks to the media — so maybe they'll have to hold some press confer- ences, too. Finally, the president him- self may jump in. Bush sig-

naled his eagerness to be cheerleader-in-chief in early January, when he said:

“I am pleased that the Fed has cut the interest rates.” Clinton made a rule of not commenting on Fed policy, and Bush later signaled his comment had been a mistake. Beyond the bureaucratic difficulties with the Bush approach is a personnel problem. So far, the new administration doesn’t seem to have anyone with the expertise Rubin brought from his days as a trader at Goldman Sachs, or Sum- mers brought from his years as chief economist at the World Bank. Rice’s expertise is in foreign policy, not economics. And while Lindsey is a former member of the Fed board, critics say he has little feel for the nu- ances of international finance. The Bush Treasury is also weak on global fi- nance. Secretary-designate Paul O’Neill may have been a fine CEO at Alcoa, but he lacks Ru-

bin’s knowledge of financial markets. That gap led many to expect that O’Neill would recruit a Wall Street financier as his deputy. But the lead- ing candidate for the deputy's job is said to be Kenneth Dam, a law professor whose most im- portant government service was at the Reagan State Department. The new president is right to highlight the global economy as a crucial area for his adminis- tration. But so far, his efforts to deal with it are taking him in the wrong direction.

to deal with it are taking him in the wrong direction. Bush has chosen to politicize

Bush has chosen to politicize global finance, by vesting power in the White House.

David Ignatius is a columnist for the Washington Post, for which he wrote this comment.

INSIDE

RUSSIA

The Complex Battle Against Corruption

By Yulia Latynina

P AVEL Borodin, secretary of the Russia-Be-

larus Union, is sitting in a New York jail, fac-

ing possible extradition to Switzerland. With

the notable exception of President Vladimir Putin — who has the habit of maintaining silence about

any arrests — the whole nation has reacted with outrage to this event. One businessman I know

captured the mood perfectly when he told me, “Well, they’ve found a fine person to arrest! Oth- ers don’t do anything but steal, while Borodin at least built something!”

It looks like they got Borodin just as he was hit-

ting his stride. The former Kremlin property chief continued to show a healthy interest in architec- ture. His latest project was the proposed federal parliament complex in St. Petersburg, which car- ries a projected price tag of $2 billion. Not so much, but it’s worth noting that this is about two-thirds of the amount that Russia presently is trying to avoid paying out to the Paris Club. Ironically, the parliament complex was to be built not by the Swiss company Mabetex, but by America’s Cushman & Wakefield. This connection encourages speculation that Borodin traveled to America not, as was reported, to attend the inauguration of President George W. Bush, but to tend to his own business. Otherwise, it seems likely that someone would have told him that Bush’s inauguration would be held in Wash-

ington, not New York. Nonetheless, I find myself sharing my compa- triots’ outrage. As Pushkin put it, “Of course I de- spise my fatherland from head to toe, but it upsets me when foreigners share this sentiment.”

It isn’t right when foreigners decide which Rus-

sians are corrupt and which aren’t. It is still worse when the person deciding is someone like Swiss in-

vestigating judge Daniel Devaud, a man of known leftist leanings. As Russian television commenta- tor Mikhail Leontiev wryly observer, Devaud is sparing no effort in the struggle against Russian capitalism. Devaud’s battle has found support in the global financial community, which for some reason sus- pects there is some direct connection between the huge profits Mabetex received and Russia’s refusal to pay its debts. Of course, if foreigners think the arrest of two

or three bribe-takers is going to put an end to cor- ruption in Russia, they are sadly mistaken.

I imagine that if we took half of all our bu-

reaucrats out tomorrow and shot them, the other

half would just work twice as hard to take up the slack. Incidentally, Devaud has no legal proof that Borodin is guilty of anything. Most likely this is indicative not of Borodin’s clean hands, but of the ineffectiveness of any prosecutor — even Switzerland’s. Even the arrest order says that Borodin is be- ing detained not as a suspect, but as a witness. It notes that he has repeatedly refused to appear and testify.

If you look at the case that has been prepared

so far, it is far from clear what crimes Devaud

thinks Borodin may have committed. He needs Borodin to come and tell him what he should be arrested for. And judging from what I’ve heard, Russian prosecutors are using just the same approach in their questioning of employees and managers of Media-MOST.

Yulia Latynina is the creator and host of “The Ru- ble Zone” on NTV television.

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Champions of Rus- sian opera, the Mariinsky theater, premiere a new produc- tion of Rimsky-Kor- sakovÕs ÔThe Invisible City of KitezhÕ (page 10).

Electronic music in Russia is no worse than anywhere else in the world, as a new compilation released in Austria aims to prove to foreign listeners (page 11).

Moving somewhat further afield, this weekÕs review travels to the hinterlands of Grazhdansky Prospekt to discover some interesting approxi- mations of interna- tional cuisine (page 13).

chernov’s choice

As old rockers prepare to see what re- mains of a bunch of once big names from the 1970s such as Slade and T. Rex (i.e.: not much at all), there other bizarre and not so bizarre events hap- pening in the city over the next two weeks. Local hippies have come up with an idea to — as a press release proudly states — “prove once again that the hippie movement is alive” with the Hippie Festival, which will take place at the Valencia Gallery this weekend. The festival, which is co-promoted by the magazine Hippieland, will start with a show by hippie-minded local bands such as Zelyoniye Rukava and Laterna Magica as well as a photo exhi- bition called “From the life of St. Pe- tersburg’s Hippies.” The second day will concentrate on something called “Musical Poetic Performance.” According to the press release, the organizers expect the crowd to be “long-time and newly-converted hip- pies from St. Petersburg, Russia and even from abroad.” In their favor is that both events start some time in the afternoon, leav- ing you free at night to look for some- thing more exciting. Valencia Gallery, 5 Pr. Bakunina,

274-40-45. 3 p.m. on Sat., 4 p.m. on Sun. Local music critic and promoter An- drei Burlaka has conceived a new rock festival, which is called Proryv (Breakthrough) with two purposes — to celebrate the breakthrough of the Nazi blockade of Leningrad in 1943 and to draw attention to those less known local club bands, which he considers interesting. Thus, the name also hints at the “isolation of rock mu- sic by the media,” Burlaka says. Though the historical date came on Jan. 27, the festival will take place

a couple of weeks later, as Burlaka

says “the idea occurred to me too late

to have time to organize everything.”

The line-up as published by music press agencies is far from perfect, however, as it mentions the band Leningrad, which is not participat- ing. Check next week’s gigs for the full list. Yubileiny Sports Palace (Small Arena), Feb. 8. Fuzz Magazine, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary later this year, will stage its so far increasingly massive Fuzz Awards. Though the three last ceremonies were headlined by rela- tively new popular acts, this year’s headliner is Akvarium, with Zemfira appearing as a “special guest.” Yubileiny Sports Palace, Apr. 8. Returning to the present, a show by Pep-See, the local three girl-fronted group responsible for “Parni, Muzyka, Narkotiki” — Rus- sia’s answer to “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll” — is al- ways good fun. Pep-

Drugs and Rock and Roll” — is al- ways good fun. Pep- See will play at
Drugs and Rock and Roll” — is al- ways good fun. Pep- See will play at

See will play at Faculty on Friday. And

if you don’t feel like vomiting when you

hear “Tula Lula,” go to see Chicherina

at the Lensoviet Palace of Culture on

Sunday.

Ñ by Sergey Chernov

opera

music

dish

on Sunday. Ñ by Sergey Chernov opera music dish Greek tragedy, French-style, comes to the BDT
on Sunday. Ñ by Sergey Chernov opera music dish Greek tragedy, French-style, comes to the BDT
Greek tragedy, French-style, comes to the BDT in DityatkovskyÕs premiere of ÔPhaedra.Õ See page 10.
Greek tragedy, French-style, comes to the BDT in
DityatkovskyÕs premiere of ÔPhaedra.Õ See page 10.

Dates and times given in All About Town are correct at the time of publication. However, last-minute changes are not infrequent for live performances. If you plan to attend an event, verify dates and times using the telephone numbers at the end of each entry or in the address list on page 12. Unless otherwise listed, stage events start at 7 p.m. Last admission to most museums is one hour before closing.

stages

impotence and makes fools out of everybody surrounding him in the process. Akimov Comedy Theater PREMIERE! Don Juan Gennady Trostyanetsky stages Molière’s play about the legendary seducer. Alexandrinsky Theater Milashka Pop star Dmitry Nagiyev stars in Lev Rakhlin’s production of a musical by Marina Gavrilova loosely based on Italian films. Baltiisky Dom PREMIERE! Phaedra Grigory Dityatkovsky stages Racine’s tragedy based on Greek myth about a princess whose forbidden love for her “stepson” has catastrophic consequences Bolshoi Drama Theater

Old Maid Boris Milgram directs Nadezhda Ptyushkina’s story of a lonely about to spend the Christmas holidays Boris Milgram directs Nadezhda Ptyushkina’s story of a lonely about to spend the Christmas holidays alone with her ailing mother when fate intervenes. With Inna Churikova, Zinaida Sharko, Alexander Mikhailov and Larisa Savankova. Gorky Palace of Culture. 4 Ploshchad Stachek. M: Narvskaya. Scandal at the Grand Opera, or Lend Me a Tenor Alexander Isakov directs Ludwig’s comedy about an opera singer’s romantic escapades. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater Caligula Yury Butusov directs Albert Camus’ famous story of the life of the Roman emperor. Lensoviet Theater A Fine Sunday for a Picnic Director Vladimir Pazi stages Tennessee Williams’ character study of four women in what he describes as a

“jazz quartet.” Lensoviet Theater, Small Stage. 7:30 p.m. Running Wanderers Directed by Vladimir Tumanov, this contemporary piece is based on the reminiscences of a girl and her mother, with relevance to the lives of women today. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe

of women today. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe Restauranchik Restauranchik Cabaret Play Igor Konyayev

Restauranchik

Restauranchik

Cabaret Play Igor Konyayev directs a freestyle song-and-dance interpretation of works by Chekhov, Zoshchneko, Averchenko and Mayakovsky. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe, Chamber Stage. 7:30 p.m. The Tricks of Scapin Vladimir Vetrogonov directs one of Molière’s less-acclaimed comic farces. Molodyozhny Theater

PREMIERE! Mother, or the Unrest of the Dead Venyamin Filshtinsky directs Karel Chapek’s 1938 philosophical play which was born of disputes with Maxim Gorky and Bertholt Brecht. Priyut Komedianta Theater The Forest Grigory Kozlov’s production of the Alexander Ostrovsky play about a group of Russian provincial actors. Theater on Liteiny The Marriage Anatoly Morozov directs Gogol’s grotesque farce about a man attempting to escape marriage. Vasilyevsky Ostrov Theater of Satire, Small Stage Zaklikukhi Svetlana Svirko directs her own play, which uses two different sets of actors, young and mature, to tell a story based on folklore. Vasilyevsky Ostrov Theater of Satire, Small Stage

for children

The Christmas Mystery A fairy tale plot based on E.T.A. Hoffman about the unhappy orphan Elza, turned out of the house on Christmas Eve by her vicious master and his mistress. A magician appears to Elza and tells her the story of the Christ child. To the music of Bach. Zazerkalye Children’s Theater. 11 a.m.

Sat., Jan. 27
Sat., Jan. 27

ballet

Jewels Ballet stars of the Mariinsky perform three different divertissements by Tchaikovsky, Fauré and Stravinsky representing emerald, ruby, and diamond. Mariinsky Theater MANILA BALLET TOUR Erica Cruz, artistic director. The greatest ballet troupe of the Philippines performs several signature pieces set to the music of the Beatles, Frederic Chopin, Herbie Hancock, David Grusin, Giuseppe Verdi, etc. Mussorgsky Theater

concert

Vladimir Viardo Piano. Peter Feranec (Slovakia) conducts the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Dvorak, Duca, Ravel. Shostakovich Philharmonic Stil Pyaty Folk Ensemble Music by Debussy, Mozart, Ramaud and Scarlatti is given the folk treatment. St. Petersburg State Cappella

theater

My Little Cherry Orchard Slapovsky’s nostalgic comedy set in contemporary times with amusing references to Chekhov’s classic tale. Directed by Tatyana Kazakova. Akimov Comedy Theater PREMIERE! Cyrano de Bergerac Vladimir Tykke directs Edmond Rostand’s famous tale of the incorrigible duellist with a large nose who writes love poems to his lady conveying them via his rival. Baltiisky Dom Deceit On Long Legs Nikolai Pinigin directs Italian actor-director Eduardo De Filippo’s comedy about family intrigues. Staged in a black-and-white color scheme, with elements of commedia dell’arte and music from early Italian neorealist films. Bolshoi Drama Theater

Old Maid See Jan. 26. Gorky Palace of Culture. 4 Ploshchad Stachek. M: Narvskaya. The Tempest Elements See Jan. 26. Gorky Palace of Culture. 4 Ploshchad Stachek. M: Narvskaya. The Tempest Elements of circus theater and modern comedy combine in this interpretation of Shakespeare’s exit play, with direction and innovative stage design by Bulgaria’s Alexander Morfov. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater PREMIERE! Hellish Garden Andrei Andreyev directs contemporary Italian dramatist Renato Mainardi’s black comedy about an aristocratic family bursting at the seams with secrets, lies, treachery, betrayal, intrigues and scandals. Lensoviet Theater PREMIERE! Fro Up-and-coming young director Irina Zubshitskaya stages a production based on Andrei Platonov’s short stories set in 1930s Russia. Lensoviet Theater, Small Stage. 7:30 p.m.

Mumu Veniamin Filshtinsky stages Turgenev’s short story abut the tragic fate of the serf Gerasim. Maly Veniamin Filshtinsky stages Turgenev’s short story abut the tragic fate of the serf Gerasim. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe PREMIERE! Miss Julie Igor Nikolayev, a regular on the MDT stage, directs a version of Strindberg’s controversial classic play. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe, Chamber Stage

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Fri., Jan. 26 ballet
Fri., Jan. 26
ballet

Swan Lake Tchaikovsky’s romantic classic, distinguished by the Mariinsky Theater’s spectacular corps de ballet. Mariinsky Theater

opera

Die Fledermaus Stanislav Gaudasinsky directs Strauss’ operetta about a neglected wife’s clever plan to regain the attention of her philandering husband. Mussorgsky Theater

concert

Vasily Ilisavsky Piano. Liszt, Schubert. Glinka Philharmonic Teodor Kerkezos Saxophone (Greece.) Peter Feranec (Slovakia) conducts the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Glazunov, Piazzola, Respighi, Stravinsky. Shostakovich Philharmonic Olga Bunder Soprano (Estonia.) Ballads and arias from various operas. Smolny Cathedral St. Petersburg State Cappella Orchestra Alexander Chernushenko, conductor. Tchaikovsky. St. Petersburg State Cappella

conductor. Tchaikovsky. St. Petersburg State Cappella theater The Country Wife Tatyana Kazakova directs English

theater

The Country Wife Tatyana Kazakova directs English playwright William Wycherly’s 1675 satire where the hero, Horner, feigns

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kitezh at mariinsky:

farewell to cliches

by Galina Stolyarova

Russian opera has always been a prior- ity for the Mariinsky Theater, and un- veiling its hidden treasures to the world has been declared the company’s prime goal. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Maid Fevronia” may be considered the composer’s best operatic creation, but the piece is far from being a favorite in the opera world, and stagings often fail to avoid stereotypes. Rimsky-Korsakov, whose Snow Maiden, Kitezh, and The Maid Of Pskov, among others, had their world premieres at the Mariinsky, is one of the idols of Mariinsky artistic director Valery Gergiev. Gergiev has admitted to having an obsession with the spiritual magnetism and power of Kitezh, but was dissatis- fied with previous renditions of the opera. It is often hard for opera directors to offer an original approach to operas tar- geting historical subjects, such as Kitezh which juxtaposes historical events and 13th-century legend. Gergiev’s long-term goal is to eradi- cate the sugary feel, or susalnost, a com- mon critcism levelled at a number of the theater’s previous productions of Russian classics. Trying to to get rid of traditional folk imagery, Gergiev invited young director Dmitry Chernyakov, a 1993 graduate of Russian Academy for Theater Art in Moscow, to offer a fresh look. The risky move paid off, and the new Kitezh, which premiered on Jan. 20, is a con- trast to the versions you may have seen previously. No onion church domes frame the stage in Chernyakov’s production, and female characters’ dresses are devoid of any kokoshniki.

The opera’s four acts are designed as four stylistically different fragments, which are visually compelling, but give the piece as a whole a somewhat dis- jointed impression. The eclectic mixture of styles makes for an interesting sight, though at times

what you see has little to do with what you hear. However, the production def- initely deserves attention, for the direc- tor has managed to get away from the stereotypes and cliches which have dogged the opera for decades. Musically, the production has a cer- tain folk element, with gusli and several domras joining the orchestra during the wedding scene in Act 2, much to the show’s advantage. Chernyakov takes an independent, creative and imaginative approach, but the spirituality with which the mu- sic is pierced is lacking throughout the entire first act. The stage is reminis- cent of a contemporary design studio:

oversized white jugs and handwashing fixture, tall grass, and a floor so clean

it shines.

Act 2, when the Tartars ransack Kitezh the Less, is set in a typical St. Petersburg courtyard with beggars looking just like their counterparts

from Nevsky Prospect, and leading characters dressed in long dark coats or sportswear and camouflage. The scene of the fight with the Tartars seems to have come straight out of Star Wars, with the Tartar commander arriving in Kitezh the Less on a peculiar hybrid of

a horse and Barber of Siberia-type ma-

chine with blinding lights shining around the stage. Chernyakov approaches death scenes with much attention to detail. Fevronia’s passing has been turned into a ceremony: birds of paradise — dressed up like normal Soviet pen- sioners — wash her body, help her

like normal Soviet pen- sioners — wash her body, help her The Ôdesign studioÕ look from

The Ôdesign studioÕ look from the first act of the opera.

take off her dress, put her in a white shroud and take her away on a wooden toboggan. The scene takes you directly back to film chronicles of the Leningrad blockade. The production’s strong point is that it bridges centuries and genera- tions. Here the costume designer Olga Lukina is very much in line with the director, as the cast is dressed eclecti- cally, in certain scenes juxtaposing the fashions of different ages.

Before every act Chernyakov “quotes” Konstantin Korovin’s and Apollinary Vasnetsov’s sets for the 1907 premiere, which appear in the form of a curtain that rises before the singing starts. The show mixes the real and ethe- real, the historical and the fantastic, the divine and the damned. While

Chernyakov seemed reluctant to exper- iment with colors in the sets, lighting designer Gleb Filshtinsky has done some virtuoso, finely nuanced work. Masterful lighting enables the sets to go through many transformations, with the earthly world turning into a celestial paradise in an instant. The production is stylistically a de- parture from the Mariinsky’s two most recent operatic shows — David Free- man’s rendition of Strauss’ Salome and Marta Domingo’s take on Offen- bach’s Tales Of Hoffmann — which both had illustrative tendencies, while Salome was even naturalistic. But just like in Salome and Tales Of Hoffmann, the orchestra under Valery Gergiev’s baton was a head above the singing and direction. Yury Marusin, as drunkard Grishka

Kuterma, was lacking depth, power and spark on the opening night, and failed to make a duo for Olga Sergeyeva who was convincing as the maid Fevronia. Marusin’s Kuterma didn’t seem to suf- fer from the meanness of his nature as much as thrive in it. Mockery rather than inner drama was the key to his peformance, which could well make the audience wish tenor Vladimir Galuzin was back in St. Petersburg — it was in the Mariinsky’s 1994 production of Kitezh that Galuzin made a thrilling, mesmerizing duo with soprano Galina Gorchakova.

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Maid Fevronia plays next on Feb. 2.

theater
theater

racine’s masterpiece gets timeless production at bdt theater

by Natasha Shirokova

The premiere of Racine’s Phaedra by Grigory Dityatkovsky at the Bolshoy Drama Theater, which was shown for the first time just before Christmas, was an important event despite having next to no publicity. Dityakovsky’s pro- fessional motto is to work only with excellent drama, and here he has

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shown that even eloquent classical tragedy can be adopted for contempo- rary theater and take its place in the repertoire. Dityatkovsky sweeps the dust away from the old story and displays this tragedy, when people resist the will of the gods, in its all grandeur. Dityatkovsky, one of the most inter- esting directors in the city, easily recog- nizable by his intellectual, restrained, and analytical style, began his career as one of Maly Drama Theater director Lev Dodin’s actors. He still appears in a minor role in Dodin’s production of The Devils based on Dostoevsky’s novel. At the Maly Drama Theater he also staged the first production of his own, The Star Child, which is still in the reper- toire. Though he works a lot abroad, his first production at home brought him the Golden Sophit award, an in- terpretation of Joseph Brodsky’s Mar- ble, shown in the unusual atmosphere of Borey Art Gallery. His next production, August Strindberg’s The Father won him a Golden Mask award. Both produc- tions showed his main focus is on archetypal situations, and his interest in philosophical generalizations. There are several peculiarities about the new production of Phaedra, which struck the audience at once, but at the same time are a part of the whole concept of the production. For example, he uses the traditional 19th- century translation of the play which contains a great deal of obsolete vo- cabulary. This lends the text a musical quality, and is in line with the direc- tor’s intention not to modernize the consciousness of his characters. He even underlines the difference and the

of his characters. He even underlines the difference and the Yelena Popova and Marina Ignatova daring

Yelena Popova and Marina Ignatova daring to defy the gods.

distance between the present day mentality and that of the 17th century, when the tragedy was written. He uses a different rhythm of action, which is accentuated by the old translation, and different motivations. To watch this production you need to tune in to its elevated atmosphere. There is no reference to any histor- ical time in the production. Tragedy, in the opinion of the director, has no time. This idea is underlined by the sets of Marina Azizyan, who wraps the

whole stage in black, which helps us to concentrate on the action. The luxuri- ous costumes work also to accentuate the exclusiveness of the characters, as members of the royal Athenian family, but don’t emphasize a particular pe- riod of time. The most valuable thing about the production, however, is the acting. Ma- rina Ignatova, who plays Phaedra, makes her character passionate, subtle and brave. She is burning with love, and this dominates all her words and

deeds. Also worthy of mention is Ye- lena Popova in the role of Oenona. The way Popova depicts her, strong and devoted, ready to sacrifice herself, makes Oenone the second leading part in the production. These two women understand the situation and the in- evitability of divine punishment from the very beginning. Phaedra thus stands aloof from all current productions in St. Petersburg, and is one of the most interesting the- ater events of the current season.

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electronic music takes on putin’s government

by Sergey Chernov

A new CD compilation demonstrates

some of St. Petersburg’s most interest- ing electronic acts, while simultaneously

taking a snipe at President Vladimir

Putin and his politics. Released in Austria on the Subetage label on Jan. 18, it is called “putINout. Finest Tunes From Saint Petersburg,” while its cover shows a submarine sunk

in a bottle of vodka, called — you

guessed it — “Putin.” Robert Jelinek, the director of Sube- tage, a division of Sabotage

Communications, ex- plained that the title of the

record — which is intended for distribution outside Russia — expresses the St. Petersburg music scene’s feelings about the regime. “To protest against the Putin regime’s most recent abuses of power, and in the face of the music scene’s po- litical powerlessness, the title and CD cover is designed, at least ironically, to show up Russia’s present collective dis- content,” said Jelinek in an e-mail in- terview with The St. Petersburg Times earlier this week. “Every country has a different cliché about others countries,” added Jelinek. “If a Russian label made an Austrian compilation including an illustration of

the political climate, they would probably have Joerg Haider dressed as Mozart and

eating Wiener schnitzel on the cover.” “For me it was important to release great Russian music along with a per- sonal statement and to communicate the feelings and worries of the young Rus- sian music scene about politics,” he said. “PutINout” contains 12 tracks by lo- cal acts such as PCP, EU, DJ Udjin and Igor Vdovin — the ex-Leningrad singer,

who switched to electronic music after leaving the band — culled from around 50 tracks chosen and sent by local DJ and promoter Misha Chak to

be mastered in Vienna.

Styles range from hip-hop

to

drum’n’bass and acid jazz. The idea to release the record was cemented when Jelinek, who has been always interested in scenes around the globe, came to St. Petersburg last March to visit Chak, who fed Sabotage with lo- cal electronic music for years while dis- tributing Sabotage’s vinyls in the city. “I met a lot of very good Russian musicians and had the chance to see their studio situations and to enjoy the club scene,” he said. Chak claims the novelty of the com- pilation is that local DJs such as Udjin, Demidov and 108 have presented their own music for the first time.

music
music

and

electro

their own music for the first time. music and electro Also, they are the first St.

Also, they are the first St. Peters- burg-based DJs whose tracks have been released on a foreign label — Chak says 90 percent of the represented acts haven’t released anything in the West. “But the main reason for releasing the CD was to push young and [in the

West] unknown artists, and give them a chance for a global response,” said Je- linek, as the album started getting posi- tive reviews from European specialized media. “Most Russian productions have never had the chance to be heard out-

side of Russia and our label has global distribution channels. The other reason was to show Western listeners the very high level of these Russian productions.” According to Jelinek, what is special about St. Petersburg’s electronic music scene is “the specific sound. A lot of jazz influences and a playful cynical spectrum using sound collages and sam- ples from old Soviet material.” Claiming that Russian electronic music can easily match what is pro- duced in other countries, Jelinek out- lined the scene’s major problems. “In Russia there’s no vinyl produc- tion, which is very important for the DJs playing their own records in clubs,” he said. “There are just a few under- ground distributors for imported West- ern records. But there is no distribution for Russian CDs or other material in the West.” “The next problem is the mail costs. Most of the Russian artists can’t send their material by normal mail, because it gets lost. And sending stuff by courier is too expensive for them, which makes communication with the West very diffi- cult. So Russian artists can only send downloaded material from their local In- ternet cafes.”

For more information and free MP3s check out www.sabotage.at.

more information and free MP3s check out www.sabotage.at. rock, etc. Art Spirit — New art venue

rock, etc.

Art Spirit — New art venue launched early last November is located in the university hostel for foreigners and ori- ented primarily towards students. Stage, cheap bar and small billiard room. Decent sound. Bar is open daily from 2 p.m. Live rock concerts start at 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.) and are usually followed by dance parties with DJs. 50-100 rub., when a band is playing. 20 Prospect Korablestroitelei. M:

Primorskaya. 355-31-67. www.artspirit.nm.ru

Chaplin Club — On the scene since April 1997, the club was formed by the clown group Litsedei, the remains of Slava Polunin’s once-famous collective. The clowns fill most of the schedule, but there are occasional jazz, rock and pop concerts. Daily 12 p.m.-11 p.m. 60-150 rub. cover when live bands or clowns are performing. Seating capacity is limited to 48; reservations recommended. 59 Ul. Tchaikovskogo. M:

Chernivshevskaya. 272-66-49. www.chaplin.spb.ru

City Club — Located above the rockabilly bar Money Honey, and with a more mature crowd, the club specializes in pop/rock, blues, reggae and Latin. Hot meals, three bars, pool and Russian billiards, plus real fireplaces. Music styles are pop/rock, blues and occasionally Latin. Live shows Mon.-Sun. at 8.20 p.m. and on Fri.-Sat. also at 1 a.m., 40 rub. See gigs for events. 28-30 Sadovaya Ul., Apraksin Dvor, Ko- rpus 13. M: Gostiny Dvor. Entrance through Money Honey. 310-05-49. www.moneyhoney.org/cityclub/

Dostoyevsky Art Bar — Long and narrow room with two lines of tables, bar and small stage. Mostly cover bands play- ing rock, blues, and Latin, usually too loud to talk. Daily, 12 p.m.-1 a.m. (Thurs.-Sat., 12 p.m.-2 a.m.) 30-50 rub. from 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat. only) 15 Vladimirsky Prospect. M: Dos- toeyevskaya/Vladimirskaya. 310-61-64.

Faculty — Designed to be the official club of the St. Pe- tersburg State University, Faculty was launched last November with a Markscheider Kunst concert, and offers performances fromlive club acts and DJs (vinyl only). Daily, 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Live concerts start at 10 p.m. (Wed.-Sun.) 50- 60 rub. (after 9 p.m.) University students get a 50 percent discount at the door. Face control. 6 Prospect Dobrolyubova. M: Sportivnaya/ Gorkovskaya. 233-06-72.

Money Honey — The city’s first and premier rockabilly bar — complete with a confederate flag and Elvis and Marilyn posters. Usually packed with a rowdy crowd of technical students and leather-clad teddyboys. Coat check can only handle half the crowd. Bar open from 11 a.m. Shows daily at 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., 40 rub. 14 Apraksin Dvor. M:

Gostiny Dvor. 310-05-49. www.moneyhoney.org

Planeta Internet — The official club of Internet provider PeterLink is still having problems with art direction and repertoire, based around pop, rock and blues. Two bars,

video screen and, of course, Internet cafe. Daily, 12 p.m.-

11 p.m. (Fri.-Sat., 12 p.m.-5 a.m.) Live shows start at 9:30

p.m. 50 rub. when a band is playing (the price includes one beer.) 3 Ul. Chapayeva. M: Gorkovskaya. 238-74-06. www.planeta-internet.spb.ru/

Poligon — Heavier styles from hardcore punk to thrash metal with lots of teenagers in grubby leather until recently, but now the direction seems to have changed in favor of more mainstream rock sounds. Billiards. Concerts start at 6 p.m. See Gigs for events. The Web site which contains tons of info

and audio files is much better than the real thing. 40-100 rub.

65 Lesnoi Pr. M: Lesnaya. 245-27-20. http://polygon.cool.ru

Psycho Pub — Small alternative — and chaotic — bar with an unlikely downtown location. Psychobilly and punk con- certs. Cheap beer. Tattoo studio. Daily, 3 p.m.-5 a.m. Con- certs usually start between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. 20-50 rub. 23 Nab. Fontanki. M: Gostinny Dvor. No telephone.

Saigon — Launched with much pomp as the city’s best rock club in ’98, Saigon made a change of direction last June, and now holds striptease and comedy shows. The people who go there have changed as well. Three levels, two bars, a video screen, and lots of shiny metal, plus an Internet cafe. 50-120 rub. 7/9 Nevsky Pr. 315-58-73. www.saygon.spb.ru

SpartaK Located in a 19th-century Lutheran church which is also home to the cult movie theater with which the rock club shares the space. The main hall holds be- tween 600 and 700 fans. Two bars. Nasty security. 50-120 rubles. 8 Kirochnaya Ul. M: Chernyshevskaya. 273-77-39.

Taxi — Bearing the full name of “Taxi Drive Club,” this is a tiny place (two rooms with 60 seats altogether), which specializes in various blues styles and striptease. Live concerts start at 9 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) So-called “Sex Bomb Shows,” 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Tues.-Sat.) Eurodance nights, 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (Tues.-Sat.) 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (Sun.-Mon.) Men 50 rub., women 30 rub. 4 Bron- nitskaya Ul. M: Tekhnologishesky Institut. 316-76-96.

Zoopark — Small club located in the city’s zoo specializing in live rock and folk music. Locally famous sexologist Lev Shcheglov occasionally lectures there, too. Singers/songwrit- ers or “bards” perform on Thurs. Cheap beer, toilet outside. Daily, 7 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Thurs.) 50-100 rub. 1 Alexandrovsky Park. M: Gorkovskaya. 232-21-45. http://chz.da.ru

pop/dance/floorshow

Fiesta Latina — An old movie theater turned into a Latin dance joint, although a recent visit showed no sign of the girls who were once on hand to show you your Latin ropes. They’ve installed a TV next to the dance floor, which doesn’t put this place on the “must-see” list. Security’s menacing, so keep your tango clean. Fri.-Sun. 11 p.m.-6 a.m. 30-70 rub. 13 Ul. Smolyachkova. M: Vyborgskaya. 542-11-94.

Gigant Hall — A venue for the new rich located in the building of the former Gigant cinema occupied by the Conti Casino. Inconveniently located if you don’t have a

car. Mostly pop shows, approximately three times a

month. See gigs for events and times. 100-600 rub. 44 Kondratevsky Prospect. M: Ploshchad Lenina. 540-13-55.

Hali-Gali — One of two places the Moscow tusovka want to go when they deign to visit. Great place if you speak good Russian, but without it you’ll miss the point of the cabaret. Open daily. 300 rub. 15 Lanskoye Shosse, 246-

38-27.

Havana — Smart Cuban theme club with live bands and

three dancefloors playing Latino, house and pop. Restau-

rant, chill-out room, pool, and free popcorn for all. Daily un- til 6 a.m. 30-60 rub. Free on Wed. for “real Latinos” with passports, 75 rub. Fri.-Sat. 21 Moskovsky Prospect, M:

Tekhnologichesky Institut. 259-11-55.

jazz & blues

Blues Billiard — Blues bar, billiards and gambling ma- chines. The repertoire is lovingly compiled by ex-Akvarium guitarist Alexander Lyapin (who can play his instrument with his teeth), who often plays there himself. Daily, 10 p.m.-7 a.m. Free entrance. Live blues concerts start at 9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sun.) 48 Ulitsa Professora Popova. M: Petrograd- skaya. 234-44-48.

Decadence—Tuckedaway behindthe Admiralty, this small night spot has lately become a haunt for the über-tusovka, and boy, does it know it. Entry is supposedly by club card only, although being exceptionally beautiful will probably mollify the embittered face-controller. Open daily, 12 p.m. un-

Fish Fabrique — Despite the spartan interiors and menu, this place is still a favorite for local rock musicians and al- ternative artists, with the bonuses of table hockey and cult foreign films. Daily 3 p.m. until the last person leaves. Live gigs start at 10:30 p.m. (See gigs.) 50 rub. 10 Pushkinskaya Ul. (entrance through the arch at 53 Ligovsky Pr.). 164-48- 57. www.fishfabrique.spb.ru

Manhattan/Kotyol — Art club with bar, billiard roomand very strangely organized toilets. Originally intended for the formerly underground art elite, it has since changed man- agement and direction a number of times. The latest addi- tion is an Internet cafe. Shows start at 11 p.m. (no concert on Monday.) Open daily 2 p.m.-5 a.m., 60-100 rub. 90 Nab. Fontanki.113-19-45. www.kotel.spb.ru

Moloko — Probably the best underground rock club, where Tequilajazzz, Spitfire and Markscheider Kunst like to perform. Thurs.-Sun. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Latin dance school on Wed. 30-100 rub. 12 Perekupnoi Pereulok. M: Pl. Alexandra Nevskogo/Pl. Vosstaniya. 274-94-67. http:// moloko.piter.net

CAFE−BAR "THE IDIOT " Open daily 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. 82 Naberezhnaya Moiki, tel.
CAFE−BAR
"THE IDIOT "
Open daily 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
82 Naberezhnaya Moiki, tel. 315−16−75
● Great Russian and vegetarian food served all day
● Jazz, cappuccino, fresh juice, specialty teas
● Happy hour from 6:30 to 7:30
● Weekend brunch
● Used English−language books and magazines, plus an art gallery

til last client leaves. Free entry, but strict face control. 12 Ad- mirateiskaya Naberezhnaya. M: Nevsky Prospect. 312-39-44.

Jazz Philharmonic Hall — Staid jazz venue organized by local patriarch Dave Goloshchokin, who fills most of the bill. Mostly respectable, well-dressed crowd. Main- stream and Dixieland fills the auditorium. The Ellington Hall is the Jazz Philharmonic Hall’s more intimate venue upstairs. 7 p.m.-11 p.m., 20-50 rub. Tickets in advance at box office, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. 27 Zagorodny Pr. M:

Vladimirskaya. 164-85-65.

JFC Jazz Club — The most innovative and open-minded jazz venue in town, where Russian and foreign celebrities usually play. Less formal venue, with all styles up to avant- garde and improv, classic and folk concerts occasionally. Mostly jazz crowd and expats. Bar and snacks. Reserva- tions a must — it is tiny. Daily from 7 p.m., 60-100 rub. 33 Shpalernaya Ul. M: Chernyshevskaya. Tel: 272-98-50.

Jimi Hendrix Blues Club — What was once the Armenian cafe “Shagane” nowoffers live blues, rock andjazz concerts, with videos of the likes of Eric Clapton and Blue Cheer in be- tween. Open 24 hours. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. every other day, adding shows at 12 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and at 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 50 rub., Fri.-Sat., 70 rub. Daytime concerts are free. 33 Liteiny Pr., 279-88-13.

Kvadrat — The latest location for the jazz club with a long history. Launched in 1964, it was the center of Russian jazz for decades. Mostly mainstream jazz. Tues., Thurs., 8 p.m. 30 rub. 83 Bolshoi Prospect. M: Vasileostrovskaya.

315-90-46.

NeoJazz Club—What the restaurant “Mukha Tsokotukha” (opposite the Mukhina Art College) turns into at nights. Spe- cializes in mellow jazz styles, with duos and trios performing. Capacity: 35-40 seats. Armenian and European cuisine (150- 200 rub. a meal). Daily, 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Mon. — Thurs., Sun., 30 rub. Fri.-Sat., 50 rub. 14 Solyanoi Per. 273-38-30.

house, techno etc.

Griboyedov — Located in a bomb shelter and operated by Dva Samaliota, this club is generally full and cool, with a good habit of booking alternative bands to mix with its ha- bitual rave and techno. This is one of the best in the city. Wednesday is disco night. Daily, 5 p.m.-6 a.m. 60-80 rub. Free between 5 p.m and 8 p.m. 2A Voronezhskaya Ul. M:

Ligovsky Pr. 164-43-55. www.mfiles.spb.ru/griboedov/

Mama — Decadent house-party feel with an element of personal danger. Best techno in St. Petersburg, accord- ing to one regular, but no chill-out room. Drum’n’bass/jungle, visiting and resident DJs. Wasted Russian student crowd with too much disposable in- come. Fri.-Sat., 11:50 p.m.-6 a.m., 60 rub. 3B Mal. Monet- naya Ul M: Gorkovskaya. 232-31-37.

Metro — Someone has spent a great deal of money on Metro and the results, while hardly intimate, have been a

Splendid cuisine, excellent whiskey, live music, interior of the Wild West All-night disco, billiards, darts.
Splendid cuisine, excellent whiskey,
live music, interior of the Wild West
All-night disco, billiards, darts.
Host banquets, fourchettes,
presentations.
Various discounts
Relax and enjoy yourself
at the “Rodeo Bar” from 10:00 a.m.
to 5:30 a.m. at 2 Konyushennaya Pl.
Tel. 314-4973

great success. Now Metro comes with a full-functioning third floor containing a relaxing saloon-bar and yet another dance floor, enabling it to accomodate even more well-off local teenagers. Open daily 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Mon.-Thurs., Sun., 40-60 rub. Fri.-Sat., 60-80 rub. After midnight, 100 rubles. 174 Ligovsky Pr. 166-02-04. www.metroclub.ru

PORT — Intended to blow the competition away when it first opened, with great layout and loads of space. Needs to be full, otherwise its emptiness is overwhelming. Techno and pop, plus a billiards room. Daily 3 p.m.-6 a.m. Techno parties with resident DJs at 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. For special events see gigs. 40-300 rub. 2 Per. Antonenko. M: Sennaya Pl. 314-26-09. www.clubport.spb.ru

gay

Club 69 — The city’s No. 1 gay venue leaves the compe- tition streets behind. The venues include a popular restaurant, busy dance floor, two bars and a dark room. Tues.-Sun., Tues., men only. 50-150 rub. (men), 100-250 rub. (women). 6, 2-aya Krasnoarmeiskaya. M: Tekhno- logichesky Institut. 259-51-63.

Greshniki — The decor suggests that Greshniki (“Sin- ners”) is more of an S&M joint, with chains hanging across the spiral staircase and a curious medieval castle interior, but it’s actually unpretentious and generally friendly, with cheap beer and free Internet access. Daily, 6 p.m-6 a.m., free-70 rub. (men), 100-200 rub. (women), 29 Kanal Griboyedova. M: Gostiny Dvor.

Jungle — The city’s oldest surviving gay club aptly recalls Soviet-era deprivation in both heating, decor and service. What it lacks in sophistication it makes up for in friendli- ness and a sense of the bizarre . Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.-6 a.m. Shows start at 2 a.m. Men, 50 rub., women, 80 rub. 8 Ul. Blokhina, M: Sportivnaya.

bizarre . Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.-6 a.m. Shows start at 2 a.m. Men, 50 rub., women, 80
$ $ under $10, $ $ $ $ under $25, $ $ $ $ $

$$ under $10, $$$$ under $25, $$$$$$ over $25

a paid service

american

THE CITY BAR & RESTAURANT Over 21 different types of freshly ground hamburgers, steaks, chicken

filets and fish. Fresh-cut french fries, excellent salads. Apple crumble. All-day American breakfast. DJ Souheil

– Thursdays and Fridays. Live music on

Saturday. Student discounts all day, every day.

Fridays – all you can drink from 9 p.m. to midnight for one low price. Happy hours Monday – Friday.

20 Nab. Moiki, 2nd floor.

314-10-37.

bars

ALL-STAR CAFE

20 Nab. Moiki, 2nd floor. 314-10-37. bars ALL-STAR CAFE A new sports bar in St. Petersburg.

A new sports bar in St. Petersburg.

January 29 at 2 a.m. – SUPER BOWL LIVE on a giant screen. New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens.

Russian and American cuisine. Darts & karaoke. Business lunch from noon to 5 p.m. Open daily noon to 5 a.m.

33 Zhukovskogo Ul. Tel. 279-90-17

ASTORIA HOTEL BARS

Rotonda Bar in the Astoria, offering

a comprehensive cocktail list and

refreshing draft beer, is the ideal place to relax and meet friends. Open from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Tel. 210-5837. $$ Lobby Lounge of the Astoria hotel offers continental breakfast from 7 a.m.

till 10 a.m. and Russian tea time from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m every day. Tel. 210-58-15,

39 Bolshaya Morskaya. $$

CAFE IDIOT

day. Tel. 210-58-15, 39 Bolshaya Morskaya. $$ CAFE IDIOT Great Russian and vegetarian food served all

Great Russian and vegetarian food

served all day. Jazz, cappuccino, fresh juice, specialty teas. Happy hour from 6:30 to 7:30. Weekend brunch. Used English-language books and magazines, plus an art gallery. Open daily 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

82 Naberezhnaya Moiki,

315-16-75 $-$$

KONYUSHENY DVOR European cuisine. 15% discount from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Live Latin music. Erotic shows daily. Open 12 p.m. to 6 a.m. 5 Nab. Kanala Griboedova, 315-76-07. $-$$

SADKO’S St. Petersburg’s favorite meeting place for fun, food and music. Complete bar, appetizing snacks and meals, and the city’s best view of Nevsky Prospect. Open daily noon to midnight. Corner of Nevsky Prospect and Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa. In the Grand Hotel Europe. 329-60-00. $$-$$$.

TRIBUNAL BAR The place to be for a complete night out! Great food, cool drinks. 50% discount on all dishes and drinks on the menu from noon to 9 p.m. Splendid dance music. Daily 4 p.m. – 6 a.m. 1 Dekabristov Sq.

311-16-90.

ZVEZDOCHET CAFE BAR The name of our cafe “Zvezdochet” means in English a person who counts the stars. This is why our interior design reflects everything related to

stars, astrology and sacred knowledge

of mankind. It creates an unforgettable

atmosphere of total relaxation and understanding. Russian and European cuisine. A great choice of national and foreign spirits. 35 Ulitsa Marata. Tel. 164-74-78

catering

GRAND HOTEL EUROPE CATERING Catering for any event, small or large, casual or elegant. Events catered within the hotel, at the location of your choice, or at a spectacular St.

Petersburg palace. Wide range of food choices and extra services. Tel. 329-60-00.

IVAN CATERING Catering for banquets, fourchettes and cocktail parties at any address in St.Petersburg and the region. Outdoor activities, BBQ. Original scenarios for festivities, interior design. Entertainment programs, musical accompaniment, decoration, fireworks.

Call Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. E-mail: ivancatering@mail.ru Tel. 294-02-52, 296-12-01. $$-$$$

POTEL & CHABOT From small corporate receptions and private dinners to the largest gala or high-profile events, Potel & Chabot

offers full catering and event co- ordination in St. Petersburg and Moscow for a unique experience with savoir faire.

Tel. 294-44-64, 294-54-81. $$$

Service
Service

Sheraton Catering

Give your next event a touch of excellence with our five-star catering services. Banquets, buffets and full event planning. Sheraton Nevskij Palace. Tel. 275-20-01 (ext.135). $$$

TANDOOR RESTAURANT We provide small to medium outdoor catering services for parties and

banquet functions. Reasonable prices.

2 Voznesensky Prospect

Tel. 312-38-86. $$-$$$

chinese

CHOPSTICKS Authentic Szechwan and Cantonese specialties. Enchanting Oriental decor. Dishes served mild or spicy hot upon request. Open daily `noon to 11 p.m. In the Grand Hotel Europe. Tel. 329-60-00. $$

clubs

11 p.m. In the Grand Hotel Europe. Tel. 329-60-00. $$ clubs Bar, strip show. Monday –

Bar, strip show. Monday – Wednesday: show-1. Thursday -

Saturday: show-2. Open from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. We accept AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, JCB.

4 Alexandrovsky Park, Music Hall Building. Tel. 232-01-93.

entertainment

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break from 9 a.m. to noon.

2 Yuzhnaya Doroga, Krestovsky Is. Tel. 235-23-95 $$

european

CROCODILE WHISKEY BAR

Is. Tel. 235-23-95 $$ european CROCODILE WHISKEY BAR international BORSALINO RESTAURANT Executive Chef Torbjorn

international

BORSALINO RESTAURANT Executive Chef Torbjorn Lofaldli places emphasis on combining local produce with imported delicacies, producing a wide range of Russian and international dishes. From 7:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. we offer buffet breakfast with a

Japanese corner (including:7:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. we offer buffet breakfast with a italian LANDSKRONA RESTAURANT Come up

italian

LANDSKRONA RESTAURANT Come up to the Landskrona and discover our acclaimed menu of Mediterranean specialties.

Experience our Executive Lunch at $29. Open-air rooftop terrace in summertime. Daily 12:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

57 Nevsky Pr., 8th floor,

More than 25 kinds of whiskey (Scotch, Irish, American, Canadian). Friendly atmosphere and excellent European cuisine at the lowest price you can get. Expats most welcome. Modern photo art exhibitions. Chess and backgammon. Crocodiles are all over the interior, but bartenders are nice and quick- minded.

Daily 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. All credit cards accepted.

Japanese steamed rice with fried salmon, sushi, Miso soup, Wasabi,

Sheraton Nevskij Palace. 275-20-01. $$$

soya sauce). The adjoining bar is the ideal place to

PIZZICATO

meet for an aperitif or a cocktail from the exclusive menu. From 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – live blues and jazz music (singer from the United States), menu enclosed. Open from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.

a.m. – live blues and jazz music (singer from the United States), menu enclosed. Open from

(140 seats and two private rooms for 12 or 16 guests).

You can enjoy a melody of taste in our restaurant where we prepare your

18 Galernaya Ul. (near St. Isaac’s

Square).

Tel. 314-94-37

HOLLYWOOD

Ul. (near St. Isaac’s Square). Tel. 314-94-37 HOLLYWOOD Russian and European cuisine. Open 24 hours. A

Russian and European cuisine. Open 24 hours. A restaurant located in the historic center of St. Peters- burg with a view of the old city. All credit cards accepted. Nightclub. Casino. Billiards. Gambling machines. 46 Nevsky Prospect. Tel. 325-72-73.

39 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul.,

Astoria Hotel. $$

DVORIANSKOYE GNEZDO (NOBLE NEST)

Ul., Astoria Hotel. $$ DVORIANSKOYE GNEZDO (NOBLE NEST) The city’s top restaurant, located in the Trianon

The city’s top restaurant, located in the Trianon of the Yusupov Palace. Excellent cuisine combined with impeccable service and a wide range of exceptional wines. Live music from 8 p.m. Open 7 days a week from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Restaurant THE NOBLE NEST 21 UL. DEKABRISTOV TEL.: 312-32-05, 312-09-11
Restaurant
THE NOBLE NEST
21 UL. DEKABRISTOV
TEL.: 312-32-05,
312-09-11

JAMES COOK PUB & CAFE

TEL.: 312-32-05, 312-09-11 JAMES COOK PUB & CAFE You are welcome anytime to enjoy European cuisine

You are welcome anytime to enjoy European cuisine and more than 40 kinds of whiskey amid the

atmosphere of a real English pub. Friendly staff. The cafe serves 40 kinds of coffee prepared in more than 100 different ways, as well as a wide variety of elite teas and more than 50 kinds of coffee cocktails. We have our own confectionery. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club.

Open daily 8 a.m. till last man standing.

2

Shvedsky Per. 312-32-00

german

TSCHAIKA

last man standing. 2 Shvedsky Per. 312-32-00 german TSCHAIKA Seven kinds of German beer. Live music

Seven kinds of German beer. Live music daily. Authentic German cuisine.

Open daily 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Some credit cards accepted.

14 Kanal Griboedova.

M: Nevsky Pr. 312-46-31. $$

indian

Reservations recommended.

Call 312-32-05 or 312-09-11 to reserve.

21 Ulitsa Dekabristov

(near the Mariinsky Theater). $$-$$$

SENAT-BAR Delicious Russian and European cuisine. Business lunch for only $12. Ampir-style interior. Greatest choice of wines. Free dessert for children. Catering. All major credit cards accepted. Located in the historic heart of the city. Daily: noon – 2 a.m. 1 Galernaya Ulitsa (near St. Isaac’s Square).

314-92-53.

$-$$

TALEON CLUB

(near St. Isaac’s Square). 314-92-53. $-$$ TALEON CLUB The finest European & Russian cuisine in St.

The finest European & Russian cuisine

in St. Petersburg, surprisingly not the most expensive. Book early for our superb $29 buffet Brunch every Sunday from 12 p.m. till 4 p.m. – live music and black caviar will make your Sunday special. Childcare facilities available. Alternatively, try the best value meal in town – $8 in the Taleon Club Bar from 12 p.m. till 4 p.m. Sporting events and films with English

or Russian subtitles shown every day on the big screen. Open: restaurant – from noon to 3

a.m.,

casino – 24 hours.

59 Moika Nab.

315-76-45.

$-$$$

bar – from noon to 6 a.m.,

pizza in real Italian wood stoves, you’ll be surprised by pasta in the amount of your choice, and you’ll have the chance to taste fresh meat and fish prepared over coals that would win over any gourmet. Our prices are terrific. Pleasant and comfortable surroundings along with extraordinary food will turn every day into a holiday. Open from noon until the last customer.

45 Bolshaya Morskaya,

Dom Kompozitorov Tel. 315-0319 Tel./Fax 315-0339

ROSSI’S Regional Italian and Mediterranean specialties served in a refined atmosphere. Freshly prepared pasta, superb antipasti and desserts. Ideal choice for supper or business lunch. Open daily from noon to 11 p.m. In the Grand Hotel Europe. 329-60-00. $$$

japanese

SHOGUN

In the Grand Hotel Europe. 329-60-00. $$$ japanese SHOGUN The well-known Japanese restaurant “Shogun” invites you

The well-known Japanese restaurant “Shogun” invites you all to the opening of the eponymous SUSHI BAR at 11 Gorokhovaya Ulitsa. In your presence, the skilful chef prepares SUSHI, SASHIMI and other Japanese

delicacies. The restaurant’s interior puts you in the pleasant atmosphere of the Land of the Rising Sun, and the extraordinary aroma of the plum wine and the surprising taste of Japanese cuisine allows you to uncover the secret of the health and long lifespan of Japanese people. All dishes are prepared using ecologically clean water. Sushi bar – from $7.

11 Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, Tel. 314-74-17

Restaurant – Business lunch from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from $15.

26 Ulitsa Vosstaniya, Tel. 275-32-97.

jewish

7:40 SEVEN-FORTY

Ulitsa Vosstaniya, Tel. 275-32-97. jewish 7:40 SEVEN-FORTY One of the best restaurants in our city. Beautiful

One of the best restaurants in our city. Beautiful interior. Delicious Jewish homestyle cuisine. “Gehakte leber,” “Gifelte fish,” “Jsymes from Aunt Jsiliy,” Aunt Helen`s tart “Napoleon.” Wines with “Kosher” label. Relax in a friendly atmosphere. Live music from 7 p.m. daily except Monday. Jewish melodies. Open-air terrace in summertime, parking. Daily 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. All credit cards accepted. Reserve tables 246-34-44.

108 Bolshoi Sampsonievsky. Fax 246-16-23.

oriental

KARAVAN

108 Bolshoi Sampsonievsky. Fax 246-16-23. oriental KARAVAN Delicious food from the Middle East and the Caucasus:

Delicious food from the Middle East and the Caucasus: kebabs, plov and fresh breads from our hearth.

Unique design and reasonable prices.

46 Voznesensky Pr.

Corner of Voznesensky Pr. and Naberezhnaya Fontanki. Tel. 311-28-00

russian

DAVIDOV’S RESTAURANT Russian cuisine and Russian entertainment in the evening. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m.

until 10 p.m. – Russian Table (starters, main dish, dessert, 250 g. of vodka and free-flowing beer). The central part of the restaurant is a magnificent caviar and vodka display. Chef de Cuisine: Sergei Zhorkhovsky, menu enclosed. Open from 7 a.m until 11 p.m. (80 seats).

39 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul.,

Astoria Hotel.

KALINKA Traditional Russian cuisine in a

traditional Russian environment. Live Russian folk songs, balalaika and gypsy music every night. Small banquet facility.

9 Syezdovskaya Linia,

Vasilievsky Ostrov Tel. 328-28-66, 323-37-18 . $$

PREMIER RESTAURANT-CLUB

Tel. 328-28-66, 323-37-18 . $$ PREMIER RESTAURANT-CLUB Russian-European cuisine. Cozy interior, friendly

Russian-European cuisine. Cozy

interior, friendly atmosphere. Live music, casino, gambling. English spoken. Daily. 24 hours.

47 Nevsky Prospect.

315-78-93, ext. 050. $$

RESTORAN

Russian cuisine. Open from noon to midnight.

2 Tamozhenny Per. Tel. 327-89-79 Fax 327-89-75 http://www.ad.sp.ru

THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Fax 327-89-75 http://www.ad.sp.ru THE ORIENT EXPRESS Take yourself on a first-class culinary trip on the Orient

Take yourself on a first-class culinary trip on the Orient Express. Russian

cuisine mixed with elements of Caucasian and European cuisines. Dishes are cooked on a grill right in

front of your eyes. French wine right out of the barrel. Business lunch from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 130 rubles.

A separate banquet hall for events

and holidays. All credit cards accepted. Open daily noon to midnight.

21 Ul. Marata (five minutes from Nevsky

Prospect)

Tel. 325-87-29

spanish

TORRES

Spanish cuisine. Very large selection

of Spanish wines. Pleasant setting.

Daily live music from 9 p.m. Flamenco dancing and the Argentine tango on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. Business

lunch for 130 rubles on weekdays. All credit cards accepted. Open daily noon to 5 a.m.

53 Nevsky Prospect.

Tel. 113-14-53.

THE NATIONAL HUNT Open from noon to 6 a.m. European cuisine. Business lunch – $4.5. Erotic show every night from 11 p.m. Free

entrance and bar for all ladies from 10

p.m. till midnight. Free evening entrance and one complimentary beer when you buy a business lunch.

11 M. Morskaya Ul.

Tel. 311-13-43.

To advertise, call Lubov Martynova at 325-60-80
To advertise, call
Lubov Martynova
at
325-60-80

RUSSKAYA RYBALKA (RUSSIAN FISHING) The tastiest fish is the one you catch

Open daily around the clock, with a

RESTAURANT TANDOOR Delicious food. Good vegetarian

yourself! You catch sterlet, sturgeon or trout in the pond and then have it either baked or smoked. Tackle, bait, fishing and preparation – free. The

selection. Very popular. English spoken. Business Lunch from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for only $10. Daily 12 p.m. to 11 p.m

location in the park on Krestovsky

2

Voznesensky Prospect,

Ostrov promises relaxation in the

near St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

country – like surroundings almost in

312-38-86.

the center of the city.

Some credit cards accepted. $$

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Cries from Odessa Semyon Spivak directs his students from the Academy of Theater Arts in this adaptation of Isaac Babel’s play “Sunset.” Molodyozhny Theater PREMIERE! Mother, or the Unrest of the Dead See Jan. 26. Priyut Komedianta Theater The Night of the Iguana Vladimir Tumanov’s production of Tennessee Williams’ play of loneliness and love, a triangle drama involving two women and a former priest. Theater on Liteiny The Last Sacrifice Modest Abramov stages Ostrovsky’s play about a woman who finds herself a commodity among men and struggles to defend her honor. Vasilyevsky Ostrov Theater of Satire Tanya-Tanya Vladimir Tumanov directs Olga Mukhina’s romantic comedy about six men and women as they fall in and out of love. Vasilyevsky Ostrov Theater of Satire, Small Stage. 7:30 p.m.

for children

Emil’s Escapades The play by Astrid Lindgren in its first-ever staging in Russia. Director Vladimir Vorobyev promises bright stage settings and the music of Abba. Akimov Comedy Theater. 12 p.m. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Vladimir Tykke directs the famous children’s tale from a play by Oleg Tabakov and Leonid Ustinov. Baltiisky Dom. 12 p.m. The Story of the Nightingale, the Emperor and Death Composer Alexander Nikiforov turns Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Nightingale” into an elliptical taoist fable with Mikhail Ogorodov and Sergei Gasanov. Zazerkalye Children’s Theater. 6 p.m.

and Sergei Gasanov. Zazerkalye Children’s Theater. 6 p.m. Sun., Jan. 28 ballet Swan Lake See Jan.
Sun., Jan. 28
Sun., Jan. 28

ballet

Swan Lake See Jan. 26. Mariinsky Theater

opera

The Marriage of Figaro Yury Alexandrov, director of The St. Petersburg Opera, stages Mozart’s classic four-act comic opera based on Beaumarchais’ witty novel. Sung in Italian and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Mariinsky Theater. 12 p.m. Otello Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s play about the tragic love affair of Othello and Desdemona. Mussorgsky Theater Trojans Viktor Kramer stages Hector Berlioz’s opera based on Virgil’s interpretation of the Trojan War. Sergei Stadler conducts. Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatory Theater. 5 p.m.

concert

An Evening with Valery Gavrilin Oksana Shved, soprano; Yelena Spist, piano. The Skomorokhi Folk Ensemble; Viktor Akulovich, artistic director. Gavrilin. Glinka Philharmonic The Ball in the Gathering of the Nobility Arkady Steinlucht conducts the Zazerkalye Orchestra and soloists in a program of 18th- century dance music. Shostakovich Philharmonic. 3 p.m. Divertissement Ensemble Ilya Ioff, artistic director and soloist. Bernstein, Rota, Tchaikovsky. Shostakovich Philharmonic Anastasia Sidelnikova Organ. Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann. St. Petersburg State Cappella

theater

The Lovers Tatyana Kazakova brings another Goldoni comedy to the Akimov, about how love can be a fearsome weapon in the battle of the sexes. Akimov Comedy Theater Three Sisters Rostislav Goryayev directs Chekhov’s study of the Russian provincial intelligentsia. Alexandrinsky Theater Milashka See Jan. 26. Baltiisky Dom The Pickwick Papers Gyorgy Tovstonogov’s stage adaptation of Dickens’ novel, about a gentleman of an English club who finds himself embroiled in scandal. Bolshoi Drama Theater. 11 a.m. Art Written by French playwright Yasmina Reza, and directed by Nikolai Pinigin, this contemporary play deals with the wedge an abstract painting drives between three friends. Bolshoi Drama Theater Little Doves Vyacheslav Dolgachev stages Paula Vogil’s thoroughly American play Russian-style, with Olga Antonova, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Zinaida Sharko, Nina Usatova. Gorky Palace of Culture. 4 Ploshchad Stachek. M: Narvskaya. PREMIERE! Death of a Salesman Vlad Furman of the Mironov Theater directs Arthur Miller’s play about a man whose view of the American Dream does not quite match reality. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater King, Queen, Knave Vladislav Pazi directs an adaptation of Nabokov’s 1928 novel about a love triangle. Lensoviet Theater PREMIERE! Fro See Jan. 27. Lensoviet Theater, Small Stage. 7:30 p.m. Mumu See Jan. 27. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe. 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. PREMIERE! Miss Julie See Jan. 27. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe, Chamber Stage The Swallow Alexei Tolstoy’s play about three individuals who flee tumultuous 1916 St. Petersburg to find solace in a peasant village until the Revolution catches up with them. Directed by Semyon Spivak. Molodyozhny Theater Brilliant Commotion (Actor’s Tricks, or Dinner Is Served) A “fantasy-improvisation” in two acts loosely based on 19th-century vaudevilles by Nikolai Khmelitsky and Nikolai Nekrasov. Authored by Alexei Arefeyev and directed by Yury Tomoshevsky. Priyut Komedianta Theater The Night of the Iguana See Jan. 27. Theater on Liteiny The Ghosts Akhmat Bayramkulov directs Henrik Ibsen’s turn-of-the-century chronicle of family guilt. Vasilyevsky Ostrov Theater of Satire The Route Adrian Rostovsky directs a contemporary social comedy by Stanislav Stratiyev about the extreme situations which arise among people trapped on a runaway bus. Vasilyevsky Ostrov Theater of Satire

for children

The Prince and the Pauper Vladimir Tykke directs Nikolai Denisov’s stage adaption of Mark Twain’s famous story about trading places. Baltiisky Dom. 12 p.m. The Crocodile Anatoly Praudin stages Korney Chukosvky’s famous children’s tale. Baltiisky Dom. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. PREMIERE! Made of Tin, Wood and Glass Sergei Kargin stages Viktor Olshansky

Tin, Wood and Glass Sergei Kargin stages Viktor Olshansky world cuisine at world’s end by Kirill
Tin, Wood and Glass Sergei Kargin stages Viktor Olshansky world cuisine at world’s end by Kirill
Tin, Wood and Glass Sergei Kargin stages Viktor Olshansky world cuisine at world’s end by Kirill
world cuisine at world’s end by Kirill Galetski The intersection of Grazhdansky Prospect and Prospect
world cuisine at world’s end
by Kirill Galetski
The intersection of Grazhdansky
Prospect and Prospect Nauki is one of
the most heavily traveled crossroads
in the city. With a metro station (albeit
on the part of the metro line that col-
lapsed in 1995 and has yet to be re-
paired) and a market, it is an area of
commercial possibilities that deserves
a decent eatery.
The Liner Cafe, located nearby,
barely fits the bill. While the decor is
“ultra-modern,” the theme at Liner is
international, with a series of inexpen-
sive combo dishes (59 rubles each)
named after various cities of the world,
allegedly offering foreign cuisine.
“My most recent trip abroad con-
vinced me that I needed to introduce
Russians to foreign cuisine at a price
they can afford,” declares the chef in
his English-language press release
about the establishment.
Well, at least they got the prices
right. My wife and I pored over the
menu, which is currently available
only in Russian. I opted for the Aca-
pulco, which includes Salad with fresh
vegetables, rice and feta cheese, a
Burrito, boiled Rice, beet-marinated
cabbage. My wife ordered the Shang-
hai, which comes with Korean carrot
salad, noodles in bouillon with sea-
weed, breaded chicken fillet stuffed
with pineapple, rice and carrots.
These along with the Seafood Cock-
tail (45 rubles) served as appetizers,
while the Texas Steak (112 rubles)
and the Rose Dream Salmon (72
rubles) provided a filling representa-
tive sample of the Liner’s fare, along
with side dishes, which although not
authentically ethnic were quite re-
sourceful from the point of view of
the Russian economy’s food market.
Take for example the noodles with
bouillon and seaweed served with the
Shanghai — if taken on ethnic value, it
is a rather poor attempt at making a
Chinese-style soup. However, it is an
intriguing and rather tasty mix of in-
gredients which are readily available
— flat noodles, Far East salad (sea-
weed), and presumably bouillon cubes.
The chef’s press release also
claims that the Acapulco’s burrito
went through a painstaking process.
This claim does whet the appetite,
but the actual result, while being
quite edible, is also quite under-
whelming. The tortilla bears no dif-
ference from the thin lavash you can
get from every other bakery in town,
and the burrito filling tastes akin to
something I produced in my kitchen
once when experimenting with Mexi-
can food — in other words, nothing
special — just kidney beans in tomato
sauce with a hint of spicy red pepper
powder.
The vegetable sides that came
with the Acapulco were perplexing
— one was a cabbage, apple and feta
cheese concoction which in my mind
has no business being anywhere a
Mexican combo plate, and the spiced,
beet-marinated cabbage is a case of
confusion as to which border to be
south of — in this case it’s the Russia-
Georgia border!
The steak was palatable and came
with French fries. It was thankfully
easy to cut with a knife, but had none
of the grilled taste promised by the
menu, looking and tasting like the
kind of amorphous blob you get
when you order steak and eggs at a
really cheap diner in the U.S.
The salmon, also garnished with
fries, was the best - a light, flaky
breaded filet with a pleasant enough
taste and consistency, albeit with a
slight smack of cafeteria food. At
least the service was fast and the beer
was low-priced, from 17 to 22 rubles
for a half liter.
Dinner for two with alcohol, 583
rubles. ($21) No credit cards. 14A
Prospect Nauki. M: Akademich-
eskaya. Tel.: 533-24-02.
the dish

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Mon., Jan. 29
Mon., Jan. 29

concert

Vladimir Kotov, Mikhail Yakovlev and Rostislav Yakovlev Flute, violin, contra bass. Bottezini, Klind, Schumann, Sperger. Glinka Philharmonic Three Orchestras Saulus Sondeckus conducts the Lithuainian Chamber Orchesta, the St. Petersburg Camera and the State Hermitage Orchestra. Tchaikovsky. Shostakovich Philharmonic

theater

I’m Not Ashamed of You, Years of My Youth Svetlana Milyayeva directs Nikolai Marton and Inessa Prosalovskaya in a theatrical concert of poems and ballads by Russian writers and composers. Alexandrinsky Theater In a Lively Place Vladimir Vetrogonov’s production of Ostrovsky’s play. Lensoviet Theater The Winter’s Tale British Director Declan Donnellan directs Shakespeare’s tragicomedy which examines the power of jealousy. 1999 Golden Mask Winner. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe

Mask Winner. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe PREMIERE! The Disappearance Yury Kordonsky adapts Shamay

PREMIERE! The Disappearance Yury Kordonsky adapts Shamay Golan’s story about contemporary Israeli society to the stage. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe She Throws Down a Challenge Viktor Minkov directs Marell’s depiction of the final period in the life of the 19th-century Parisian actress Sarah Bernhardt. Priyut Komedianta Theater

Tues., Jan. 30
Tues., Jan. 30

ballet

One-Act Ballets Roland Pety choreographs and Farukh Ruzimatov dnaces Mikhail Fokine’s ballet adaptions of Rimsky- Korsakov’s “Scheherzade,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Maurice Béjart’s “Le Jeune homme et la mort,” set to the music of Bach. Mariinsky Theater

concert

Mozart Requiem Performed by the Congress Orchestra. Mussorgsky Theater

opera

One-Act Operas The comic opera “The Falcon” by Bortnyansky and Donizetti’s “The Night Bell,” both staged by Yury Alexandrov. St. Petersburg Opera, Yusupov Palace

by Yury Alexandrov. St. Petersburg Opera, Yusupov Palace theater PREMIERE! I Want to Be in Pictures

theater

PREMIERE! I Want to Be in Pictures Tatyana Kazakova directs Neil Simon’s comedy about a playwright trying to win back his estranged girlfriend by writing a play for her. Akimov Comedy Theater Taras Bulba The title character is nowhere to be found in this contemporary amalgam of Nikolai Gogol’s plays, staged by controversial director Andrzej Zoldak-Tobilevic IV, in which a harsh and bloody world becomes the centerpiece of “Heaven on Earth.” Baltiisky Dom FORMAL THEATER: School for Fools Andrei Moguchy stages his version of Alexander Sokolov’s story of a boy suffering from a split personality. Baltiisky Dom, Formal Theater Arcadia Estonian director Elmo Nüganen directs an award-winning production of Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play, a witty and erudite work concerning Lord Byron’s mysterious disappearance from Britain in 1809. Bolshoi Drama Theater. 6 p.m. The Lover Pinter’s drama about the symbiosis of love and enmity in relations between the sexes. Directed by Vladislav Pazi. Lensoviet Theater PREMIERE! The Eternal Husband Director Pyotr Shereshevsky stages a progressive adaption of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s title short

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worship

All Nations Bible Church — Evangelical Charismatic

service in English with translation into Russian. Karl Marx House of Culture, 114 Obvodniy Canal Embankment. Sun- days 11 a.m., Thursdays 7 p.m. 5542 3794

Anglican/Episcopal — 24 Nab. Reki Fontanki, apt. 22.

Through the arch, turn left. Sundays, 11 a.m 964-52-57.

Apostolic — New Apostolic Church holds services

Sundays at 11 a.m. at 113 Leninsky Pr. 153-37-01.

Armenian — Church of St. Catherine holds services

Saturdays at 6 p.m. at 40 Nevsky Pr.

Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church — Church of

St. Resurrection has services Sundays at 12 p.m. at 29 Smolenka Nab. 350-53-01.

Baptist — International Baptist Church, 47 Novocher-

kassky Pr., corpus 1, stairwell 12. Services on Sundays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 442-01-07.

Baptist — The Immanuel Baptist International Church

has English-language services at 11:15 a.m., Bible study 10:10 a.m., on Sundays at the Mayakovskaya Library, 46 Nab. Fontanki. Call David Pettis at 232-24-43.

Buddhist — Daily services at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the

Kuntsechoinei Datsan Temple, 91 Primorsky Pr. 239-03-41.

Catholic — Services on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in the

Church of the Assumption at 11 1-aya Krasnoar- meiskaya Ul.

Catholic — St. Catherine Roman Catholic Church

holds masses at 32-34 Nevsky Pr. Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in English, 10:30 a.m. in Russian, 12 p.m. in Russian, 1:30 p.m. in Polish and 7 p.m. in Russian. Weekday services at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Russian. 311-71-70.

Charismatic Church of Our Savior — Hotel St. Pe-

tersburg Conference Hall at 5 Vyborgskaya Nab. M: Pl.

Lenina. Sunday services in Russian with English transla- tion at 11 a.m.

Christian Science Society — Services on Sundays at

11

a.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 20 Basseinaya Ul.,

2nd floor, room #205. 323-47-52.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

(Mormons) — Meetings in Russian at 6 Aerodromnia at

10 a.m. English meetings Sundays at 2 p.m. at 56 Nab.

Reki Fontanki. 346-75-67.

Evangelical — Services on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.,

Sundays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Mondays at 5 p.m. 52 Borovaya Ulitsa. 166-44-19.

Hindu — The Hare Krishna Temple meets every day at

7 p.m., with Sunday programs at 4 p.m., at 17 Bumazh-

naya Ul. Call 186-72-59 or e-mail Marat@pronto.bbt.se.

Jehovah’s Witness — English-language meetings

Wednesday at 7 p.m. and every other Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Russian-language meetings Tuesday to Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 21 Kolomyazhsky Prospect, 394-53-81. More Russian-lan-

guage meetings: Tuesday to Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

71. Ul. Chernyahovskogo, 164-25-29. Tuesday, Friday

and Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m. 6a Ul. Fuchika,

174-76-29.

Jewish — Daily prayers at 9 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. in the

small synagogue, sung Sabbath service at 10 a.m. in the Great Synagogue. 2 Lermontovsky Pr. 114-11-53.

Lutheran (German-Russian) — Bilingual services at

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.;

Wednesday services in German at 6 p.m. and in Russian at 7 p.m. 22/24 Nevsky Pr. 312-0798.

Lutheran (Evangelical) — Services at the Church

of St. Mary at 8 Bolshaya Konyushennaya Ul. on Sun-

days at 10:30 a.m. in Finnish and at 1:30 p.m. in Russian

and on the first and third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m.

Lutheran (Evangelical) — The Russian Evangelical

Lutheran Ministry in St. Petersburg has services in En- glish Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Lutheran

Church, 18 Sredny Pr. 218-04-77.

Lutheran (Swedish) — Swedish-Russian services at

St. Catherine’s Church at 1 Mal. Konyushennaya on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.

Moslem — Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mosque is at 7 Kro-

nversky Prospect. 233-98-19.

Russian Orthodox — Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathe-

dral holds services daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 1 Preo-

brazhenskaya Pl. 272-36-62.

Salvationist — Russian-English services on Sundays

at 3:30 p.m. at 44b Liteiny Prospect. 327-36-83.

Salvationist — Salvation Army services at 19 Bol.

Monetnaya Ul., 11 a.m. Sundays. 310-44-70.

Seventh-Day Adventist — Services usually in Rus-

sian only on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m., at 85 Morisa Toreza. 553-94-33.

StreetCryChristianFellowship—Meetings every day.

Live rock worship, 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Healing ministry to

drugaddicts, Bible school, prayer meetings, street evange- lism. DK Bolshevichka, 9 Ul. Tyushina, 3rd fl. 164-58-35.

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concert

Russian Orthodox Church Music Anastasia Sorokina conducts the St. John Choir. Sacred music by Bortnyansky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Chesnokov. Glinka Philharmonic Boris Shtokolov Guitar. Artistic director Vladimir Popov conducts the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Early Russian Ballads. Shostakovich Philharmonic St. Petersburg State Cappella Orchestra Alexander Sladkovsky, conductor. Mahler, Verdi. St. Petersburg State Cappella

theater

The Country Wife See Jan. 26. Akimov Comedy Theater

A Comedy from Our Life Vladimir Golub

directs Nadezhda Ptushkina’s contemporary play about an “old maid” who finds love with a New Russian. Alexandrinsky Theater

At the Same Time Yevgeny Grishkovets’ new(er) one-man show. Baltiisky Dom Yevgeny Grishkovets’ new(er) one-man show. Baltiisky Dom

Boris Godunov Temur Chkheidze directs Pushkin’s 1825 play about guilt and power in

16th-century Russia. Bolshoi Drama Theater Gold Roman Kozak stages Joseph Bar- Joseph’s Jewish comedy with Alexander

Feklistov, Valery Garkalin, Larisa Kuznetsova and Tatyana Vasilyeva. Gorky Palace of Culture. 4 Ploshchad Stachek. M: Narvskaya.

The Hoaxer Alexander Isakov directs a Alexander Isakov directs a

whimsical comedy about the paranormal by Inga Garuchava and Pyotr Khotyanovsky. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater

Love Till Your Dying Day Igor Vladimirov directs Nikolai’s ironic comedy about the meaning of love. Lensoviet Theater

The Winter’s Tale See Jan. 29. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe PREMIERE! The Disappearance See Jan. 29. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe

PREMIERE! The Venetian Woman See Feb. 1. Priyut Komedianta Theater The Peasant Mistress (Barishnya Krestyanka) Alexander Petrov directs a

musical version of Pushkin’s short story. Theater on Liteiny

version of Pushkin’s short story. Theater on Liteiny gigs Ira Zubareva and Jazz Trio Jazz standards

gigs

Ira Zubareva and Jazz Trio Jazz standards and other songs. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix

DJs Sahaj and Nose House, big beat. Faculty.

10 p.m.

DJs Udjin, Chikatilo and Compass Vrubel Griboyedov. 12 a.m.

Sat., Jan. 27
Sat., Jan. 27

rock, etc.

Solnechny Udar Pop/rock. Art Spirit. 9 p.m.

Scary B.O.O.M. Psychobilly. City Club. 8:20 p.m. PORT 812 Pop/rock. City Club. 1 a.m. N.O.M. Rock. Faculty. 10 p.m.

Begemot Pop/rock. Fish Fabrique. 10:30 p.m. Netslov Ethnic dub electronica. Griboyedov.

10 p.m.

Solaris Pop/rock. Manhattan. 11 p.m. Zelany Rashoho Acid jazz. Moloko Big Livers Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m. Hot Wheels Rockabilly. Money Honey. 12:30 a.m. Magic Bus Rock. Planeta Internet. 9:30 p.m. The Krysha/Amatory/Psychea Alternative. Poligon. 6 p.m. Malako/Sad Kamnei Zoopark

jazz & blues

Leningrad Dixieland Band Jazz Dancing. Jazz Philharmonic Hall Gasan Bagirov Trio Jazz Philharmonic Hall (Ellington Hall). 8 p.m. Alexei Kanunnikov Jazz Band Vocal jazz group. Jazz’n’Phrenia. 9 p.m. Nikonov — Degusarov Band “From Swing to Funk.” JFC Jazz Club Skip Parente Jazz classics. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club. 3 p.m.

Skip Parente Jazz classics. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club. 7:30 p.m. El Coyotas Latin. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.

12 a.m.

Tanya Tolstova and Jazz Comfort Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix

P.C.P. Party Live acts Yolochniye Igrushki, Ruff Engine, Zhutky Lazer, DJs Slon and Kisloid. Faculty. 11:30 p.m. Do Re Mix Presents DJs Tengiz, Vissardi and Tim. Griboyedov. 12 a.m. DJ Tsvetkov Live mix. Titski-Boomerang DJ Team, Gnom, Slava Vinyl, Igrunov. PORT. 11 p.m. Energetika “Progressive” dance party. DJs Optimus Ell (trance), Struker (garage), Magnet Freak (progressive house, house), Nazhiklidabulu (trans), Rain Flash (techno)

and Turbo (hardcore). SpartaK (Garkundel). 11:59 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 28
Sun., Jan. 28

rock, etc.

Sasha I Natasha Pop/rock. Art Spirit. 9 p.m. Mad Lori Pop/rock. Followed by X-Dance all- night party. City Club. 8:20 p.m. Skafandr Alternative. Faculty. 10 p.m. Project 11 Blues. Griboyedov. 10 p.m. Chicherina Pop/rock. Lensoviet Palace of Culture, 42 Kamennoostrovsky Pr., 346-04-38. Palma Break Disco funk. Manhattan. 11 p.m. Mad Lori/Chekultura Pop/rock. Moloko Rattlesnakes Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m. Doggy Doggy Rockabilly. Money Honey. 11:45 p.m. Metallurgiya Heavy metal. Poligon. 6 p.m. Propellers Rockabilly. SpartaK (Garkundel).

6 p.m. Propellers Rockabilly. SpartaK (Garkundel). 10 p.m. Vladimir Vysotsky Night Vitaly Katsabashvili

10

p.m.

Vladimir Vysotsky Night Vitaly Katsabashvili (Moscow). Zoopark

jazz & blues

Jazz for Children Leningrad Dixieland Band. Jazz Philharmonic Hall& 12 a.m.

Mikhail Kostyushkin and His Band Saxophone Night. Jazz Philharmonic Hall. 7 p.m. The Way Blues. Jazz’n’Phrenia. 9 p.m. Ritmo Caliente Latin. JFC Jazz Club Gasan Bagirov Trio Jazz. Jimi Hendrix Blues

Club. 3 p.m. Ritmo Caliente Latin. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club. 7:30 p.m. The Way Blues. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix

DJ Alex Breakbeat. Faculty. 11:30 p.m. Sqatter Diction Jungle Party for Youth Griboyedov. 5 p.m. DJs Chak, Keet and guests Acid jazz, soul- funk, hip-hop. Griboyedov. 12 a.m.

Mon., Jan. 29
Mon., Jan. 29

rock, etc.

Experimental GEZ-21 (Experimental Sound Gallery), 10 Pushkinskaya Ul. (entrance from 53 Ligovsky Pr.), 7th floor, room 702. 7:30 p.m. Barbulators Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m. Katyusha Rock. SpartaK (Garkundel). 9:30 p.m.

jazz & blues

Skip Parente and Friends Jazz classics. Jazz’n’Phrenia. 9 p.m. Sweet Little 60s Rock and roll. JFC Jazz Club Anna Guzikova and VIP Band Jazz classics. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club. 7:30 p.m. Alexei Cheremizov Trio/Jam Session Mainstream. Kvadrat. 8 p.m. Leonid Sendersky Quartet Jazz standards. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix

X-Dance City Club. 8:20 p.m. Ground Level DJs Maxim Kislovsky, Sputnik and guests. Griboyedov. 10 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 30
Tues., Jan. 30

rock, etc.

Kotovsky Bros. Funk. City Club. 8:20 p.m. On Moi Rock. Fish Fabrique. 10:30 p.m. Bliznetsy Pop/rock. Manhattan. 11 p.m. Big Livers Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m. The Other Culture Presents St. Petersburg’s Experimental Art Erzatshuman (primitive minimal rhythm). SpartaK (Garkundel). 9:45 p.m. Kirill Miller Presents Improvized music. Zoopark

jazz & blues

Dmitry Nazarychev Band with Viktoria Urusova on vocals Jazz Philharmonic Hall (Ellington Hall). 8 p.m.

Yellow Pillow Big beat, rock. Jazz’n’Phrenia.

9 p.m.

Mainstream Kings Jazz classics. JFC Jazz Club Ines & S.B.A. Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club. 7:30 p.m. El Coyotas Latin. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix

DJs Danya and Lovesky Griboyedov. 10 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 31
Wed., Jan. 31

rock, etc.

ReggiStan Reggae. Followed by X-Dance all- night party. City Club. 8:20 p.m. Tu-Tu 134 Pop/rock. Griboyedov. 10 p.m. 500 Potseluyev New wave, disco. Manhattan.

11 p.m. Rattlesnakes Rockabilly. Money Honey.

8 p.m.

Lone Star Riders New country. Money Honey. 11:45 p.m. Barocco Flash Art rock. SpartaK (Garkundel). 9:30 p.m.

story starring Eldoradio DJ Oleg Almazov. Priyut Komedianta Theater

Lost in the Stars Grigory Dityatkovsky directs

a play based on contemporary Israeli

Antigone Anouilh’s modern treatment of the Sophocles classic about a woman whose destiny is to say “no” to the king. Directed by

Temur Chkheidze. Bolshoi Drama Theater Console My Sorrows Sergei Buranov stages Georgy Korolchuk’s lyrical comedy about knowing one’s roots, as seen through a family whose generations are scattered across the globe. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater Caligula See Jan. 26. Lensoviet Theater The Winter’s Tale See Jan. 29. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe PREMIERE! The Disappearance See Jan. 29. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe PREMIERE! The Venetian Woman Mikhail Gruzdov stages a 16th-century erotic dram by an unknown author. Priyut Komedianta Theater Catherine the Great Gennady Trostyanetsky directs the truly “great” Olga Samoshina in Shaw’s short comedy about the life of the Russian empress. Theater on Liteiny

playwright Hanoch Levin’s “The Rubber Merchants,” a tragicomic tale of a love triangle. Theater on Liteiny Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro Polish director Andrzej Bubenj directs a revisionist version of Beaumarchais’ oft-staged 18th- century comedy. Vasilyevsky Ostrov Theater of Satire

for children

Kashtanka’s Passion A sad but endearing cooperative production by the Zazerkalye Theater and the Terem Quartet musical A sad but endearing cooperative production by the Zazerkalye Theater and the Terem Quartet musical ensemble based on the much- adapted Chekov story “Kashtanka.” Zazerkalye Children’s Theater

story “Kashtanka.” Zazerkalye Children’s Theater Wed., Jan. 31 ballet La Bayadère Petipa’s choreography
Wed., Jan. 31
Wed., Jan. 31

ballet

La Bayadère Petipa’s choreography set to Minkus’ score based on Pushkin’s poem tells a tragic love story of a Bayadera, or professional dancer in India, punished for her love of a warrior destined to marry the king’s daughter. Mariinsky Theater

opera

Prince Igor Stanislav Gaudasinky directs Borodin’s opera about Prince Igor and his son Vladimir who are held as prisoners during the war with the Polovtsians. Mussorgsky Theater

concert

The Court Music of Maria Fyodorovna and

Grand Duke Alexander Petrovich The Play-

el Trio: Sergei Filchenko; Yury Martynov, piano;

Dmitry Sokolov, cello. Music by Russian and European composers. Glinka Philharmonic Dmitry Yeryomin Cello. Yun-Sun Chang (South Korea) conducts the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Dvorak, Franck, Wagner. Shostakovich Philharmonic In Memory of Lyubov Brook Andrei Alexeyev conducts the St. Petersburg State University String Orchestra and the Rostrapovich Children’s Art School Orchestra. Music by Russian and foreign composers. St. Petersburg State Cappella

theater

PREMIERE! Ladies and Hussars Zazerkalye Theater director Alexander Petrov directs

Alexandre Fredreau’s Romantic-era comedy as

a musical. A group of officers who try to do

without the company of women; unsuccessfully, of course. Music by Igor Rogalev. Akimov Comedy Theater Cap and Bells Vladimir Vorobyov directs a drama set in a small Sicilian village involving a beautiful wife and her deceitful husband. Alexandrinsky Theater Lies Marina Gavrilova directs her own detective story chronicling the adventures of Russian emigrants in 1930s Paris. Alexandrinsky Theater, Small Stage Taras Bulba See Jan. 30. Baltiisky Dom FORMAL THEATER: School for Fools See Jan. 30. Baltiisky Dom, Formal Theater California Suite Neil Simon’s famous romantic comedy revolves around a trio of vacationing couples staying at the same hotel. Directed by Nikolai Pinigin. Bolshoi Drama Theater The Imaginary Invalid Whizz-bang light effects and other special surprises spice up Molière’s last play, directed by Gennady Trostyanetsky. Lensoviet Theater

The Winter’s Tale See Jan. 29. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe PREMIERE! The Disappearance See Jan. See Jan. 29. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe PREMIERE! The Disappearance See Jan. 29. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe