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Mariinsky gets new version

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Rival brothers in feud for

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Irap sees an alarming rise in

fatal diseases. Page 18.

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U.S. Caught in Electoral Quagmire

By David Royse

TALLAHASSEE, Florida George

W. Bushs lead over Al Gore in crucial
Florida shrank to fewer than 400 votes
on Thursday, with allegations of irregularities swirling and several thousand
ballots from overseas residents still to
be counted.
Recount results from 64 of the
states 67 counties gave Republican
Bush a lead of 362 votes out of nearly 6
million cast, according to an unofficial

tally by The Associated Press. The original final margin had been reported
at 1,784.
The recount, required under state
law because of the close result, was still
in progress late Thursday, some 48
hours after polls closed.
Election officials said results
wouldnt be certified until Nov. 17 or
later after at least 2,900 overseas
ballots can be counted. Those ballots
had to be postmarked by Election Day
to count.

In response to the Gore campaigns

request for a manual recount, Palm
Beach County agreed to hand-count
ballots in three precincts Saturday.
With the outcome of the presidential
race in the balance, allegations on both
sides became increasingly heated.
Gore campaign manager William
Daley said courts may find the Florida
result an injustice unparalleled in our
history. Bush chairman Don Evans
countered, The Democrats who are
politicizing and distorting these events

risk doing so at the expense of our

More than a thousand Gore supporters demonstrated outside a government building in downtown West Palm
Beach, demanding another election in
the county. They said the confusing configuration of their ballot had cost the
vice president votes.
Gore got more, they chanted.
The Gore campaign contended the
ballots in Palm Beach County were illegal. Reform Party candidate Pat

Buchanan said ineptitude in ballot

design may have caused many
Democrats to vote for him inadvertently.
James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state brought in by Bush to
represent his interests in Florida, said,
That ballot was posted, as required by
Florida law, in newspapers and public
places all over the state of Florida. And
we havent heard one gripe about that
ballot until after the voting took place.

Votes May
By Sarah Karush
and Irina Titova

In one of the most bizarre turns in U.S.

electoral history, a vote counted in St.
Petersburg, Russia could now seem to
be more significant than a vote cast in
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Thats because a now-underway recount in Florida now the decisive state
for the election has George W. Bush
leading Vice President Al Gore by a
mere 941 votes. A recount was mandatory under state law because the margin
was less than one-half of 1 percentage
point of the total number of votes cast in
Florida, the Associated Press said.
This therefore means that the decisive votes will be coming in from overseas cast as absentee ballots and
Florida reckons it will be counting 2,000
of those over the next ten days, officials
there said.
In the 1996 presidential election,
Florida counted 2,300 overseas ballots.
Many U.S. expatriates forego voting
because obtaining an absentee ballot
can be a hassle and because they feel it
is a futile exercise. After all, their votes
often dont arrive until well after the
polls have closed and the votes have
been tallied.
But Tuesdays soon-to-be photo finish race proved that every vote counts.
In some cases, the vote could threaten
lives. Im from Florida, said one
Florida resident in St. Petersburg who
didnt vote. I received a call from my
ex-wife who lives there who said If
Gore wins Ill kill you!
That notwithstanding, many expats
in St. Petersburg did their patriotic
duty. Braving the process of red tape
and postmarks, many St. Petersburg
expats of Floridian persuasion, however, blew it.
One Floridian, who declined to be
identified said he didnt vote because he
didnt like the choices on offer. He
See ABROAD, Page 2

On a Crusade


Three Orthodox priests, who were protesting communist demonstrations on Palace Square on Tuesday the Day of Harmony and
Reconciliation being led away by police. About 8,000 people gathered and shouted anti-government slogans.See Story, Page 3.

Gulag Memories Live On in a Siberian Museum


DOLINA KANYONA, Eastern Siberia Josef Stalin sent millions of Soviet citizens down Siberias so-called
Road of Bones to the misery and
death of the gulag labor camps.
Now tourists are being invited to the
remote Kolyma track to Dolina Kanyona, a labor camp crumbling into the
tundra nearly 50 years after its last inmate was released.
Forty-six-year-old Alexei Alabushev,
born the year the labor camp closed,
swapped a teaching career for an unlikely tourist dream amid the taiga and
tumbling rivers of Russias far northeast.
I wanted to come up with a project

that would embrace all sides of tourism

nature, history, ethnic themes, extreme tourism, sport, Alabushev said.
Dolina Kanyona fits ideally into
this idea. This place is unique; it has
mountains, lakes, cascading waterfalls,
glaciers, rare animals. Here you can satisfy the most demanding tourist.
Snow-capped mountains overlook
Dolina Kanyona and the expanse of
Siberian taiga, whose autumnal reds,
yellows and greens fan out around the
crystal clear Verina river.
But some 2,000 Dolina Kanyona inmates saw a different picture half a century ago.
Vladimir Svertelov, prisoner number

M-1247, recalls climbing the camps

wooden stairs every morning to work,
whipped by a piercing wind and gnawed
by temperatures plummeting to minus
50 degrees Celsius.
Nature itself served as a guard
here, said Svertelov.
Since the camp closed in 1954, rivers
have washed away the wooden bridges
built by prisoners on the road that led
to it. But Dolina Kanyonas isolation
and forbidding elements have helped it
remain one of the best preserved of
Kolymas 500 or so camps.
Barbed wire still twists around the
camp and metal bars criss-cross the tiny
square windows of the prison barracks.

Quilted jackets, numbered caps,

tarpaulin boots and tins litter the floor
of the barracks and workshops.
At the top of a steep slope looms a
huge refinery surrounded by heaps of
cobalt ore, which the Cold War-era Soviet military needed to make armor.
Svertelov was banished to Dolina
Kanyona for the crime of having
been captured by Nazis while a soldier
during World War II.
German prison was bad, but being
treated as a traitor upon returning was
The only survivor of Dolina Kanyona left in the regional center, MagaSee GULAG, Page 2

Friday, November 10, 2000

The St. Petersburg Times


porter Don Liftman said. Three thousand Buchanan supporters in a county

full of Jewish condo residents? I dont
think so.
A few Republicans also attended the
rally, among them was George Ford,
who waved a large Bush-Cheney sign.
To think this is going to be decided
by a bunch of lawyers, he said, is just
a tragedy.

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All across the state, other allegations

of voting improprieties ranged from
missing ballots to problems with tabulations and intimidation of black voters.
In Tallahassee, several hundred student
protesters from Florida A&M University marched to the Capitol and held a
silent sit-in in the rotunda.
Republican activist Don Weidner
said that he didnt expect a judge to
order a new election based on the
Absent a clear demonstration of
fraud, I think its highly unlikely the
court will throw it out, he said.
Republicans were unhappy that
Gore gained 478 votes in the recount in
GOP-heavy Pinellas County, partly because of an additional 1,100 absentee
ballots overlooked on election night.
Obviously its a very strange
event, said John Dowd, a Washington
attorney working for Bush. How do
you miss 1,100 or so ballots?
The Gore campaign requested that
1.78 million ballots be hand-counted in
Palm Beach, Volusia, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But Democrats said
the election may be decided in court.
Eight lawsuits challenging the results were filed in state or federal court,
including six in Palm Beach County and
two in Tallahassee, where race discrimination was alleged.
The first case to reach a judge was
voluntarily dropped by the plaintiff in
federal court in West Palm Beach.
Lawrence Navarro, attorney for the


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added, however, that he now felt bad
about it because Im from Florida and
I should have voted.
But Moscow resident Mark Gould, of
Clearwater, Florida, said he was happy
he went to the trouble of getting an absentee ballot and casting it for Bush.
I like Bush, I like Gore. But I cant
stand Tipper ever since Tipper came
out against rock music, Gould said of
Gores wife. His absentee vote was
counted in the first tally Tuesday night
because he cast it while he was in the
United States last month.
At one point in Tuesday nights
count, when the difference between
Bush and Gore was a mere 200 votes,
Gould said he calculated the worth of
his vote for the Republican candidate at
one-two hundredth of the U.S. population, or 1.25 million people.
Those are some heavy numbers. The


A copy of the controversial ballot distributed in Palm Beach County, which Democrat representatives say confused many voters.
plaintiff, said that he had received with two other people. The suit con- countys punch-card ballot was laid out.
calls from people he refused to iden- tended poll workers told voters they had Candidates were listed in two columns,
tify who asked his client to withdraw only five minutes to cast their ballots and separated by holes for punching.
The controversy prompted an emoanyone who took longer would have his
the suit.
tional midday demonstration Thursday
Al Gore is going to step up and ballot tossed out.
Officials in the heavily Democratic in West Palm Beach. Democrats noted
fight this battle, Navarro said without
county rejected 19,120 ballots on election that the 3,407 votes for Buchanan were
In one of the other cases, Palm Beach night because more than one prgsidential by far the most of any Florida county,
voter Kenneth Horowitz, owner of the candidate was selected. Gore supporters and almost 20 percent of his total vote
in the state.
Miami Fusion soccer team and a regis- blamed the design of the ballot.
Our vote was stolen, Gore supConfusion arose from how the
tered independent, filed a lawsuit along
extrapolation you can do really makes
you think about the importance of exercising your franchise, said Gould, who
has lived in Russia since 1989.
Theoretically expat votes cast from
abroad and not from the United
States the way Goulds was could turn
the tide and hand victory to Gore as
many awaiting the count are hoping.
The only ballots not counted the
first time around were those cast overseas, Reuters said, citing Clay Roberts,
director of the Florida Division of Elections. They must be postmarked by
election day in order to be valid but
have 10 days to arrive.
The number of overseas ballots is
undetermined. Florida election officials
sent out 585,000 absentee ballots, of
which 416,000 had been returned by
Monday evening.
Roberts said that it was technically possible that these ballots could
change the result of the election, although its extremely unlikely.
Moreover, conventional wisdom


Two soldiers reading about the U.S. elections in Red Square, Moscow, on Thursday.
holds that U.S. citizens abroad who ceivably change the results.
In Palm Beach County, hundreds of
include military personnel and many
business executives are predomi- angry voters complained to the elections
office that they feared they had mistaknately Republican.
Of course, there are other factors enly cast their vote for Reform Party
beside the expat vote that could con- candidate Pat Buchanan instead of


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dan, Svertelov is wholeheartedly in favor of Alabushevs tourism idea.
People must go there and see how
we lived, Svertelov said. It doesnt
matter if someone also wants to make
money on this.
The Magadan region suffers from
the economic woes which grip much of
The infrastructure built by prisoners
from the 1930s to the 1950s was developed by workers from across the Soviet
Union, drawn by special wages and
powerful propaganda.
But much of regions transport and industry became too inefficient to maintain
after the economic reforms of the 1990s.
Ivan Panikarov, a former plumber
from the southern Russian town of
Rostov, has set up a gulag museum in
Yagodnoye a town of 8,000 that once
housed the regional gulag administration headquarters and put it on-line.
Panikarov came to Kolyma in the
1970s, where he learned the grim history of the camps and began visiting
their remains, collecting prisoners
clothes, tools and tableware.
In 1994, after many failed attempts
to get support from the local adminis-

tration, he bought a two-room apartment in Yagodnoye and put the exhibits

on display.
Today Panikarovs museum is
Yagodnoyes key attraction and the local administration has offered to exhibit
his artifacts at a former cinema.
The Kolyma track is littered with
abandoned villages standing next to the
ruins of labor camps, but Yagodnoye,
the town of berries in Russian, is
prosperous by local standards.
The local administration is trying to
lure entrepreneurs and gold prospectors.
Theres even a town Internet server.
The wives of the gold prospectors
look at the Web sites of Moscow shops
so they know where to go when they get
there. The prospectors themselves look
up the world prices for gold, said
Vladimir Alexeyev, director of the
towns communications center.
One computer is available for public
use at Yagodnoyes post office, but
Alexeyev dreams of installing a Web
camera to let residents stay in touch
over the Internet with children studying
in Magadan, which would save money
on telephones and travel.
The server also hosts Ivan Panikarovs gulag history Web site (http:/ya. But Panikarovs ambition is to take tourists to
see the real thing.

PORTLAND In the other undecided state of Oregon, Democrat Al

Gore on Thursday edged ahead of Republican George W. Bush in balloting
for U.S. president as election workers
counted the last handfuls of ballots cast.
While the nation focused on the
dramatic recount of votes in Florida,
where the 25 electoral votes will determine the next president, Oregon
was still unable to award its seven
electoral votes even with 96 percent of
ballots counted.
Vice President Gore with 666,997
votes, or 47.43 percent, led Texas Gov.
Bush, with 664,805, or 47.27 percent.
Green Party candidate Ralph Nader
tallied 68,812 votes, or 4.89 percent.
It is intense, said Lynn Rosik,
Oregon director of elections. Weve
had many races this close before, but
not in a presidential race with everybody looking at us like this.
Oregon switched to all-mail balloting for the first time this year, but Rosik
said the extreme closeness of
Tuesdaysvote, not the speed of the
counting, had delayed the verdict.
Gore. Some said they were confused by
the punch ballot that placed the names
of Gore and Buchanan across from each
other, The Associated Press reported.
Some U.S. citizens in Moscow said
they would have liked to have voted but
never received an absentee ballot.
In order to vote abroad, you must
send a request for an absentee ballot to
the board of elections where you are registered. Your request must be received at
least 30 days before the election.
Marisa Fushille, of Texas, said she
went to the trouble of faxing her request to election officials six weeks ago
so that they would get it on time.
My ballot never got here, so I never
voted, she said.
Despite that mishap, some states are
even allowing absentee votes to be
faxed in, officials at the U.S. Consulate
in St. Petersburg said.
Sarah Karush reported from Moscow
and Irina Titova reported from St. Petersburg.





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Friday, November 10, 2000

The St. Petersburg Times

City Media Chief Files a Marchers Recall Communism

Suit Against Local Paper
By Masha Kaminskaya

By Vladimir Kovalyev

City Hall Media Committee Chief

Alexander Potekhin filed suit against
local daily Nevskoye Vremya late last
month over an article that cast aspersions on his committees expenditures
on local sociological surveys.
Potekhin was apparently miffed by a
sentence in the article printed in
September that purported to say
Potekhin would like to monopolize the
local market in the sale of print media,
he told The St. Petersburg Times in an
interview. He also called into question
Nevskoye Vremyas position on his
committees budget for public surveys,
which the paper said was suspicious.
At issue is the arrest of Dmitry Solonnikov, Potekhins former aide, in October for allegedly embezzling money
from precisely that budget line item
all the way back in 1998. Furthermore,
lawmakers like Andrei Korchagin have
called the Media Committee onto the
carpet over what they see as continual
abuses of the survey budget line especially for the year 2000 and they say
the surveys are largely bogus.
What Solonnikovs involvement in the
alleged embezzlement is remains unclear.
Prosecutors office spokesman Gennady
Ryabov did say in a telephone interview
that: The Prosecutors Office starts an investigation only after an investigation
shows money has been misspent.
Nevskoye Vremya, nonetheless,
stands by its story.
We do not care about Potekhins
lawsuit. We print only those articles
which are based on facts, and if Potekhin wants to take us to court, this is his
own decision, said Vladimir Sobolev,
Nevskoye Vremyas first deputy editor,
in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
Solonnikov was due to appear in the

Russian Pooh Dies

MOSCOW (SPT) Boris Zakhoder the poet in whose voice Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and
Mary Poppins speak in Russian to millions of kids died Tuesday in Moscow. He was 82.
Zakhoder also wrote elegant and
humorous original poetry for children
and adults, but became widely popular
with his translations of foreign childrens literature.
Zakhoder, who enjoyed the friendship of poets Samuil Marshak and Kornei Chukovsky, is part of the Russian
literary tradition of retelling rather than
translating books for children, in which
characters, language and some aspects
of the plot can be adapted to a greater
degree. In Soviet times, childrens literature, where much greater creative
freedom was tolerated, often served as
a refuge for literary experiments.

Rebel Attack Kills One

MOSCOW (AP) Rebels in
Chechnya killed one soldier, blew up an
administrative building and opened fire
at the office of a military commandant,
reports said Wednesday.
One soldier was killed and another
injured in an attack in the Staropromyslovsky district outside Grozny,
Interfax reported. That district is the
headquarters for federal forces. Ten
other servicemen were injured when a
railway-inspection trolley hit a mine,
the agency said. There were no reports
of injuries in the explosion of the building in Suvorov-Yurt or the attack on the
commandants office in Tolstoy-Yurt.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited a military hospital in
Rostov-on-Don one of the main facilities for soldiers wounded in the
Chechen war. He presented patients
with commemorative watches and dis-

Dzerzhinsky District Court, but failed

to appear because he suffered a heart
attack. The hearings where postponed
until Friday.
At present, the Media Committee
which is vaguely charged with overseeing city media has a 7 million ruble ($250,000) budget.
Potekhin pointed out that big expenditures on surveys were a necessary
part of government.
These are huge surveys and they
are conducted for several months.
Sometimes it is impossible to find out
what we need by asking just 1,500 people, Potekhin said.
$2,000 is the cost of so-called small
surveys, for big ones the cost is much
higher, he said.
The budget line raises Korchagins
hackles and, in June, he sent an official
deputys inquiry to City Hall to ask
about the figures. In October, Solonnikov was arrested and Potekhin was
called in for questioning. He was never
formally charged with any wrongdoing.
Korchagin also got back a list of surveys the Media Committee conducted.
They were called: Dynamics for the
Psychological Condition of the St. Petersburg Population, Specifics of Media Perception and What St. Petersburg Citizens Think about Local and
Federal Branches of Power.
Neither I nor my voters have seen
results of surveys conducted in the city,
said Korchagin in a telephone interview
But the Nevskoye Vremya article
which tries to show circumstantially
that the survey money was misspent
is based entirely on Korchagins point of
Masha Kaminskaya contributed to this

cussed ways of improving treatment,

Itar-Tass reported.

Estonia Snubs KGB

TALLINN, Estonia (Reuters)
Russias embassy in Estonia said Tuesday it had complained to Estonia over
its refusal to automatically grant residence permits to former members of
the Soviet KGB.
Some 300 retired KGB officials and
their families were left in Estonia after
the country regained independence in
1991. Moscow sought to protect their
status through a secret deal signed in
December 1991 with then-Prime Minister Edgar Savisaar.
That agreement was never ratified
by Estonias parliament and was kept
secret until a defendant invoked it in a
court case in October.
Moscow says Estonia agreed to
guarantee social, political and other
rights of the KGB pensioners in the
deal including protection from legal
action as a result of their former activities with the security service.

Churches Get Closer

MOSCOW (SPT) The New Yorkbased Russian Orthodox Church
Abroad has issued a statement showing
that it has softened its position in the
standoff with the Moscow Patriarchate.
The bishops of the migr church
adopted a message late last month
praising their Russian counterparts decision to canonize Tsar Nicholas II, his
family and a score of clergymen who
died at the hands of the Bolsheviks, as
well as the Moscow Patriarchates adoption of a social doctrine.
The New York-based church canonized the imperial family in 1981 and has
long demanded that the Moscow Patriarchate formally repent its submissiveness to the Soviet state.

Ever since a presidential decree

signed by Boris Yeltsin came into effect four years ago, the public holiday
on Nov. 7 has officially been named
the Day of Harmony and Reconciliation. But most of those who gathered
in Palace Square on Tuesday, the day
was still really what it was for seven
decades: the anniversary of the Great
October Socialist revolution.
Approximately 8,000 people took
part in a march that was organized by the
citys communist parties, starting at 10:30
a.m. at the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall.
While several recent polls say that
about 50 percent of Russians view Nov.
7 as an ordinary day off, Tuesdays
marchers were more in a mood of
protest than reconciliation.
I wasnt a member of the Communist Party, but I used to live a good life
during the Soviet period, said scientific
researcher Nina Ivanovna, 60, who refused to give her last name.
I didnt need changes that would destroy me, impoverish my country and exterminate people. I am for socialists, for
Russian socialists, not a bunch of Jews
who are robbing the country, she said.
Palace square swarmed with red flags,
as speeches by local communist leaders
calling for riots and a takeover of power
looked on at posters saying Down with
capitalism! and ORT, NTV and Liberty are Zionist accomplices!
The demonstrators were apparently
not bearing any slogans vilifying President Vladimir Putin.
St. Petersburg police reported no
major incidents during the march. According to police senior sergeant Pyotr
Ivanov, who along with 2,000 police officers was on duty in the square, much
of the day was calm, even subdued.
However, earlier in the day witnesses reported that a group of Orthodox priests marched into Palace Square

Wolves Flee Chechnya

MOSCOW (SPT) After six years
of sporadic warfare in Chechnya, reports of refugees and guerrillas pouring
over the restive regions mountainous
borders have become commonplace.
But now frontier-dwellers fear another Chechen insurgency, as hundreds
of wolves Chechnyas national symbol flee the fighting in search of a
peaceful home on the Russian side of
the border, RIA news agency said
In the adjoining Stavropol region
there are now 450 to 500 gray wolves
where only about 80 roamed six years
ago, reaching what hunters have called
a threatening scale, RIA reported.

Customs Seize Aircraft

ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) St. Petersburg customs officials at Pulkovo
seized an Algerian Military Aircraft
four days ago because it was carrying
cargo deemed to be military in nature,
Interfax reported.
The aircraft, a Russian-made
Ilyushin 76 belonging to the Algerian
Military, was not carrying the necessary
documents for the cargo, which is
mainly spare airplane parts, customs officials told interfax.

Organized Crime Bust

MOSCOW Police arrested more
than 100 suspected members of an organized crime group in the Far Eastern
city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Itar-Tass
reported Monday.
Some of the suspects were carrying
pistols, narcotics and stolen property,
a police spokesman said. Police arrested 125 people in the three-day operation, the report said. Of these, 108
were members of one underworld


Communists marching in Palace Square Tuesday to mark the October Revolution.

shouting Christian slogans appar- Great October Revolution that took
ently on collision course with a group of place here [so many] years ago. For me,
its a great holiday, said law student
young communist supporters.
The priests were swiftly intercepted Anastasia Tanicheva, 20.
I support Stalins reforms and the
by police and taken away.
Young protesters made up a vocal way he conducted them. We need radical changes and I will never be reconminority of the marchers.
I came here because I support the ciled with the way things are now.

Kholodov Murder Trial Starts


MOSCOW (AP) Five former and

current military intelligence officers
went on trial in a military court Thursday, accused in the 1994 killing of a Russian journalist investigating corruption.
The death of Dmitry Kholodov, a 27year-old reporter for the outspoken daily
Moskovsky Komsomolets, attracted nationwide attention.
At preliminary hearings last month,
Judge Alexander Serdyukov rejected

pleas from the defense for additional investigation and for the defendants to be
released on bail, the ITAR-Tass news
agency reported Thursday.
Kholodov was investigating corruption in the militarys intelligence service when a briefcase supposedly provided by an informant exploded in his
hands and killed him on Oct. 17, 1994.
His newspaper said the explosion was
a contract hit connected to Kholodovs

Friday, November 10, 2000

The St. Petersburg Times

Divers Recover Log Key Witness Retracts Pope Testimony

From Sunken Kursk
By Anna Badkhen

By Andrew Kramer

MOSCOW In addition to notes found

on sailors bodies, Russian divers retrieved a ships log and more written material from the sunken nuclear submarine
Kursk, a top official said Thursday.
We recovered what we could
certain notes and the log book from the
fourth compartment of the Kursk, the
Interfax news agency quoted Deputy
Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov as saying.
The log and written material were
being studied, he said. He did not say
when they were written, but it is
thought that everybody in the fourth
compartment died
within minutes of
the explosions.
spokeswoman Oksana Onishchenko
said the divers
found only unreadable fragments of the log.
``There was nothing related to the accident, Onishchenko said.
The log marks the latest grim find
that divers pulled through holes cut in
the hull of nuclear shipwreck during a
precarious 18-day operation on the bottom of the Barents Sea.
They retrieved 12 bodies and two
notes written by sailors as they suffocated to death in a rear compartment
of the submarine. The notes told of
poison gas from fires and pressure
mounting in the compartment. All 118
men aboard the Kursk died after it suffered explosions and plunged to the sea
floor Aug. 12.
The log book was found in a forward
area more severely damaged by the

blasts. It was unclear whether the log

was for the whole ship or just the fourth
compartment. Ships logs usually contain notes on routine activity on board.
Klebanov did not say when it was
found. Divers worked in the fourth
compartment Sunday and Monday, before the operation was called off Tuesday because of rough weather and danger to the divers in going any further inside the ship.
Divers had entered the fourth compartment through a hole cut in the top
of the sub and were unable to move in
their bulky pressure suits more than
six feet down one passage on the upper deck, officials
have said.
The passage
was cluttered with
debris and rubble
from two explosions that tore
through the forward
compartments of the
Kursk, and threatened to tear the suits.
The fourth compartment held sleeping quarters, a kitchen and meeting
Russian officials have said the
divers main objective was to retrieve
corpses from the wreck, to return to
their families for burial. But Klebanov
said divers also used their time to find
clues about the accident.
Klebanov said Wednesday that
dents divers observed on the Kursks
hull may be evidence of a collision with
a foreign vessel, a theory Russian officials have focused on. Independent experts have said an explosion in the torpedo compartment was a likely cause of
the accident.

The discovery of the

log marks the latest
grim find that divers
have pulled out of the
nuclear shipwreck.

MOSCOW Anatoly Babkin, the key

witness in the espionage case against
U.S. businessman Edmond Pope, retracted an earlier statement against
Pope in a letter to the court Wednesday, saying he had been forced to give
the testimony.
But the Moscow City Court refused
to accept Babkins letter. The court has
the right to do so under the criminal
procedural code.
I, Babkin Anatoly Ivanovich, retract my testimony regarding Edmond
Pope, which I gave under pressure in a
pre-heart attack condition and signed
the transcript of my own interrogation
without even reading it, the letter said,
according to Interfax.
It was in the same state, also under
pressure, that I read this testimony
while being recorded on video. In fact, I
never met with Pope in person, never
gave him any classified information,
Pope himself never asked me to pass
him any classified information. Please
consider my testimony against Pope a
lie, the letter continued.
Holding a copy of Babkins letter for
reporters to see between sessions
Wednesday, Popes lawyer Pavel Astakhov said that it invalidates the
charges against Pope.
Astakhov said that in its refusal to
accept the letter as evidence the court is
probably hoping that Babkin, who
didnt testify last week as scheduled for
health reasons, will take the witness
stand at a later date.
Astakhov said he asked the judge
Wednesday to conduct a court session
in Babkins apartment, but the motion
was struck down.
Babkins letter comes just days after
NTV televisions Itogi program
played a tape that it claimed was an audio recording of Babkin being threatened by two unknown men. In the

Outcomes of Regional Elections Questioned


MOSCOW A Communist has won

the Kursk governorship and a Kremlin
ally in Kaliningrad has been put in a
solid position in regional elections
punctuated by charges that Moscow is
trying to manipulate local politics.
Results from the weekend elections
showed Communist Alexander Mikhailov had won in the Kursk region.
He takes over from incumbent
Alexander Rutskoi who was dis-

qualified hours before a first round

two weeks ago.
In the Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad, the commander of the Baltic
Fleet, Vladimir Yegorov, took 38.45
percent to 18.29 percent for current
Governor Leonid Gorbenko in Sundays voting. Since no candidate got
more than 50 percent, a runoff will be
held Nov. 19.
A third poll in the Far East region
of Magadan gave an easy victory to

the incumbent, Valentin Tsvetkov.

Since his election in March, President Vladimir Putin has set about cutting the governors down to size, hammering through legislation to remove
them from the Federation Council. He
carved the country into seven super-regions and dispatched envoys to ensure
that local officials adhered strictly to
federal law.
With a series of local elections due in
coming weeks, speculation mounted
that Putin wanted to tighten the screws
even further with the publication in Novaya Gazeta last month of a list of governors he wanted out of the way.
One of the governors on the list was
Rutskoi, thrown out of the Kursk race
by election officials who said he submitted incorrect information about his
Rutskoi said his disqualification was
a Kremlin move to get rid of a temperamental but popular governor, but the
Supreme Court upheld the findings of
electoral officials.
Rutskoi opposed Yeltsin and led a
1993 parliament uprising crushed by
tanks sent by the Kremlin.
Mikhailov ran against former Federal Security Service official Viktor
Surzhikov, whom he defeated 55.5 percent to 37.9 percent, and Communist
leader Gennady Zyuganov praised
Mikhailovs victory.
But Mikhailov made no effort to distance himself from Putin.
We feel that he has the desire to resolve many things constructively, including the social and economic
spheres, he told NTV television. Today, in general, we are allies.
Others on Novaya Gazetas list were
governors of Bryansk, Vladimir, and
Ryazan, plus a top candidate in nearby
Reuters, AP


Alleged U.S. spy Edmond Pope sitting in a cage during his trial in Moscow Thursday.
In past high-profile spy cases
recording, two men warn a third man of
imprisonment should he change his tes- brought by the FSB, the agency has
had mixed results obtaining convictimony in court.
NTV said the tape may have been tions. The FSB recently lost two espirecorded shortly before the professors onage cases against environmental
scheduled appearance in court last week. whistle-blowers Grigory Pasko and
The FSB said Wednesday that it is Alexander Nikitin. Pasko was acquitconfident that the evidence collected ted of espionage in July 1999 after
against Pope will be enough to convict spending 20 months in jail. Nikitin was
acquitted last December after more
The evidence is based not only on than four years of investigation.
Both men were charged with releasBabkins testimony, the FSB said in a
statement. There are testimonies given ing secret information about the enviby other witnesses and experts as well ronment. Nikitin was also charged with
violating secret government decrees.
as documentary video materials.

Shy Ivanov Steps Into the Limelight

By Martin Nesirky

MOSCOW For a man who hates

the limelight, ex-spy Sergei Ivanov
is becoming almost uncomfortably
In the past week alone there have
been three full- or double-page interviews in Russian newspapers about
his life, his ties to President Vladimir
Putin and his work as secretary of the
Kremlins Security Council.
I really dont like pomp, unnecessary attributes and accentuated attention, he told Thursdays edition
of the daily newspaper Izvestia.
Perhaps its my profession.
Ivanov worked in foreign intelligence for two decades some of
the time on assignment in Western
Europe and Africa until August
1998 when he became deputy head
of the FSB domestic security service.
A year ago, he became Security
Council chief.
What intrigues security analysts
is whether the unusual publicity
means Ivanov is about to move further up or is engaged in damage limitation after the council was criticised by some for its role in military
reform and foreign policy.
Interest was further fuelled on
Thursday when Putin signed a decree, at Ivanovs request, dismissing
him from his rank of lieutenant-general in the SVR foreign intelligence
Ivanov said the move would
make his job easier but defence experts said it mattered little whether
he was a general or ex-general, and
the move could be linked to future
personnel changes, including a possible civilian defence minister.
A council source told Reuters the
timing of the interviews as the
council met to agree long-delayed

and controversial military reforms

and troop cuts was a coincidence.
Asked whether Ivanov was destined for higher places, the source
said: Where to? Hes pretty high
Ivanov himself made a similar
point in his interview in another
newspaper, the popular Komsomolskaya Pravda, saying media reports
had named him as a would-be prime
minister and head of the Kremlin
I take it in my stride, the 47year-old Ivanov said. My job is to
work, and to work where I have
been put.
Under his control for the past
year, the council has become increasingly influential and even regarded
by some as a kind of shadow cabinet.
Ivanov denied this, noting several
ministers and the prime minister
were members of the council.
But it has not escaped controversy. Putin had to send military reform proposals back after commanders complained.
Predictably coy about his previous work as a spy, Ivanov said in his
latest interviews he had thoroughly
enjoyed intelligence work but had
been spared thriller-style dramas.
He met Putin when they both
worked for the KGB security police
in Leningrad in the 1970s. Ivanov
said in their present roles they had
a working relationship but no time
for true friendship. My whole life
long, including now, I have had to
work with very big secrets, he told
I cant tell you everything they
taught us at spy school but they really drummed into us, firstly, not to
stand out in a crowd and, secondly,
to be able to speak professionally
and at length about nothing at all.


The St. Petersburg Times


Smirnov Plant Stormed

In OngoingVodka Battle
By Igor Semenenko
and Alla Startseva

MOSCOW A long-simmering feud

over the biggest name in Russian vodka
escalated into violence over last weekend
when masked police, in an apparent attempt to enforce a court decision on
company control, forcibly entered the
Moscow office of the Smirnov distillery,
fending off attacks from workers .
The Saturday clash, captured by
NTV television cameras and aired that
night, showed a squad of police officers
smashing through the doors of the companys tsarist-era mansion on Pyatnitskaya Ulitsa as workers inside pelleted
them with a case of vodka.
Once inside, the police stormed
through the rooms as office workers lay
face down in the floor and Boris
Smirnov, the CEO of the Trading House
of Descendants of Pyotr Smirnov, found
himself trapped on the third floor. He
says he has been there ever since.
If I walk out, I will not be let in afterwards. Ever, Smirnov said in a telephone interview Tuesday, as a group of
men and some police officers kept
watch outside.
Smirnov added
that he has filed a
against the intruders for improper
use of force resulting in serious physical injury, saying
that his wife had
been taken to the
hospital with injuries after having received three blows
to the head with a wrench during the Saturday attack. Several other people were
likewise hurt during the clash, he said.
The battle is the latest development
in the ongoing fight for control of the
Trading House. Founded in 1993 by
cousins Boris and Andrei Smirnov to
capitalize on the name of their famous
vodka-distilling forebearer, the traditionally family-run business got a shakeup this summer when Andrei presented
his half-stake in the company to AlfaEko, a trading branch of the powerful
Alfa Group financial and oil holding.
Since then, the company has lived a
double life, with two general directors,
two official stamps and two separate distilleries both putting the Smirnov name
on their product. The Saturday break-in
was apparently meant to enforce a recent court decision to name a single general director, a decision contested by
Boris Smirnov, who has said that he has
yet to be shown any legitimate paperwork confirming the deal with Alfa-Eko.
All Smirnov trademarks are registered on the basis of heredity, said Boris
Smirnov, the great-grandson of Pyotr
Smirnov, who founded his distillery in
1860 and eventually became official purveyor to the imperial Russian court.
When I withdraw the Smirnov
trademarks from [Russian patent
agency] Rospatent, they will not be
available to anyone, because the documents would have to be registered with
my name on them, he said in an interview given before the weekend blowout.
Moreover, he added, his co-founder
Andrei Smirnov was in no position to
be bartering his company shares.
I found out that he was not a member of our family, Boris Smirnov said,
explaining the debate that ended with
Andrei being ousted from his position
as CEO in 1997. He is an adopted son
of one of the Smirnovs, who was deprived of his rights as heir in 1908.
Andrei Smirnov could not be
reached for comment. Sources at AlfaEko have said that he is traveling abroad
but have refused to give further details.

According to a neighbor in Bykovo, a

dacha settlement some 20 kilometers
southeast of Moscow, Andrei Smirnov
has not been seen for several months.
It is unclear under what terms Andrei Smirnov handed the 50 percent
stake in the company to Alfa-Eko,
which has maintained a low profile
since Saturdays clash.
According to Alfa-Eko press secretary Valery Bikmukhambetov, his company recognizes that [Boris] Smirnov
owns a 50 percent stake in the company.
He added that Alfa-Eko cooperates with Sergei Yuzefov, the new director named in October whose appointment was backed by the recent
court order. The Saturday assault took
place after Boris Smirnov denied Yuzefov access to the workplace.
Yuzefov was not available for comment Tuesday.
Alfa-Eko has maintained that the
deal is legitimate and that Boris
Smirnov should welcome the investment potential that a financial heavyweight like Alfa Group can provide.
Smirnov is one of the countrys best
brands and Alfa-Eko wants to make it a
national leader, Bikmukhambetov
Alfa Group,
the business empire of Mikhail
Fridman and Pyotr Aven, includes
Alfa Bank, Tyumen Oil Co.,
sugar, tea, cement,
real estate and supermarket businesses and the CTS television station.
In September, Alfa-Eko snapped up a
blocking share in Tagmet, the Taganrog
Pipe Plant on the Azov Sea.
Alfa-Eko has announced plans to
boost production of the brand-name
vodka by up to 3 million bottles a month
by the end of next year. This would be a
substantial lift for Smirnov, which according to data from the Rosbusinessconsulting market research firm now
sells roughly 500,000 bottles a month.
The trading house has yet to bounce
back to pre-crisis production levels a
problem Boris Smirnov chalks up to a
dispute with a former distributor and
is still operating at only 20 percent to 25
percent of its former capacity.
According to Tatyana Kuznetsova
of the Biznes-Analitika research firm,
the two Smirnov vodkas now being distilled by Boris Smirnov and Alfa-Eko
are being made according to the same
recipe, but are distilled in different factories Alfa-Ekos at the Diamand
plant in the Moscow region, and Boris
Smirnovs at the OST-Alko plant in the
village of Chernogolovka.
It is not clear what consequences
Alfa-Ekos role in the Smirnov drama
will have for the international brand
Smirnoff, now in the hands of multinational distillery UDV, which so far has
failed to secure recognition of its intellectual property rights on Russian soil.
The new shareholders and I are not
indifferent to the fate of the trademark
outside Russia, Yuzefov said Saturday.
The real Russian vodka should be produced only in Russia and only Russian
companies have the right to use
Smirnovs name.
Saturday marked the second time in
a matter of months that a battle for
property control at a vodka distillery
erupted into violence.
In August, a dispute over control of
Moscows Kristall distillery resulted in a
two-month standoff in which two competing management teams each occupied the companys executive offices
and manufacturing facilities with their
own teams of private security guards.

The battle is the latest

development in the
fight for control of the
Trading House
founded in 1993...

Kicking Tires


Visitors to the Automotive and Automechanics show being held at the citys Lenexpo exhibition
center checking out a new Volga model. The show opened on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

Iraq Halts Oil Sales to LUKoil

By Yevgenia Borisova

MOSCOW The government has ordered state-owned Rosneft to set up a

majority-owned subsidiary to extract
and export Chechen oil, but the
Chechen administration insists it should
have control of the new company.
According to a government decree
signed Saturday, 51 percent of the new
company, Grozneftegaz, will belong to
Rosneft and the rest to the Chechen
administration, Interfax reported
Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov,
who has always insisted his administration should control the sale of Chechen
oil, on Wednesday flew to Rostov-onDon hoping to discuss the decree with
President Vladimir Putin, who is visiting the city, a spokesman for Kadyrovs
Moscow office said.
The outcome of Kadyrovs trip was
unclear Wednesday.
The government wants to use the
proceeds from Grozneftegazs sales to
pay for reconstruction of the warscarred republic.

IMF Staff Comes

To Talk Reforms

MOSCOW An International Monetary Fund mission on Wednesday

started talks with Finance Ministry officials talks that the government
hopes will lead to the approval of economic reforms and renewed access to
IMF loans.
A ministry spokeswoman said the
mission was scheduled to discuss the
state debt and tax system with Deputy
Finance Ministers Bella Zlatkis and
Mikhail Motorin.
These are working meetings, she
said. Gerard Belanger, deputy head of
the IMFs Second European Department, was due to join the mission next
Monday, she added.
Economic Development and Trade
Minister German Gref said last week
that the government would discuss implementation of its reform plans with
the IMF mission and prospects for
new loans.
In principle, we need a credit that
could be allocated in the event of Russia facing an unfavorable economic situation, he said. So far we are getting
by without foreign credits.

The decree says that Grozneftegaz

will obtain all of Chechnyas oil and
gas infrastructure. It will also be provided with licenses to extract and export oil.
Rosneft had no license to sell oil
when it was working on the restoration
of the Chechen oil complex from Jan-

The government
wants to use the
proceeds to pay for
reconstruction of the
war-scarred republic.
uary to May. It invested $139 million,
including $39 million of its own money,
during that project.
Proceeds from oil sales will accumulate in a special fund created by the Energy Ministry and will be used to fund
the restoration of the republic, the decree said.
Ramzan Ibragimov, spokesman for

the Chechen administrations Moscow

office, said by telephone that Kadyrov
has not approved the decree.
The issue concerning those 2 percent who owns 51 percent and who
owns 49 percent has been at stake
for so long, Ibragimov said. That
means that it is significant for us.
Today, they decide that all 100 percent of the proceeds are going to be
spent to restore Chechnya, but tomorrow a board of directors, on which we
dont have the majority, will say that the
cash will go somewhere else, and we
will not be able to prevent it, he said.
Shamil Beno, head of the Moscow
office, said in an interview last summer
that one of the biggest worries of the
Chechen administration is that the fate
of the Chechen oil complex could be
put up in the air if it is controlled by
Rosneft because the oil company itself
could be privatized.
Vedomosti reported that the privatization of a 25 percent stake in Rosneft
is on one of the latest of several sell-off
plans being prepared by the State Property Ministry.

Friday, November 10, 2000

The St. Petersburg Times

Dairies Fight for 33 Cows Brand Local Bureaucracy Makes

Accountants Wait in Line

By Sergei Rybak

MOSCOW Its shaping up to be a

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious battle.
Two dairies are caught in a fierce fight
for the rights to the popular brand name
33 Cows (33 Korovi), inspired by Russias
version of the film Mary Poppins.
The Ostankino dairy, with backing
from the courts in hand, is preparing to
launch milk products next week packaged with the 33 Cows logo of no
surprise 33 spotted cows.
The Ochakovo dairy, which helped
create the brand name in 1997, is crying
foul, heatedly accusing Ostankino of
trademark infringement and threatening to sue.
We will block outside companies
attempts to release our brand, said
Viktor Yurin, general director of
Ochakovo. Personally, I think that if a
company lacks a strong brand of its own
it tries to create one by taking those of
its competitors.
But Ochakovo has so far been unable to prevent 33 Cows from being
adopted by its rival, showing once again
how volatile intellectual property issues
remain in Russia.
The 33 Cows brand was designed by
advertising agency Young & Rubicam.
The idea for the brand came from the
song of the same name in the film
Mary Poppins, Good-Bye! (Mary
Poppins, Do Svidaniya!).
The songs authors, composer
Maxim Dunayevsky and poet Naum
Olev, signed an agreement in November 1996 permitting the reproduction,
distribution and advertising on any
audiovisual carriers of their creation
for five years.
There was no clause in the accord
providing for the registration of a 33
Cows trademark.
Ochakovo partner Tetra Pak bought
the rights to the agreement in 1997 and
registered the 33 Cows brand.
The dairy began churning out 33
Cows products, and its popularity has
steadily grown. Some 14 percent of
Muscovites now buy 33 Cows goods,
and the brand is recognized by 34.4 percent of consumers, according to the

By Sabrina Tavernise


Packages of 33 Cows kefir and milk, which are produced by the Ochakovo dairy.
Tetra Pak officials said they planned
Comcon market research agency.
But last February, rival Ostankino to keep out of the fight.
Meanwhile, Ostankino is pressing
drew up its own agreement with poet
Olev for the rights to the 33 Cows ahead with the launch of its 33 Cows
brand for the next 25 years. It asked the products. The packaging will be virtuRussian Patents Chamber to annul ally identical to Ochakovos: The 33
Tetra Paks registration of the brand, spotted cows will be drawn against a
and the chamber approved the appeal dark-green background and the blue
lettering will have the same font.
last summer.
We will position this product in the
The old agreement only provided
for rights to use the poem for advertis- higher price band for the more demanding purposes, there was nothing about ing consumer, said Ostankino general
the registration of the trademark, said director Alexander Shevchenko.
Products with the 33 Cows brand
Igor Evgrafev, head of Ostankinos legal
will account for about 10 percent of
Ochakovo is appealing to the the 200 tons produced daily at the
dairy, he said.
patents chamber.

Russian Niva Finds Niche in Brazilian Market

By Andrei Khalip

SAO PAULO, BrazilIt might be

slow, heavy and noisy, but the Russian
Niva four-wheel-drive vehicle could
once again be a feature on Brazils hilly
coffee plantations or bumpy rural roads
if local entrepreneur Carlos de Moraes
has his way.
De Moraes, an executive director of
Brazils Abeiva Car Imports Association, said he has a deal with Niva parent
maker AvtoVAZ to make the car in
Brazil. All he needs is a land license and
he will start building a plant, he said.
Everything is primed, he said,
adding that he expected the license to be
issued any time, as the Espirito Santo
state had itself offered to set up the plant
on its territory. He says he has a preliminary contract with AvtoVAZ, Russias
biggest carmaker. Company officials
could not be reached for comment.
In 1990, when Brazil opened its market to imported cars, AvtoVAZ managed to flood the market with thousands
of cut-price Niva and Lada vehicles despite sky-high 85 percent import duties.
But the Russian firm left Brazil in
1995 when it was excluded from a list of
carmakers that could pay lower import
duties. The price of a Niva and parts in
Brazil rose so quickly that sales have all
but petered out to several units a year.
We are going to change this. It is a
niche in the market that no one is exploiting, de Moraes said.
De Moraes said in an interview this
week that his Brazilian-made Nivas
would sell for no more than 16,000
reais to 17,000 reais ($8,400 to $8,900)
and he hoped that local farmers would

fall over themselves to buy them

thanks to Nivas cheap price and good
off-road qualities.
Their options now are to cough up
40,000 reais ($21,000) for something
similar or buy a used car.
The Niva is compact, spartan, cheap
and reliable that is reliable in the
Russian way, which means easy to fix, as
Russians themselves joke. De Moraes
said local farmers, used to beat-up
pickup trucks, will not find it a problem.
He said setting up the plant in Brazil
was his own initiative, as in his view that
the local farmer has been deprived of a
simple, cheap all-terrain vehicle.
Its a workhorse thats why we
will build it here.
The Niva has been criticized as being too slow, heavy and noisy on the
road by car magazines, but they admit it
does move well off the road. Respected
What Car magazine of Britain called it
agricultural in nature, a feature de
Moraes is banking on.
Brazil is an agricultural land, but its
farmers dont have an affordable multipurpose car for any terrain or city.
De Moraes said the plant would produce 4,000 Nivas in its first year of operation and 17,000 after two years.
As a locally assembled car, Niva
would be exempt from most import duties, while a big proportion of local
parts used to make Nivas would help
lower prices further, he said.
His interest in Russian carmaking
does not end there.
While waiting for the green light to
break ground at the Niva site in the
eastern coastal state of Espirito Santo,
Carlos de Moraes said he would buy the

Lada Brasil distribution network, which

also belonged to AvtoVAZ and is now
owned by a Panamanian businessman.
By restructuring the network and
contract terms, he plans to bring down
the price of imported Nivas by 12 percent from the current 24,000 reais and
increase their sales to pave the way for
the cheaper Brazilian-made version.
For farmers it is going to be great,
too. They will have a car they can drive
in the mud all week long, then wash it
on Saturday and not be ashamed to
drive it to church on Sunday.

MOSCOW In Russia, there is nothing that brings back bad memories like
a line.
Though most lines for shoes,
bread and womens sweaters, for instance disappeared with the fall of
Communism, the pesky queues can still
form in a flash when tax time comes.
That is when accountants working for
everything from oil companies to kindergartens race around the capital to comply
with reporting requirements. They file six
different reports with six different offices
in six different parts of the city.
And as the routine avoidance of taxation in post-Soviet Russia starts to
change, these accountants wait. And
wait some more.
On Oct. 30, outside Moscows Central District Statistical Office, they
waited at least four hours. The nondescript, two-story building is the secondto-last stop in the
arduous process of
financial reporting
for more than a
third of the citys
Most of those
waiting work for
small businesses.
This group, which
has neither the
money nor the connections to get
around the rules, is particularly vulnerable to bureaucratic hurdles and
about a fifth of Moscows working population is employed by a small business.
The system works like this. Every
three months, accountants from all over
the city stop at the six offices: the tax office, pension fund, social security fund,
medical insurance fund, employment
fund and the statistics office. At each
stop, a bureaucrat receives and reviews
material before awarding a stamped receipt to every supplicant waiting patiently outside his door, one by one.
At the end of last month, the deadline for small businesses to answer
questions about how they spend their
time, this line ran out of patience.
Up front, an elderly man, who said
he was a war veteran, rushed the door,
which was guarded by two policemen.
Hey, baldy, I saw you cut! shouted
a wiry woman who identified herself
only as Galina, an accountant. Dont
think I wont remember you.
Snaking down the stairs, out the
door, through a courtyard and most of
the way down a normally quiet city
block, the scene resembled a Soviet-era
bread line. Passers-by gaped at the hundreds of people, who passed the time
reading, doing crossword puzzles or just
Toward the front of the line, the accountants were getting restless. For one

thing, it was drizzling, almost raining,

and after almost three hours of waiting
outside, moods had soured. Secondly,
part of the queue was trapped under a
flock of birds that had settled in the
overhanging trees, causing people in the
line to swerve and duck to keep clean.
The question arises: why not mail in
the forms?
Well, the post office is consistently
unreliable, and some tax offices demand a stamp from the statistics bureau
before they agree to accept a companys
financial report. No one can afford to
lose the appropriate form. So most kept
waiting, shifting from one foot to the
other, and clutching their documents,
which were new.
Remember the planned economy? asked Larisa Kuznetsova, chief
accountant for a delivery company with
67 employees. This is it. They have to
change this.
They are trying, and 10 years after
the collapse of the
Soviet Union they
are trying anew.
Vladimir Putins
promised to reduce and simplify
the bureaucracy,
which has been
the bane of local
businesses for centuries and was made
into an art form by Soviet planners. As
of Jan. 1, new tax rules take effect,
which will merge several payment categories into one, so six office visits will
turn into three.
Reformers have also promised new
legislation that will reduce the number
of licenses that small businesses are required to have. They can now be
checked in as many as 30 state inspections, with each inspector able to fine
and take bribes.
Accountants for bigger companies
have said they spend less time in line
because they send office underlings to
wait, but tangled and often contradictory rules still slow reporting.
Its a mess, said Irina Yefimenko,
chief accountant for Ros-Inter, which
owns more than 20 restaurants in
Moscow. Each district wants something different. There needs to be one
set of requirements.
Someone in the line whispered that
she had heard of a friend filing tax reports by computer.
But by 6 p.m. Oct. 30, an hour before the office closed, people had lost
sight of innovations. Despite the chill,
the windows on the second floor were
Its hot in there, said Yelena Goncharova, an office manager for a small
consulting company, as she pushed past
the policemen out of the building.

President Putins
officials have
promised to reduce
and simplify the
bureaucracy by Jan. 1.

IMF Supportive of Central Banks Ruble Policy

By Igor Semenenko

MOSCOW Despite critics who say it

slows industrial growth, the governments strong ruble policy is generally a
good one, the International Monetary
Fund says in a new report.
In recommendations printed in the
funds annual overview of member
countries economic policies, which was
released in Washington on Thursday,
the fund said:
Most [IMF] directors believe that
real appreciation [of the ruble] would
be both desirable and unavoidable, and
that it would be preferable for this to
take place through a nominal appreciation rather than through inflation.
At the same time, some directors
which the fund calls its top economists
noted that an excessive real appreciation could threaten the recovery.
Meanwhile, the nations economy

continues to exhibit signs of weakness.

One respected measure of the countrys economic health, the Moscow Narodny Bank Purchasing Managers Index,
fell to 55.1 in October from 56.5 in
September, its lowest level since January.
The governments main dilemma is in
making the right choice between inflation, which results from printing too
much money, and the appreciation of the
ruble, which stifles economic recovery.
Some of the IMF directors suggested
that the government introduce an inflation-targeting monetary regime.
The Central Bank expects the ruble
to settle at 29 rubles per dollar, down 5.1
percent since the start of the year, while
the IMF anticipates inflation of 18.6 percent by the years end implying an appreciation of the ruble in real terms of
about 13 percent for the whole year.
The only major difference between
the governments position and that of the

IMF is over the issue of inflation. The

government believes in boosting the ruble by keeping the currencys nominal
depreciation below the rate of inflation,
while the IMF recommends concentrating on curbing inflation in order to push
the ruble higher in nominal terms.
The IMF report is very supportive of
the Central Bank, calling on the government to regularize its relationship
with the Central Bank, including by
paying a market-related interest rate
on its loans, which the government set
at 1 percent in next years budget.
At the same time, however, the IMF
urged the Central Bank to become
more transparent and called for it to
terminate its market activities in commercial banking and precious metals.
Russia was one of the nations recently
listed by the Switzerland-based Financial
Action Task Force on Money Laundering as not being very cooperative.

Friday, November 10, 2000

The St. Petersburg Times

FSC Given Housing Costs Skyrocket in Yekaterinburg

Rights To
By Sergei Zharkov



By Maxim Filimonov

MOSCOW The government has put

an end to a bitter conflict between the
Central Bank and the Federal Securities
Commission over who will control the
countrys commercial banking sector.
Apparently ending a three-year feud
between the two powerful organizations over who has the right to issue
banking licenses, the government last
week gave the FSC the exclusive right
to regulate all market participants including banks managed by the Central
Bank itself. The move was seen as a
convincing victory for FSC head Igor
Kostikov over testy Central Bank
Chairman Viktor Gerashchenko.
The feud between the Central Bank
and the FSC over who should be responsible for granting licenses to work
on the securities market began toward
the end of 1996.
Then, by law, the FSC was responsible for licensing professional participants.
However, the Central Bank, which is responsible for monitoring banks, insisted
that it also had the right to issue licenses.
The dispute was thought settled in the
summer of 1997 when then-Deputy
Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais succeeded in getting two fierce opponents
FSC head Dmitry Vasilyev and Central Bank Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov to the negotiating table. As a result, the FSC issued the Central Bank a
general license that allowed it to give
other banks the right to operate.
In December 1998, however, the two
organizations were battling again
this time because of the Central Banks
participation on the MICEX stock exchange board. The result was that Vasilyev revoked the Central Banks general license, a move the bank has been
fighting ever since, despite the fact that
the recalled license would have expired
in June of this year.
A source close to the government
said that Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov decided late last week to grant the
FSC the authority to issue licenses to all
securities market participants, which includes banks. Additionally, the source
said, the Central Bank must soon transfer to the FSC its database on all banks
that it has granted licenses to. And the
FSC will be required to report to the
government on how accommodating
the Central Bank is in doing so.
An FSC representative said the government hasnt sent the commission an
official confirmation on the rule change,
but that it was expected to do so soon.
Central Bank representatives declined to comment. But a source close
to the bank said the department
charged with monitoring credit organizations and financial markets and issuing security market licenses was
disbanded last year.
Banks that three years ago had no
desire to fall under the control of the
FSC are supportive of the governments
new decision.
Alfa Bank, for example, said it was an
accepted international practice that all
securities market participants are controlled by a single organ. Whether this is
the FSC or the Central Bank is of secondary importance, said Dominic Gualtieri, managing director of Alfa Bank.
The main thing is that unified rules
are created for best protecting the rights
of investors. We have no doubt that the
FSC will work to this end, he said.
The market must have one master, said Igor Yeshkov, head of securities for Moscow Credit Bank.
More than 50 licenses have been issued by the FSC since the start of the

MOSCOW Housing prices in Yekaterinburg have been rising by 2 percent

per week since the start of August,
while supply levels have fallen.
While market players give a variety
of reasons for why prices are rising
from undervalued real estate to rumors
that free privatization are to be canceled all agree that prices will go on
rising until the end of the year.
Free privatization refers to citizens
rights to privatize state-owned apartments that they live in at no cost.
The real estate market is on the up
to varying degrees throughout Russia,
but in Yekaterinburg the tendency is
more marked, said Gennady Sternik,
head specialist for analyzing the real estate market with the Russian Guild of
According to the State Statistics
Committee, about 1.3 million people
live in Yekaterinburg with the total
housing area comprising about 25
million square meters. If the method
employed by Moscow estate agents
is used to estimate
property construction, then over the
first nine months
of this year about
2,000 apartments were built in Yekaterinburg 1.54 apartments per 1,000 residents. By comparison, 3.71 apartments
were built for every 1,000 residents over
the same period in Moscow.
Mikhail Khorkov, head of analysis
with the Urals real estate chamber, said
the first signs of increased demand in
Yekaterinburg appeared at the end of
last year, when the market began to
right itself after the crisis.
However, Vladimir Grechin, head of

Average supply prices in October 2000 ($/sq. m)

Center Inner Outer Average

suburbs suburbs
Low quality (khrushchyovki)
1-room 342.2 291.3 260.0 298.4
2-room 324.7 253.5 218.7 261.3
3-room 328.2 252.1 209.1 261.2
4-room 311.8 246.4 236.8 240.1
Improved planning
1-room 359.7 295.5 248.5 298.0
2-room 424.1 298.0 237.6 303.3

the NEK real estate agency, said that

from January to June the level of supply was at average levels and fully
coped with demand.
In August the situation changed
fundamentally; demand exceeded supply by several times, he said.
According to the Urals real estate
chamber, as of August real estate prices
increased astronomically. Apartments
increased in value by about 2 percent per
week. Over nine
months the volume
of supply on the
secondary market
fell by 38 percent;
in September this
indicator was 6.7
In October
the tendency for
prices to rise increased. The prices rose against a backdrop of falling supply; many potential
buyers are unable to find the housing
they require, Khorkov said.
Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 23 the average price per square meter of floor
space rose by 8.3 percent for a final
price of $294.10, Khorkov said.
Grechin points to even higher
growth rate. In his words a one-room
low-quality khrushchyovka in the center
of town cost $8,000 in January, $9,000 in

A low-quality flat in
the center cost $8,000
in January, $9,000 in
August and $11,300
as of Oct. 24.

Russian Oil Giant May Lose

Out on Valuable Iraqi Crude
By Leon Barkho

BAGHDAD Iraq has stopped selling crude oil to LUKoil as punishment

for the failure of Russias No.1 oil firm
to develop a giant southern oil field in
the south, a company executive has
LUKoil leads a consortium whose
members signed a contract with Iraq in
1997 to develop the Qurna oil field, believed to be one of the largest in the
Under the deal, the Russians would
spend up to $200 million on developing
the field, regardless of the United Nations trade sanctions that have barred
investment in Iraq since its invasion of
Kuwait in 1990.
Iraqi Oil Ministry officials said last
week that LUKoil has not implemented its part of the contract. Then,
Oil Minister Amer Mohammed
Rashid was quoted as saying Iraq has
found alternatives to LUKoil. He did
not elaborate.
Iraq has not sold the company any
crude oil this year under its UN-approved oil-for-food program, which
LUKoil had sold on the international
market for a profit, Viktor Demidov,
LUKoils deputy general manager,
Previously, Demidov said, Iraq sold
LUKoil 25 million tons of crude every six
months, about 40 percent of its exports.
Iraqi officials also have denied
LUKoil any contracts for spare parts or
equipment to revamp the battered Iraqi
oil industry.
They are putting pressure on us.
We understand their position. But we
cannot bring drilling rigs and seismic
stations here. It is impossible under the
current circumstances, Demidov said.


The UN program that today allows

Iraq to sell unlimited amounts of oil
initially was designed to soften the impact of UN sanctions on people struggling without food, medicine and other
Now, with oil revenues expected to
reach $18 billion this year, Iraq uses the
program to win over countries to its
fight against sanctions, offering lucrative contracts to those who pressure
their governments to work for removal
of the restrictions.
Demidov denied Iraqi accusations
that LUKoil had failed to honor its
commitments. He said his company already has carried out obligations allowed under the regime of UN rules restricting international trade with the
They are not so happy. [But] we
have fulfilled all kinds of work which
[is] not prohibited by the United Nations, he said in English.
He said that the Iraqis have threatened to nullify the contract, but so far
LUKoil has still not received any official notification from Iraq that the deal
is void.
Despite Iraqi criticism, Demidov
said that LUKoil has carried out some
work on the field. It has prepared an
initial development plan, including proposed output levels, a survey on where
the wells should be placed and a consultancy study.
He said that LUKoil is eager not to
lose the oil field following seismic surveys that determined the amount of
recoverable reserves is 18 billion barrels, up from estimates of about 10 billion barrels.
These are equivalent to the proven
reserves available to LUKoil to date,
he said.

3-room 445.9
4-room 420.3
Stalin block
1-room 372.4
2-room 379.0
3-room 381.1
4-room 366.5

309.5 232.5 319.1

307.9 213.0 296.1



Source: Realtor information agency with the Urals

real estate chamber

August and $11,300 as of Oct. 24.

In such [boom] conditions only
those who need to sell urgently are employing realtors or even putting their
properties onto the market independently. The others bide their time,
Grechin said.
Cheaper properties are snapped up
by professional market players, while
what is left over sells at a higher price
range. A seller who finds a buyer for
his or her apartment recognizes
that during the
negotiation period the price of
the apartment he
wants to buy will
have risen. Sellers,
finding the price
they sought for
their own apartment is no longer
enough to buy a new apartment, are
forced to dissolve the contract and put
their properties on sale again, but at a
higher price.
You get a real estate arms race on
the market, Grechin said.
Some reasons for the boom date
back to the 1998 financial crisis, after
which the prices of many properties
fell and there was a lack of new building work.

Tatyana Golisheva, head of the

Yekaterinburg state statistics department, said that 119,700 square meters of
housing were commissioned in Yekaterinburg over the first nine months of
this year.
This is 7.9 percent more than last
year, she said.
However, Andrei Ozornin, head of
the real estate sales department with
the construction company Nash Dom,
said a sharp increase in construction
work is not in the cards.
He said that although there is demand for new housing, the main interest
from buyers is for finished apartments.
In Yekaterinburg there are not many
people ready to invest in construction
normally a person sells one apartment
and buys another simultaneously.
New housing is also becoming more
expensive, though prices are controlled
by the local administration.
Ozornin said the city governments
interdepartmental committee constantly adjusts the
cost index for construction materials
on the basis of
which prices are
formed. On average, this index increases by 3 percent to 5 percent
per month. The
cost of panel
apartments is about $280 per square
meter and $400 for brick buildings. In
reality, prices often range from $200 to
$950 per square meter.
Ozornin also said that the start of
the boom coincided with rumors that
free privatizations would gradually be
phased out.
Its rubbish, of course, but people
think that the apartments theyve
bought on the market wont be taken
back from them, he said.

Cheaper properties
are snapped up by
professionals, while
what is leftover sells
at a higher price.

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Friday, November 10, 2000

The St. Petersburg Times

Reconciliation Comes When We Face The Past

By Maxim Trudolyubov

Y presidential decree, Nov. 7, formerly the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, has been
magically transformed into the Day of
Reconciliation and Accord. It
seems like a good idea, an inspired
example of rebranding
that allows the people to
keep their familiar day
off, while dedicating it
to a cause that is worthy of
However, the idea of a national
day of reconciliation is off to a bad start.
For one thing, very few Russians are
even aware of the change, and the state
has done little to impress the idea on the nations consciousness.
This clear lack of commitment, however, may
be a symptom of a far more daunting problem. Unfortunately, the fact is that the kind of reconciliation that the holidays new name implies has never
taken place in Russia. The Soviet past has never
been properly remembered or evaluated and,
therefore, it continues to haunt Russia in numerous
unpredictable ways. Even the tragedy of the Kursk
submarine was considerably complicated by many
manifestations of Russias clearly unreconciled past.
There can be no denying that contemporary
Russia is in its very essence a
product of the Soviet legacy. Our
whole life is still shaped by Soviet
rules and Soviet-style expectations. We are still governed by Soviet-reared rulers. We live in
towns designed by Soviet
architects. Moscows skyline is dominated by Stalinist skyscrapers, not
as in the past church
belfries. Even our tiny
kitchens and inconvenient
bathrooms are products of
this era and the people it
created. There is no way for us to escape this past,
and there is no excuse for us to ignore it.
Some superficial attempts at passing through
the process of reconciliation have been based on
an unrealistic idealization of our tsarist past. In
many ways, these misguided efforts are even more
counterproductive than ignoring the problem. For
instance, Moscow spent tremendous resources and
effort to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Savior,
which was leveled by the Bolsheviks in 1931. Although many intellectuals criticized this expensive
fake, politicians more interested in symbolism
than substance proceeded. To my mind, the coincidence of the cathedrals pompous consecration
and the solemnity of the Kursk tragedy proved the
critics right. The cathedral suddenly seemed not
only unnecessary, but somehow even offensive.
I think that, to a lesser but still significant extent, some recent phenomena in popular culture
also reflect the problem of Russias unreconciled
past. Oscar-winning film director Nikita
Mikhalkov, whose Burnt by the Sun seemed to
mark real progress toward confronting the past,
followed up with The Barber of Siberia, a thin,
superficial effort that has been widely criticized for

seeming like a Potemkin village. Russias bestseller list has been dominated for months by a series of readable but simple-minded detective novels by Boris Akunin, all set in tsarist times and
seeming to reflect a longing for a lost past.
But looking back through the past 80 years to
prerevolutionary Russia ignores the countrys dreadful
20th-century experiences that
form the core of what the nation is today. Those who criticize the oligarchs, generals
and president who rule the
country should look in the
mirror. Boris Berezovsky may
be no beauty, but he is the authentic face of Russia, a country that has produced almost nothing new either
materially or spiritually in over a decade. Russia today, caught on a treadmill of redistributing
old property and old ideas, seems to have nothing
in common with the achievements of its past
with its traditional architecture, great literature,
culture of philanthropic merchants, etc.
Although there was much talk in the early

Those who criticize

the oligarchs, generals
and president who run
the country should
look in the mirror.

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1990s about the subject of reconciliation with the

past, nothing has been done. And although the
process of reconciliation will no doubt entail considerable cost, we are now paying instead the cost
of a new kind of stagnation that is the result of trying to ignore our past.
Many other nations have
faced the same problem that
Russia is yet to confront, and
the only lesson to be derived
from their experiences is that
there are no easy, readymade solutions. Germany
went through a fairly intense
process of de-Nazification,
but nonetheless continues to
experience repercussions of
its past. Although German society is periodically
shaken by neo-Nazi demonstrations, these are
clearly only a fading echo. Recently, the German
government and its business community took another important step toward reconciliation by setting up a 10 billion deutsche mark ($4.4 billion)
compensation fund for persons who served as
forced laborers under the Nazi regime.


When one considers the experiences of central

European countries, one is struck by the notion that
coping with past is easier if a country is a
victim of foreign aggression rather
than the source of historical evil. Some
of Russias neighbors to the west have
used a controversial procedure of
background checks for candidates for public office. Those
found with strong ties to
state security organs may be
disqualified from running
for office.
In East Germany, which
had the largest and most
sophisticated police state in
the former Soviet bloc, the
process has been led by the
Gauck Commission named
after the Rev. Joachim
Gauck, a former dissident.
This panel manages the
files of the former Stasi secret police and screens people in public service, including even teachers and police
officers. About 1.7 million people
have been screened so far, and an
astounding 95,000 former collaborators have been exposed.
A similar body was established
recently in Poland. The National
Remembrance Institute, headed by
a law professor, Leon Kieres, will begin opening
secret police files to the public next year. Just like
the Gauck Commission, the Remembrance Institute will have the right to initiate prosecutions and
the obligation to educate the public on communist
and Nazi-era crimes.
South Africa represents a controversial example of finding a middle path in confronting a difficult past. In 1994, after the election of Nelson Mandela, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
was formed under the guidance of Archbishop
Desmond Tutu. This commission heard testimonies
from more than 20,000 victims of apartheid and
confessions from thousands of perpetrators. But
since the process was dominated by the ideas of repentance and forgiveness and included only token
material compensation for victims, it has been
severely criticized. Many who suffered under
apartheid feel cheated by the very process intended
to promote reconciliation and accord.
In Russia, however, no such commission or
process exists at all. There is no clear arbiter of
such a process here, analogous to Tutu or Gauck.
The Orthodox Church, unfortunately, lacks the
moral authority to play this role in the eyes of
many because of it own controversial Soviet past.
Another problem is presented by an inborn
Russian tendency toward extremes. The idea of
finding a compromise or middle road is alien to
Russian nature. It will be difficult, perhaps impossible for Russia to carry out a reconciliation process without it devolving into either a farce or a
witch-hunt. But until the nation faces up to this potentially unsolvable problem, it will continue to be
mired in its present stagnation.
Maxim Trudolyubov is a journalist for Vedomosti.
He contributed this comment to The St. Petersburg

Time To Look at Economic Potential of Regions

By Anna Shcherbakova

N economic terms, Russias regions are hopelessly undervalued. The statistics say that
Moscow has about about a quarter of the entire national economic volume, with the remaining
75 percent divided among the other 88 regions.
This distortion will not be easy to correct, and it
wont be done soon. But the first signs of a shift in
balance are already there to be seen.
One such sign was the recently disclosed intentions of two big financial players, Norilsk Nickels
CEO Alexander Khloponin, and the legendary oil
baron Roman Abramovich.
Khloponin is running for the governorship of
Taimyr, while Abramovich is giving up his seat in
the State Duma for the sake of the same position
in Chukotka. And one shouldnt forget Russias
first millionaire Artyom Tarasov, who made a return to St. Petersburg from London for an untimately futile shot at unseating Gov. Vladimir
Yakovlev this May.

Branching out into the regions after having

built up a business empire is a logical move for the
kind of person whose managerial skills have already been proven by the successful operation of a
major enterprise or two. And their ability to make
sound predictions is also unquestioned.
Some regions are ripe for the picking, with
massive natural resources, plenty of unregistered
and unused property, as well as undervalued human resources.
Another reason for moving tycoons into regional
power seats is that the business community is terribly tired of the arbitrary rule of some governors.
I dont know what is hardest to put up with
the neccessity of financing election campaigns every
four years, the inevitable rackets run by small-fry bureaucrats in the time left to them before a new governor appears, or the differences in regional legislation that makes relationships between one region
and another so difficult. When we are looking at
exporting to a foreign country, we naturally investi-

gate what kind of legislation they have there, said

the head of one company that operates both in Russia and abroad. But why should we have to investigate the legislation of a particular region in this
country before we sell anything there? Its simply
Its true that the regions are unequal in territory, natural and mineral resources, and industries.
They also have very different people at the top,
which makes for a varied investment climate depending on where you go. All 89 regions introduce
their own taxes, fees and restrictions in order to fill
their budgets and to feed local officials.
Regions have turned into small states striving
for independence from Moscow. Are businessmen
ready to change the rules after winning a governorship? Or they will demand more independence
from the capital?
The hour for the regions has not yet come. But
those who get their hand in now stand to win a
great deal..


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Ten years
frontman Viktor Tsois
death, todays Russian rock stars make
a tribute album of
his often-busked
(page 10).

Tales of Hoffmann,
which opens at the
Mariinsky this
(page 10).

at long
last get to see Lungins
film The Wedding,
which, while it didnt
win any prizes at this
years Cannes festival, is
still worth a look
(page 11).

chernovs choice

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.

Fri., Nov. 10
Dmitry Yefimov Piano. Liszt. Glinka
Olga Kravtsova and Yelena Zaryadnova
Soprano and mezzo soprano. Dmitry Yefimov,
piano. Late 19th-century Russian ballads.
Engineers (Mikhailovsky) Castle
St. Petersburg Opera St. Petersburg Opera
soloists perform arias from operas by Russian
and Western European composers. Smolny
Khalida Hairutdinova Piano (U.S.) Daniel
Spalding (U.S.) conducts the St. Petersburg
State Cappella Orchestra. Rakhmaninov. St.
Petersburg State Cappella

Madame Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San) Stanislav
Gaudasinsky stages Puccinis tragic opera
about an American soldier who leaves his
Japanese wife, driving her to suicide.
Mussorgsky Theater

A Night in Venice Vladimir Vorobyov
directs his own comedy about a man on the
verge of retirement whose friends present
him with a journey to Venice and an
encounter with a beautiful stranger. Akimov
Comedy Theater
PREMIERE! A Pair of Bay Horses (Para
Gnedikh) A vaudeville taken from life behindthe-scenes at the Alexandrinsky Theater.
Written and directed by Alexander Belinsky.
Alexandrinsky Theater
FARCES THEATER: Farces A comic romp
based on French farces of the Middle
Ages. Directed by Viktor Kramer. Baltiisky

Gargantua and Pantagruel Lithuanian

director Stanislavas Rubinovas stages an
interactive production based on the writings of
Rabelais, where viewers are guests at a
medieval banquet. Baltiisky Dom Basement
Arcadia Estonian director Elmo
Nganen directs an award-winning
production of Tom Stoppards 1993 play, a
witty and erudite work concerning Lord
Byrons mysterious disappearance from Britain
in 1809. Bolshoi Drama Theater. 6 p.m.
The Tempest Elements of circus theater and
modern wit combine in this interpretation of
Shakespeares exit play, with direction and
innovative stage design by Bulgarias
Alexander Morfov. Komissarzhevskaya Drama
The Boors Tatyana Kazakova directs Goldonis
Venetian drama about how the dreams of two
women are thwarted by their overbearing
husbands and fathers. Lensoviet Theater
A Play Without a Name Lev Dodin
directs this extraordinary production, based on
Chekhovs "Platonov," with a flooded stage
and exceptional scenography by Alexei PoraiKoshits. Winner of the 1997 Golden Mask
award. Maly Drama Theater Theater of
Emigrs Slavomir Mrozeks 1974 play, in
which the characters seek to recreate their
own version of reality and thus both achieve
an internal and external "emigration." Directed
by Igor Selin. Priyut Komedianta Theater
The Last Sacrifice Modest Abramov stages
Ostrovskys play about a woman who finds
herself a commodity among men and
struggles to defend her honor. Vasilievsky
Ostrov Theater of Satire

for children
The Prince and the Pauper Vladimir Tykke
directs Nikolai Denisovs stage adaption of
Mark Twains famous story about trading
places. Baltiisky Dom. 12 p.m.
A Christmas Tale with Extras An
adaptation of Charles Dickens classic story, A
Christmas Carol. On Chrismas Eve an old
miser, Scrooge, is visited by spirits from the
past, present and future who teach him the
value of love, life and good friends. Theater on
Liteiny. 12 p.m.
Pippi Longstocking Lindgrens play about
the footloose and fancy-free redhead with the
infamous pointy braids. Vasilievsky Ostrov
Theater of Satire. 12 p.m.
The Magic Flute Mozarts classic about a
young prince and his trials of love. Zazerkalye
Childrens Theater


Salome premiere
makes heads roll
at Mariinsky.
Story, page 10.
Sat., Nov. 11
The Nutcracker Nikolai Boyarchikov
choreographs Tchaikovskys Christmastime
favorite based on Hoffmanns tale.
Mussorgsky Theater
Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovskys classic ballet
based on the tales of Charles Perrault. RimskyKorsakov Conservatory Theater. 6:30 p.m.

PREMIERE! The Tales of Hoffmann Marta
Domingo stages Jacques Offenbachs opera, a
potpourri of fanciful stories by German writer
E.T.A. Hoffmann. A co-production between the
Mariinsky Theater, Washington Opera and the
Los Angeles Opera. Libretto by Jules Barbier.
Performed in French. Mariinsky Theater

Andrei Khoteyev Piano. Ravil Martynov
conducts the St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Orchestra. Tchaikovsky. Shostakovich
blowers and drum beaters compete for
recognition. St. Petersburg State Cappella

The Elephant (Dayesh Ameriku!) Mikhail
Skomorokhov directs Alexander Kolpakovs
whimsical, once-banned 1930s comedy about
a man who wants to escape to America via
hot air balloon, and then sell a golden
elephant. Akimov Comedy Theater
The Mistress of the Inn Vladimir Vorobyov
directs Carlo Goldonis musical comedy about
a wily innkeeper who plays off the affections
of all the men renting rooms from her.
Alexandrinsky Theater
The Audience Is Forbidden To Watch
Alexander Isakov directs this story about the
trials and tribulations of life in the theater.
Baltiisky Dom
Arcadia See Nov. 10. Bolshoi Drama
Theater. 6 p.m.
The Suicide Pyotr Shereshevsky directs
Nikolai Erdmans once-banned satirical 1928
play about a suicidal man whose efforts to
do himself in are foiled at every turn by his
lack of resolve. Komissarzhevskaya Drama
King, Queen, Knave Vladislav Pazi directs an
adaptation of Nabokovs 1928 novel about a
love triangle. Lensoviet Theater

PREMIERE! Fro Up-and-coming young

director Irina Zubshitskaya stages a
production based on Andrei Platonovs short
stories set in 1930s Russia. Lensoviet Theater,
Small Stage. 7:30 p.m.
A Play Without a Name See Nov. 10.
Maly Drama Theater Theater of Europe
PREMIERE! Hedda Gabler Yury Tomshevsky
directs Henrik Ibsens 1890 play, a mystical
and tragic tale about the life, passions and
death of the title heroine. Priyut Komedianta
The Cunning Maid Goldonis comedy about
Argentina, a maid who weaves a web of
intrigue in the name of love. Directed by
Larisa Artyemova. Theater on Liteiny
Vous Souhaits Yury Pavlov directs Pierre
Chenaus comedy about how money corrupts
the soul. Vasilievsky Ostrov Theater of Satire

for children
Emils 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 childrens
tale from a play by Oleg Tabakov and Leonid
Ustinov. Baltiisky Dom. 12 p.m.
The Little Princess Komissarzhevskaya
Theater actress Tamara Abrosimova directs
Francis Barnetts variation of The Prince and
the Pauper. Komissarzhevskaya Drama
Theater. 12 p.m.
The Magic Hat Vadim Danilevsky directs
Yanssons unique play about a trolley and its
fate. Theater on Liteiny. 12 p.m.
Red Hand, Black Sheet, Green Fingers
Olga Nikolayevna, Saule Iskakova and Sergei
Klishne perform in Uspenskys fantasy tale
for children set to the music of various
composers. Zazerkalye Childrens Theater.
12 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 12
Swan Lake Tchaikovskys signature ballet
choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev
Ivanov. Mussorgsky Theater

PREMIERE! The Tales of Hoffman See Nov.
11. Mariinsky Theater

continued on page 13

The latest addition to the St. Petersburg rock scene is Art Spirit, the nightclub which will
open on Vasilievsky
Island on Friday.
There is no information about times
and costs, but the
music choice is
good, as Auktsyons Leonid Fyodorov and Sergei
Shnurovs 3D will play at the opening.
Live performances will be followed by
DJs Arram, Mantana, Phunkee, Redisco and Myst.
According to the release, the club
is located at the foot of the notorious university hostel for foreign students. Enter by the black metal staircase into the former Black Hole, if
that tells you anything.
In the noble manner of local rock
clubs, the club does not plan to limit itself to performances by St. Petersburg
groups and dance parties with DJs.
Plans include exhibitions by artists and
photographers, classes in fashionable
dances, national cuisine days, folk
singing nights, and promised meetings
with real and the right people.
The ambitiousness of these plans
are extremely dangerous, if we recall
the initial press releases of such clubs
as PORT and Saigon, which were similarly concerned with the arts. What
we have now in both of them are
mindless house music and strip shows.
The release also caused a sensation and even sobs among the music
journalist community, as it erroneously called Shnurov the former
Leningrad frontman, suggesting he
had left Leningrad for his new project,
3D. Some believed it.
The opening starts at around 9
p.m. Try to get an invitation.
Art Spirit Nightclub, 20 Ul. Korablestroitelei, M: Primorskaya, Nov. 10.
More on the club scene: We were
approached by Hard Rock Club last
week. Further into the conversation, it
became clear that their club is modeled
exactly on the Hard Rock Cafe chain
and, as its spokesman proudly revealed,
even has a similar logo, which was
registered for use in Russia. That reminded us of a clever guy who had the
brilliant idea to produce his own Windows beer complete with the logo
that we usually see
on our monitors.
He even properly
registered the name
and the logo in the category food and
drinks (even Bill Gates himself didnt
have enough brains to do so). The
small venue which will open near the
Chernishevskaya Metro in ten or so
days seats 35, and is currently under
construction. We guess you can get a
nice price for your used guitar that once
belonged to Eric Clapton.
Almost all the best local club bands
will appear at the three-day festival
entitled The Grand Tattoo Saloon International Convention. Promised are
lots of body art, tattoos and piercings.
Skin-crippling activities start at 2 p.m.
from Friday to Sunday.
Yubileiny Sports Palace (Small
Arena), Nov. 10 to 12.

by Sergey Chernov

Friday, November 10, 2000



freemans salome gives

literal take on symbolism

MultFilmy: putting a bit of Britpop into Viktor Tsois old songs.

kino honored in tribute album

By Sergey Chernov
Tribute albums have finally made their
way onto the Russian music market.
Although the independent record label
FeeLee released a Depeche Mode tribute in 1998, the current tribute to the
seminal Russian group Kino released
on the major label Real Records is on a
much larger scale and has already provoked a much more serious reaction
along with much bigger sales.
Dedicated to Kino frontman and
songwriter Viktor Tsoi,
who died in a car crash in
August 1990, the album
KINOproby. Viktor Tsoi
Tribute (Screen Tests) is
being released in two volumes
the first appeared on Oct. 17, and the
second is due on Nov. 15.
Recorded by popular and fledgling
rock acts from the former Soviet Union,
the releases are supported by stadium
shows featuring the bands which took
part in the recordings in the fashion
of the Brat 2 soundtrack concerts which
were organized by the same label last
Nothing will change [in Russian
rock music] until a new Tsoi appears,
says Yevgeny Fyodorov of Tequilajazzz,
who covered the monotonous Tranquilizer with some backup vocals from

Akvariums Boris Grebenshchikov.

Viktor Tsoi emerged all by himself,
with no promotion. Zemfira would
have been trying to break through for a
few more years without huge investments and mass coverage from the media there would have been nothing.
Kino came from the inside, almost
grew out of the earth. It still remains
[Russias] best band, in my opinion ...
Viktor had such great charisma.
All in all, as far as the first album in
the series goes, the finest performance
is This Is Not Love by
the local Britpop-influenced band MultFilmy,
which made its record
debut earlier this year.
The Moldovan folkpunk band Zdob Si Zdubs cover of
Saw the Night, complete with Moldovan fifes and a Gypsy trio, makes an
exciting curiosity, but it gets irritating
after a few listenings. Mumii Trolls
Vosmiklassnitsa adds nothing to the
original apart from Ilya Lagutenkos
mannered intonations. The rest, especially the outdated art-rock Piknik and
yet another trendy female-fronted
pop/rock band Chicherina both
artists on Real Records just dont
hold water.
The quasi-punk song Anarchy
went to the Moscow pop/punk band
N.A.I.V.E., although Grebenshchikov
performs the song much better, as was
demonstrated at Akvariums summer
concerts. Instead, Grebenshchikov, who
discovered Tsoi in the first place and
covered at least four Tsoi songs in concert over the years, has recorded Kamchatka for the second record.
Taking part in the recording was a
crucial test of conformity for some.
Sergei Shnurov of Leningrad says it
made him reconsider the bands stance
and agree to perform at lush nightclubs something the undergroundminded band did not do before last
October when it appeared at La Plage,
with tickets costing as much as 250 to
360 rubles.


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They were trying to talk me into

[taking part in the tribute album] for a
long time, and I kept refusing, says
Shnurov, whose cover of Once You
Were a Beatnik will appear on the second album of KINOproby.
In the event, I looked at the situation differently and recorded the song
with pleasure. Now I think Leningrad
shouldnt give a damn about anything.
I dont care where whats important
is who.
KINOproby. Viktor Tsoi Tribute in
concert at the Ice Palace Nov. 19. Zemfira, Vyacheslav Butusov, Korol i Shut,
Zdob Si Zdub, MultFilmy, Tequilajazzz,
N.A.I.V.E., Dva Samaliota and Ricochet
will perform.

By Giulara Sadkyh-zade
At the St. Petersburg Cappella, the
Third International Festival of Early
Music had its triumphant conclusion
on Sunday. The best was saved till last
with the concerts of the great Dutch
harpsichordist and organist Gustav
Leonhardt and the British countertenor, Michael Chance, whose voice
is fantastically even-toned, possessing
a brilliantly refined baroque singing
For the whole of October and early
November, the festival concerts have
brought together sizable crowds at the
Cappella and Philharmonic as well as
at the Menshikov and Sheremetev
The festival was the focus of diverse
musical interests: Some people went to
see the Childrens Flute Ensemble
Gardellino (with artistic director
Alexander Kiskachy), while others
preferred to listen to the Baroque organ music performed by Yulia Semenova. Still others didnt miss even one of


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You cant step twice into the same

river, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, and it was indeed a
risky move for British director David
Freeman to stage his second symbolist
opera production in a row at the Mariinsky Theater.
Freemans naturalistic approach to
Richard Strauss Salome came as
quite a surprise, something you perhaps would not expect from the author
of such an image-rich production as his
1991 version of Prokofievs opera The
Fiery Angel.
In this new production, the director
strives to make everything visual to
such an extent that he nearly eliminates the enigmatic nature of this
opera based on Oscar Wildes take on
the New Testament story.
You can see Salomes slave offering
her a drug before she starts her
striptease an explanation in advance for her stumbling pace and euphoric movements. Meanwhile, John the Baptists
death appears accidental,
coming as the result of a
What was a particular success in the
Fiery Angel was the visualization of the
process of imagination. In Salome, the
staging is illustrative rather than
metaphoric, with the visual part not
providing much interpretation.
True, you could feel that the world is
shaky and alarmed, but the feeling
was derived from what was heard,
rather than from what was seen. As for
the stage design, at times you would
find yourself wondering if you were
looking at sets from Aida.
Vocally, the new Salome was not
sensationational, but demonstrated
impressive singing with no obvious
failures. Valeria Stenkina (Salome), in
particular, was convincing both in
terms of acting and singing as a tanta-

lized, desperate and wayward woman,

possessed and driven by her passions.
Yevgeny Nikitin, making his debut
in the role of John the Baptist,
brought the necessary gloomy power
to his performance, while Nikolai Gassiyev, who sang in the Mariinskys previous version of Salome was the
perfect Herod, entrapped, disturbed
and frenzied.
Freeman made The Dance Of
Seven Veils the operas culmination unsophisticated, with a tribal
feel. The director sends Stenkinas
heroine careening across the stage or,
more importantly, around John the
Baptists cell, leaving no doubts as to
who she is really dancing for. The literalness of the production reaches its climax when Salome takes the last item
of her clothes off.
The primitiveness of the moves
perhaps serves to emphasize the
shamanistic nature of the dance, and
this idea actually works to the fragments advantage. But the culminating
scene is a success very much
thanks to the powerful
Mariinsky orchestra, rather
than because of the director.
Musically, the production
was overwhelming. The Mariinsky
symphony orchestra under Valery
Gergiev told a story more tragic than
what was going on on stage. From listening to the orchestra you could
sense the tense atmosphere when the
moon like a tormented, nearly insane
woman looks for lovers to soothe her
It was the orchestra which told us a
story unveiling the darker, more obscure parts of the human soul, and it
was the orchestra exploring these
same parts. Ultimately, it was also the
orchestra which brought to Salome
that same feeling in The Fiery Angel
when one character says my soul
feels as though it is being filled with
black smoke.


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Free entrance for for


By Galina Stolyarova


the concerts given by the ensemble

Musica Petropolitana, put on by the
initiator, and one of the organizers of
this authentic music festival, which is
unique in Russia.
The idea, born three years ago,
turned out to be very successful. Concentrate all the strengths and resources of practically all the cultural
institutes in the city into one point:
The British Council, The Goethe Institute, The Alliance
Franaise, The Dutch
Institute and The St.
Center. In addition to
that, involve the Consulates General
of Germany, Italy, the Netherlands,
the Council of Ministers of Northern
Countries and even the St. Petersburg
Cultural Committee.
In a single, powerful, enlightened
wave all these forces combined together to produce quite a good festival
with a wealth of musical talents.
The Italian ensemble Il Giardino
Armonico (or Garden of Harmony)
gave lively and artistic performances
of works from the Venetian school at
its height (Castello, Uccellini, Merulo,
Vivaldi) at the Philharmonic Small
Hall. Bernard Baum, the outstanding
German flautist and a specialist in
Baroque and medieval flute repertoires, gave a solo concert and a couple
of master classes.
The U.S. female vocal ensemble,
Anonymous 4, performed intricate
compositions from medieval chorales
and early polyphonies from the ninth
and 10th centuries under the title of
Mass for the End of Time. The
Dutch ensemble Oltremontano gave
two concerts.
As well as high-class foreign guests,

the relatively recently created St. Petersburg ensembles Ave Rosa and
Lanterna Magica were also actively involved, as well as the Insula Magica
collective from Novosibirsk.
Members of the above-mentioned
Musica Petropolitana ensemble also
gave performances, including Andrei
Reshetin (violin), Sergei Filchenko (violin), Dmitry Sokolov (cello) and Irina
Sneyerova (harpsichord).
Naturally, the concerts
varied in quality. Those at
the beginning seemed
somehow rather messy
and disappointing: In the
half-empty hall of the Cappella, the
French musicians from LEnsemble
Baroque de Limoges tiresomely and
monotonously performed Couperin
and Forqueray a situation not
saved by famous viola da gamba
player Kristof Kuhn, the festivals
artistic director.
However, the finale of the festival
in the very same hall turned out to be
uplifting and successful: The longawaited Michael Chance appeared on
stage accompanied by Musica
Petropolitana, reinforced with the violin of the famous Muscovite violinist,
Nazara Kozhukharia.
Having sung with unbelievable
beauty Vivaldis sensual Stabat Mater
and Agnus Dei from Bachs B minor
mass, the singer was greeted by bursts
of applause.
The entire hall thundered with
cries of Bravo and stamping feet.
The public found the affair very satisfactory indeed especially some of
the members of the British Council,
who simply beamed at seeing the celebration of the British spirit in the musical settings of St. Petersburg.


Friday, November 10, 2000



tales of hoffmann: a feminist look at romantic opera

The world revolves around women
such is the attitude of one female opera
director who is preparing to unveil her
version of Jacques Offenbachs The
Tales Of Hoffmann, a story of one
poets doomed love for a mechanical
doll, a singer and a Venetian courtesan.
The director in question is Marta
Domingo, and the production premieres on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the
Mariinsky Theater.
The Tales Of Hoffmann unfinished at the time of Offenbachs death
and completed by Ernest Guiraud
first saw the stage at the OperaComique in Paris in 1881.
Since then, the piece has enjoyed
much attention from opera directors,
and this time Marta Domingo will be
telling us the story of a tormented poet
and his muse.
Marta Domingo wife of one of the
worlds greatest singers, tenor Placido
Domingo, whom she married in 1962 and
with whom she once sang at the Israel
Opera Company made her debut as
an operatic director back in 1991 with a
rendition of Saint-Saenss Samson et
Dalila in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Having begun as a singer herself,
Mexico-born soprano Marta Ornelas,
whose performance of Susanna in Le
Nozze di Figaro earned her the title of
the best Mozartian singer in her home
country in 1961, gave up her career in the

Marta Domingo during rehearsals

mid-1960s, after the birth of her and
Domingos two sons, Placido and Alvaro.
Marta Domingo says she has been
lucky enough not to have to reject any
opera she was invited to stage. I am
very fortunate in that all the operas I
have been offered [to stage] are romantic, which is what I love, Domingo
said. She does not hide her feministic
bent, adding she thrives on romantic
operas where women play a very important part.
As for The Tales Of Hoffmann,

she considers the opera to be deeply associated with her and her husbands life.
Recalling that Placido Domingo
himself has performed in no less than
10 interpretations of The Tales
around the world, she admitted she
faced a challenge in developing her own
rendition. Practically, I have seen everything, with every production a great
work of stage direction, she said. I realized I needed to do something that
hasnt been done before.
But thankfully, Hoffmann offers imHali-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 youll miss the point of the cabaret.
Dont miss splashing out 450 rubles to sink a meter of beer,
there is a prize at the end of it. The program starts at 10
p.m., after which the door will only let you in for a
consideration. 300 rub. 15 Lanskoye Shosse, 246-38-27.
Hollywood Nites Overpriced and once-intimidating
hooker/mobster joint (the ladies of negotiable virtue are
on the right as you go in). Pleasant but pricey diner/bar
downstairs. The goons have a real attitude problem if you
didnt roll up in an enormous Mercedes. If you did, you
can do whatever you like. Fri.-Sun. 11 p.m.-6 a.m.46
Nevsky Pr.,

rock, etc.

Africa Students cafe with live rock and folk music.

The cheapest beer around (13 rub. for 0.5 liter). Usually
younger and less known bands. Live shows Wed.-Sun. at
8 p.m. 20-30 rub. 106 Nab. Moiki.
City Club Two bars, pool and Russian billiards, real
fireplaces. Located above the rockabilly bar Money
Honey, and with a more mature crowd, ages ranging
between 20 and 40. Music styles are pop/rock, blues
and occasionally Latin. Live shows Wed.-Sun. at 8 p.m.
40 rub. 28-30 Sadovaya Ul., Apraksin Dvor, Korpus 13. M:
Gostiny Dvor. Entrance through Money Honey. 310-05-49.
Fish Fabrique Despite the spartan interiors and menu,
this place is still a favorite for local rock musicians and
alternative artists, with the bonuses of table hockey and
cult foreign films on Sundays (8 p.m.) Daily 3 p.m. until the
last person leaves. Live gigs start at 9 p.m. 30-50 rub. 10
Pushkinskaya Ul. (entrance through the arch at 53
Ligovsky Pr.).
Manhattan/Kotyol Art club with bar, billiard room
and very strangely organized toilets. Originally intended
for the formerly underground art elite, with Andrei
Makarevich and Viktor Krivulin being honorable
members, it changed management and direction a few
times. Shows start at 10 p.m. Open daily 12 p.m.-5 a.m.,
40-50 rub. 90 Nab. Fontanki.113-19-45.
Moloko Probably the best underground rock club,
where Tequilajazzz, Spitfire and Markscheider Kunst like
to perform. Thurs.-Sun. 7 p.m.-11 p.m., 30-50 rub. 12
Perekupnoi Pereulok. M: Pl. Alexandra Nevskogo/Pl.
Vosstaniya. 274-94-67.
Money Honey The citys first and premier rockabilly
bar complete with a confederate flag and Elvis and

Marilyn posters. Usually packed with 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.
Poligon The fourth new location for the rock club.
Heavier styles from hardcore punk to thrash metal. Lots
of teenagers in grubby leather. Billiards. Concerts start at
6 p.m. See Gigs for events. 40-100 rub. 65 Lesnoi Pr. M:
Lesnaya. 245-27-20.
Saigon After its much-hyped closing, which turned
out to be a PR stunt, Saigon reopened, but dropped the
policy of having live concerts on a daily basis. A mixture of
rock, jazz, and world music. Three levels, two bars, a video
screen, and lots of shiny metal. Concerts start at 11 p.m.
See Gigs for events. 50-120 rub. 7/9 Nevsky Pr. 315-58-73.
SpartaK This place has been kicking buttock recently,
with good bands and even some remont to boot. Better
sound system and a multi-level bar upstairs, but no room in
the coat check. Nasty security. 8 Kirochnaya Ul., 273-77-39.
Zoopark Small club located in the citys zoo
specializing in live rock and folk music and
singers/songwriters. Locally famous sexologist Lev
Shcheglov occasionally lectures there, too. Entrance is
only between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., otherwise the gates are
closed and you wont get in. 1 Alexandrovsky Park. M:
Gorkovskaya. 232-21-45.


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.
Theyve installed a TV next to the dance floor, which doesnt
put this place on the must-see list. Securitys 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.

Marstall Despite a positive restaurant review from this

paper, there is no disguising what 50 percent of the
female clientele are in Marstall for. Boasts the most
athletic strippers and creative costumes in town.
People scope out dancers writhing to Russian pop
from the upper level, and there is an endless queue for
the john. Marstall is packed with wide-eyed Westerners
(whose passport gets them in free) discovering just how
good-looking Russian women are and saying so very
loudly. 50-80 rub. 5 Kanal Griboyedova, 315-76-07.
Tribunal Often packed, playing the better Russian pop,
a bit of rock and a fair amount of classic mainstream. The
tequila theme remains, but the hookers seem to have
been kicked out. Nice interior, but last time we went six
armed cops removed a drunken man trying to emulate
the dancing girls. Good beer and munchies place, but on
the pricey side. 12 p.m.-6 a.m. Free entrance. 1 Pl.
Dekabristov. 311-16-90


by Galina Stolyarova

mense opportunities for stage directors

to invent and create, and there will always be something left unexplored. I
love it and I am happy to do it, she
said. Hoffmann gives you a whole
fountain of inspiration.
Marta Domingo takes a painstaking approach, doing an enormous
amount of research and spade-work.
Besides analyzing the score, she reads
as much as possible of what has been
written on and around the topic to
plunge herself into the atmosphere of
the opera she is staging.
Even though the process begins
with a particular idea, reading enriches
you enormously even if you know
the score very well, you never know it
well enough and little by little there
comes the whole picture of the show,
she said. You have to learn every note
and every word.
Singer Svetlana Trifonova, who is rehearsing for the role of Olympia, welcomes The Tales as a missing link in
the theaters repertoire, and is thrilled
by the juxtaposition of romanticism and
mild humor, at times with a subtle touch
of tragedy, that the production offers.
This is a fascinating show, bringing a new style, a new genre, and new
direction to the Mariinsky, Trifonova
said. We have a variety of Russian music and Wagner, but
more versatility is what we
need. It is a light fairy tale
full of mystery, and makes

for a soul-stirring experience.

Trifonova believes that the fact that
the piece wasnt finished works for the
operas advantage artistically, allowing
for a countless variety of interpretations.
Marta Domingo gives singers a
precious chance to bring in their understanding of the characters they perform,
she gives you an idea, and a possibility
to experiment within it, Trifonova
said. She is not suppressive at all, but
very helpful and benign. It is very
touching to see her applauding after every aria, it tells you much about her
warm personality.
Marta Domingo didnt seek anybodys advice on staging, or how to find
a common language with the cast. Over
years of observing great directors working, and her husband Placido rehearsing countless times, she has learned how
to do things her way. A director has to
be patient, indulgent and generous. If
you lose your patience, your words will
have little effect. Being calm and optimistic this is whats important.

worse than ever, with new staff arriving as you sit there
and a kitchen with no clue whatsoever, but the food is
still tasty if and when it comes. Open 24 hours, 50 rub.
when a band is playing. 33 Liteiny Pr., 279-88-13.

Hell specializing in delayed charter flights for school

skiing trips, and you have Metro. Russian techno pop,
harder core upstairs. 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.

The Tales Of Hoffmann plays this Saturday and Sunday at the Mariinsky Theater. Rehearsing for the roles are Viktor
Lutsuk (Hoffmann), Svetlana Trifonova
and Olga Trifonova (Olympia), Anna
Netrebko, Tatiana Pavlovskaya and Irina Dzhioyeva
(Antonia), Zlata Bulycheva
and Nadezhda Serduk
(Giulietta) and others.


Neo Jazz Club What the restaurant Mukha

Tsokotukha (right opposite the Mukhina Art College)
turns into at nights. Neat design, though yet to get its own
atmosphere. Specializes in mellow jazz styles, with mainly
duos and trios performing, mostly without a drummer.
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
habitual rave and techno. With lots of art exhibitions and
various other happenings, this is one of the best in the
city. Wednesday is disco night. Mon., Wed.-Sun. 5 p.m.-6
a.m. 40 rub., 60 on weekends. Free between 5 p.m. and 8
p.m. 2A Voronezhskaya Ul. M: Ligovsky Pr. 164-43-55.
Mama Decadent house party feel with an element of
personal danger. Best techno in St. Petersburg,
according to one regular, but no chill-out room.
Drumnbass/jungle, visiting and resident DJs. Wasted
Russian student crowd with too much disposable
income. Fri.-Sat., 11:50 p.m.-6 a.m., 60 rub. 3B Mal.
Monetnaya Ul.. M: Gorkovskaya. 232-31-37.
Metro When its full with its impossibly young and
well-dressed crowd, imagine a European airport from

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. Originally for the progressive crowd,
now it attracts all kinds including suburban kids and
thugs in shell suits. 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. 40300 rub. 2 Per. Antonenko. M: Sennaya Pl. 314-26-09.

Club 69 The citys number one gay venue. When this
place got trendy and the straights invaded, the
management cracked down a little and females are now
charged the Earth to get in, heralding the return of the
citys hard-core gays. Staff in sailor-boy costumes,
posters of bulging oiled muscles decorating the pretty
good restaurant, and real bulging oiled muscles
decorating the dance floor. Strict face control. 6, 2-aya
Krasnoarmeiskaya. M: Tekhnologichesky Institut.
Jungle The citys oldest surviving gay club. A dance
hall, dark maze and show programs. Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.-6
a.m. Shows start at 1:30 p.m. Men, 30 rub., women, 70 rub.
8 Ul. Blokhina, M: Sportivnaya.

jazz & blues

Jazz Philharmonic Hall Staid jazz venue organized by
local patriarch Dave Goloshchokin, who fills most of the
bill. Mostly respectable, well-dressed crowd. Mainstream
and Dixieland fills the auditorium. The Ellington Hall is the
Jazz Philharmonic Halls 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 avantgarde and improv, classic and folk concerts occasionally.
Mostly jazz crowd and expats. Bar and snacks.
Reservations 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 Still packed, and rocking
more than ever with the addition of bands at midnight
every night of the week (find that in Moscow). Service


Ladies Night


Disco Party
Splendid cuisine, excellent
whiskey, live music, interior
of the Wild West ...


All-night disco, billiards, darts.

Host banquets, fourchettes,
Various discounts

11 different kinds of meat dishes, cooked over fire

Kazanskaya 24

Latino Party

Fantasy Show

1 Dekabristov Sq.
(near the Bronze Horseman)

30% discount till 6 p.m.

Restaurant "Brazilia"

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


Tel. 311-16-90

tel. 320-8-777

Daily from noon to 6 a.m.

Friday, November 10, 2000

presentation of American Beef. Steaks:
New York, T-bone, Fiesta ribeye,
Peppery Flank. Great! Tasty!
Hu-u-u-ge discounts. Live music,
special show. Unbelievable.
Reservations recommended. All major
credit cards accepted. Open around
the clock.
176 Nevsky Prospect
Tel./Fax 274-24-22.

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

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.

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. $$
Lobby Lounge of the Astoria hotel
offers continental breakfast from 7 a.m.
till 10 a.m. and Russian tea time from 3
p.m. until 6 p.m every day.
Tel. 210-58-15, 39 Bolshaya Morskaya.
Great Russian and vegetarian food
served all day. Jazz, cappuccino, fresh
juice, specialty teas. Happy hour from
6:30 to 7:30. Weekend brunch. Used
English-language books and
magazines, plus an art gallery.
Open daily 11 a.m. 1 a.m. 82 Naberezhnaya Moiki, 315-16-75 $-$$
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. $-$$
St. Petersburgs favorite meeting place
for fun, food and music. Complete bar,
appetizing snacks and meals, and the
citys best view of Nevsky Prospect.
Open daily noon to midnight. Corner of
Nevsky Prospect and Mikhailovskaya
Ulitsa. In the Grand Hotel Europe. 32960-00. $$-$$$.
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 noon 6 a.m.
1 Dekabristov Sq. 311-16-90.

Brazillian and European cuisine
Meat and fish dishes prepared over an
open fire. Special daytime menu.
30% discount till 6 p.m. Thu, Fri, Sat
live music. Major credit cards
accepted. Open: noon 3 a.m.
24 Kazanskaya Ul. Tel: 320-87-77

From a simple finger buffet to the most
lavish of banquets using our own
stunning exclusive decorations. The
official caterer of the State Hermitage
Museum. Director of Cuisine - Maitre
Cuisine de France Monsieur Guy Legay.
17 Nevsky Prospect, Stroganoff Palace.
Tel. 311-24-09, 961-05-05, Fax 312-4370

a paid service


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.
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.
Tel. 294-02-52, 296-12-01. $$-$$$

The tastiest fish is the one you catch
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
location in the park on Krestovsky
Ostrov promises relaxation in
countrylike surroundings almost in
the center of the city. Open daily
around the clock, with a break from 9
a.m. to noon.
2 Yuzhnaya Doroga, Krestovsky Is.
Tel. 235-23-95 $$



Business dining for the corporate sector.

From a self-service cafeteria to first-class
waiter service in executive dining suites.
Qualified to meet specific dietary needs. A
cost-effective package to fit in with
corporate requirements and budgets. Tel.
934-30-92 Tel./Fax 298-03-15, 324-67-59


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. $$

Two-storey Beer Club, including Tasting
room Beer museum, restaurant, bar,
billiards, bookie bar. We invite you to
sample 44 kinds of the highest-quality
beer - the largest variety of pale and
dark lagers in this city. Enjoy our tasty
snacks and filling hot meals, designed
to complement the subtle tones of your
preferred brew. We are open Sun. to
Wed.: 11:00 to 03:00. Shows start at
22:00. Daily live music and dancing,
Litsedei show - on Wednesday. Open
Thu, Fri, Sat: 11:00 to 06:00. Don`t miss
our live show Soliaris at 22:00 with the
participation of mermaids.
6 Manezhnaya Pl. Tel. 110-50-00
Erotic shows. Crazy menu. Erotic
fantasies with bananas and other
fruits. Live table: Supper with
Golden fish.
Open: 3 p.m. 6 a.m. Free entrance
from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Your second visit is free.
60 Nevsky Pr. Tel. 110-55-70.
Bar, strip show. Monday Wednesday:

show-1. Thursday - Saturday: show-2.

Open from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. We accept
AMEX, Visa, Master Card, JCB.
4 Alexandrovsky Park, Music Hall
Building. Tel. 232-01-93.
Nov. 13 19 Genuine American
cuisine in the heart of St. Petersburg

Original International cuisine. The best

German beer and sausages in St. Petersburg. Well-known beer Alpierbacher.
Polite waitresses. Live music. Reasonable
prices. Restaurant open daily from 11
a.m. to 1 a.m. Pub open from 12 a.m. to 11
p.m., bistro - from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 28/19
Novocherkassky Pr. Tel. 528-22-11. Fax


Seven kinds of German beer. Live

music daily. Authentic German cuisine.
Open daily 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Some


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.,
bar from noon to 6 a.m., casino 24
hours. 59 Moika Nab. 315-76-45. $-$$$
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.

Sheraton Catering

We provide small to medium outdoor
catering services for parties and
banquet functions. Reasonable prices.
2 Voznesensky Prospect, Tel. 312-38-86.

Catering. All major credit cards

accepted. Located in the historic heart
of the city. Daily: noon 2 a.m.
1 Galernaya Ulitsa (near St. Isaacs
Square). 314-92-53. $-$$



From small corporate receptions and
private dinners to the largest gala or
high-profile events, Potel & Chabot
offers full catering and event coordination in St. Petersburg and
Moscow for a unique experience with
savoir faire.
Tel. 294-44-64, 294-54-81. $$$

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). $$$


TEL.: 312-32-05,


credit cards accepted.
14 Kanal Griboedova.
M: Nevsky Pr. 312-46-31. $$


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.

The only restaurant-cabaret in St.

Petersburg. Excellent cuisine. We
have lowered our prices in October.
Special offer: Breakfast for 140
rubles (from 10 a.m. until noon).
Lunch for 252 rubles (from noon
until 6 p.m.). Supper for 560 rubles
(from 6 p.m.). Valhall restaurant is
open daily from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m.
Valhall cabaret is performed from
Wednesday through Sunday.
22/24 Nevsky Prospect (opposite
Kazansky Cathedral). For information or
to make reservations, call 311-00-24.

The first French gastronomical
restaurant in St. Petersburg. A rich
assortment of exquisite French wines
and cognacs. Chef Patrick Maslak has
brought to the banks of the Neva the
latest finds in French cuisine: duck liver
fried in grapes with raspberry sauce.
Open from noon until midnight.
63 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul.
Tel. 311-95-45
The temple of Haut Cuisine. English
management. French Chef. In the very
heart of St. Petersburg.
1 Tamozhenny Per. Tel. 327-89-80.
Fax 327-89-81

Delicious food. Good vegetarian
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. 2
Voznesensky Prospect, near St. Isaacs
Cathedral. 312-38-86. Some credit
cards accepted. $$

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: Japanese
steamed rice with fried salmon, sushi,
Miso soup, Wasabi, soya sauce). The
adjoining bar is the ideal place to 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. (140
seats and two private rooms for 12 or 16
guests). 39 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul.,
Astoria Hotel. $$

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, Sheraton Nevskij
Palace. 275-20-01. $$$
You can enjoy a melody of taste in our
restaurant where we prepare your pizza
in real Italian wood stoves, youll be
surprised by pasta in the amount of
your choice, and youll have the chance
to taste fresh meat and fish prepared
over coals that would win over any
gourmet. Our prices are terrific.
Pleasant and comfortable surroundings
along with extraordinary food will turn
every day into a holiday. Open from
noon until the last customer. 45
Bolshaya Morskaya, Dom Kompozitorov
Tel. 315-0319 Tel./Fax 315-0339
Regional Italian and Mediterranean
specialties served in a refined
atmosphere. Freshly prepared pasta,
superb antipasti and desserts. Ideal
choice for supper or business lunch.
Open daily from noon to 11 p.m. In the
Grand Hotel Europe. 329-60-00. $$$



The citys 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. Reservations recommended.
Call 312-32-05 or 312-09-11 to
reserve. 21 Ulitsa Dekabristov (near the
Mariinsky Theater). $$-$$$
Delicious Russian and European
cuisine. Business lunch for only $12.
Ampir-style interior. Greatest choice of
wines. Free dessert for children.

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. Openair 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.

There is no comparison simply the

best and most authentic Mexican

cuisine in St. Petersburg. Complimentary Chips & Salsa, real margaritas.
Daily noon to 1 a.m., live music. Major
credit cards accepted. Televised US
sports Monday and Tuesday.
3 Ul. Lomonosova (behind Gostiny
Dvor). 310-70-07, 310-22-30. $-$$


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 cuisine and Russian
entertainment in the evening. Every
Saturday and Sunday from 12 a.m. until
10 p.m. Russian Table (starters, main
dish, dessert, 250 g. of vodka and freeflowing 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.
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 . $$

Russian-European cuisine. Cozy

interior, friendly atmosphere. Live
music, casino, gambling. English
spoken. Daily. 24 hours. 47 Nevsky
Prospect. 315-78-93, ext. 050. $$
Russian cuisine. Open from 12:00 to
midnight. 2 Tamozhenny Per. Tel. 327-8979 Fax 327-89-75


Visit the Christopher restaurant and

you will enjoy its unique interior,
delicious seafood and beautiful live
music. In the Bar you will find original
cold beer or choose an exotic cocktail,
enjoy the best cigars and cognac or
you can order the best of wines. A new
democratic A La Carte menu. Business
lunch daily from noon till 4 p.m. All
credit cards accepted. Daily 12 p.m.
until the last customer leaves.
27 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul. Tel. 312-97-61
Located in an old mansion in the very
center of the city. The menu includes a
variety of dishes prepared from
maritime delicacies and fresh fish by
our well-known Portuguese chef,
Delfim Martins. A traditional wide
variety of elite wines and cognacs.
Reasonable prices. Business lunch for
135 rubles, including a beer or glass of
Open from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. 84
Nevsky Pr. M. Mayakovskaya Tel. 2757620, e-mail:

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.

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continued from page 9
Tsuesi Tsutsumi Cello (Japan.) Alexander
Dmitryev conducts the St. Petersburg
Academic Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tchaikovsky. Shostakovich Philharmonic
Petersburg State Cappella

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
Three Sisters Rostislav Goryayev directs
Chekhovs study of the Russian provincial
intelligentsia. Alexandrinsky Theater
Broadway Bound Gennady Mai directs Neil
Simons play. Baltiisky Dom
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Alexander
Petrov directs an adaptation of Molires
comedy by local playwrights Ratser and
Konstantinov. Bolshoi Drama Theater.
12 p.m.
Deceit On Long Legs Nikolai Pinigin directs
Italian actor-director Eduardo De Filippos
comedy about family intrigues. Staged in a
black-and-white color scheme, with elements
of commedia dellarte and music from early
Italian Neorealist films. Bolshoi Drama Theater
French Pranks Alexander Isakov directs
Bricaires contemporary comedy.
Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater
Jacques and His Master Vladislav Pazi
directs Milan Kunderas eternal story of a
master and servant who travel the world.
Lensoviet Theater
Madrid! Lev Erenburg directs this
production, based on Potassium Cyaninde
With Milk or Without, a black comedy by
Spanish playwright Jose Millan. Scheming
relatives try to bump off an ailing
grandfather, but grandpa is not as sick as
he looks. Lensoviet Theater, Small Stage.
7:30 p.m.
The Splinter Dmitry Yakubov directs
Franoise Sagans lyrical comedy. Priyut
Komedianta Theater
The Peasant Mistress (Barishnya
Krestyanka) Alexander Petrov directs a
musical version of Pushkins short story.
Theater on Liteiny
Dangerous Liaisons Sergei Zerkasky directs
Christopher Hamptons adaptation of Laclos
18th-century novel about love and intrigue.
Vasilievsky Ostrov Theater of Satire

for children
Little Scarlet Flower Vladimir Tykke directs
Regina Lyaleikits and Oleg Kulikovich in
Aksakovs story about good conquering evil
and how the kind heart of a young girl
overcomes a big, bad witch. Baltiisky Dom.
12 p.m.
Little Baba-Yaga Vladimir Glazkov directs
Proislers legendary Russian tale intended
for believers of miracles. Theater on Liteiny.
12 p.m.
Pippi Longstocking See Nov. 10. Vasilievsky
Ostrov Theater of Satire. 12 p.m.
Snow in Venice A delightfully whimsical
show based on comic operas by Peroglesi and
Cimarosa. Zazerkalye Childrens Theater. 12
p.m. and 3 p.m.

Come to Camelot
for exquisite cuisine
and to be treated like a king


Mon., Nov. 13

relive stagnation on 6th corner

Swan Lake Tchaikovskys romantic classic,
distinguished by the Mariinsky Theaters
spectacular corps de ballet. Mariinsky Theater

By Masha Kaminskaya

Otello Verdis opera based on Shakespeares

play about the tragic love affair of Othello and
Desdemona. Mussorgsky Theater

Irina Matayeva and Vladimir Moroz
Soprano and baritone. Rakhmaninov,
Tchaikovsky, Verdi. Glinka Philharmonic
Petersburg State Cappella

The Lady With Camellias Vladislav Pazi
directs Alexandre Dumas fils tearful story
about the short life of a repentant 19thcentury Parisian courtesan.
Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater
The Days of the Turbins Semyon Spivak
directs Mikhail Bulgakovs tragic play about
the destruction and exile of a White Army
officers family from Kiev. Molodyozhny Theater
Brilliant Commotion (Actors 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

Tues., Nov. 14

Vladimir Maslakov Guitar. Original Ballads.
Molodyozhny Theater
Mussorgsky Theater Orchestra Andrei
Anikhanov, conductor. Popular opera and
ballet music by Bizet, Prokofiev, Puccini,
Rossini. Shostakovich Philharmonic
The Percussion Duo Lorenzo Ferrandiz and
Gustavo Gimeno, percussion (The
Netherlands.) Percussive works by various
European composers. St. Petersburg State

Merchants, a tragicomic tale of a love

triangle. Theater on Liteiny
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. Vasilievsky Ostrov Theater of Satire

Wed., Nov. 15
Giselle The classic Romantic ballet with music
by Adolphe Adam; choreography by Jules
Perrot and Jean Coralli. Mariinsky Theater



Antigone Anouilhs 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
Molly Sweeney Lev Dodin directs Brian
Friels tragic play about a blind woman who
has her sight restored. Maly Drama Theater
Theater of Europe
Brilliant St. Petersburg Yury Tomoshevsky contributes his personal touch poems of
the Silver Age. Priyut Komedianta Theater
Lost in the Stars Grigory Dityatkovsky directs
a play based on contemporary Israeli
playwright Hanoch Levins The Rubber

Carmen Bizets famous work sung in Russian.

Directed by Stanislav Gaudasinsky.
Mussorgsky Theater

Marie-Joseph Jude Piano (France.) Brahms,
Dutillet, Ravel. Glinka Philharmonic
Andrei Petrov and Friends The Petersburg
Television, Radio and Cinema Childrens Choir,
the St. Petersburg Youth Choir, the St.
Petersburg Chamber Choir, the Mussorgsky
Theater Chamber Choir. Ballads and songs in
choral arrangements. St. Petersburg State



A special offer for connoisseurs and gourmets from our

chef all month long: A month of Russian cuisine.
A daily erotic super show and Eurodance at the club.
Nov. 3 - 4 Beer party, Eurodance and
intergalactic erotic laser show Millenium.
Nov. 10 - 11 Luna Surprise, Eurodance, and
intergalactic erotic laser show Millenium.
Nov. 17-18 Illuminated Luna, Eurodance, former
leader of the band Zemlyanie, Igor Romanov,
and intergalactic erotic laser show Millenium.
Nov. 24 - 25 Makeup show, the final of Miss
Luna, Eurodance, and intergalactic erotic laser
show Millenium.

PREMIERE! Don Juan Gennady

Trostyanetsky stages Molires play about the
legendary seducer. Alexandrinsky Theater
The Minor Vladimir Tykke directs Denis
Fonvizins comedy about a clumsy but
thoughtful teenager and his dimwitted parents
in the 18th century. Baltiisky Dom
California Suite Neil Simons famous romantic
comedy revolves around a trio of vacationing
couples staying at the same hotel. Directed by
Nikolai Pinigin. Bolshoi Drama Theater
French Pranks See Nov. 12.
Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater
Molly Sweeney See Nov. 14. Maly Drama
Theater Theater of Europe
Tango Semyon Spivak directs Slavomir
Mrozeks once-prohibited political parable.
Molodyozhny Theater
Lost in the Stars See Nov. 14. Theater on Liteiny
Mnage Trois Vladimir Glazkov directs
Berquier-Mariniers light-hearted comedy
about two different love triangles, one in
France and one in Russia. Vasilievsky Ostrov
Theater of Satire
Tanya-Tanya Vladimir Tumanov directs
Olga Mukhinas romantic comedy about six
men and women as they fall in and out of love.
Vasilievsky Ostrov Theater of Satire, Small
Stage. 7:30 p.m.

Konyushenny Dvor

2 Voznesensky Prospekt,
tel: 312-38-86, 312-53-10.


DiscoBar 1

Daily 12 - 23. Major CC accepted.

Near St. Isaacs Cathedral.


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Shestoi Ugol, 3 Razyezhaya Ul. Dinner

for two: 660 rubles ($24). Open from 11
a.m. Phone: 315-88-73.

the dish
Thurs., Nov. 16
Romeo and Juliet Shakespeares tragedy set
to Prokofievs searing score with staging by
Nikolai Boyarchikov. Mussorgsky Theater

PREMIERE! Don Carlos Yury Alexandrov
directs Verdis 1867 opera, a tale of love
among royalty. Mariinsky Theater
The Secret Marriage Tatyana Korpachova
stages a legendary comic opera by Cimarosa
about intrigues surrounding the efforts of an
Italian nobleman trying to marry off his
daughter in 1780s Bologna. St. Petersburg
Opera, Yusupov Palace

The Percussion Duo Lorenzo Ferrandiz and
Gustavo Gimeno, percussion (The
Netherlands.) Vladislav Chernushenko
conducts the State Cappella Orchestra and
Choir. Lovendi. St. Petersburg State Cappella

The Minor Nora Reichstein directs Fonvizins
famous comedy about a clumsy but thoughtful
teenager and his even more stupid parents in
the 18th century. Alexandrinsky Theater





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Begins at 23:00


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Jazz, cappuccino, fresh juice, specialty teas

Open daily from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Show starts at midnight

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Used Englishlanguage books and magazines, plus an art gallery


livered, as the menu insisted, by the

Communist Party of Mexico.
We both then enjoyed the Trio of
Seafood or the Groovy Trio (120
rubles): crab, shrimps and salmon
with rice and black olives.
Bozbash soup (40 rubles) was
unusually listed as a soup for beginner ladies of the night. We shared
this thick steaming beef solyanka
with potatoes, and it was indeed a
good beginning.
As the Taza shashlyk and Ikibirsky shashlyk (both 115 rubles)
arrived, we were no longer starving,
and less occupied in eating than in
looking around. We noticed, however, the difference between the two
pork dishes: The latter, made of
brisket, had more of a smoked taste.
The place looks more like an attraction park: booths, staircases,
weirdly dressed waitresses, lewd inscriptions on the walls. ... While you
may still be interested in a good dinner the food is quite tasty you
should definitely go at least to look.

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the ground, while the police were

called. Once or twice he made for the
door on all fours, the crowd giving way.
The table he had been lying on turned
out to be a stylized bed. He just came
in and lay there, and wouldnt get off,
said the cloakroom attendant.
The whole thing was reminiscent of
those drunken brawls at the Union of
Writers from some of Dovlatovs
wildest stories. I thought I was losing
my mind.
We were seated in a corner made to
resemble a train compartment. A
plank above us said Leningrad
Kostomuksha, with a portrait of
Lenin hanging nearby. The main menu
was titled The Book on Good and
Healthy Food, while the wine menu
read: The beverages of the U.S.S.R.
and the Countries of Decaying Capitalism, with both menus approved
and signed by Leonid Brezhnev.
While rather traditional, the food
choice here might still remind you of
Soviet times if only because of the
low prices.
Waldorf or Viagra Lights salad
(40 rubles) is made for men by definition. However, I was the one who ate
it, enjoying the ground apples, celery
and walnut seasoned with mayonnaise.
Maize chips (40 rubles) served with
Salsa (20 rubles) were my boyfriends
choice, maybe because they were de-

I dont know about you, but I, for one,

have always been fascinated by the
Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov. His
stories, written mostly during the
Brezhnev period of Stagnation, are a
fine example of that heart-gripping
mixture of the ordinary and the
grotesque, the funny and the sad, the
noble and the pathetic. Even though I
am quite happy with the present day, I
invariably get nostalgic over the ugly,
insane, yet hilarious Soviet existence
depicted in his books.
This is just the way one is bound to
feel at the Shestoi Ugol (Sixth Corner)
Retro Eatery, Drinkery & Sleepery, a
restaurant-club, which brings you back
to the mad world of god-awful Sovietbrand items you might well miss, but
will never want to return to.
The insanity began as soon as my
friend and I appeared on the threshold.
What we saw was a man lying on a
table and several of the restaurants
staff trying desperately to remove him.
The man clung to the table, yelling in
what still sounded to be a rather happy
voice: Bring the prosecutor! You cant
beat somebody whos lying down!
Nobody was actually beating him, but
the yelling soon gathered a small
crowd. It took five men to get the madmans fingers off the edge of the table.
The troublemaker was then held to


La Sonnambula Gianandrea Nozeda (Italy)

conducts Bellinis two-act opera with set
design and costumes from La Scala Milan.
Aminas sleepwalking misadventures land her
in another mans bed, to the shock of her
fianc. Mariinsky Theater


46 Voznesensky Pr. Tel. 311-2800

35 different kebabs
on our open grill
Fresh-baked breads
Beautiful interior
Reasonably priced


Friday, November 10, 2000

The Divine Julia Yelena Chyornaya directs a

play based on Henry James novella, The
Aspern Papers, about an ancient spinster and
her ward, from whom a traveling scholar
attempts to extract secrets about a famous,
long-dead poet. Alexandrinsky Theater, Small
Yevgeny Onegin Vladimir Tykke directs this
play based on Pushkins famous poem using
non-traditional settings and stage design.
Music by Tchaikovsky. Baltiisky Dom
PREMIERE! Miss Julie Alexander Galibin
takes on Strindbergs controversial play about
psychological manipulation and the class
struggle, seen through the tribulations of the
title heroine, a rich mans daughter left alone
with the servants. Baltiisky Dom, Small Stage.
PREMIERE! Before the Dawn Grigory
Kozlov directs Gerhart Hauptmanns first play,
written in 1889, which is a parable about
sibling rivalry and lost innocence. Bolshoi
Drama Theater. 6 p.m.
Console My Sorrows Sergei Buranov stages
Gerogy Korolchuks lyrical comedy about
knowing ones roots, as seen through a family
whose generations are scattered across the
globe. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater
The Bedbug Director Yury Butusov stages
Vladimir Mayakovskys 1929 Gogolesque
social satire about a man seeking a better life
in the future. Lensoviet Theater
Emigrs See Nov. 10 Priyut Komedianta Theater
entry. Lensoviet Theater, Small Stage. 7:30 p.m.
Molly Sweeney See Nov. 14. Maly Drama
Theater Theater of Europe
PREMIERE! Hedda Gabler See Nov. 11.
Priyut Komedianta Theater
An Urban Romance Mikhail Ugarovs
highly atmospheric, nostalgic comedy about a
man remembering the eccentric people who
lived in his building decades ago. Directed by
Alexander Galibin. Theater on Liteiny
The Ghosts Akhmat Bayramkulov
directs Henrik Ibsens turn-of-the-century
chronicle of family guilt. Vasilievsky Ostrov
Theater of Satire

Fri., Nov. 17
PREMIERE! Salome David Freeman Richard
Strauss opera based on Oscar Wildes play.
Salome demands the severed head of John
the Baptist after performing a seven-veil
dance for lecherous Herod. Conducted by
Valery Gergiev. Mariinsky Theater
La Traviata Stanislav Gaudasinsky directs
Verdis opera about a lady gone astray.
Mussorgsky Theater

Paulina Osetinskaya Piano. Chopin,
Schumann. Shostakovich Philharmonic

Lady Windermeres Fan Alexander Belinsky
directs a light musical comedy from the play by
Oscar Wilde, which is a textbook example of the
well-made play. A parody of high society, in
which the heroines reputation rests on the
discreet recovery of a fan. Alexandrinsky Theater
Guilty Without Guilt Vladimir Tumanov
directs Ostrovskys tale of motherly love,
betrayal and redemption. An aging actress
returns to her hometown and is confronted
with her past. Baltiisky Dom
FARCES THEATER: Something Incorporeal
This one-man show is a non-traditional
reading by Igor Kopylov of The Bronze
Horseman by Pushkin plus poems by Joseph
Brodsky. Directed by Valery Galindeyev.
Baltiisky Dom, Small Stage
PREMIERE! Mysterious Variations Alexei
Serov directs Andrei Tolubeyev and Valery
Degtyar in a psychologically dynamic triangle
drama by Eric-Emmanuel Schmidt. Bolshoi
Drama Theater
Kean IV Alexander Isakov directs Grigory
Gorbins play about the friendship between
the future King George IV and the great
English actor Edmund Kean, a commentary on
the relationship between art and politics.
Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater
Jacques and His Master Vladislav Pazi
directs Milan Kunderas eternal story of a
master and servant who travel the world.
Lensoviet Theater
Madrid! See Nov. 12. Lensoviet Theater, Small
Stage. 7:30 p.m.
These Free Butterflies Valery Filonov directs
Leonid Gershs play about the love between a
young actress and a blind man. Priyut
Komedianta Theater
The Forest Grigory Kozlovs production of the
Alexander Ostrovsky play about the
personalities and fate of a group of Russian
provincial actors. Theater on Liteiny
Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro Polish
director Andrzej Bubenj directs a revisionist
version of Beaumarchais oft-staged 18thcentury comedy. Vasilievsky Ostrov Theater of

for children
Kashtankas Passion A sad but
endearing cooperative production by the

bulletin board
Al-Anon, a self-support group for friends and relatives of alcohol and drug addicted people, meets
Saturdays and Thursdays. Call 327-36-83.
English-speaking Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Saturday. Call Sasha at 136-05-95.
The American Womens Monthly Information
Exchange invites all Americans to share information
about upcoming events. Call 275-17-01 ext. 330.
The Caring Hands Childrens Orphanage welcomes volunteers to help with children aged 7-21. Call
Assertiveness training courses and free legal consultations are available to women at the St. Petersburg
Center for Gender Issues. Call 275-87-22, 275-37-53.
Center RNO, or Center for the Development of
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Eldophone is a free, 24-hour telephone directory
service that gives updated cultural and practical information in English and Russian. Call 326-96-96.
The International Womens Club holds regular
newcomer coffee mornings. The next General IWC
Meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Dainish
Restaurant The Ugly Duckling, 22 Gavanskaya Ul.,
Vasilievsky Island. Call Edith, 314-72-38, or Emmi, 27933-64, for times and details.
Anyone wishing to become a member of the
Friends of the Hermitage Museum should call the
Development Department and Friends Office at 11090-05.
The citys Jewish Community Center is at 3
Rubenshteina, apartment 50. Call 113-38-89.
The Leningrad Association of Homeopathy
unites physicians, pharmacists and scientists to compare notes. Investigations of difficult illnesses are held
on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Call 560-00-12, 560-00-77.
Rotary International Club St. Petersburg
Neva welcomes Rotarians to its meetings on
Thursdays. Call 273-69-12 or e-mail at alvad@mail.
Rotary Russia (RR) invites Rotarians to its meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. RR is based on the
first Rotary club constitution of 1906. It is not a member of Rotary International. Contact Vadim Panov at
172-54-51 or e-mail
The Salvation Army is calling all volunteers willing to assist in an all-night program that will provide
food and activities for the citys numerous homeless.
Call Joseph Smith at 327-36-83 or or e-mail for further information.
The St. Petersburg Center of the International
AIDS Charity offers information on AIDS in Russia.
Call 233-73-36.
The St. Petersburg Gay and Lesbian Association KRILIJA, offers help, information and accommodation. Call 312-31-80 or e-mail
English spoken.
The St. Petersburg Hash House Harriers is a running organization for expats and Russians that meets
every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on the Square of Arts
near the Grand Hotel Europe. Call 110-07-29, 320-79-29.
The St. Petersburg International Business Association holds monthly meetings for foreigners who
are doing business in St. Petersburg. Call 325-90-91.
The Student Choir of St. Petersburg State University is open to everyone who can read music. Call
Alla Borisovna at 218-96-70.
Everyone is welcome to catch Ultimate Frisbee
action on Sundays at 3 p.m. Call 552-40-37 or e-mail
Submit items to Simon Patterson by Wednesday.
E-mail or phone 325-60-80.

Zazerkalye Theater and the Terem Quartet

musical ensemble based on the muchadapted Chekov story Kashtanka. Zazerkalye
Childrens Theater

Fri., Nov. 10
rock, etc.
Negative City Club. 8:20 p.m.
Fakubichi Pop punk. City Club. 1 a.m.
Zabavy Prostolydina Alternative. Fish
Fabrique. 10 p.m.
Sh.A.G.I. Funk rock. Griboyedov. 10 p.m.
Otdel Kadrov/Liven/Zhenya Glyukk I
Gruppa Prikrytiya Rock. Moloko
Hot Wheels Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.
Propellers Rockabilly. Money Honey.
12:30 p.m.
Jazz Bond 007 SpartaK. 10 p.m.
Babslei Folk punk. SpartaK (Maly Zal). 11 p.m.
Backup Rock covers. Taxi. 9 p.m.
Grand Tattoo Saloon Tattoo
Convention Mosquito, Ulitsy, Pyat Uglov,
Steroid, Kirpichi. Yubileiny Sports Palace, 18 Pr.
Dobrolyubova, M: Sportivnaya, 119-56-14.
Igor Romanov Rock guitarist. Zoopark

jazz & blues

Harmonica Night Maxim Nekrasov and His
Band. Jazz Philharmonic Hall
Jazz Virtuosos Quartet Jazz Philharmonic
Hall (Ellington Hall). 8 p.m.
Vladimir Shafranov Piano Jazz Night. JFC
Jazz Club
Doo Bop Sound Acid jazz, funk. Jimi Hendrix
Blues Club. 7:30 p.m.
The Way Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club. 12 a.m.
Ira Zubareva and Jazz Trio Neo Jazz Club.
8 p.m.


Excerpts From Andrew Lloyd Webbers
Musicals Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, 6 Ligovsky
Pr., 275-12-73.

party mix
Free 33 DJs Nadezhda, Attic and guests.
Griboyedov. 12 a.m.

Sat., Nov. 11
rock, etc.
Markscheider Kunst Afro rock. Fish
Fabrique. 10 p.m.
Babslei Folk punk. Griboyedov. 10 p.m.
Doo Bop Sound Acid jazz, funk. Manhattan.
11 p.m.
Tribal/Zabavy Prostolyudina Industrial,
postpunk. Moloko
Big Livers Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.
Hot Wheels Rockabilly. Money Honey.
12:30 a.m.
El Coyotas Latin. Taxi. 9 p.m.
Grand Tattoo Saloon Tattoo Convention
Aeroplan, Spitfire, Slepaya Gran, The Bombers,
Buttweizer. Yubileiny Sports Palace, 18 Pr.
Dobrolyubova, M: Sportivnaya, 119-56-14.
Alexander Fateyev and Algol Zoopark

jazz & blues

Leningrad Dixieland Band Jazz Dancing.
Jazz Philharmonic Hall
Gasan Bagirov Trio Jazz Philharmonic Hall
(Ellington Hall). 8 p.m.
Vladimir Shafranov Piano Jazz Night. JFC
Jazz Club
Tanya Tolstova and Jazz Comfort Jimi
Hendrix Blues Club. 7:30 p.m.
Ritmo Caliente Latin. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.
12 a.m.
Anna Guzikova and VIP Band Neo Jazz
Club. 8 p.m.

Vladimir Presnyakov Plaza. 12 a.m.

party mix
Do Re Mix DJs Tengiz, Vissardi, Tim.
Griboyedov. 12 a.m.
Big Dance Party SpartaK. 12 a.m.

Sun., Nov. 12
rock, etc.
Tigry i Pchyoly Griboyedov. 10 p.m.
Palma Break Disco. Manhattan. 10 p.m.
Spitfire Ska punk. Moloko
Rattlesnakes Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.
Doggy Doggy Rockabilly. Money Honey.
11:45 p.m.
Ulme/Nochniye Snaipery Rock. SpartaK
(Maly Zal). 11 p.m.
Grand Tattoo Saloon Tattoo
Convention Marradyory, More & Relsy,
Kolybel, Skafandr, Muravyedy, Face X. Yubileiny
Sports Palace, 18 Pr. Dobrolyubova, M:
Sportivnaya, 119-56-14.
Jah Division Reggae. Zoopark

jazz & blues

Mikhail Kostyushkin and His Band
Saxophone Night. Jazz Philharmonic Hall
Soft Emotions Acid jazz, funk. JFC Jazz Club
Sweet Little 60s Rock and roll. Jimi Hendrix
Blues Club. 7:30 p.m.
Doggy Doggy Rockabilly. Jimi Hendrix Blues
Club. 12 a.m.
The Way Blues. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix
Sunday Lounge DJ Chak and guests.
Griboyedov. 12 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 13
rock, etc.
Backup Rock covers. Chaplin Club. 9 p.m.
PU 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.
Radio Petrograd Russky Shanson Night

jazz & blues

Big Blues Revival Blues Night. JFC Jazz Club
Anna Guzikova and VIP Band Jazz. Jimi
Hendrix Blues Club. 7:30 p.m.
Splash Point Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.
12 a.m.
Maxim Lyapin Band/Jam Session
Mainstream. Kvadrat, 83 Bolshoi Pr. (Vasilievsky
Ostrov), M: Vasileostrovskaya, 320-54-57. 8 p.m.
Viktor Matveyev Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix
Ground Level DJs Maxim Kislovsky, Sputnik
and guests. Griboyedov. 11 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 14
rock, etc.
Kotovsky Bros. Funk. City Club. 8:20 p.m.

Live Jazz Fish Fabrique. 9 p.m.

Make Or Break Jive and jazz. Griboyedov.
10 p.m.
Iddi Manhattan. 11 p.m.
Big Livers Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.
Svobodny Polyot Live Ru-2. Experimental.
SpartaK (Maly Zal). 10 p.m.
Tambourine Zoopark

jazz & blues

Robert Pilakalnis Trio Jazz Philharmonic Hall
(Ellington Hall). 8 p.m.
SV Jazz rock band from Vologda. JFC Jazz
Ines and S.B.A. Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues
Club. 7:30 p.m.
Yellow Pillow Rock and roll. Jimi Hendrix
Blues Club. 12 a.m.
Hot Club Jazz classics. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix
DJ Orekhov and Popsaka Twist and surf.
Griboyedov. 12 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 15
rock, etc.
Expansive Dance Fish Fabrique. 9 p.m.
Tvoya Smert Gothic. Griboyedov. 10 p.m.
Propeller Manhattan. 11 p.m.
Rattlesnakes Rockabilly. Money Honey.
8 p.m.
Lone Star Riders New country. Money Honey.
11:45 p.m.
Alexander Chernetsky and Razniye Lyudi
Rock. SpartaK (Maly Zal). 9:30 p.m.
Hoodoo Voodoo Delta Blues. Taxi. 9 p.m.
Leonid Fyodorov Rock. Zoopark

jazz & blues

Autumn Marathon Young performers
contest. Jazz Philharmonic Hall
Salsamania Latin. JFC Jazz Club
Hot Club Jazz classics. Jimi Hendrix Blues
Club. 7:30 p.m.
Yellow Pillow Rock and roll. Jimi Hendrix
Blues Club. 12 a.m.
Tanya Tolstova and Jazz Comfort Neo Jazz
Club. 8 p.m.

party mix
DJs Redisco and Kikabit-Z Retro Latin, jazz
and funk. Griboyedov. 12 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 16
rock, etc.
El Coyotas Latin. City Club. 8:20 p.m.
Torba-Na-Kruche Pop/rock. Fish Fabrique.
10 p.m.
Vopli Vidoplyasova Lensoviet Palace of
Culture, 42 Kamennoostrovsky Pr., 346-04-38.
Piligrim Runk. Manhattan. 11 p.m.
Port 812/G.T.F. Pop punk, ska punk.
Barbulators Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.
Buoyant Band Rockabilly. Money Honey.
11:45 p.m.
Barocco Flash Art rock. SpartaK (Maly Zal).
11 p.m.
Velvet Rhythm and blues. Taxi. 9 p.m.
Manfred Manns Earthband U.K. prog
rock band from the 1970s returns. Yubileiny
Sports Palace, 18 Pr. Dobrolyubova, M:
Sportivnaya, 119-56-14.
Mikhail Gofmaizer Singer/songwriter from
Tallinn, Estonia. Zoopark. 7:30 p.m.

jazz & blues

Autumn Marathon Young performers
contest. Jazz Philharmonic Hall
Johns Quichote Rock band from Norway.
JFC Jazz Club
Magic Bus Rock and roll. Jimi Hendrix Blues
Club. 7:30 p.m.
Ivan Zhuk and Blues Band Blues. Jimi
Hendrix Blues Club. 12 a.m.
Alexander Charsky and Friends Piano Jazz
Night. Kvadrat, 83 Bolshoi Pr. (Vasilievsky
Ostrov), M: Vasileostrovskaya, 320-54-57. 8 p.m.
Big Livers Rockabilly. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix
Squatter Diction Call of Jungle Party for
youth. Griboyedov. 6 p.m.
DJs I-Kick, Pixel. P, Suicide and Monakh
Griboyedov. 12 a.m.

Fri., Nov. 17
rock, etc.
Lizzie Borden Blues, rock and roll. Fish
Fabrique. 10 p.m.
Frog Legs Ska, reggae. Griboyedov. 10 p.m.
Leonid Fyodorov Manhattan. 11 p.m.
Substantsiya/Lunofobiya/Para Bellum
Goth, postpunk. Moloko
Hot Wheels Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.
Propellers Rockabilly. Money Honey. 12:30 p.m.
Kirpichi Showcase for the bands new
album Capitalism 00. Rap, funk. SpartaK.
12 a.m.
East Rai Oriental. SpartaK (Maly Zal). 11 p.m.
Spokoinoi Nochi Country blues. Taxi. 9 p.m.
Igor Romanov Rock guitarist. Zoopark

jazz & blues

Harald Ruschenbaum and Ars Nova Jazz
Philharmonic Hall
Jazz Violin Night David Goloshchokin. Jazz
Philharmonic Hall (Ellington Hall). 8 p.m.
Mikhail Kostyushkin Band JFC Jazz Club
Splash Point Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.
7:30 p.m.
El Coyotas Latin. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.
12 a.m.
Alexei Kanunnikov Jazz Band Jazz classics.
Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

party mix
DJs Kefir, Primat and guests Griboyedov.
12 a.m.

Academy of Arts Museum Wednesdays
through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Permanent Collection Works from members
of the Academys faculty, including many items
from the Pushkin-themed exhibit held last year,
with works from Mikhail Anikushin, Yevsey
Moisenko, Boris Ugarov and Vyacheslav
Zadonik. Paintings, graphics and sculpture.
The Creativity of Architect Vladimir
Shcherbin Shcherbins projects are presented
through paintings, graphics, blueprints,
photographs of buildings, including the
Chyornaya Rechka, Pionerskaya, Ploshchad
Alexandra Nevskovo and Staraya Derevnya
metro stations.
Alexander Blok Apartment Museum 57 Ul.
Dekabristov. M: Sennaya Ploshchad. 113-86-33.
Permanent Collection Bloks material legacy,
located in the apartment where he spent the
last years of his life.
Anna Akhmatova Museum at the
Fontanka House Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays and the last Wednesday of
every month.
Permanent Collection Mementos of the
beloved Russian poet.
Nina Ioskovich (1911-1995) : Portrait of
an Artist Graphics.
Requiem An exhibit dedicated to the lives
and fates of Leningraders with whom
Akhmatova was acquainted, victims of
Stalinist repression. Documents, photogaphs,
personal effects. As well, Vadim Voynov
presents his Ladder collages.
Art City Gallery Daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 27 6th
Line Vasilievsky Island. M: Vasilyostrovskaya.
Alexey Mukushev: Enamel The artist
attempts to convey the ethereal, spiritual side of
existence through the use of eternal symbols:
the tree, the sun, birds, fish... and bulls!
Artists Union of Russia Exhibition Center
Daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vsevolod Petrov-Maslakov Exhibit
commemorating the artists 70th birthday.
Realist paintings.
Association of Free Artists Gallery at
Nevsky 20 Daily 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Boris and Yury Osenchakov: 45 Years
Together Over 35 oil paintings in the Realist
style by father and son. Landscapes, portraits,
still lifes.
Borey Art Gallery Daily 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Anna Kaisa, Ant Vuorinen and Sari
Livonen Three artists from Finland present
sculpture, objets dart and performance art.
Jukka Kinanen Paintings by this Finnish
Bread Museum Tuesdays through Saturdays
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Permanent Collection The rise of bread in
St. Petersburg.
NEW! Autumn Round Dance Patchwork
Central Naval Museum Daily 10:30 a.m. to 8
p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Permanent Collection More than 650,000
historical objects and art works on the navy,
plus about 2,000 models of Russian and
foreign ships.
On the Trail of Ayvazovsky Works from the
turn of the 19th to the 20th century by the
artists from Russias naval departments,
including Ivan Ayvazovsky, Alexander Beggrov,
Leonid Blinov and Alexei Bogolyubov.
The Road to Peterhof More than 50 photographic works from Oranienbaum Reservation
Museum employee Nikolai Karmazin.
Chaliapin Apartment Museum Daily 12 p.m.
to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the
last Friday of every month. 2B Ul. Graftio. M:
Petrogradskaya. 234-10-56.
Permanent Collection Fyodor Chaliapins
pad from 1914 till his emigration from Russia
in 1922.

Friday, November 10, 2000


cannes loser still makes compelling viewing

by Kirill Galetski

Dostoevsky Museum Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays. 5 Kuznechny Per., M:
Vladimirskaya/Dostoevskaya. 311-40-31.
Permanent Collection Dostoevskys digs
from 1878 till his death in 1881.
Engineers (Mikhailovsky) Castle Daily 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Permanent Collection Portraiture from the
end of the 17th century to the early 20th
Marguerita Agnielli-Palen Paintings by this
contemporary Swiss artist. Through Nov. 11.

Design and Lay-outs of AAT Section by Dmitry Dervenjov/SPT

The Ethnographic Museum Daily 10 a.m. to

6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Permanent Collection Artifacts and
anthropological bric-a-brac from every corner
of the former Soviet Union.
Sri Lanka: Exhibit of One Country Imports
and exotica for sale. Tea and other beverages,
silks and jewelry. Through Nov. 11.
NEW! Paraskeva - Rejoice, Girl! A threefold exhibit of folk crafts dedicated to their
patron saint, Paraskeva: Textiles, photos of
icons; works by the Paraskeva Arts & Crafts
Club; bead decorations, painted birchbark,
cloth and basket works. Starts Nov. 10.
Free Arts Foundation at Pushkinskaya 10
Museum of Nonconformist Art and Art Polygon
are open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 3 - 7
p.m.; the New Academy Museum, Saturdays, 4
- 7 p.m.; Navicula Artis, daily 5 - 7 p.m. the
Gallery 21 Techno-Art Center, Tuesdays through
Saturdays, 3 - 8 p.m.
NEW! Art Polygon: Tartu Museum of Art
Contemporary Estonian art by Toomas Kalve,
Peeter Lauritz and Herkki Merila. Starts Nov. 15.
Conjunction Objets dart, performance art
and dance. Daily at 6 p.m. through Nov. 10.
IN ENGLISH! Fish Fabrique: Modern
Russian Cinema Alexei Balabannovs
notorious Brother films, starring Sergei
Bodrov, Jr. and local actor Viktor Sukhorukov.
Brother on Fri., Nov. 10, 6 p.m. and Brother
2 on Sat., Nov. 11, 6 p.m. Shown by video
projector. English translation through
NEW! Gallery 103: Marginal/Academic
Thought in Contemporary Art: The Stategy
of Knowing A seminar led by Viktor Savchuk.
Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
NEW! An Account of Travels Paintings and
graphics by Valery Shalabin. Nov. 15 through
Nov. 25.
NEW! Museum of Nonconformist Art: The
Tartu Museum of Art Interactive video
installations by Ando Kikkola and Jaan Toolik,
plus paintings and collages by Leohard Laiin.
Starts Nov. 15.
The Hermitage Museum Daily 10:30 a.m. to
6 p.m., Sundays 10:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed

Lungin and Mironova at Cannes.


Director Pavel Lungins film The Marriage (Svadba,) his fourth feature and
latest effort, is at last on screen in St.
Petersburg. The Marriage was first
showcased at Cannes in May, but received a comparatively lukewarm reception, garnering a Golden Palm nomination, but no prize. The absence of accolades does not detract from the films
merits, however.
Lungin first achieved international
renown twelve years ago with Taxi
Blues, a film about the rapport between polar opposites in Russian society: a hard-working Moscow cabbie and
the lazy, unemployed saxophone player
that stiffs him for a fare.
Lungin secured French financing for
the film and shot it using on-location
sync sound, which was (and still is) a
rarity in Russian cinema. The dramatically dazzling and technically accomplished film went on to win the Golden
Palm at Cannes, and enjoyed a wide international release. Lungins subsequent work, despite being equally wellcrafted, was largely ignored.
The Marriage is set in the coalmining town of Lipki, some 200 kilometers from Moscow. Here, people
are eking out a meager existence, and
every time the payroll van arrives
there is a boisterous rally. Tanya
(Maria Mironova), a model tired of
life in the capital with her married
lover, returns to this town to seek out
and marry her childhood sweetheart, a
somewhat vulnerable young man
named Misha (Marat Basharov). She
finds him at a dance night, and al-

though the couple have a slightly uneasy relationship throughout the film
which nevertheless lightens up toward
the end, the film is not really about
their love as much as what goes on
around it.
Russians are pretty extreme, but
Russian weddings are at the far end of
extreme, Lungin told Reuters. Everything happens the best and the
Indeed, Lungins film is chock full of
subplots with colorful characters motives catalyzed by the impending marriage. Mishas father haggles with the local cafeteria over his sons wedding banquet. Marias boyfriend from Moscow
arrives to try to win her back. Garkusha
(Andrei Panin), the town drunk with

whom Misha occasionally hangs out,

makes things run afoul by a theft, and
tries to set them right with another
theft! Misha is suspected of the thefts,
and the local cop Borzov (Alexander
Semchev, the tardy Ded Moroz from the
Tolstyak beer commercial on TV), dissatisfied with life in the provinces, sees
an opportunity to make it to Moscow at
the expense of Mishas future.
Lungins strength lies in his knack
for realistic drama in a truthful social
context. The scene of the unruly mob at
the films opening when the payroll van
arrives with wages that are
months old is particularly
poignant and powerful.
Money, or lack thereof, is
a motivating force and a

Permanent Collection One of the great

museums of the world, featuring over three
million works of art from ancient times until
the present day.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987): His Life
and Work The pop art icons work in a joint
exhibit with the Warhol musuem in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Includes the BMW
racing car that he painted on in 1979.
Through Nov. 30.
For the Common Good: Commemorating
the 300th Anniversary of the Monetary
Reforms of Peter the Great Over 500
displays from the collection of the Mint
Museum: coins, Russian, European and Asian
medals from several centuries. The test
mintings and medals from the era of Peter the
Great and rare 19-century medals are of
particular interest.
Michelangelo Buonarotti:
Crouching Youth Michelangelos sculptural
masterpiece from the Medici Chapel in

Florence is presented in the fullest form

possible, with sketches, drawings, terra cotta
models and other paraphernelia pertaining
to the work.
In the Realms of the Eagle An exhibit
located in the General Staff building, featuring
over 600 works of Russian and French 18thcentury Imperial art. Paintings, graphics,
furniture, clothing, bronze sculpture, and
household items.
Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis Art
commissioned for the Ivan Morozov mansion
in Moscow. Bonnards triptych On the
Mediterranean Sea and panel work by Denis
are on display on the third floor in the General
Staff building.


Akimov Comedy Theater 56 Nevsky Pr., 312-4555.

Alexandrinsky Theater 2 Pl. Ostrovskogo, 110-4103.
Baltiisky Dom 4 Alexandrovsky Park, 232-6244.
Bolshoi Drama Theater 65 Nab. Fontanki, 310-0401.
Hermitage Theater 34 Dvortsovaya Nab., 311-9025.
Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater 19 Italianskaya
Ul., 315-5355.
Lensoviet Theater 12 Vladimirsky Pr., 113-2191.
Maly Drama Theater 18 Ul. Rubinshteina, 113-2028.
Mariinsky Theater 1 Teatralnaya Pl., 114-4344.
Molodyozhny Theater 114 Nab. Fontanki, 316-6870.
Mussorgsky Theater 1 Pl. Isskustv, 219-1978.
Priyut Komedianta Theater 27 Sadovaya Ul., 311-3314.
Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory Theater 3 Teatralnaya Pl., 312-25-19.
St. Petersburg Opera 33 Galernaya Ul., 315-6769.
Theater Dozhdei 130 Nab. Fontanki.
Theater on Liteiny 51 Liteiny Pr., 273-5335.
Vasilievsky Ostrov Theater of Satire 48 Sredny Pr.,
Yusupovsky Palace 92 Nab. Moiki, 314-9883, 315-6769.
Zazerkalye Theater 13 Rubinshteina Ul., 164-1895.


Childrens Philharmonic Hall 1/3 Dumskaya Ul.,

Glinka Philharmonic 30 Nevsky Pr., 312-45-85.
Shostakovich Philharmonic 2 Mikhailovskaya Ul.,
St. Petersburg State Cappella 20 Nab. Moiki, 314-10-58.


Academy of Arts Museum 17 University Embankment.,

Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fontanka House
34 Nab. Fontanki, 272-22-11.
Artists Union of Russia Exhibition Center 38 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul., 314-30-60.
Art Collegium Gallery 64 Ligovsky Pr., 164-95-64.
Association of Free Artists Gallery at Nevsky 20 20
Nevsky Pr., 311-77-77.
Bread Museum 73 Ligovsky Pr., 164-11-10.

strong psychological subtext that permeates the characters actions throughout the film.
The touching elements in the film
have to do with the couples rapport.
Misha and Tanya escape the raucous
festivities by going for a motorcycle
ride, only to get stuck in a muddy puddle. This scene becomes, perhaps inadvertently, a rural Russian parody of the
nastroyenye Chesterfield cigarette
ads in which a pair of scrubbed newlyweds careen gleefully down the highway. In another moving scene, Tanya
searches with Misha for the son she
had abandoned in a roomful of tots
crying, Mama!
While not as searingly powerful
scene-for-scene as Taxi Blues, the
film is quietly potent and is ultimately
very funny. It comes off very bittersweet, and is laced with irony and Lungins tough love for his characters
shines through. Co-authored with
Alexander Galin, the film was originally written as a tragedy, but after interacting with the people of Lipki, Lungin changed the story.
My exchange with the people of
this town made me optimistic. I discovered a way of life that was much more
joyful and gave me strength. [The film]
doesnt have to be interpreted; I just
want people to find some happiness
when they see it. There is no coded social or political message. The message is
that life goes on.


Kirov Apartment Museum Daily 11 a.m. to 6

p.m. 26/28 Kamenoostrovsky Pr. Call 346-02-17
for info.
Permanent Collection Sergei Kirovs old
residence with mementos.
Borey Art Gallery 58 Liteiny Pr., 273-36-93.
Center of Photographic Arts 3B Malaya Monetnaya Ul.,
Central Naval Museum 4 Birzhevaya Pl., 218-25-02.
Engineers (Mikhailovsky) Castle 2 Sadovaya Ul.,
Ethnographic Museum 4/1 Inzhenernaya Ul., 210-47-15.
Free Arts Foundation at Pushkinskaya 10 Located
at 10 Pushkinskaya Ul., enter from 53 Ligovsky Pr.,
Hermitage Museum 34 Dvortsovaya Nab., 311-34-65.
Kunstkamera 3 Universitetskaya Nab., 328-14-12.
Manezh Central Exhibition Hall 1 St. Isaacs Sq.,
Masters Guild Gallery 82 Nevsky Pr., 279-09-79.
Marble Palace 5/1 Millionnaya Ul., 312-91-96.
Mitki-Vkhutemas Gallery 16 Ul. Pravdy, apt. 20.
Museum of the History of St. Petersburg Peter and
Paul Fortress, 3 Petropavlovskaya Krepost, 238-45-40.
Museum of the Political History of Russia 2/4 Ul.
Kyubysheva, 233-70-52.
Museum of Theatrical and Musical Arts 6 Pl. Ostrovskogo, 310-19-39.
Pushkin Apartment Museum 12 Nab. Moiki, 312-19-62.
Rumyantsev Mansion 44 Angliiskaya Nab., 311-75-44.
Russian Museum 4 Inzhenernaya Ul., 219-16-08.
Smolny Cathedral Exhibition Hall 3/1 Ploshchad Rastrelli. 311-36-90.
SPAS 93 Moika Embankment, 311-42-60.
Stroganov Palace 17 Nevsky Pr., 311-23-60.
St. Petersburg Center for Modern Art 60 Nevsky Pr.,


Avrora 60 Nevsky Pr., 315-52-54.

Barrikada 15 Nevsky Pr., 315-40-28.
Crystal Palace 72 Nevsky Pr., 272-23-82.
Dom Kino 12 Karavannaya Ul., 314-80-36.
Khudozhestveny 67 Nevsky Pr., 314-00-45.
Kolizei 100 Nevsky Pr., 272-87-75.
Leningrad 4 Potemkinskaya Ul., 272-65-13.
Molodyozhny 12 Sadovaya Ul., 311-00-45.
Parisiana 80 Nevsky Pr., 273-48-13.
Spartak 8 Kirochnaya Ul. (former Ul. Saltykova-Shchedrina), 272-78-97.

The Marriage is now

playing at the Avrora Cinema. For more information call 311-96-04.

To Our Happy Childhood An exhibit which

details the lives of the typical child in preWorld War II times.
Kunstkammer Museum Daily 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. Closed Thursdays.
Permanent Collection The Kunstkammer
Collection, the oldest museum in Russia,
featuring sundry items belonging to Peter the
Great, the Lomonosov Science Museum,
meeting place of the Academy of Sciences,
Asian and Native North American
ethnographic exhibits.
Siberia: Terra Incognita The history of the
scientific exploration of Siberia as documented
by 18th-century German scientists. The exhibit
is presented in conjunction with the Goethe
Gifts to the Imperial House Gifts from
foreign dignitaries to the Romanovs.
The Langsdorf Expedition The exhibit details
Georgy Langsdorfs expedition into the Amazon
jungle from 1822 to 1828. Of particular interest
is documentation of the regions namesake, the
female-dominated tribes.
Restored Items from the Japanese
Collection 30 regenerated items from the late
17th to the early 19th centuries culled from
the Japanese inventory. Paintings, decorative
and applied art, and some very sharp
The Sword and the Book: The Culture of
Islam Art and artifacts from various Middle
Eastern countries.
Manezh Central Exhibition Hall Daily 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.
NEW! Solom Epstein Paintings and graphics.
Group and individual portraits of various
luminaries in art and science. Epstein was a
student of the well-known St. Petersburg artist
Andrei Mylnikov.
NEW! Valery Yashigin (1947-1995)
Personal Exhibit Paintings, graphics and
ceramics by the artist, whose calling card was
a unique technique involving reliefs made with
quartz sand. Starts Nov. 10.
Marble Palace Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed
Permanent Collection Art by foreign artists
working in Imperial Russia, plus the
unparalleled Peter Ludwig Collection of postmodern art.
Ten Years of the Marat Gelman Gallery
One of Moscows leading contemporary
galleries shows its exhibits South Russian
Wave, Poor Art and Nostalgia within the
framework of the Art Against Geography
Masters Guild Gallery Daily 11 a.m. to
7 p.m.
Seyfik and Magomed Amayev: Paintings
Two recent graduates of the Repin School
display their work, done in art nouveau style.
Female portraits and still lifes.


Menshikov Palace Daily 10:30 a.m. to 4:30

p.m. Closed Mondays. 15 University
Embankment. 323-11-12.
Permanent Collection Authentic Russian
interiors of the 18th century. The museum
houses the Hermitage Collection of Russian
Art from the time of Peter the Great.
Mitki-VKhUTEMAS Gallery Saturdays only, 4
p.m. to 8 p.m.
NEW! Marina Alexeyeva: Watercolors
Around 30 watercolors of the avant-garde
artists garden in Shuvalovo. Starts Nov. 11.
Museum of the History of St. Petersburg
Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Permanent Collection The history of the city
from its founding in 1703 to the middle of the
19th century.
The Memory of the Body: The History of
Undergarments Undergarments from the
museum collection and private collections
as well. Around 100 graphics and photos,
as well as rare advertising posters,
cotemporary art.
The Museum of Old Petersburg Pieces
dating back to the museums opening in 1907,
including paintings and architectural artifacts
from the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Christmas Section St. Petersburg Christmas
Museum of the Political History of Russia
Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Thursdays.
Permanent Collection Exhibits such as
Memories of the Future: Russia from 1917 to
the 1990s, Business Russia, and an exhibit
on the history of 20th-century
Who Killed Nicholas II? An exhibition
devoted to the assassination of the last
Russian tsar.
Sergei Witte - Financier, Politician,
Diplomat Documents, photographs and
personal effects belonging to one of Russias
most illustrious politicians from the turn of the
Museum of the Political History of Russia
Annex Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed
Thursdays. 2 Gorokhovaya Ul., M: Nevsky Pr.,
The History of the Secret Police All of your
favorite state spooks, with uniforms.
Museum of Theater and Musical Arts Open
Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 7
p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Permanent Collection This unique collection
includes various sketches of scenery,
decorations, music, photographs and the
personal belongings of great Russian actors.
Stars of St. Petersburg Ballet The exhibit
covers the history of Russian ballet since the
beginning of the 19th century.
Nabokov Apartment Museum Daily 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 47
Bolshaya Morskaya Ul., M: Nevsky Prospect or
Sennaya Ploshchad. 315-47-13.
Permanent Collection The childhood home
that features prominently in Vladimir
Nabokovs autobiography Speak, Memory
returns to life.
National Center Gallery Daily 11 a.m. to 7
p.m. Closed Mondays. 166 Nevsky Pr., M:
Ploshchad Aleksandra Nevskogo. 277-12-16.
Vladimir Firer: Feminine Wiles The resident
theatrical set designer from Theater On Liteiny
displays his various projects, which include
some of the theaters most popular
Printing Museum Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 32/2
Moika Embankment. 311-02-70.
Musical Salon A 19th-century St. Petersburg
music lovers apartment, replete with all
manner of gramophones, records and other
paraphernalia. The singing nightingale is of
particular interest.
Pushkin Apartment Museum Daily 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Permanent Collection Pushkin paraphernalia,
located in the apartment where he died.
Free Word A chronicle of samizdat, featuring
photographs, manuscripts and underground
and gulag pressings of works by Akmatova,
Tsvetayeva, Vysotsky.
Russian Museum Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays.
Permanent Collection Russian art from
16th-century icon-painters to the latest
movements in modern art.
Ivan Ayvazovsky Over 100 works by the wellknown 19th-century Russian maritime artist,
culled from the collections of the Russian
Museum, the Central Naval Museum and the
museums of Peterhof.
Impressionism in Russia A retrospective
exhibit which traces the development of the
movement in Russia with works by Valsimin
Serov, Igor Grabar and others.
Early Russian Embroidery The museum reopens a revamped version of the exhibit,
which features Russian church vestments and
accouterments from the Middle Ages.


Friday, November 10, 2000

Sheremetyev Palace Wednesdays through

Fridays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays and
Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 34 Fontanka
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Permanent Collection The suites of the
Sheremetyev Palace, which house the
Museum of Theater and Musical Arts Annex,
are open following a restoration.
Noble Gathering Vladimir SteklovOboletskys private art collection.
Smolny Cathedral Exhibition Hall Daily 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rastrelli and Yelizaveta An exhibit
commemorating the 300th anniversary of
Rastrellis birth. Paraphernelia from the era,
including: furniture, weapons, the architects
sketches, etc.
SPAS Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Alexander Baturin: Paintings and
Graphics Over 80 new works by the wellknown Petersburg artist, representative of
the Sterligov group. Oil on canvas and
Stroganov Palace Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays.
Antonio Meneghetti: OntoArte Paintings,
sculpture and murano glassworks by this
Italian avant-garde artist, detailing a new art
St. Petersburg Center for Modern Art
Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sergei Dom: Photography Artistic color
photography from Germany.


Dinosaur (2000, U.S.) The dinosaur craze is

pass, but Disney Studios seems to think this
computer-animated jurassic extravaganza


about a cute little dinosaur orphan will work.

Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17
Dancer in the Dark (2000, Denmark-FranceU.S.) Bjrk appears in her first starring role as
a Czech immigrant in the U.S. whose love of
Hollywood musicals is a counterpoint to her
tragic life. Best Actress, Golden Palm awards
at Cannes in 1999. Directed by Lars Von Trier.
Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17
The Marriage (Svadba) (2000, RussiaFrance) See article, page 15. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri.
Nov. 17
Quiet Whirpools (Tikhiye Omuty) (2000,
Russia) Director Eldar Ryazanovs latest, a
lyrical comedy starring Alexander Abdulov,
Lyubov Poilshyuk and Olga Volkova. Fri.,
Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17
Russian Revolt (Russky Bunt) (2000,
Russia) Vladimir Mashkov and Sergei
Makovetsky star in an adaption of Pushkins
The Captains Daughter. Directed by
Alexander Proshkin. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17
U-571 (2000, U.S.) Historically inaccurate
hunk-o-rama has a group of American
submariners boarding a German sub to
capture its code machine. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri.
Nov. 17

X-Men (2000, U.S.) The long-awaited film
adaption of the popular Marvel Comics series
about mutant superheroes. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri.
Nov. 17

crystal palace
The Rules of Engagement An attorney
defends an officer on trial for ordering his
troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a
U.S. embassy in a third world country. With
Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
Directed by William Friedkin. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri.
Nov. 17
X-Men See Barrikada entry. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri.
Nov. 17
Hollow Man (2000, U.S.) Kevin Bacon plays
an invisible man with a massive axe to grind.
Watch out for the gorilla! Directed by Paul
Verhoeven. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17

Big Mommas House (2000, U.S.) An FBI

agent (Martin Lawrence) disguises himself as
a fat old lady to protect a federal witness and
her son. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17
Shanghai Noon (2000, U.S.) Jackie Chan and
Owen Wilson are an unlikely duo who do
battle with a Chinese traitor and his corrupt
boss in this Wild West action comedy.. Fri.,
Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17

dom kino
His Wifes Diary (2000, Russia) Director
Alexei Uchitels biopic of Nobel Prize-winning
writer Ivan Bunin seen from the point of view
of his wife. Nominated for the Best Foreign
Film Oscar. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17

altogether coherent film of Rainer Werner

Fassbinders script about a
middle-aged man and his teenage
homosexual lover working out problems with
their respective girlfriends. Fri. Nov. 10 Wed., Nov. 15
Saint and Sinner (Svetoy y greshny) (1999,
Russia) Vladimir Gostyukhin, star of Nikita
Mikhalkovs Close to Eden (Urga),
in a contemporary comedy directed by Igor
Solovyov. Fri. Nov. 10 - Wed., Nov. 15


fara drive-in

Brother 2 (Brat 2) (2000, Russia) Director

Alexei Balabanovs follow-up to his hit film
about a young Chechen War vet-turnedhitman, played by Sergei Bodrov, Jr.. Fri.,
Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17

Big Mommas House See Crystal Palace

entry. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17


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Shanghai Noon See Crystal Palace entry. Fri.,
Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17

Paradise Apple (Rayskoye Yablochko)
(1999, Russia) Natalya Gundareva, Alexander
Kuznetsov and Oleg Yankovsky star in a
comedy about a practical joke concocted by a
young waitress and her co-workers. Fri.,
Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17

Venus Beauty Salon (Vnus beaut institut) (1999, France) Natalie Baye, Audrey
Tautou and Mathilde Seigner are three stylists
whose diverse lives are the subject of this
unique, stylish film set in a Parisian beauty
parlor. Fri., Nov.10 - Fri. Nov. 17
Criminal Lovers (LAmants criminels)
(1999, France) Director Franois Ozons
derivative film about a pair of young and lusty
lovers who are accomplices in a murder. Fri.
Nov. 10 - Wed., Nov. 15
Water Drops on Burning Rocks
(Gouttes deau sur pierres brlantes)
(1999, France) Franois Ozons stylish, if not
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The Alchemists (Alkhimiki) (2000, Russia)

Yury Stoyanov and Ilya Aleynikov star in
Dmitry Astrakhans medieval comedy. Starts
Wed., Nov. 15.
U-571 See Avrora entry. Fri., Nov. 10 - Fri.
Nov. 17
Komodo (1999, U.S.) Grade-Z horror flick
about killer lizards. Directed by Michael
Lantieri. Fri., Nov. 10 - Sun., Nov. 12
Check (2000, Russia) That genius of
geniuses, Nikolai Fomenko, directs and acts
along with Nikolai Rastorguyev in his own
little mafia shoot-em-up. Fri., Nov.10 - Tues.
Nov. 14

IN FRENCH! Adultery (A Users Guide) Adultre (mode demploi) (1995, France)
Two couples explore various vices during one
wild weekend. Russian Subtitles. Thurs., Nov.
16, 4 p.m.
Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets
Potyomkin) (1925, Russia) Sergei Eisensteins
towering cinematic masterpiece details the
mutiny of sailors during the Revolution. Sun.,
Nov. 12, 4 p.m.
IN ENGLISH! The Big Lebowski (1998, U.S.)
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Getting Better
Rounding the week off in a hail of bullets, Argumenty i Fakty reports the
death of a security firm boss who was
shot 40 times and died on the spot
along with his bodyguard. The paper
recalls a similar incident in which another security firm head honcho,
Kolyak the Immortal, survived an
assassination attempt late last month.
Both the survivor and the deceased
had served short jail terms for burglary and extortion at least three times
in the past three years.
But never mind, says Sankt-Peterburgskiye Vedomosti: Its all a vast improvement on last year, according to
the keepers of law and order, who cite
a 9.7 percent decline in crime in 2000
over 1999. So thats all right, then.

St. Petersburg

per. The attackers then went back

home to resume their libations.
Smena competes in the gruesome
stakes by telling the tale of a man who
paid a friend $1,000 to dismember his
wife and dump her in the garbage
dumpster. But Nevskoye Vremya also
weighs in by recounting the story of a
drunken shoot-out between a police
captain and three companions, which
left only one of the latter alive. The
cops corpse was discovered in a factory building some time later, the paper says.

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Unusual and unpleasant behavior between strangers this may be but it

A drunken shoot-out
between a police
captain and three
companions left only
one person alive.

Business Cops
Around the same time, more junior
members of the police force were behaving in a no-more-exemplary manner giving the crime statistics a push
upwards, in fact. An OMON paramilitary was caught red-handed by his own
colleagues brazenly trying to sell a
large amount of dynamite right in the
city center, says Nevskoye Vremya. He
was not acting alone, however, and a
partner of his was later discovered with
more than a kilogram of TNT and a
pistol tucked away at home. What the
duos target was if any is not yet
clear, according to the paper.
The explosives business is small-fry
compared to the pickings in the economic crime department, as Peterburgsky Chas Pik reveals.
A least three of St. Petersburgs top
anti-organized crime fighters are currently standing trial for demanding 50
percent discounts in shops throughout
the Admiralteisky district in return for
reportedly solving certain inconveniences, such as taxes, or unwanted visits from the fire, police and health inspectors.
The trio has pleaded not guilty
perhaps mindful of another story in the
same newspaper, which tells of the man
in the Leningrad Oblast who was empowered with sanctioning the import of
automobiles, and who got five years in
Sing Sing for using his signature in lessthan-scrupulous but more-than-lucrative ways.


Family Matters

became more personal on Vasilievsky

Island when a mother and her sister
hatched on a scheme to get rid of their
5-year-old Anastasia, who was apparently being a nuisance to them during
their endless drinking binges, reports
Going out for what young Anastasia thought was a nighttime breath of
fresh air, the unmotherly duo beat the
girl up so badly she died of a ruptured
kidney on the street, reports the pa-

Dear Editor,
As an American Navy veteran, I
followed the story of the Kursk
with much attention and concern.
I am deeply sympathetic to the
families of the lost crew members
and lament such a terrible tragedy.
From what Ive read in
American newspapers, a collision with a Western submarine
is an unlikely cause. Blame
should not be inferred by mere
speculation. Rather, our two
great nations should work to
employ an international plan of
mutual cooperation that might
be able to react to underwater
accidents in the swiftest manner
possible. My hope is that our
military branches continue to
strive for cooperative relations
so that we both might be able to
facilitate freedom and security
to the remainder of the world.
Matt Haws,
Chicago, Illinois


Mixed Bag
Smena kicks off with a report on a
young man by the name of Sergei Dotsenko, who presented judges and investigators with a full and frank description of how he managed to do
away with four people in three weeks,
even managing to convince one victim
that it was all a harmless prank before
killing him.
Dotsenkos modus operandi was to
whack the security guard of whichever
shop he had targeted, and proceed to
clean out the till, collect some candy
and a few bottles of vodka, and then
murder the girl behind the till. He
killed two others in a separate but
copycat incident, says the paper. Dotsenko is now reportedly looking at
things from behind bars, for the rest of
his life.

by Ali Nassor


Crime was on the agenda big time this

week, with the citys killers, burglars and
sharks of various persuasions and in
various uniforms all in action in the moments running up to the Day of Harmony and Reconciliation on Tuesday.
However, St. Petersburgs law enforcement authorities are maintaining that
crime figures are lower than this time last
year, with a 40 percent decline in armed
robbery alone.


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The story that really had the citys

judges jaws dropping, however, was
that of three Cameroonians in St. Petersburg who had apparently been using magic spells to bamboozle gullible
The scam as reported by
Moskovsky Komsomolets (so it must
be true) involved an Indian gentleman
who was fooled into believing that a
special potion would turn the $6,000
he had borrowed from friends into
twice that amount, if both the potion
and the cash were wrapped up in a
plastic bag and left in the freezer for
24 hours.
For some reason, the potion
which had earlier worked perfectly well
when the sum was only $200 failed
miserably on this occasion, and when
the Indian went to his freezer a day and
a night later, he found ... nothing but
worthless pieces of paper.
Detectives believe that the Indian
is not, alas, the only man to have succumbed to the magic of the Cameroonian tricksters.

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An Israeli combat helicopter rocketed a car full of Palestinian commanders on Thursday, killing one and
wounding another critically. Another
six people were injured.
The attack outside Bethlehem was
likely to intensify the violence and draw
a tough Palestinian response, just as
President Clinton was set to convene
new meetings aimed at resuscitating
Mideast peace talks.
Medics scraped scorched flesh off the
pavement, and passers-by rushed to help
the wounded in Beit Sahour, a well-todo Christian suburb of Bethlehem.
Hospital officials identified the dead
man as Hussein Abayat, prominent
among the plainclothes Palestinian gunmen who have led the most recent uprising against Israels presence in parts
of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the
Gaza Strip.
Hussein a-Sheikh, a leader of the
Palestinian gunmen, told Israeli radio
that the Israelis had raised the stakes.
Our reaction will be sharp and
tough, he said. They opened fire on
that car without any reason.

A little girl who is dying of leukemia waiting with her family for medical attention at the Saddam hospital in Baghdad in June.

Disease Taking Its Toll in Iraq

By Matthew Hay Brown

AL-QURNA, Iraq Athel Ahmed

Ali was playing soccer for her middle
school team here in the Garden of
Eden when she first felt the soreness in
her legs.
When it didnt go away, her parents
brought the dark-eyed 13-year-old to
the doctor, who noted what has become
a familiar litany of symptoms: progressive pallor, darkness of the mucus membranes, lips and tongue, swelling of the
liver and spleen, easy bruising.
A bone marrow expiation confirmed
her familys worst fear: Athel, who grew
up in this village at the confluence of
the Tigris and Euphrates rivers by
biblical tradition, the birthplace of
Adam and Eve had become the latest Iraqi child to develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Amid the typhoid, cholera, polio
and other diseases that have made
comebacks under war and sanctions,
doctors in southern Iraq say the population is being stalked by a new enemy:
radiation poisoning. Local studies indicate cancer rates in the region have
more than doubled since the end of the
Persian Gulf War and birth defects have
nearly tripled.
You have in the United States what
you call the Gulf War syndrome, says
Dr. Alim A.H. Yacoub, dean of Basra
Medical College. Here, we call it the
Iraqi curse.
As in Gulf War syndrome, the cause
of the malignancies and malformations
has become a matter of controversy.
U.S. officials suggest a variety of possibilities: chemical weapons deployed by
Iraq against Iran in the 1980s and internal rebels in the 1990s, oil field fires set
by Iraqi troops retreating from Kuwait,
malnutrition and pestilence under UN
But doctors and scientists in this totalitarian state, following their governments lead, have focused on an American culprit: the low-level, long-lasting radiation emitted by depleted uranium,
the hard metal used in tank-busting ammunition fired in combat for the first
time by U.S. troops during the Gulf War.
The U.S. military, which used the
ammunition again in the Kosovo conflict last year, says the link is unproved
and unlikely. Defense Department officials cite government studies indicating that exposed U.S. veterans have
not suffered from abnormally high

rates of cancer or birth defects.

[Iraq has] everything to gain and
nothing to lose by saying, Hey, look
what you did to us, says Army Lt. Col.
spokesman. The bottom line is weve
found it to be an effective ammunition
that does not present significant health
or environmental risks.
But the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission has identified depleted
uranium as an internal radiation hazard that may cause cancer and hereditary effects, and its use at a firing range
in Duindrennan, Scotland, has been
linked to the highest rate of childhood
leukemia in the United Kingdom. Internationally, scientists, Gulf War veterans and activists are calling for a ban on
its use pending further study.

Cancer rates have

more than doubled
since the Gulf War
and birth defects have
nearly tripled.
From what we know now, it certainly cant be ruled out, and I think its
highly likely as a cause for at least some
of what were seeing, says Dr. Rosalie
Bertell, president of the International
Institute of Concern for Public Health
in Toronto, Ontario. There are lots of
questions to be answered, and theyre
not going to be answered by arguing.
Theyre going to be answered by good,
solid laboratory work.
Souad al-Azzawi, a physicist at the
University of Baghdad, has co-authored
studies indicating persistent radiation
on the battlefields of southern Iraq and
corresponding increases in cancers and
birth defects in local populations.
People die in war, but radiation
causes damage to genes and chromosomes, says Al-Azzawi, a graduate instructor at the Colorado School of
Mines who returned to her native Iraq
days before Operation Desert Storm.
The Pentagon says its only low-level
radiation, but in the long run, this
causes more suffering and damage than
death from a bullet.
Additionally, medical reporting in
Iraq has been inconsistent, making it
difficult to measure changes in public
health accurately. A team from the

World Health Organization that traveled to Iraq in 1998 to assess reported

increases in cancer found there were no
reliable records with which to make
such comparisons possible.
Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, a retired
Navy captain advising the Pentagon on
Gulf War illnesses, says it is unlikely
that depleted uranium is responsible for
cancers or birth defects in Iraq.
Looking at developing countries,
you do see horrific diseases due to infection and nutrition problems, and no
one knows the causes, says Kilpatrick,
who has worked in the Middle East and
South America. The bottom line from
the World Health Organization team
was that there was not enough infrastructure there to say the numbers they
were seeing were higher or lower than
in the past.
Athel Ahmed Ali languishes on a
threadbare mattress in the pediatric
wing at Basra Maternity and Pediatrics
Hospital. No longer able to play soccer
or paint pictures or help her mother
around the house, she waits for the
makeshift cocktail of poisons that
passes for chemotherapy in Iraq under
Athel, whose family has no history
of malignancy, has developed cancer in
a country no longer equipped to treat it.
In the United States, the five-year survival rate for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia is 80 percent. In
Iraq under sanctions, Iraqi doctors say,
there are no survivors. Cytotoxins, the
poisons used in chemotherapy, are not
consistently available. A nationwide
shortage of blood bags limits transfusions. Hospital crowding prevents the
isolation of cancer patients, and a lack
of medicines hinders efforts to combat
the infections that prey on weakened
This leukemia we see is not the most
severe form, Yacoub says. Its a matter
of care, a matter of the availability of
drugs, which of course is the problem.
Doctors work to keep patients alive
with the materials and equipment available, in hopes that sanctions will be
lifted in time to allow more complete
treatment. Without such relief, chief
resident Faris Abdul Abbas says, Athel
will be dead in two years.
Her father says Athel is an innocent
bystander in a dispute between nations.
It is not the government, Ahmed
Abed says. My daughter is being

Arafat To Meet Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Palestinian President Yasser Arafat arrived in
Washington early
on Thursday seeking to change President
mind on the idea of
a UN peace force
to separate Israelis
and Palestinians.
already dismissed Yasser Arafat
the idea and wants to concentrate on
ending a wave of violence in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip by carrying out
the agreement he brokered in the
Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh last
The political uncertainty in Washington, where everyone is awaiting the
delayed results of Tuesdays presidential election, increases the chances that
little will come of Clintons talks with
Arafat on Thursday and then with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on

Estrada Denies Bribes

MANILA, Philippines (AP)
President Joseph Estrada shot back on
Thursday against
allegations that he
gambling payoffs,
saying the provincial governor behind the accusations had offered
him a $4 million XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Luis Singson
Estrada said that he had rejected
the bribe from Gov. Luis Singson and
that the money, kept unspent in a fund,
would be used as evidence of his innocence in his impeachment trial.
Singson, Estradas former gambling
and drinking partner, has testified that
the president asked him to collect millions of dollars in payoffs from illegal
gambling operators and said he delivered it to the president.
The allegations have thrown the
Philippines economy and politics into
turmoil and triggered widespread calls
for Estradas removal.
Estrada has denied the charges and
refused to step down. On Thursday, he
went further and said Singson had offered him a bribe from the illegal gambling operators.
I said I will not accept that, said
Estrada, who called three Manila radio stations Thursday to make his
statement. The money accumulated

and he deposited it in several places. I

learned about it only lately.

U.S. Renews Relations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The
United States ended Austrias ninemonth spell in
diplomatic purgatory on Wednesday
in recognition of
Viennas efforts to
distance itself from
far-right politician
Joerg Haider.
burying of the Benita Waldner
hatchet was a meeting between Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and
Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, as a senior European
diplomat put it.
It came nearly two months after the
European Union lifted sanctions it imposed on Vienna for including Haiders
Freedom Party in a coalition government in February.
The normalization of our relations
with the United States has taken place,
the Austrian said afterward over lunch
at her ambassadors home, adding it
was a very good occasion.
She said there was a good chance
Albright would come to Vienna this
month to meet Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica for the first time, who
having toppled Slobodan Milosevic, is
leading Belgrade back into international organizations.
Kostunica is expected in Vienna on a
bilateral visit to coincide with a meeting
on Nov. 27-28 of foreign ministers of the
54-nation Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe, Europes security and human rights watchdog.

Crash Survivor Sues

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) A Los
Angeles man who survived the crash of
a Singapore Airlines flight in Taiwan
last week that killed 82 people has sued
the airline, claiming that the accident
was both foreseeable and avoidable.
John Diaz, a 50-year-old vice president with online music distributor Inc., sought unspecified damages for negligence and passenger liability in his lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday
in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Stephen Forshaw, the airlines public
affairs manager in Singapore, said the
carrier was not formally aware that any
lawsuit had been filed.
Singapore Airlines has not been
served with any papers following media
reports of the lodging of a suit against
us in the United States, he told
Reuters on Thursday.
Flight SQ 006, which was bound for
Los Angeles, crashed on take-off from
Taipeis airport on Oct. 31, killing 82 of
the 179 people on board. Investigators
said the plane struck construction
equipment while trying to take-off from
an out-of-use runway.

Agent Pleads Innocent

LONDON (AP) Former intelligence agent David Shayler pleaded innocent Thursday to charges he disclosed
state secrets in a newspaper article, and
his trial was set to begin in April.
Shayler, a 34-year-old former agent
with the internal security agency MI5,
returned to Britain earlier this year after three years of exile in Paris. He is
currently on bail.
He has been charged with breaching
the Official Secrets Act by writing a
1997 article alleging MI5 kept files on
British politicians, including current
Home Secretary Jack Straw and former
Conservative prime minister Sir Edward
Heath, and on celebrities, including
John Lennon.
He is also accused of passing on material obtained by tapping telephones.

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PAG E 2 4

FRI DAY, NOV E M B E R 1 0 , 2 0 0 0

Kafelnikov, Safin Edge Closer to Showdown Price Grabs

Early Lead
With 63 at

By Thomas Rymer
and Barnaby Thompson

When the organizers of the $800,000 St.

Petersburg Open learned that both
Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov
would take part in the ATP tournament
at the citys Sports and Concert Complex
(SKK), there was little doubt about what
their dream final matchup would be.
With Olympic gold belonging to
Kafelnikov, and Safins star rising owing

By Tony Lawrence

VALDERRAMA, Spain Veteran

Zimbabwean Nick Price went on a
birdie spree at the Valderrama World
Golf Championship Thursday, carding
a nine-under-par 63.
But Tiger Woods had a modest 71
and world number two Ernie Els failed

to his win at this years U.S. Open, Russian mens tennis is enjoying a sort of
golden age, and facing each other across
the draw are its two golden boys.
And so far, the tournament has followed the script, with Safin, the No. 1
seed and ranked second in the world,
making short work of American Chris
Woodruff 6-3, 6-1 in a match that took
only 53 minutes, to set up a quarter-final meeting with Rainer Schuttler.
Schuttler upset compatriot and No.
7 seed David Prinosil 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 on
And while Safin is trying not to look
too far ahead, a win here would mean
more to him than just the prize check.
I really want to be No. 1 and I want
it now, not next year, Safin said. If I
win this year, Ill be the youngest guy in
the world to become a No. 1, so I think
that it would be nice.
After breezing through the first set
against Christian Ruud at 6-1, the Norwegian made Kafelnikov work a bit
harder for his quarterfinal berth, forcing him to take a tie-breaker in the second set 7-3 for the win.
Kafelnikov, who rarely shows much
levity on court, managed a laugh after a
brilliant backhand cross-court winner
that completely dumbfounded Ruud.
I had to smile, Kafelnikov said. It
was just a really good shot.
Kafelnikov next faces Alex Calatrava, who beat Germanys Markus
Hantschk 6-3, 6-1, also on Thursday.
American Jared Palmer was again a
surprise winner as he came back from a
set down to beat the much fancied
Dutchman Sjeng Schalken, 5-7. 6-3, 6-2,
on Thursday afternoon.
See TENNIS, Page 23



Russias Kafelnikov returning a shot during his 6-1, 7-6 victory over Norways Ruud at SKK in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

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whose knee injury ended the San Antonio Spurs hopes of repeating as NBA
champions last season, scored 22 points
and grabbed 17 rebounds against the
team that took his crown, the Los Angeles Lakers, in a 91-81 victory on
The Spurs kept Shaquille ONeal out
of the offense and made him chase Dun-

can and David Robinson on defense.
Theres definitely a rivalry forming, Robinson said. With them being
the champs last year and us the year before, it really makes things exciting.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said last
season that San Antonios 1999 NBA
championship should receive an asterisk because it came in the lockoutshortened season.
ONeal, who was neutralized Tuesday night by Houston Rockets center
Hakeem Olajuwon, shot 5-of-13 from
the field and 3-of-10 from the line, scoring just 13 points.
Only Kobe Bryant stepped up to

pick up the slack, coming through with

32 points, eight assists and three steals.
Horace Grant scored 14 points and
Robert Horry added 12, but no one else
scored more than four points for the
Lakers, who have lost two games in two
Robinson and Derek Anderson
scored 16 points apiece and Avery
Johnson and Antonio Daniels each
dished out seven assists for the Spurs.
Cleveland 99, New York 97. In New
York, Bimbo Coles scored 17 points to
lead five players in double figures as the
unbeaten Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out
a 99-97 victory over the Knicks.
After a dismal 32-50 campaign last
season, Cleveland has reeled off four
straight wins and is off to its best start
since the 1988-89 campaign.
Matt Harpring and Andre Miller
scored 16 points each as the Cavaliers attack wilted the Knicks down the stretch.
Philadelphia 103, Detroit 94. In Philadelphia, the 76ers nearly squandered a 27point first-half lead but improved the
NBAs best record to 5-0 with a 103-94

victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Allen Iverson had 28 points and
eight assists for Philadelphia, which
matched its best start in 18 years.
Miami 87, Seattle 81. In Miami, Brian
Grant had 30 points and 21 rebounds as
the Heat built a big third-quarter lead
and held on for an 87-81 victory over
the Seattle SuperSonics.
Grant played 44 minutes and made
13-of-21 shots for the Heat, who used just
eight players against a deep Seattle team.
Gary Payton got 22 points and
Rashard Lewis 16 with eight boards for
Seattle (1-3), which has lost its last three
games. The Sonics committed 22
turnovers and had just 15 assists.
Indiana 108, Milwaukee 97. At Indiana,
Reggie Miller, who wore a Superman Tshirt during a first-round playoff series
against Milwaukee last season, did not
need a costume change to score 41
points Wednesday, leading the Indiana
Pacers to a 108-97 victory over the
struggling Bucks.
(For more results see scorecard.)

to finish the first round.

Price, 43, his playing partner Padraig
Harrington, in second with a 66, shared
18 birdies between them as they set the
pace at the $5 million season finale.
Price made 11 of them as well as two
bogeys, missing the course record by
just one shot, while Irishman Harringtons only blemish came at the last, after
a haul of seven birdies.
Scott Hoch of the United States and
Scotlands Andrew Coltart were tied for
third after both shot five-under-par 67s.
Woods, meanwhile, seeking to take
his winnings past $10 million for the
season with his 10th title, was well down
the field.
He began with three birdies in four
holes but lost momentum on the back
nine and had to settle for a 71. It could
have been even worse but for a 12-foot
birdie putt he holed at the 18th.
I had five lip-outs. I didnt play that
badly but the putts didnt go in, said
Woods. I dont like to get negative but
I was waiting for that last putt to lip out
as well.
You can still win the tournament
from over par today. You can shoot
low numbers if you are aggressive off
the tee.
If Woods was disappointed, so too
were Darren Clarke, the European Order of Merit leader, and Lee Westwood,
just behind him in the standings.
Clarke returned a two-over-par 74
and Westwood a 72.
Els, who withdrew with a back strain
after nine holes, said he had been taking treatment for his back before the
event and had been told by his physiotherapist not to play.
Its an old thing. I had a go anyway,
the South African said. I couldnt swing
it, I could only make half a swing.
Colin Montgomerie, Europes leading player for the past seven years, was
three over. He took four putts from 15
feet to double-bogey the 17th, then lost
another shot at the final hole.
The tournament, staged at the venue
for the 1997 Ryder Cup and offering $1
million to the winner, began with 55
rather than 68 players after several top
Americans, including world number
three Phil Mickelson and number four
David Duval, withdrew.
A year ago, this Spanish tournament
had a few U.S. defections, but most came
because they were curious about the
Valderrama layout site of the 97 Ryder Cup. This time, with the U.S. money
title settled long ago by Woods, and the
Tour Championship won last weekend
by Phil Mickelson, theyve stayed away.
Of the 10 Americans in the world
top 20, only Woods and Justin Leonard
have shown up.
Germanys Bernhard Langer shot
the course record of 62 at Valderrama
when he won the 1994 Volvo Masters.

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Friday, November 10, 2000


Canada Names Gretzky

TORONTO (Reuters) Wayne
Gretzky, widely considered the greatest
ice hockey player of all-time, will be
lending his golden touch as executive director of Canadas Olympic team in Salt
Lake City in 2002, the Canadian Hockey
Association announced on Wednesday.
Toronto Maple Leaf general manager and coach Pat Quinn was named
head coach of the team.
The Great One retired in April of
1999, ending an incredible 20-year career with an emotional ceremony at
New Yorks Madison Square Garden.
He played the last three years of his career with the New York Rangers.
Gretzky owns nearly every significant National Hockey League record
and is the NHLs all-time leading scorer
with 2,857 points, 894 goals and 1,963
assists with four teams.

Ewing Offers Kidney

MIAMI (AP) Patrick Ewing has
offered to donate one of his kidneys to
Alonzo Mourning if the ailing Miami
Heat center ever needs a transplant.
Mourning has a common but serious
kidney disease that is forcing him to miss
this season. It is not yet known whether
he will need a kidney transplant.
played at Georgetown and remain
close friends despite their fierce
NBA battles. They
work out together Patrick Ewing
during the offseason, and Ewing is the
godfather to Mournings newborn
daughter, Myka Sydney.

Manager of the Year

CHICAGO (AP) In just his third
season as a major league manager,
Jerry Manuel was the runaway choice
for American League Manager of the
Year on Wednesday.
The White Sox finished an AL-best
95-67 and reached the postseason for the
first time since 1993. For his role in baseballs biggest surprise, Manuel received
25 first-place ballots and three seconds
for 134 points in voting by the Baseball
Writers Association of America.
Hes the fourth
White Sox manager to win the
Tony La Russa, Jeff
Torborg and Gene
Oaklands Art
Howe was second
for the second Jerry Manuel
straight season, getting 74 points with
two firsts, 20 seconds and four thirds.


Continued from page 24

Palmer, who came into the tournament with the second-lowest ATP ranking of all the competitors, saw off Jiri Novak in emphatic fashion in the first
round, and is looking a good bet to reach
at least the semifinals after beating the
No. 5 seed Schalken, whose forehand almost totally deserted him in the final set.
Schalken had earlier defeated
Goran Ivanisevic, whose famous serve
took the first set but whose infamous
temperament torpedoed his chances
Meanwhile, Andrei Stolyarov got in
just 37 percent of his first serves en
route to being blasted out by the bigger
hitting Jonas Bjorkman, 6-4, 6-3.
Stolyarov, who caused the biggest
upset yet Tuesday by defeating defending champion Marc Rosset,
showed some great touches in countering Bjorkmans frequent rushes to the
net, but was mostly fighting to hold
back the flood.

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Champions League Heading to Round 2

By Mike Collett

LONDON Former European champions Barcelona, Juventus and PSV

Eindhoven all crashed by the wayside
on Wednesday as the 16-team line-up
for the second phase of the Champions
League was finalized.
But while Barcelona and Eindhoven
had the consolation of being able to

continue their European ambitions in
the UEFA Cup, Juventus was totally
eclipsed after finishing at the bottom of
its group and having two players sent
off for the second successive European
match in a 3-1 defeat at Panathinaikos.
With 12 berths already decided,
there were four places still to be filled
on Wednesday and Leeds United,
Manchester United, Anderlecht and
Panathinaikos duly took them.
Leeds United 1, AC Milan 1. Leeds
United reached the second phase for the
first time on Wednesday when their 1-1
draw at AC Milan was enough to secure
them second place in Group H and end
the hopes of Spanish giants Barcelona,
European champions in 1992.
The result also ended all speculation
that AC Milan would play all out to
crush the English side despite already
having won the group, after reports
they had been offered huge cash incentives by Barcelona to do so.
Barcelona would have qualified for
the last 16 if Milan had beaten Leeds
and Barcelona beaten Besiktas, but although Barcelona did beat Besiktas 5-0,
Milan missed a penalty and trailed to a
45th-minute Dominic Matteo goal at
the San Siro until Serginho equalized
for the Italian side after 68 minutes.
That was it, and at the end of the
match Milan and Leeds were through.

Leeds joined English rivals Manchester United and Arsenal in the second
phase after United beat Dinamo Kiev
1-0 to secure second spot in Group G.
Arsenals place as group winners was already secured.
Manchester United 1, Dinamo Kiev 0.
United had to win at Old Trafford to
qualify for the last 16 and an 18thminute goal from Teddy Sheringham
proved the difference between the sides.
Kievs best chance came five minutes from time when substitute George
Demetradze sidefooted wide from close
range with only goalkeeper Fabien
Barthez to beat.
The three points gave United 10 points
and the runners-up spot behind Anderlecht who beat PSV Eindhoven 3-2.
Anderlecht 3, PSV Eindhoven 2. Anderlecht built a 2-0 lead through Bertrand
Crasson and Jan Koller after 37 minutes
but PSV fought back to equalize with
two goals from Adil Ramzi.
With the end of the match just seconds away and a draw looking the most
likely result, PSV had Kevin Hofland
sent off for a second yellow card and
Anderlecht substitute Souleymane
Youla scored the winner.
PSV goes into the UEFA Cup, while
Kiev is eliminated.
The other main drama of the night
centered on Group E.
Deportivo Coruna had already
clinched first place but Juventus, Panathinaikos and Hamburg SV were all in
contention for the runners-up spot.
For much of the night it appeared
Hamburg was going to grab it as they led
Deportivo from the 10th minute when
Mehdi Mahdavikia put them ahead.
And while Panathinaikos and Juventus were drawing in Athens, Hamburg was effectively second. But then


Dinamos Olexander Holovko tackling Man. Uniteds David Beckham Wednesday.

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everything changed within 10 minutes
Hamburg and 3-1 to Panathinaikos in
halfway through the evening.
Panathinaikos scored twice in eight Athens, the Greeks joined Deportivo in
minutes to race into a 3-1 lead over the last 16, Hamburg was in the UEFA
Juve, while Deportivo equalized against Cup and Juventus eliminated.
(For more results see scorecard.)
Hamburg at almost the same time.

Streaking Sharks Steal Late Victory From Blackhawks


CHICAGO Marco Sturm scored

with 9.5 seconds left in regulation and
again with 16 seconds to play in overtime as the San Jose Sharks stole a 3-2
victory from the Chicago Blackhawks
on Wednesday.
San Jose ran its unbeaten streak to
nine games (7-0-2), matching their record

set from March 20 to April 5, 1994.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 30 shots
for the Sharks, who are 1-0-1 on a sixgame road trip that has them play in
three different time zones against teams
from three different divisions.
Steve Sullivan scored twice and Joceyln Thibault made 29 saves for the
All games Friday, in the following order:
Safin/Schuttler. Schuttler, seeded 56 on
the ATP tour, has done well to get this
far, but Safin, as everyone knows, is on
a roll this year. Asked whether hed
rather face Safin or Woodruff in this
round, however, Schuttler said: Safin,
so that I can get my revenge for him
beating me in the Kremlin Cup.
Bjorkman/Palmer. This is Palmers best
tournament for ages his first singles
quarterfinal since 1996, in fact. Bjorkman walked tall and says hes feeling 110
percent, but showed little for Palmer to
fear, except maybe experience.
Voltchkov/Hrbaty. Hrbaty is the No. 3
seed, and seems to be doing nothing but
enjoying himself, brushing past Thomas
Johansson on Wednesday. Voltchkov, 22,
is another season surprise, however,
making the semis at Wimbledon.
Kafelnikov/Calatrava. Calatrava will
have to do what Ruud came close to
Thursday rattling our Zhenya so he
has an off day. Then again, Kafelnikov is
fifth in the world and fighting for valuable ATP points, which may spur him on.

Blackhawks, who had won three of

their previous four games after losing
five straight.
Toronto 5, Carolina 0. In Toronto, Gary
Roberts haunted his former team with a
pair of goals and Curtis Joseph did the
rest as the Maple Leafs beat up the Carolina Hurricanes en route to a 5-0 victory.
Joseph was sharp en route to his 29th
career shutout and second in five days,
making 12 saves in the first and third periods and three in the second. He kept
the shutout by stopping Tommy Westlund on a breakaway in the final minute.
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 2. In Pittsburgh, Alexei Kovalev recorded his
third career hat trick as the Penguins

Philadelphia 5 0 1.000
New York
3 2 .600
3 3 .500
2 2 .500
2 2 .500
New Jersey
2 2 .500
Washington 2 4 .333
4 0 1.000
4 1 .800
2 2 .500
2 3 .400
1 4 .200
1 4 .200
0 4 .000
0 5 .000
5 0 1.000
San Antonio 4 1 .800
4 1 .800
3 2 .600
2 3 .400
2 3 .400
2 3 .400
4 1 .800
Sacramento 4 2 .667
LA Lakers
3 3 .500
Por tland
2 3 .400
Golden State 1 3 .250


maintained their home mastery of the

Philadelphia Flyers with a 5-2 victory.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 29
shots, including breakaways by Simon
Gagne and Keith Primeau, as Pittsburgh improved to 15-3-6 in the last 24
home games against its intrastate rival.
Detroit 4, Phoenix 2. In Phoenix, Martin
Lapointe, who has gotten a lot of attention early this season for his surprising
goal scoring, delivered a spectacular pass
to help the Detroit Red Wings end the
Coyotes 12-game unbeaten streak with a
4-2 win.
Lapointe set up Vyacheslav Kozlovs
go-ahead power-play goal 2:46 into the
third period and Tomas Holmstrom
added an insurance tally.

LA Clippers
1 4 .200
1 4 .200
Wednesdays Results
Indiana 108, Milwaukee 97
Philadelphia 103, Detroit 94
New Jersey 102, Washington 86
Miami 87, Seattle 81
Cleveland 99, New York 97
Charlotte 96, Orlando 90
Vancouver 101, Dallas 74
San Antonio 91, LA Lakers 81
Denver 109, Minnesota 107 (OT)
Utah 93, LA Clippers 87 (OT)
Sacramento115, Golden State 84

W L T Otl
9 1 4 0
9 5 1 0
6 4 1 1
5 8 1 1
5 8 2 0
7 5 2 0
NY Islanders 6 4 2 1
New Jersey
6 5 3 0
NY Rangers
7 7 0 0
Philadelphia 4 7 4 0
3 7 4 1
Tampa Bay
4 7 1 1
3 8 3 0
2 5 5 0
1 6 3 3


Vancouver 7, Anaheim 2. In Anaheim,

Andrew Cassels recorded his first career
hat trick, the final two tallies coming off
brilliant passes by Todd Bertuzzi, as the
Vancouver Canucks used a four-goal
second period to coast to a 7-2 triumph
over the Mighty Ducks.
In 742 NHL games, Cassels never
had a three-goal contest. But it took
him just over 16 minutes during the second period to achieve the feat.
Calgary 1, Minnesota 0. At Minnesota,
Mike Vernon made 22 saves for his first
shutout of the season and Valeri Bure
scored a power-play goal as the Calgary
Flames stopped an eight-game winless
streak with a 1-0 victory over the Wild.
(For more results see scorecard.)

St. Louis
10 2 2 0
9 5 0 1
6 4 4 1
5 8 0 2
3 10 1 1
11 2 2 0
9 6 2 0
8 3 3 1
Calgar y
4 9 2 1
3 10 3 0
9 2 5 0
San Jose
9 2 2 0
Los Angeles 8 6 3 0
7 4 2 1
6 6 3 2
Wednesdays Results
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 2
Montreal 4, Florida 2
Nashville 4, New Jersey 3
Toronto 5, Carolina 0
Calgar y 1, Minnesota 0
San Jose 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
Detroit 4, Phoenix 2
Vancouver 7, Anaheim 2

Wednesdays Results
Group E
Hamburg SV (Germany) 1,
Depor tivo Coruna (Spain) 1
Panathinaikos (Greece) 3,
Juventus (Italy) 1


Group F
Rosenborg Trondheim (Nor way)
1, Bayern Munich (Germany) 1
Helsingborg (Sweden) 1, Paris
St. Germain (France) 1
Group G
PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 2,
Anderlecht (Belgium) 3
Manchester United (England) 1,
Dinamo Kiev (Ukraine) 0
Group H
Barcelona (Spain) 5, Besiktas
(Turkey) 0
AC Milan (Italy) 1, Leeds United
(England) 1
Tuesdays Results
Group A
Spar tak Moscow (Russia) 1,
Real Madrid (Spain) 0
Spor ting Lisbon (Por tugal) 0,
Bayer Leverkusen
Group B
Spar ta Prague (Czech Republic)
0, Lazio (Italy) 1
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 3,
Arsenal (England) 0
Group C
Olympique Lyon (France) 1,
Olympiakos (Greece) 0
Valencia (Spain) 1, Heerenveen
(Netherlands) 1
Group D
Galatasaray (Turkey) 2, Sturm
Graz (Austria) 2
Rangers (Scotland) 2, Monaco
(France) 2