Natalya Bandurina, reporter: “This is the address of the St. Petersburg’s only shelter for the disabled homeless. In reality, it is merely a tent which had originally been planned as a temporary night place. Despite those plans, it has been there for several years – and even GPS navigator knows the address”.
Visit Dvortsovaya, take a picture with the Bronze Horseman and walk past Isaakievskiy. Take a series of photos at Nevsky and enjoy lunch at one of the city’s numerous cafes – that is a must for just about everyone visiting St. Petersburg for the first time. Do you recognize yourselves, dear guests of the city?
Andrey Fedorov, reporter: “Count nine windows from the right and take away the fourth floor in your imagination. That is the only way to pinpoint the former building of the English Club today. Before the Blockade, it used to be a separate mansion at Dvortsovaya Embankment 16. But a bomb which fell onto the adjacent building fully changed its look. After the war three buildings were merged into one. Although those are still completely different on the inside”.
Vladimir Turbin, resident of the Blockade Leningrad: “There were six of us at the table. The bread’s end-piece was the tastiest, so you had to grab it quickly. And our teachers ate what was called “duranda” – pressed sunflower seeds. I learned about what it was when I ran into the cantina and saw buckets full of those black pieces of “duranda”.
Evgeniya Altfeld, reporter: “This door to 2019 also opened a new stage of St. Petersburg’s fight to have its very own street art. It is just the case when citizens came out to protect an artist and his works. It is still alive, although lost some color because of utility workers’ attempts to paint it over”.
Imperial style, historic metaphors, new technologies and surprises – it’s impossible to describe this year’s festive decorations in two words. The glittering silhouette of Saltykovsky Park’s fence by the Hermitage is again the most popular New Year photo spot. Like a miraculous portal to the 19th century. But this year there are more lights in the streets of St. Petersburg. The idea is to expand the pedestrian route through the festive city. The walk at Konnogvardeiskiy Boulevard will be lit now – with thousands of glowing spheres. But probably the biggest surprise is Semimostye – one of the coziest corners of St. Petersburg.
Andrey Fedotov, reporter: “At this time of day – and it’s 9 AM - you can only move quickly through Krasnoselskiy district on your feet. There is no alternative. There’s no subway here, while cars and public transport are locked in a seemingly endless jam. It is quicker on foot, although much colder”
Evegniya Altfeld, reporter: “This seemingly ordinary school in Ozerki is now known not only in St. Petersburg, but everywhere across Russia as the cradle of school professional union movement. Which sets ambitious tasks, which their teachers would’ve been proud of. Not the actual ones, but those from the world history”
St. Petersburg, December 2018. Winter number 315 since the city was founded. What will it be like? Not one competent meteorologist would be able to answer this question now. The coming three months are the most unpredictable in a year. St. Petersburg’s winter is never the same – it is always different.
Natalya Bandurina, reporter: “A smart move from geographical and historical standpoints – to hold the Innovations Forum in St. Petersburg. Presenting the newest developments and discussing their social value. It was in St. Petersburg, for instance, that the first ever parachute was created. It was in St. Petersburg that Boris Rozing assembled his first TV set – and we thank him for that. Radio was also born in St. Petersburg. But what kind of city we are living at now – the city of the future or the one which dwells in its legendary past? Let’s see”.
These surveillance shots have become part of St. Petersburg’s modern history. The placard is not seen on the video, since the camera is pointed at the crossing. But it’s quite visible that at 23.30, a shadowy figure walks away from the building and starts painting over the wall. A woman stops by and tries to tell the man off.
Yuriy Sherbakov, reporter: “Interesting – if Peter the Great found himself in the 21st century, what landmarks the Emperor would have visited? And, most importantly, what would he have said about his beloved creation? Well, in order to understand that we have to think like he did – or, at least, look like him. Keeping the moustache intact, surely!”
Lidiya Kipr spent all 900 days of the Blockade inside the besieged city. She lost everyone. Ambulance doctors advised her against watching TV for a while – otherwise there would be a risk of another seizure. But she still follows the news flow about the “Blockade comedy”. She only wants an answer to one question – will there really be a movie like that?
We anticipated the arrival of Yana Kunitskaya’s flight at Pulkovo airport. 20 hours with connections from Las Vegas. No one paid attention to her reuniting with husband and son. No one approached for an autograph. Which is weird – since the whole country was watching the Kunitskaya – Lansberg UFC fight on October 6th. Three rounds, first victory to our athlete over the Swede and rise to the top-10 fighters of her weight category.
Nevskiy is 300 years old! But can this be considered old – for one of the world’s main streets? The main avenue of the Russian Empire, the main street of Soviet Leningrad, St. Petersburg’s main transportation artery. 4.5 kilometers of history, ambitions and world architecture. Every building here is a reference to a certain style – Greece, renaissance Italy or modernist New York of the early 20th century.
Just two weeks ago, there was a historical fanlight above this entrance. Dimmed glass with words “Pharmacy” on it, dating back to the early 20th century. But today we are seeing a faceless plastic glass here – typical for the 21st century. The city lost one more small part of its soul. It’s like a puzzle game – you lose one piece, and can still understand what’s on the picture, but cannot put it on a wall anymore. But what if there is more than just one piece? We start our list of those lost pieces in our city from this place