This is the so-called radio field. Or, as residents of St. Petersburg call it, Kupchino’s antennae field. In essence, its an absolutely unique and and absolutely wild forrest within the city, tucked in-between quarries of a brick factory, a constructed park - which we shall touch upon later - and Sofiyskaya street. The radio field was constructed in 1943 - right in the middle of the war, and up until 1991 it had been jamming western radio stations to the south of St. Petersburg. But the antennae have been dismantled since 2010, while the radio center is almost gone.
This is how a daughter of our colleague returned from the fan-zone after Russia-Croatia game. Even a chocolate bar she kept in her mouth could not console her. The tournament became an interactive summer spectacle, generating life-long emotions - even though some of those were not too pleasant. The World Cup has already influenced an entire generation of Russian children. For the first time in their lives they saw so many foreigners in our streets - and thus became more open. Their parents used to play war in the backyards when they were children, but just recently couldn’t take gadgets away from their kids. Now, almost every backyard hosts an impromptu football cup.
Fans from just about all countries were going to Russia with major concerns. You would be beaten up by Russian hooligans as soon as you get there. You’d be robbed. You would be arrested for even the slightest misconduct. How surprised were they that literally everything turned out to be quite the opposite
Mother of two and blogger Irina Cherepanova runs a positive website for mothers. Unlike many of her online colleagues, she’s not into giving advice - but describes funny stories from her life. When children get sick, Irina is never in a rush to call a doctor. Because there’s always a useful opinion to be found online.
Russia’s population in 2018 is 146 880 432, according to Rosstat. Russian national team has 23 players on the roster, 11 of them would make the starting lineup. And these three numbers make the biggest mystery of summer 2018. Why is it a problem to find 11 men from 146 million, has it always been like that and what is «Russian football»?
St. Petersburg can be traversed in many different ways. For instance, from the rooftops, underground, on foot and even on the water. Lets start on the water. Setting a target - to get from the suburbs at Krestovskiy island to the office at Chapygina. We shall measure and document every route - to know how long it takes! Lets go!
This is the first photograph of St. Petersburg. Literally the first. Pushkin had been gone for a few years, Tchaikovsky was just born, Nicholas the I is on the throne. And that was in the early 1840s when Iosif Hamel took the first shot - that of Academy of Sciences. This picture started the history of St. Petersburg’s photography
St. Petersburg is most commonly associated with museums - according to tourists. The Hermitage, the Russian Museum, Museum of the Blockade, Petropavloskaya Fortress, Museum of Cosmonautics - those are the most popular ones. 200 landmarks in the city - the world’s second largest number, losing out only to London. But the difference we have to London is that here we have nameless museums - which never make tourist guidebooks. And if we include those corners, we’ll be ahead of the English capital for sure. Maxim Oblender reports on how St. Petersburg residents are preserving the city’s history.
St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018 looks less and less like a classic platform where the contracts are being signed. It looks more like an incubator of sorts where digital approach to economics is developed. Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, digital economy - here’s a language that participants of the forum speak on
Storing is not about concealing, it’s about preserving. But even museum storage has space for a revolution – which was undertaken by the Hermitage workers in Staraya Derevnya storage funds. The handover of art pieces from Zimniy’s storage rooms to the funds located in the city’s north is actively underway. Because there – in a modern and well-equipped building – is where you can preserve things in a special way. In the open!
The St. Petersburg headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society. The meeting of speleology and karstology commission. Those are the world’s leading specialists in researching caves and the planet’s natural cavities. This time, conclusions of the latest expeditions aside, they discussed another important topic – underground tourist routes.
Studying pre-revolutionary lifestyle in one’s own flat. Studying the issue of aging today – to make us feel more comfortable when we ourselves turn old. And prove a theory that the life on our planet fully depends on forestation. Extraordinary discoveries by our women prove once again – sometimes you have to take the most extraordinary path to achieve your goal.
Work is in full swing. Fences are being made for the «Begovaya» subway station. The technology is as old as the world itself. Metal is being poured into shapers and fixed with soil - two hours later those are ready. Another matter is that iron workers are used to producing far more detailed elements of decoration.
March 11th marks the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Marius Petipa, renowned ballet dancer and choreographer. For more than 50 years he lived and worked in St. Petersburg. Here he created a unique style of the academic ballet and raised many generations of outstanding dancers. There’s no exaggeration in «the epoch of Petipa» saying, as it has never ended. That is what those who praise the glory of Russian ballet and raise a new generation of artists say. Tatyana Bazhenova continues.
Anton Tsuman, reporter: “faculty number one – one of the most top secret schools of the Military Mechanical University used to be located behind this door. Only a few had known that missile construction was studied beyond these walls. And now we have a chance to see where those who propelled our country to the heights of rocket technologies had learnt their trade”
Mendeleev, Pavlov, Landau, Alferov, Perelman. You can almost populate a whole new city with the great scientists of St. Petersburg. And it would be constantly filled with more people. St. Petersburg appeared in the most unconventional manner in the least obvious place – between swamps and forests. In a place where one would not build a city. And by its existence alone, it proves to all different scientists – sometimes you just have to act in the most unobvious way
Graffiti artists are like hackers - penetrating the city’s systems - have now gone online. But the voice of the streets is still heard in them, according to the exhibition’s organizers. Igor Ponosov has been researching street art, setting the start point at 1971 - when the subculture emerged - to 2011, when the world was taken over by Instagram. The exhibition, comprising of photos and videos, looks more like supplements to an article about art. But, nonetheless, is a declaration of art.
Boris Smelov’s photography spans from 1970s to 1990s within St. Petersburg’s culture. Connected to St. Petersburg, dedicated to St. Petersburg, defined by St. Petersburg. There are great residents of Leningrad, yet there are great residents of St. Petersburg. And Smelov is at the top of the list. In Soviet days, filming the city from atop tall buildings or rooftops was not a trend. Spies did that and such pictures always created suspicion. Maybe thats the reason why Smelov filmed from these angles - from top to bottom, to the side, diagonally. An unusual look at the city. Which even got its own name - Smelov’s angle.