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
Even thirty years on, the genuine breeze of Chinese culture – once deemed exotic here – is blowing through this window. Judge for yourselves. Only a few hundred Chinese lived on the banks of the Neva in the early 20th century. In the beginning of the 21st century – 20 thousand. And half a million tourists came here last year alone – even forcing the timetable monitor at the airport to “speak Chinese”. And they’ve come here not just for touristy sightseeing.
Evenings by the fire in a children’s summer camp – the best time to whisper about one’s fears. Many of which were born online. Talks about Momo are not favored here, while traditional scary stories – which we all remember since childhood – are replaced by crafty tales. There was a case when an entire class had a hysteria because of a tale about a ghost guide. Imagine what a virtual demon, armed with modern technologies, can do.
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