As per tradition, news service of “Sankt-Peterburg” TV station recalls the past year. And it was rich with events. Not only foreign politics shaped the landscape of news coverage in 2015. Life in the Northern Capital was bustling. Tragic and joyous, political and economic – here are 2015’s most important events as seen by the channel’s reporters.
Dmitriy Runkov, reporter: “It’s safe to say that for the 1st time in a decade, politics were this close to an ordinary citizen. They literally felt it in their wallets and pockets”
In response to economic shakedown which happened early in the year, the city’s government approved and anti-crisis plan. Additional taxes on trade networks were scrapped, monitoring of medication prices was introduced, start-up businesses were given a tax exemption. The government itself is bracing for a cut-down on the number of employees.
Eventually, St. Petersburg’s economy registered a 1% decrease in the year. It’s not good, but could have been much worse. And the 2016 budget has retained all means of support for those in need.
A landmark Malinovka park was saved thanks to the governor’s stance – he had to veto the deputy’s decision. The Legislative Council, while reviewing amendments to the city’s planning, decided that the park could become the ground for the construction of the new church complex.
But in 2015, parliamentarians thought most of all about the greenery. Additions to the city planning will expand the city’s parks by 60 percent. Several areas will not see back-to-back constructions, so next spring St. Petersburg will have additional 1,5 thousand hectares of green territories”