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In Brief

Published: January 13, 2009 (Issue # 1439)


Suspected Militants Hit

MOSCOW (AP) Four suspected militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Ingushetia, Interior Ministry officials said Sunday.

The fighters were hiding in a house in the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya, the officials said. One civilian and three policemen were wounded in the fighting Sunday.

The ethnic Chechen gunmen were wanted on criminal charges in Ingushetia and Chechnya, the ministry said.

Ex-Mayor Dead

MOSCOW (SPT) Kazbek Pagiyev, formerly the mayor of North Ossetias capital, Vladikavkaz, was shot dead near his home in the southern republic, Kommersant newspaper reported Sunday.

Pagiyev, who resigned as deputy prime minister of the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia in December, was killed on Dec. 31 by two unidentified gunmen while he was sitting in his car. Pagiyevs driver was also killed in the attack.

Investigators believe that Pagiyevs murder is linked to the assassination of Vladikavkaz Mayor Vitaly Karayev a month earlier.

Five people have been arrested in connection with Karayevs Nov. 26 slaying, though the suspected killer remains at large.

General Killed

MOSCOW (SPT, Bloomberg) A senior Interior Ministry official was shot dead in Dagestan in an attack for which a radical Islamic group in the southern republic claimed responsibility.

Valery Lipinsky, first deputy head of the Interior Ministry troops in the North Caucasus, was shot dead in the Dagestani capital, Makhachkala, on Dec. 29, the ministry said on its web site. He was 52.

A radical Islamic group in Dagestan, Jamaat Sharia, claimed responsibility for Lipinskys murder, according to a statement attributed to the group and posted on the Chechen rebel web site of Kavkaz Center on Jan. 5.

Dagestani officials claim to have wiped out Jamaat Sharia, a group notorious for deadly attacks against policemen in the republic, after killing its leader, Rasul Makasharipov, in 2005.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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