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The world's strongest girl, 15-year-old Russian Mariana Naumova, told Arnold Schwarzenegger she hoped he would become the President of the United States and fix relations with Russia, according to Argumenty i Fakty newspaper.
Naumova met Schwarzenegger at the annual Arnold Sports Festival held last week in Columbus, Ohio. The Russian schoolgirl set a new world record by bench pressing 150 kilograms and was congratulated by the former California governor in person.
Schwarzenegger reportedly said he would "work on" fulfilling Naumova's request.

"On the record I was congratulated by himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and we were able to talk a little. I told him my dream that he become president of the United States and improve relations with Russia... Arnold carefully listened to me and promised me that he would work on it ... "- said Marian.

http://www.aif.ru/sport/other/1462834
Photo from Twitter.
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Events, Holidays and Festivals / February 23, 2015: Defenders of Russia Day
« Last post by Sennaya on February 23, 2015, 07:28:48 PM »
Official holiday celebrates people who are serving or were serving the Russian Armed Forces (both men and women), but unofficially, nationally it has also more recently come to include the celebration of men as a whole, and to act as a counterpart of International Women's Day on March 8.

Expect parades and processions in honor of veterans, and women also give small gifts to the Russian men in their lives, especially husbands (or boyfriends), fathers, sons and brothers. As a part of the workplace culture, women often give gifts to their male co-workers. Consequently, in colloquial usage, the holiday is often referred to as Men's Day (Russian: День Мужчин, Den' Muzhchin).
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Food and Restaurants in St. Petersburg / Carls Jr closes 30 restaurants in Russia
« Last post by Sennaya on January 27, 2015, 10:10:04 PM »

http://sptimes.ru/story/41621
 U.S. burger chain Carl's Jr.'s exit from the Russian market has proven messy, as employees claim the company intends to dismiss them without severance pay as required by Russian labor law, according to St. Petersburg news website Fontanka.ru.

Carl's Jr. on Monday announced its intention to withdraw from Russia, closing its 30 locations spread between St. Petersburg, Krasnodar and Novosibirsk, citing growing volatility as Western sanctions and declining oil prices take their toll on the Russian economy.
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Russian Music / Balalaika on the Sennnaya Metro
« Last post by Sennaya on December 27, 2014, 05:20:06 AM »
A balalaika on the Sennaya Ploschad Metro escalator! Not the usual scene on the escalator, but harkens to another time.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf9yswYi_aQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf9yswYi_aQ</a>

http://youtu.be/wf9yswYi_aQ
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Holidays and Events in St. Petersburg / Re: Ded Moroz for New Year and Christmas
« Last post by Sennaya on December 26, 2014, 09:45:31 PM »
For more about Santa vs. Ded Moroz, see our story:  http://sennaya.com/santa-vs-grandfather-frost/
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Events, Holidays and Festivals / Happy Birthday Fyodor Dostoyevsky Nov. 11
« Last post by Sennaya on November 11, 2014, 04:21:05 AM »
Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born Nov. 11, 1821  (October 30, 1821 in old  calendar)

Dostoevsky is considered to be one of the most important Russian novelists and one of the first novelists to explore the ideas of psychoanalysis in his writing. He is widely read and studied today for his investigation of morality, religion and existential subjects remains relevant today.

Born: November 11, 1821, Moscow, Russia
Died: February 9, 1881, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Movies: The Double, The Brothers Karamazov, Saawariya, More
Siblings: Mikhail Dostoyevsky, Andrey Dostoyevsky, More
Plays: Crime and Punishment

Life of Dostoevsky



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Russian Food / Re: Rabina Liquer and Juice, the Moutain Ash delight!
« Last post by hyorinpoppy on September 01, 2014, 08:02:31 AM »

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Transportation in St. Petersburg / Wire frame model of Sennaya Square
« Last post by Sennaya on August 11, 2014, 11:54:06 PM »
Sennaya Ploschad is now a 3D model on sketchfab.
Hopefully it will be updated to show the 3 metro stations!

https://sketchfab.com/models/3f8bc5fe60c64d208d5efe6c8484df74
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The Scarlet Sails is celebrated along the Neva in St. Petersburg. Photo by Lev Turnas posted to Facebook by the
St. Petersburg Times

Alexander Grin finished writing the Scarlet Sails while living at 11 Dekabristov street 1921-1922.
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Holidays and Events in St. Petersburg / Re: June 12, Russia Day 2014
« Last post by Sennaya on June 21, 2014, 07:27:33 AM »
Russia Day continues to be the day to commemorate the start of modern Russia celebrated across the country on June 12.
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