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News and Travel in Russia / The Soviet Superplane still amazing
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on June 14, 2011, 12:57:54 AM »

This huge Ekranoplane is the little borther of the "Caspian Sea Monster,"  The Soviet Prototype plane.

The name of the Soviet ship was "prototype ship" (abbreviated "KM" from the transliterated Russian). The modest title belied the KM's might. When it first skimmed the waters of the Caspian in 1966, the KM was the largest aircraft on earth. At 295 feet long, capable of flying with a total weight of 600 tons and operating at a cruising speed of 310 miles per hour, it was hardly a mock-up. At a glance the KM looks like it was made to fight Godzilla.

Former Spy Anna Chapman will head business newspaper

Anna Chapman, detained for espionage and deported from the United States last year, was appointed editor-in-chief of Venture Business News newspaper.

"I've become the chief editor. It's a small newspaper," Chapman said.

In a statement published on the newspaper's website, Chapman promised to significantly increase the circulation and improve multimedia and the overall content produced by the newspaper.

As editor-in-chief, Chapman will be in charge of the new column Field News, discussing major events in the venture and investment business in Russia and abroad.

Chapman said she will lerad the newspaper to "promote a positive image of young entrepreneurs, innovators, and technological business managers." Otherwise, she believes, it will be difficult to create an innovative economy in Russia.

Read more in Russian:

[b]Venture News online[/b]

[b]Other Anna Chapman news items:[/b]
Chapman Brand:
Social marketing

Accused on Twitter of being a spy, it is possible that a woman  now going by the alias Primoris Era  has all the intrigue and fascination that has made Anna Chapman such a person of interest.

Primoris Era is reporting on Russian and Eastern Europe on the Information Dissemination Blog.


In Case it disappears from the Web, here is her introduction:

"Hello, I’m Primoris Era, or as I’m more colloquially known, “The First Lady of Missiles,” a nickname one of my Professors gave me. Called, “the lady with the ‘prolific missile tweets,’” I am a self-described Werner von Braun and Deutsche luftfahrtforschung groupie.

I am also 28 years old. Suffice it to say, I’m not your average anything.

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, and began college while still in prep school. Before graduating undergrad, I studied Russian and Eastern European politics at Harvard University, and worked for Senator John McCain (R–AZ). In 2006, I graduated with honors from Arizona State University with both a Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Arts, along with three certificates. I am currently finishing three Masters Degrees: a Masters of Arts in Security Studies and Government specializing in International Relations and Masters of Business Administration focusing on Space Acquisitions from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters of Legal Laws with an emphasis in Air and Space law from the University of London.

Regionally, my work focuses on Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Caucasus. I also specialize on matter involving missile defense, arms control policy, law and legislation. Missile, rocket and satellite proliferation including their development, transfer and deployment; and theoretical space weapons research and space/counterspace analytical analysis, are also areas of professional study and interest. I have worked on projects for the U.S. Strategic Command and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, amongst other agencies."

And her first blog report: [url=][/url]

During the social media psots and accusations she was also known to some as Shawn Elizabeth Gorman. However, since no one is whom they seem on social media or in intelligence circles, it only fuels the speculation and intrigue.
Peterhof / Fountain Centerpiece "Samson" Sculpture returned to Peterhof
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on May 23, 2011, 07:15:42 PM »
April 16 the famous Samson sculpture form Peterhof has returned home after a tour through St. Peterburg from the  sculptural workshops on Vasilevsky Island all the way west to Peterhof to be teh centerpiece of the main fountain.

At noon Samson stopped on the square in front of Ostrowski Alexandrinsky Theater.

The restoration covered Samson with a double layer of gold leaf.
Restoration of the sculpture began in late 2010 to put in order for the 65 anniversary of the first post-war run the fountains, which will be celebrated in August 2011, ITAR-TASS.

The sculpture "Samson tearing the lion's mouth" was cast on the model by Bartolomeo Rastrelli and installed at Peterhof in 1735 to commemorate the 25 th anniversary of the victory at Poltava, which occurred on the day of St Sampson Strannopriimtsa.

By 1801 the composition dilapidated, was cast bronze figure of Michael Kozlowski.
She designed the pedestal for Andrei Voronikhin. When the Nazi occupation of Peterhof statue disappeared,  the third Samson appeared after the war.
Its reproduced from archival photographs by Basil Simonov and
returned to Peterhof on 31 August 1947.
A new penthouse restaurant has opened in St. Petersburg and in our hobby of visiting every panoramic venue in St. Petersburg, we had to tell you about it!  

It is called [b]Teplitsa[/b], which means Greenhouse in English.

It is a new renovation on top of the Stereo Kino at 88 Nevsky Propekt.  It is enclosed in glass for a sky view, and the window view is of the courtyards at Nevsky 88. Not an open vista like most penthouse restaurants, but a  pleasant variant.   Okay, it's no Sky BAr views, in fact it's not that high ... but still, it is a view restaurant.

The atmosphere is garden, with fake green turf on the floor and garden items for decoration. Chairs are covered in white.

Teplitsa’s menu is mostly Italian, and eclectic to say the least! Perhaps the cook is just experimenting.

The Pumpkin soup, which sounds vegetarian, comes with calamari (squid) rings.
And the tomato soup has been said to contain fish!
Soups are 150-200 rubles. Lasagna is 250 rubles and Beef Stroganov 330 rubles. Not bad.
Be sure to ask the server about the dishes, the food may differ from the menu.

Teplitsa - Greenhouase
88 Nevsky Prospekt
Tel: 318 0105
Open daily 8 a.m. till the last customer
Menu in Russian
A little pricey for a full meal.

The building is still under renovation, with a nightclub planned in the main movie hall.
Space is the theme of this year’s [b]Museum Night in St. Petersburg[/b], the annual all-night festival   of lmuseums, exhibition halls and galleries stay open for nocturnal patrons.

From 6 p.m. on Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday, more than 60 museum venues will treat visitors to displays on a cosmic theme and the 50th anniversary of [b]Yury Gagarin’s historic achievement of becoming the first man in space.[/b]

Seventeen museums are taking part in the event for the first time this year.

Admission to all 60 museums is 300 rubles, about $11.00.
Read some more[/url]

Loft Rizzoli Art Foundation has a rocket on the roof.
Pirates Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in Moscow for opening May 11, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean actors Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz presented their new film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in Moscow this week on the red carpet of the “October” cinema to big crowds of fans and press.
Airlines and airports / Re: Moscow in October
« Last post by Admiral_Kolchak on May 13, 2011, 01:14:19 AM »
The easiest way is by Taxi.
You can also catch a bus to Metro, that is the cheapest way if you have light bags.

October is nice, crisp air and leaves fall as first snows fall. Lovely and few tourists!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / May 9: Day of Victory 2011
« Last post by Sennaya on May 10, 2011, 03:52:25 AM »
The Day of Victory over Hitler in WWII is such a big holiday in Russia. It will be celebrated as long as Russia is a country with great gusto.
Add the fact that it also begins the warm weather after a long Winter -- people just can't wait to propel themselves outdoors and celebrate freedom and hope for the future!

There is a nice phpt essay at

Here WWII soldiers participate in parade down Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg. The gal with the flowers and cigar must have been some soldeir!
Events, Holidays and Festivals / Re: May 1: Workers Day
« Last post by Sennaya on May 10, 2011, 03:47:38 AM »
Woohoo! Long warm days are coming!
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