June 2, 1989 |
The new Soviet Parliament was stunned today when a deputy suggested that Lenin's body be removed from Red Square and buried in Leningrad. Yuri Karyakin said the founder of the Soviet state, whose body is on display in a mausoleum in the square, had expressed the wish to be buried alongside his mother in Leningrad. "We have violated his political will and his last wish as a human being," said Karyakin, a writer. "Tanks drive through Red Square, shaking the body. If I believed in God or the existence of the immortal soul, I would be sure he would thank us."
November 13, 1990 |
Leningrad's reformist mayor urged the City Council today to ration eggs, flour, meat and other necessities, saying it is the only way the city will get through the winter without hunger and unrest. "The entire country is introducing ration cards, and we unfortunately cannot avoid it either," Mayor Anatoly Sobchak said. Soviet television showed shoppers in Leningrad, the country's second-largest city, waiting in 500-yard-long lines for such ordinary items as butter, milk and chocolate.
June 24, 1989 |
Tony Aliengena, 11, landed in Leningrad on Friday in his around-the-world flight to the greetings of schoolchildren who crowded around to give him flowers and welcome him to the "land of the Soviets." "The flight was short and easy, and it's great to be here," the boy from San Juan Capistrano said as he stepped out of his Cessna 210 Centurion after the hour and 40 minute flight from Helsinki, Finland. Tanya Barabash, also 11, gave Tony a loaf of brown bread and a cup of salt--the traditional Russian welcome--and then recited a poem in Russian that she had written.
September 8, 1985 |
It's cold and wet in Leningrad. We're at the Hotel Pribaltiyskaya on the Gulf of Finland. There's a steady drizzle but no wind. Suddenly, a gale comes off the gulf, strong enough to blow you to Moscow. Sunset never comes. It gets darkest about 1:30 in the morning. There is always a silver glow in the northern sky. The hotel is Leningrad's newest and biggest, with 1,200 rooms, four bars, four restaurants, a nightclub, a bowling alley and a gymnasium. On each floor is a coffee shop open till 2 a.
June 23, 1989 |
Eleven-year-old Tony Aliengena, reaching a milestone in his "friendship flight" around the world, landed in Leningrad today where he was greeted by a group of schoolchildren who crowded around to give him flowers and welcome him to the "land of the Soviets." "The flight was short and easy, and it's great to be here," the boy from San Juan Capistrano said as he stepped out of his Cessna 210 Centurion after the hour-and-40-minute flight from Helsinki, Finland. Eleven-year-old Tanya Barabash gave Tony a brown loaf of bread and a cup of salt--the traditional Russian welcome--and then recited a poem in Russian that she had written herself.
June 21, 1998 |
Susan Sontag, in "On Photography," has called photographs "inexhaustible invitations to deduction, speculation, and fantasy." So it is with Mikhail Lemkhin's photo-poem, "Joseph Brodsky / Leningrad: Fragments," a book that invites as much speculation and fantasy toward Brodsky as toward Leningrad itself. Forced into exile, Brodsky wrote about the city of his birth in his essay "Less Than One." "In the national experience, the city is definitely Leningrad; in the growing vulgarity of its content, it becomes Leningrad more and more.