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October 18, 1994
Afour-day visit to Russia by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, ends here Thursday with a trip to the old imperial capital of St. Petersburg in the company of Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin. The queen arrived in Moscow on Monday and attended a performance that night of the Bolshoi ballet. The royal visit was a rare look at monarchical trappings for Russians, who deposed their own royalty, the 300-year-old Romanov dynasty, in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
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WORLD
September 6, 2013 | By Don Lee
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- There's been a lot of passionate talk and chatter here among G-20 leaders, but it seems to have been mostly about the conflict in Syria and whether they were willing to back President Obama's call for a military strike on the Syrian regime. Indeed, this year's G-20 meeting, which wasn't expected to produce a lot of concrete commitments in the first place, is likely to be remembered as the summit on Syria. Yet there's been no breakthrough on the Syria question, and neither were the leaders of the Group of 20 major economies likely to agree on a lot of new substantive actions or statements to strengthen the global economy, the group's main purpose.
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SPORTS
August 6, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY
It is hardly possible to walk away from Mikhail Bobrov without feeling that you have met a special person. He not only survived the Germans' 900-day, World War II siege of Leningrad, in which more than 1 million people died, he was among the brave soldiers who made sure the city survived. Bobrov, an official with the St. Petersburg Organizing Committee for the Goodwill Games, told his story Friday.
WORLD
September 5, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Sergei L. Loiko and Christi Parsons
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - President Obama hopes to emerge from a two-day summit with some international support for a military strike on Syria, but his toughest reception will come from his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who chose not to meet him Thursday when he arrived at the airport. Instead, three low-ranked officials went in Putin's place. When the two finally said hello it was in a procession of world leaders at the gold- and cream-colored Konstantinovsky Palace. Obama gestured toward the sunny sky as they shook hands.
NEWS
November 15, 1996 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the second time in three weeks, riot-gear-equipped police patrolled a predominantly black neighborhood in south St. Petersburg on Thursday, after an outbreak of arson and mayhem in which officers and firefighters came under "heavy gunfire." In the aftermath of the rioting, city officials seemed stunned by the escalation of the violence that has rocked this Gulf Coast city, which until recently was best known for its retirees and sandy beaches.
SPORTS
April 8, 1990 | ALMON LOCKABEY
St. Petersburg, Fla., junior skippers spurred their senior team to an overall victory in Newport Harbor Yacht Club's U.S. Yacht Club Challenge Cup Saturday to earn the title of the best club in the country. Mark Mendelblatt in the two-man Flying Junior dinghy, and Brett Davis in the single-handed Laser each finished the regatta with 13 wins after throwing out their five worst races for a total score of 9.75 points. St.
NEWS
June 14, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the majority of people of this graceful city of canals, bridges and European architecture, the revolutionary name of Leningrad no longer described who they were and what they were about. St. Petersburg, the name the city's founder had given it nearly three centuries ago, proved closer to their spirit as the fervor of Soviet socialism waned. So they did something about it. Preliminary results showed Thursday that 55% of its 4.
TRAVEL
November 14, 1993
Hotel rooms will be prized commodities in St. Petersburg from mid-July through mid-August thanks to the 1994 Goodwill Games. The U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg is warning travelers that several hotels have set aside blocks of rooms for package sales to Goodwill Games ticket holders and have stopped taking individual reservations. About 2,500 athletes from more than 50 countries are expected to complete in 24 sports.
NEWS
May 21, 1996 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Monday's results from the St. Petersburg gubernatorial election are a harbinger of the June 16 Russian presidential vote, Boris N. Yeltsin may be in for a bruising. St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly A. Sobchak was expected to ride his reputation as a democratic reformer to a convincing lead over his nearest rivals, but his deputy-turned-challenger made a dramatic rise in popularity to force the contest into a second round. Sobchak won less than 29% of the vote in the city of 4.
NEWS
June 4, 1996 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anatoly A. Sobchak, the internationally popular mayor of St. Petersburg who tried to restore his city's pre-Communist prominence as Russia's "window on Europe," lost his reelection bid to his deputy-turned-challenger in a tight race, a preliminary vote count showed Monday. It was a major upset for a politician who had long been mentioned as a likely democratic successor to Russian President Boris N.
NEWS
April 28, 2013
Pack your cool-weather clothes for this deal: KLM has a $754 round-trip airfare to St. Petersburg, Russia, from LAX , including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability and requires a Saturday night stay. Other restrictions may apply. It is for travel between Sept. 15 and March 27. Info : KLM , (800) 225-2525 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
SPORTS
March 25, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
James Hinchcliffe, the Canadian driver poised to become IndyCar's next star, grabbed the first victory of his career Sunday. Fittingly it came at St. Petersburg, Fla., the adopted hometown of the late Dan Wheldon, the driver who signed to drive the GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport shortly before his death in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas. The open seat then went to Hinchcliffe, who drove the bright green No. 27 to victory in front of Wheldon's wife and two children. "This is his hometown; this is his car," said Hinchcliffe, who will be added now to the Wheldon monument unveiled Thursday at Turn 10 on the course.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay opens his defense of the IndyCar championship Sunday with the series season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Honda Grand Prix on a 1.8-mile street course in St. Petersburg is the first of 19 races on the Izod IndyCar Series calendar. The series then moves to the Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala., on April 7, followed by the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach that's held on the city's seaside streets April 21. Hunter-Reay, who drives for the Andretti Autosport team, won the series title in dramatic fashion in Southern California in September at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
TRAVEL
December 30, 2012 | By Sasha Vasilyuk
MOSCOW - On New Year's Eve, dining-room tables across Russia will be covered with a mosaic of glittering red caviar, piroshki, marinated mushrooms, beet salad and herring. Chilled vodka bottles and Champagne flutes will tower over the dishes, reflecting the TV screens where the president - this year, the returned Vladimir Putin - will make his annual toast before the Kremlin bells chime in the new year. In Russia, no other holiday is as beloved or celebrated. For me, New Year's Eve dinners are the brightest culinary memory of the hungry 1990s, when Russian stores sold mainly bread, milk, canned sprats and frozen chicken thighs imported from the U.S. and nicknamed "Bush's thighs.
TRAVEL
December 30, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO MOSOW From LAX, nonstop service to Moscow is available on Aeroflot and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on KLM, Air France, Delta, Turkish, British, Swiss and Lufthansa. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $778, including taxes and fees. U.S. citizens must have a Russian visa. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 7 (country code for Russia), 495/499 (Moscow area code) or 812 (St. Petersburg area code)
SPORTS
March 25, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Helio Castroneves used a bold pass of Scott Dixon to win the IndyCar season opener Sunday through the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where he celebrated with a tribute to the late Dan Wheldon . Castroneves stopped his Penske Racing Chevrolet in Turn 10, which this year was renamed Dan Wheldon Way in honor of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. After climbing the fence, his traditional victory celebration, he ran to the street sign and patted it, then emotionally doubled over against the wall.
NEWS
December 4, 1998 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Westerners know St. Petersburg for its opulent palaces, graceful canals and renowned art museums, a city lauded as Russia's most cultured and progressive, a "Venice of the North." However, as any guidebook will tell you, the city was built on a swamp, so darker, murkier currents flow not far below the surface. One of those is the city's history of political assassinations.
WORLD
March 5, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
  With police helicopters hovering low over central Moscow and security forces blanketing the streets, at least 20,000 protesters gathered Monday to accuse Vladimir Putin of stealingRussia's presidential election and demand his immediate resignation. The Central Election Commission reported that Putin, seeking to regain the presidency after four years as prime minister, won in the first round Sunday with 64.7% of the vote. The result puts Putin, who previously served eight years as president, on track to possibly serve two new six-year terms.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. says it plans to launch a broadcast version of Disney Channel in Russia next year, enabling the entertainment giant to deliver its family programming to about 40 million households in the increasingly important market. Disney will acquire a 49% stake in Seven TV network, a national TV network in Russia, enabling it to air Disney Channel programming on broadcast stations in 54 urban markets, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in rural areas. The company did not disclose financial terms.
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