Latest St. Petersburg News

German shipping firm: 8 crew seized by pirates off Cameroon

Aug. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German shipping company says pirates have abducted eight crew members from one of its vessels off the coast of West Africa. Shipping company MC-Schiffahrt said on its website that pirates attacked the MarMalaita late Wednesday while it was anchored off Douala, Cameroon. The Hamburg-based...

Moscow election protest attracts huge crowd, spurs spinoffs

Aug. 10, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of people rallied Saturday against the exclusion of some city council candidates from Moscow's upcoming election, turning out for one of the Russian capital's biggest political protests in years. After the rally, which was officially sanctioned, hundreds of participants...

Moscow police detain more than 800 at protest, monitor says

Aug. 3, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Moscow cracked down hard on an unsanctioned election protest for the second weekend in a row Saturday, detaining more than 800 people at a rally against the exclusion from city council contests of some independent and opposition candidates, an arrest monitoring group said. Election...

Royal Navy ship shadows Chinese destroyer in English Channel

Aug. 3, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Navy says one of its ships shadowed a Chinese destroyer as it sailed through the English Channel. A navy statement said the HMS Westminster met up with the guided-missile destroyer Xian as it entered Dover Strait on Saturday. The Xian was returning from Russia's annual Navy...

New suspect detained in Russia over LGBT activist killing

Aug. 1, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators say they have arrested a suspect in the killing of an LGBT rights activist in St. Petersburg, and that the person initially detained for the crime is no longer a suspect. Yelena Grigorieva's body was found on a St. Petersburg street in July with eight stab wounds and...

Russian tour guide's personal story is an attraction

Jul. 30, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia's second city mixes ornate magnificence and cruel poverty. Vyacheslav Rasner straddles the extremes — becoming an unexpectedly popular tour guide after surviving a decade of homelessness. With his full white beard and head of messy hair, the 68-year-old Rasner...

Nearly 1,400 detained in Moscow protest; largest in decade

Jul. 28, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 1,400 people were detained in a violent police crackdown on an opposition protest in Moscow, a Russian monitoring group said Sunday, adding that was the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade. OVD-Info, which has monitored police arrests since 2011,...

Putin leads Russian naval parade after crackdown in Moscow

Jul. 28, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin led Russia's first major naval parade in years on Sunday, the day after a violent police crackdown on anti-government protesters in Moscow. Putin on Sunday morning went aboard one of the vessels in the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland....

Russian boxer, 28, dies after suffering brain injury in ring

Jul. 23, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Boxer Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday, four days after suffering a brain injury in a fight in Maryland. He was 28. The Russian Boxing Federation said Dadashev suffered a brain swelling in Friday's light-welterweight fight with Subriel Matias at the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill,...

Demonstrators commemorate slain Russian LGBT activist

Jul. 23, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators have held solo pickets in St. Petersburg to commemorate a political and LGBT rights activist who was killed over the weekend. Yelena Grigorieva's body was found Saturday near her home with eight stab wounds and signs of strangling. Some participants in...