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July 17, 1998 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate judge set stringent bail conditions yesterday for a SEPTA police officer charged by New York authorities in a hostage-taking robbery allegedly orchestrated by Russian mobsters. Authorities allege that furs, jewelry and Rolex watches were taken during a home break-in in Brooklyn on May 13 and that the victims were later forced to pay an additional $40,000 in cash. The victims, identified only as the owners of a New York business, were gagged, handcuffed and had their faces covered with ski caps by two men who entered their home posing as police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
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December 10, 1998 | AKIRA SUWA / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Russian iconographer Alexandr Sokolov, right, installs the mosaic he designed for St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church in North Philadelphia. The work, picturing Christ's face, was executed by Russian mosaic specialist Tatiana Zlobina. Church engineer Aleksandr Kozlov, left, helped out yesterday.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | by Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
Russian immigrants will celebrate Hanukkah with Jewish families from the Northeast Sunday on the first day of the joyous eight-day holiday. The ceremony at 11 a.m. - at the Klein Branch of the Jewish Community Centers, Red Lion Road and Jamison Avenue - will be conducted in Russian and English. A highlight will be the lighting of a menorah, the Hanukkah candelabra that holds seven candles. Children of Russian background as well as youth from the Northeast will take part in the ceremony.
SPORTS
August 25, 1995 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nobody wants to fight the Russian. Or so it seems. Alexander Zolkin, the North American Boxing Federation heavyweight champion, is scheduled to defend his title at Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel tonight (ESPN, 9:30), but he isn't counting on it until he sees his opponent in the ring. Three of Zolkin's last four scheduled opponents have withdrawn, and at one point earlier this week, it appeared the streak would be extended. Tony Tubbs, scheduled to meet Zolkin in tonight's 12-round bout, called in hurt early Wednesday and a fill-in opponent was found.
NEWS
March 23, 1990 | By Andrew Stiller, Special to The Inquirer
Pianist Cynthia Raim appeared in the Port of History auditorium last night under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Her narrowly focused but well-thought-out program was devoted to Viennese classics and Russian post-romantics. An opening block of Haydn and Beethoven revolved around Haydn's lengthy, meditative Variations in F Minor. Raim's deeply felt, beautifully clear performance (with crystalline filigree) provided welcome contrast to her less thoughtful rendering of the opening Fantasia in C Major, by the same composer.
NEWS
July 8, 1991 | By Peter Dobrin, Special to The Inquirer
Repertory companies like the Delaware Valley Opera Company, which performed Saturday night at the Osimo Outdoor Theater at Hermitage Mansion on Henry Avenue, occupy an important place in the arts in this country. These shoestring operations give inexperienced performers a chance to learn repertoire without big-time pressures. For a concertgoer, part of the fun is the element of surprise. You never know when you'll hear the next Elisabeth Schwarzkopf or Maria Callas. Its more likely, though, that you'll have to endure singing and acting that never deserved to find its way out of the shower and past the bathroom door.
NEWS
November 3, 1991 | By Henri Sault, Inquirer Coins Writer
A collection of 75 commemorative Russian medals, dating from 1713 to the 1917 Revolution, will be sold during the mail bid sale Nov. 13 held by Coin Galleries, the foreign department of Stack's in New York City. The medals, mainly in bronze but with some silver and one in gold, celebrate Prince Rurik, the Scandinavian usually credited with founding the Russian state in the 9th century, and other heroes, among them Prince Igor, Prince Sviatoslav and Peter the Great. Other medals mark treaties, the annexation of Armenia in 1828, the opening of the Polkovo Observatory in 1839, the completion of the Nicholas Bridge in St. Petersburg, and various coronations.
NEWS
April 18, 1993 | By Stephen Seplow, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Alexander Shishinin, 30 years old and boyishly handsome, had spent the day in a recording studio with the band he managed, and he was climbing the dark, narrow staircase to his fifth-floor apartment in a dingy building on the northeastern edge of Moscow. It was between 8 and 9 p.m. on Friday, March 5, when he reached the landing between the second and third floors, the one with the graffiti "there is no happiness in life. " He was holding two guitars, so his hands were full when someone stepped from the darkness and plunged a four-inch knife into his belly.
SPORTS
September 22, 2008 | By David Block FOR THE INQUIRER
Kenya's Catherine Ndereba, the Olympic marathon silver medalist, was shortening up in distance while Liliya Shobukhova, Russia's 5,000-meter runner, was stretching out. In the end, Ndereba, a six-time winner of the Philadelphia Distance Run, couldn't catch Shobukhova in yesterday's version of the annual race. The winner finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 21 seconds, earning the first prize of $3,500. She was sixth in the 5,000 in the Olympics in Beijing. Ndereba earned $2,000 for second yesterday.
SPORTS
March 18, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Russian pentathlete Irina Belova was suspended for four years yesterday by the International Amateur Athletic Federation for testing positive for testosterone during last year's World Indoor Championships in Toronto. Belova's gold medal will be given to runner-up Liliana Nastase, of Romania. Poland's Urzula Wlodarczyk moves up to the silver-medal position, and Germany's Birgit Clarius will receive the bronze. In other track and field news: The Romanian Track and Field Federation suspended high jumper Galina Astafei-Stavariu, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist, for three years for refusing to compete in last weekend's European Indoor Championships in Paris.
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July 10, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When NetCost Market opened its second Philadelphia location this summer, management instituted a new rule: Staff must speak English. The goal, said Andre Malkin, a partner and vice president of operations, was to reframe the store as a supermarket for everyone - not just the Russian and Eastern European immigrants that are the company's core demographic. "We have to have more English presence to make people comfortable and not to feel intimidated," said Malkin, who had heard from customers that staff in the past would address them only in Russian.
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June 25, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - There is a wall in the Brandon Wheat Kings' weight room at their home rink, Keystone Centre, filled with colorful photos and stats of team alumni. It serves as both a nod to the stars of yesteryear and an ounce of motivation: Put in the work here and you can be on this wall one day. There is a photo of Brian Propp, a message depicting his 194-point season in 1978-79, which still stands as a franchise record. Ivan Provorov has played in Brandon, the only Manitoba-based team in the Western Hockey League, only since committing there last Aug. 14. Yet he became intimately familiar with the wall, absorbing his franchise's 79-year history.
SPORTS
June 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - When the Flyers make the seventh overall pick in the NHL draft on June 26, they may have a choice between defenseman Ivan Provorov or forwards Lawson Crouse, Kyle Connor, Mathew Barzal, Mikko Rantanen, or Pavel Zacha. Craig Button, the former Calgary general manager who is a draft expert for TSN in Canada, admires all of the players, but he says Provorov, 18, is the best of the group. "He has everything," Button said while watching players go through fitness testing Saturday at the NHL scouting combine.
SPORTS
May 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he improved his crowded defense and its speed Wednesday by signing free-agent Yevgeni Medvedev, a three-time KHL all-star in Russia. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Russian will be playing in the NHL for the first time after spending his career in the Russian Elite League and the KHL. He is regarded as a strong-skating two-way defenseman, and Hextall is banking on his making a quick adjustment to the smaller NHL rinks. "We just felt with the size, the mobility, the skating, that we upgraded our group here," said Hextall, who said Medvedev has the ability to play on the power play and penalty kill.
SPORTS
May 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DURING THE winter of discontent, the Flyers' blue line was so crowded that top defenseman Michael Del Zotto was forced to sit behind seven others for all but three games in the month of December. The Flyers have only since added to the logjam, even after jettisoning Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen, with an unavoidable reckoning on the horizon. Yesterday, the Flyers signed Russian defenseman Evgeni Medvedev to a 1-year deal, leaving them with eight defensemen under contract. That number does not include Del Zotto, a restricted free agent Ron Hextall said he intends to re-sign.
SPORTS
May 6, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
If Craig Button's ability to predict the future is to be trusted, the Flyers and their general manager, Ron Hextall, will face an interesting decision when it comes time for them to make the No. 7 overall pick in next month's NHL draft. Button used to the GM of the Calgary Flames, and he's the director of scouting for TSN, Canada's answer to ESPN. He knows his stuff, and according to his latest mock draft, the Flyers will have the opportunity to select an 18-year-old defenseman named Ivan Provorov, who spent the 2014-15 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
This is a column about a beautiful Ukrainian helicopter pilot named Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by pro-Russian rebels and illegally transported from her country to a prison in Moscow. She could die soon. It is also a column about lies so blatant, so contrary to available facts, that they insult the intelligence. Vladimir Putin and his spokesmen repeat such lies over and over about what Russia is doing in Ukraine. Yet Western leaders still refrain from denouncing them as falsehoods.
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Conductor Valery Gergiev probably had one of the more civilized receptions of his winter U.S. tour at Thursday's Philadelphia Orchestra concert. Pro-Ukrainian protesters were outside the Kimmel Center, having their say in the ongoing debate about Gergiev's support of Russian president Vladimir Putin, and inside, the concert was business as usual - as much as Gergiev's concerts are ever typical. He has long been the master of spontaneous combustion. Although Gergiev's own Mariinsky Orchestra often plays with world-class inspiration, it's sonically compromised by the substandard quality of instruments.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The rockets that killed dozens of civilians in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol last weekend also blew up the futile Western strategy for stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine. President Obama and his European allies desperately hoped that sanctions would squeeze Vladimir Putin into accepting a negotiated solution to the conflict. They were dreaming that he would press Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine to abide by the so-called Minsk cease-fire agreement signed in September by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and Europe.
SPORTS
December 24, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
I am looking for Andrei Kirilenko, but he is hard to find. This should not be the case because Kirilenko is a 6-foot-9 Russian. He should either be on a basketball court or in a James Bond movie. I have searched the basketball courts and movie theaters. No Kirilenko. The 76ers are not helping at all. They traded for Kirilenko this month and I see his smiling face on the roster page of their website. The blue and red of the team colors have been drawn onto the uniform top he is wearing in the photo.
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