Finnish Culture Festival in Petrozavodsk Nov. 2-12

The program includes the restaurant day, folk dancing, an exhibition of Karel and Finnish fabric-making, and a movie festival.

Dates: Nov. 2 to 12

Address: ul. Pervomayskaya 2, . No entrance fee.

See the Agriculture Club VK and Facebook page. The Agriculture Club defines itself as a “hotbed of culture” and after a cursory examination of its VK and Facebook pages I was impressed with the scope and intensity of its activities. Definitely on my “to visit” list if I end up in Petrozavodsk for a few hours.

Finnish journalist fined for an interview with ex-mayor of Petrozavodsk Galina Shirshina, and report that Esa Tuominen, a journalist from Finland, was fined 2000 roubles ($25) and had his visa revoked for interviewing “without journalistic accreditation” the ex-mayor of Petrozavodsk, Galina Shirshina, famous for being the last of non- United Russia city heads, recently fired from her job in a controversial if not to say scandalous manner. The journalist was apparently apprehended after two ladies sitting next to him and Ms. Shirshina in a cafe called the authorities.

Tea, coffee, sweets, and cat petting in Petrozavodsk

cotarium-3An “anti-cafe” (where you pay 5 roubles per minute for the first half an hour, then 3 roubles/minute, and the rest like tea, coffee, sweets, games, and books, is included) recently opened in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia.

The main drawing point of this establishment is cats that can be petted or, if you qualify, adopted.

Also a library and regular workshops are held in this establishment.

cotarium-2The address is the Tetris Shopping Center, ulitsa Marshala Meretskova, 11, 4th floor. Open 11am to 9pm, closed 3pm to 4pm for an afternoon nap.

Website: VK group:

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A Suoyarvi (Karelia) deputy fined for “inciting separatism”

zavarkinVladimir Zavarkin, a municipal deputy at the Karelian town of Suoyarvi, had spoken at a meeting in Petrozavodsk on May 20 2015 saying something to the effect that if Russia doesn’t need Karelia – and it doesn’t, judging from the treatment the latter receives from Moscow – the republic should perhaps separate and re-join Finland, from which it was partly annexed as a result of the 1939 war. That brought him under the newly passed, in 2014, law against “calls for separatism”, and had him fined 30 th. roubles ($450 at the current exchange rate) by a Petrozavodsk court last week.

For details see The Moscow Times article.

I must say he got off lightly. The prosecutor was asking for two years of imprisonment. Others guilty under the same “calls for separatism” law, like the head of Crimean Tartars, got something like three years of real Russian prison.

Petrozavodsk politics: attempt to out a non- United Russia elected mayor

petrozavodskNoticed an article on Petrozavodsk politics in today’s issue of The Moscow Times. Turns out Petrozavodsk is one of the very few Russian cities where the mayor is NOT appointed by the ruling party United Russia but is freely elected. Now the city council is trying to out this elected mayor, with lots of dirt flying.

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“History of the Murmansk Railroad”

railroad-murmanskThe Murmansk Regional History Museum is coming to Kandalaksha with a display of about 50 photos, mostly old black-and-white, describing the history of the Petrozavodsk to Murmansk railroad from the beginning of its construction in 1915 to the present day. The exhibition will be held in the Kandalaksha Museum (ulitsa Pervomayskaya 40) from July 11 to August 10 2015.

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Botanic Garden of Petrozavodsk State University

logo_bot_gardenThe botanic garden was founded in 1951 on the northeast coast of Petrozavodsk bay of Onego lake, on the southern slope of the relic volcano. Exposure of the Botanical Garden and its natural area open to the public on weekdays from 9-00 to 16-30.

Price of excursion in English – 33 USD (in happy hour 10-00AM – 3-00 PM, Monday – Friday); at other times and on weekends – 66 USD
Preliminary request by phone (in russian) +7 8142 789448 or 765482 in English – Alexey Falin  (deputy director) – +7 911 4108266/

Botanic Garden’s web-site (english)>>

Botanic garden in autumn, photo by Igor Podgorny

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