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Introduction to Petty Crime in Russia

oh, and a river cruise followd by a trip to the Piskaryovskoe Cemetery

-17 °C

I spent the morning with Nicole, a Swiss pocess engineer who works in Krasnodar. We were going to hangout together for the day but we had a change of plans shortly after lunch... or at least, that is when we found out Nicole had to go fill out a police report.

The first plan was to go to Peterhof, about 30 km out of town, via a river cruise. However, the cruises don't start until May 9. Oh well, change of plans => We went on a canal cruise which was very nice.

After the cuise it was time for lunch and we walked down main street (Nevsky Prospect) and were approached by two very eager young gentlemen who at first offerd free magazines and then black caviar. It was the standard shove the magazines in the face approach while the hand hidden underneath the magazine went searching. They seemed to be focused on me and Nicole avoided them by zipping around. I was keeping enough distance between us but they didn't give up until I shoved one hand in my pocket and my other hand the bad guys hand (the one under the paper preventing it from doing its magic trick). He was very surprised and they left us alone = Yeah, we won!

After lunch, Nicole discoved that her IPOD was missing and probably spent the rest of the afternoon filing a Police Report.

I decided to go to the War Cemetery in the afternoon. The one where residents were buried during the siege of Lenningrad, ... and there 200 mounds.

It was fairly far away so I decided use the Metro. When I arrived there was still some room on the wagon and there was a group of 6 undecided people standing by the door. Yeah, if they are not going in, there will be plenty of room for me. The trouble is they all came on immediately after me and the doors closed. I then realized that I was facing the classic crush approach to picking pocket.

We were jammed in with about 1-2 inches to move and then the fingers started to wander. I was watching one guy attentively and tapped his fingers away from me a few times before the next stop came up. Yeah, I won! The main crush happened as I exited. They somehow unzippered an outside pocket on my inside jacket and stole my BanK Card. It could have been much worse, my Passport and Visa were also in that pocket.

Well, I think I may want to avoid this type of situation in the future by waiting for the next train to avoid the full ones!

Here are some pics of Piskaryovskoe Cemetery... And yes, the obligatory wedding party did show up!



The wedding party


The access ramp... In communist times this would not have been here as society was only made up of "perfect" people.


A rare marker with some detail about the victims. The markers on other mounds only contain the year that it was filled.


Happiness and Joy

Marc Rejeanovich

Posted by TeflonCDN 12:04 Archived in Russia

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