…Trip despite the coronavirus
Usually when someone finds out that I’m from Russia, they assume I’m from Moscow.
Foreigners have generally heard of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, two largest cities in Russia, the country’s capital and cultural capital.
I’m from Tomsk, but I love Saint Petersburg as much as my hometown. I think it was my father’s fault. He liked to quote Pushkin’s poem ” The Bronze Horseman”: “I love you, Peter’s Creation.”.. These words were about the city of St. Petersburg, created by Peter the Great. But my father’s name was also Peter, and I was his creation…. it was a pun, but that’s probably why I fell in love with the city.
I have been to Saint-Petersburg once* thanks to my lovely husband Daniel. It was January, 2013. Our first meeting in person. My first real vacation. My first flight.
Here are some photos from our trip.
Now my friend Marina and her husband are in St. Petersburg. I want to share their photos with you, of course, with their permission. It’s their first trip to the city. It is noteworthy that Marina confirmed my opinion that St. Petersburg is like Tomsk, only bigger.
It seems that Russians can still travel around the country.
But cases of covid-19 infection are rising
As of November 13, 1880,551 cases were registered in Russia, 1406,903 people recovered, 32,443 died.
According to the information center for monitoring the situation with coronavirus, 221 new cases of COVID-19 infection were recorded in the Tomsk region over the past day.
Earlier it was reported that as of November 12, 14,777 cases of COVID-19 were registered in the Tomsk region, 9,459 people recovered, and 136 died.
My relatives and friends no longer told me scary stories. Fortunately.
However, I saw а news that caught my attention.
On Friday morning, the mayor of Tomsk Ivan Klein was detained on suspicion of abuse of office.
This is the third case in the post-Soviet period:
-Alexandr Makarov was the first mayor of Tomsk in the post-Soviet period. He served from 1996 to 2006. He was detained by security forces in the workplace. Makarov was sentenced to 12 years. He was released from prison on parole in June 2016.
-Nikolay Nikolaichuk took the mayor’s seat in June 2007. He resigned in 2013, and moved to Sevastopol. On October 1, 2014, he was detained and transferred to Tomsk on charges of abuse of office. The Court sentenced him to four years of probation.
-Ivan Klein was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2018. Before that, he was the General Director of brewery Tomsk beer and a Deputy of the Duma of the Tomsk region. Ivan Klein was detained on suspicion of abuse of office, a criminal case has been opened.
I don’t understand what’s wrong with my hometown…or maybe it’s the lifestyle of Russian officials?
And the latest news for today
Winter has come to Tomsk. My sister told me it snowed last night. Usually, starting from the second week of November, the snow doesn’t melt. Тow it will be much brighter in the evening.
*My parents took me to Saint Petersburg when I was 2 years old. I don’t remember anything. I don’t consider this as my first visit.
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