[Hpn] St. Petersburg Grieves With US

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Fri, 14 Sep 2001 20:38:55 -0400


               Friday, September 14, 2001



             St. Petersburg Russia Grieves

               Almost as soon as news broke of the devastation in New York
 City and near Washington, D.C., traumatized local residents and expats
began
 gathering near the U.S. Consulate on Furshtatskaya Ulitsa.
             They brought flowers - which formed an ever-growing pile near
 the building - and stood a silent vigil. Among the first of thousands to
 sign the condolence book was St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev. On
 Thursday, flags across Russia stood at half-staff, and President Vladimir
 Putin decreed a minute of silence at 12 p.m. Acting U.S. Consul General
 Michael Klechesky thanked the city for its sympathy. Security measures were
 tightened across the country, causing delays at Pulkovo International
 Airport. Yakovlev, who canceled a trip to Finland in order to oversee the
 city's security measures, said, "The city must be calm, but prepared for
any
 emergencies." By Wednesday, 7,000 law enforcement officers had been
 activated throughout the city..


Copyright The St. Petersburg Times 2001