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Russia: News Briefs From St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, 29 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - A RFE/RL correspondent reports today that the St Petersburg education Committee promises continuing subsidization of the city's kindergartens, which number more than 1400. Although the funding will be cut, none of the kindergartens will need to be closed, according to the Committee.

Academic Against Anti-Semitism

Dmitry Likhachev, a reknowned academic, said anti-Semitism is a "product of ignorance" and an "artificially planted phenomenon." Speaking to a conference in St. Petersburg this week, Likhachev said the only way to avoid the historical tragedies caused by anti-Semitism is to study history and learn from the past.

Legal Action Taken Against Phone Company

An RFE/RL correspondent reports today that the St Petersburg Association for the Protection of Consumers' Rights filed a 3,500-million ruble ($625,000) lawsuit against the St. Petersburg Telecommunications Company for cutting off service to customers who are behind in payments.