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In Brief - City Parking Fines Net 700,000 Rubles in March

by at 10/04/2008 22:38

City Parking Fines Net 700,000 Rubles in March

■ MOSCOW (MN, RIA Novosti) - Moscow drivers paid 700,000 rubles in fines for parking on Moscow's grassy areas in March, the press-service of the Department for Ecology and Environmental Protection in Moscow has announced.

The capital faces a severe shortage of parking lots and garages for private transport. The Moscow authorities are trying to fix the problem, but so far the efforts seem to be insufficient.

One car parked on the lawn can damage around 15 square meters of grass. The restoration costs 700-800 rubles, but it takes the green space up to two years to recover.

Moscow Weather Breaks Temperature Record

■ MOSCOW (MN, RIA Novosti) - Moscow broke a 33-year old temperature record last weekend, the Moscow and Moscow Region Weather Service announced on Sun­day.

The record had remained un­changed since 1975 at 17.9 degrees Celsius, but was broke at 19.2 degrees Celsius. The temperature was registered at a weather station close to VDNKh metro station at 2 p.m. on Sunday

Walk Of Animal Fame to Appear In Kuzminki

■ MOSCOW (MN, RIA Novosti) - Experts of Kizminki's ecology center have worked out a so-called "Walk Of Animal Fame" project and presented it to Vladimir Zotov, the prefect of the South-Eastern administrative district of Moscow.

Tiles will bear the footprints of "famous and popular" animals who have been featured in fairy tales, cartoons, and movies, the press service of the district's prefecture said. The Walk will be designed similar to the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame, where celebrities leave prints of their hands.

The Walk Of Animal Fame will be constructed in front of the gates of Kuzminki ecological center and will contain tiles of different sizes [depending on the animal's footprint] with the name of the animal in Russian and its scientific name in Latin.

A Few Unusual Names For Moscow's Newborns

■ MOSCOW (MN, RIA Novosti) - The most popular names in Moscow remained unchanged, but Muscovites have begun to give their children some rather unusual names, a representative of Moscow's civil registry office told RIA Novosti.

Some children receive double names such as Anna-Maria and Anna-Elizaveta, although the number of such names remains rather low.

The most popular names for the girls are Anastasia, Maria, Daria, Inna, Polina, Yekaterina, Ksenia, Viktoria, Yelizaveta, and Sofia.

Meanwhile, for the boys, Alexander, Ivan, Maxim, Artyom, Mikhail, Nikita, Danil, Yegor, Dmitry and Alexei still top the charts.

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