Fri, May 23, 2003 - Page 7 News List

Putin puts Peter's palace back in spotlight

RESTORATION In disrepair after the collapse of the communist regime, the imperial monument has now been turned into a symbol of the new Russian ideal

AP , ST. PETERSBURG

``Some of our neighbors say we look like a reservation,'' said Tatyana Zhitkova, whose house is now fenced off, ``though I think it's better to have this unified fence rather than a number of different fences, which make the place look messy. And I'm glad my neighbors were finally forced to take away the piles of litter they had stored for years.''

For some, however, it's a hindrance. People wanting to visit their loved ones' graves in the neighborhood cemetery now must walk a mile to get to the entrance. The only shortcut requires crawling under the fence.

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