August 31, 2019
It is eight days before the Petersburg gubernatorial election.
On Palace Square, there is a free concert by local rock group Splean, with the city footing the bill.
The winners of the creative contest Bolshaya Lyubov are also to be announced at the event.
If you reflect a bit on the elusive play of words and meanings in the contest’s name, you should easily be able to translate it into English as “Big Love.”
The contest winners are congratulated in person onstage by (drum roll, please) Alexander Beglov.
Several times, he says that all of us really love our city.
The gubernatorial candidate ushers a war veteran and singer Alexander Rosenbaum on stage.
Rosenbaum and Beglov sing “The City on the Wild and Free Neva.”
Palace Square is packed to capacity.
“The City on the Wild and Free Neva,” as performed and recorded by Valery Belyanin
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