Need info from Russia

Somebody I knew online by first name only, who was Russian, was reportedly killed in a boating accident at the end of last month. I need to find out if it was true, but the incident happened in St. Petersburg and I don’t know how to find the information.
Can anybody please help?

Download mIRC, go into a Russian channel. Lots of people in there speak English. Find yourself someone in St. Petersburg. They can probably find the newspaper online and look up the obit or article about the boating accident, if any.

Here is the english-language newspaper for St. Petersburg, The St. Petersburg Times. You may find something in their archives. Good luck in your search and I hope you find some information on your friend.