Moscow News

Russia Bans The Imports: What Would The Consequences Be?

Aug 14th, 2014

Creamy French cheeses, Australian Ribeye steak and seafood risottos are heading off the menu at restaurants after the ban on imports of all fish, meat and dairy produce. As a result, Moscow's sweeping sanctions on&n

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Underground University Casino Shut Down

Apr 15th, 2013

As the Russian News Agency RIA Novosti reports, the Moscovian police closed down an illegal casino located on the terrain of Moscow State University of Instrument Engineering and Informatics. They discovered four card tables, three roulettes tables…

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Moscow's „Speaker's Corners“ To Open in May

Mar 19th, 2013

According to the radio station The Voice of Russia, two „Speaker's Corners“, comparable to the one in London's Hyde Park, will be established in Gorky Park and Sokolniki Park in May. The opening of the discussion areas had been scheduled…

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New Smoking Ban Stokes Debate

Feb 28th, 2013

Russian smokers will soon be forced to take to the streets to enjoy a cigarette once the new law comes into force. President Vladimir Putin recently signed a law prohibiting smoking in public places. The legislation is due to come into force in July…

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Tverskaya to Return to Its Glorious Soviet Past

Feb 27th, 2013

  According to the announcement of a tender posted on state procurement site Goszakupok, eight small-leaf lime trees will be planted on Tverskaya Ulitsa between Manezh Square and Pushkin Square, while 60 in containers will be installed on the…

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Google Design for Russia by 8-year old

Dec 17th, 2012

Pyotr Alexeyev, of Belgorod, a small town in the south of the country, designed a doodle chosen by Google, to be a symbol for Google.ru. His design features a samovar, a nesting doll and a bear holding a tub of honey - traditional Russian symbols.…

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Cossacks Back on Moscow Streets

Nov 28th, 2012

Beggars, drunks, improperly parked cars and other minor public disturbances might now be attracting attention of Cossacks units. Moscow authorities are now considering to re-establish this tsarist Russia cavalry members as an armed and salaried…

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Face of Putin Sold for $200 000

Oct 1st, 2011

A portrait of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sold for $200 000 at the Art Moscow Fair, which took place in September. The portrait, entitled Putin Couture, was created by Georgian-American artist David Datuna and brought to the art fair…

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Hostel Market Grows in Moscow

Sep 4th, 2011

It's no secret that travelling to Moscow can be really quite pricey, starting with expensive visa processes and ending with expensive accommodation options. However, the latter problem seems to be easing for budget travellers with the opening of…

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Putin’s Army Calls on “Smart and Beautiful Women”

Jul 30th, 2011

A group of young women, calling themselves Putins Army, are encouraging Russias young, smart, and beautiful women to produce videos demonstrating their devotion to Russias prime minister. The initial video posted by the group has gained a lot of…

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Film Festival Wraps Up in Moscow

Jul 7th, 2011

One of Moscow's most exciting annual cultural events is the Moscow International Film Festival, which has taken place in the city since 1959. The festival attracts talented filmmakers from Russia and across the globe, as well as many stars of the…

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Countdown to the Film Festival

Jun 5th, 2011

One of the brightest stars on Moscow's cultural calendar is the Moscow International Film Festival (23 June - 2 July), now in its 33rd year. This year's scheduled screenings and special events are better than ever, with films from across the world…

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Russia Marks Spaceflight Anniversary

May 1st, 2011

Russia has marked the 50th anniversary since Yuri Gagarin was launched into space, beating the US in the space race with the first successful manned space flight. Gagarin circled the earth in his 108-minute journey, and his adventure is remembered…

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Moscow Bids Farewell to Soviet Era Star

Apr 1st, 2011

Russia has lost one of its brightest film stars from the Soviet era - Lyudmila Gurchenko, who died on 30 April of a heart attack at the age of 75. Gurchenko first rose to fame in the 1950s with such films as Carnival Nights, a movie which is…

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Moscow Cancels St Patrick's Day Parade

Mar 1st, 2011

Since its inception in 1992, the Moscow St. Patrick's Day parade has attracted both expats, visitors, and fun-loving Russians alike to the streets for a daytime celebration of all things Irish. This year however, the city and Irish Business Club…

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Tragedy in Moscow Airport

Feb 6th, 2011

Tragedy struck Moscow on 24 January as a bomb exploded in the arrivals hall of the Domodedovo International airport killing 36 and injuring 180 people. Domodedovo is Moscow's busiest airport and Russia's largest, located 42 kilometres southeast of…

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Migalki Tales

Jan 9th, 2011

One of the most publicized of Moscows municipal issues of 2010 was the problem of migalki, the blue sirens that high-ranking bureaucrats and businessmen use to avoid the citys notorious bad traffic. Cars equipped with migalki can legally disobey…

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Russia wins World Cup 2018 Bid

Dec 6th, 2010

Russia overcame bids by England, Netherlands/Belgium, and Spain/Portugal and was recently chosen to host the World Cup in 2018. At the same ceremony, Qatar defeated South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the United States to host the World Cup in 2022.

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Moscow No Longer Most Expensive

Nov 7th, 2010

Moscow has been steadily gaining a reputation as an exceedingly expensive city, ranking in fourth place in 2009 and number one in 2008. However, a recent survey by Swiss Bank UBS has knocked Moscow right down to number 56. Other formerly "expensi

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Moscow Mayor Fired

Oct 2nd, 2010

Eighteen years after he first became mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov has been fired from his position by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.The former mayor was a controversial figure during this time in power. While he did improve the economy and…

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Slash will resume solo tour in Moscow

Jun 17th, 2010

On the 14th of July, former Guns n Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist, Slash and his band will arrive in Moscow to play at the "Arena Moskau," as part of his UK and European tour. This is Slashs first solo tour and is in promotion of his new album…

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Dynamo down and out?

Apr 22nd, 2010

Dynamo Moscow, one of Russia's most prestigious ice hockey clubs seems to be facing its end. The historic member of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League is to merge with HC MVD, a fellow club of the KHL, due to severe financial problems. Many…

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Poker's dealt the final blow

Aug 3rd, 2009

Gambling addicts, already reeling from the Government's banning of casinos in Russia, lost their final legal outlet to win or lose a few roubles this week, after Poker was added to the list of outlawed sports.Following the general gambling ban…

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Russians Scoop World Photo Prizes

Jul 5th, 2009

Three Russians are among the winning photographers to be exhibited in this years World Press Photo of the Year…

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Cheaper Trains and More Time to Savour Museums

Jun 13th, 2009

If you're thinking of a summer trip to Moscow this year you might want to take advantage of one of the many discounts just introduced on train fares across the country.It's normal practice for the prices of train tickets to be hiked up, sometimes by…

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Watch out for Rover on your Muscovite Menu

May 17th, 2009

Make sure you scrutinize the menu if dining out in Moscow after Russian police arrested a man caught in possession of 15 dog carcasses, en route to the kitchens of some of the city's eating joints. The man was apprehended in the city of Orlov after…

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Sweet Candy On Tour...

Mar 30th, 2009

Tall, blonde, drop dead gorgeous and extremely talented Candy Dulfer looks like a model, plays the sax like a pro. The musician was already supporting Madonna's concerts in the age of 17! Twenty years later, she is one of the most successful…

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Investigation On Robbery In Progress

Feb 23rd, 2009

Moscow's press agency announced that over $1 million in cash was stolen in a highway robbery. The police states that it is considered one of Russia's biggest armed robberies in years. The unknown suspects stole over 43 million rubles from two bank…

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Raul Castro Visiting Moscow

Jan 22nd, 2009

According to Reuter's Press Agency, Cuban President Raul Castro will be visiting Moscow, in token of warming the relationship between the two countries. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Cuba, which was one of Russia's main cold war allies…

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The Most Expensive Luxury

Nov 19th, 2008

According to the American Forbes Magazine, rich people will spend much more money on their usual activities and products in Moscow than they would in any other city in the world. Journalists compared prices of products such as black Petrossian…

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Moscow Tops Expensive Cities Again

Aug 4th, 2008

Moscow topped Mercer's cost of living index for the third year in a row in 2008, proving more pricey than even Tokyo and London (2nd and 3rd places) and absurdly expensive next to New York (which slipped down to 22nd place). The survey is…

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Medvedev Says Niet

Jul 9th, 2008

It was hoped that when Medvedev took over from pugilistic Putin, there might follow a thaw in the icy relations between Great Britain and Russia that have continued for several years now and included some pretty petty behaviour on both sides. Howe

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Russia Keep Euro Dream Alive

Jun 16th, 2008

After kicking off their Euro 2008 campaign with a humbling 4-1 defeat to Spain, even the most patriotic of Russians must have felt that their national team would be heading home with their tail between their legs by now... But despite their…

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Manchester vs Chelsea In All England Final

May 5th, 2008

English football received a boost last week when Manchester United saw off a talented Barcelona side to set up an all English final. It was Chelsea that came through the other semi-final against premiership rivals in what must have been sweet…

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Newspaper Shut Down After Putin Love Life Allegations

Apr 21st, 2008

The newspaper which reported that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was all set to marry a gymnast half his age has been dramatically shut down, in a turn of events that casts an even deeper shadow on Russia's freedom of press. Earlier this…

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Final Ball Revealed in Moscow

Apr 4th, 2008

Adidas revealed their sparkling new match ball for the highly anticipated 2008 Champions League Final in Moscow, which will be played on the 21st May. 'The Finale Moscow' as the ball is dubbed is an eye-catching mix of red and gold and the…

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The End Of An Era?

Mar 4th, 2008

In the most predictable contest since Brazil last played Andorra in international football, at home, Dmitry Medvedev romped to victory in the Russian elections this weekend. Western newspapers will point to infringements in the democratic process…

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BBC Staff Attacked in Moscow

Dec 7th, 2007

In three separate incidents, on November 24th, November 25th and November 30th, three members of BBC staff in Moscow were attacked by youths at least two of which required hospital treatment. The first attack took place on a subway system, when…

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Kasparov Arrested As Putin Tightens Grip

Nov 26th, 2007

Former chess champion turned political dissident, Gary Kasparov was arrested on Saturday after leading an unsanctioned march in Moscow. The purpose of the march was to protest against Putin in the build up to elections that many believe will be…

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Zookeeper Killed by Elephant

Oct 11th, 2007

An unfortunate incident at Moscow zoo has resulted in the death of a forty year old zookeeper who was killed by an elephant with which she had worked for many years. Three elephants were being loaded onto a specially-designed truck in order to…

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Starbucks Opens With A Whimper

Sep 11th, 2007

It's a sign of how much things have changed in Moscow since 1990 that when Starbucks opened its first branch here last week no one batted an eyelid. The same could not be said of McDonalds first outlet, which caused a national sensation when it…

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Spartak Moscow Travel To Glasgow

Aug 27th, 2007

This Wednesday will see a much anticipated Champions League qualifier take place in Scotland, between hosts Glasgow Celtic and visitors Spartak Moscow. The result of the first leg was a one all draw, giving the Scots the benefit of an away goal…

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Nine Inch Nails Rock Moscow

Aug 2nd, 2007

Despite experiencing some problems with their visas (those forms aren't very rockstar friendly!), Trent and his band finally arrived in Moscow in time to kick off their European tour at the Luzhniki Stadium. The double award winning Nine Inch Nails…

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Purge Victims Remembered

Jul 25th, 2007

Many more people died under Stalin's Communism than Hitler's Nazism, a fact that is sadly little remembered - even by Russians, 50 percent of whom view Stalin in a positive light as a strong leader who helped Russia to victory in WW2 and not as a…

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Berezovsky On Trial in Moscow

Jul 2nd, 2007

Powerful oligarch Berezovsky has gone on trial in Moscow, despite living in exile in London. The millionaire businessman is a well known critic of the Kremlin and is being tried in absentia on charges of embezzling 214m roubles (4.12m) from the…

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Rice and Putin Agree to Disagree

May 17th, 2007

Condoleeza Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State arrived in Moscow ahead of the G8 Summit in Germany in June of this year to try and heal the increasing rift between Russia and America, which is being dubbed by some in the media as a Second Cold War.

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Yeltsin Buried in Moscow

Apr 25th, 2007

Boris Yeltsin, first President of the Russian Federation, died on 23rd April 2007 of heart failure and was buried today in Novodevichy Cemetery (and not in the Kremlin, as with other Russian leaders). Hailed by many as the herald of democracy in…

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Princess Diana in Bolshoi Ballet

Apr 12th, 2007

The Bolshoi Ballet have recently announced that they will be premiering a ballet about the life and death of her Royal Highness Princess Diana of Great Britain. The ballet, entitled 'Princess of the People' will be staged at the recently renovated…

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Fire Emergency at 911

Mar 26th, 2007

There was panic at the disco early on Sunday morning when a fire show went tragically wrong at strip club 911. It's thought that a performer's clothes were set on fire which in turn ignited a container of flammable liquid starting the blaze in…

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Moscow Journalist Buried

Mar 8th, 2007

Ivan Safronov, the Moscow journalist who recently died following a fall from his 5th storey apartment block, has been buried. Safronov, aged 51, was the latest in a long line of journalists to die in suspicious circumstances after making damaging…

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Russian Exile Ready To Talk

Feb 7th, 2007

In the latest development of the Litvinenko case, Boris Berezovsky has gone on record as saying that he is ready to co-operate with Russian investigators. Berezovsky won political asylum in Britain in 2003, and now lives in Mayfair London. An…

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Tusk On His Way To Moscow

Feb 6th, 2007

Donald Tusk is visiting Moscow this week in the hope of thawing what have been icy relations between Poland and Russia in recent years. The ultra-nationalists Kaczynski twins, who held power for the last two years in Poland were always keen to rub…

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"Last Christmas I gave you my cash...

Jan 8th, 2007

...And the very next day you took it away," or so one Russian billionaire might well be singing during this festive season. Just twenty miles outside Moscow, an unnamed business tycoon splashed out on the services of none other than George…

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British Detectives fly to Moscow

Dec 4th, 2006

British detectives have been granted visas by the Russian Embassy in London to visit Moscow in order to investigate the murder of journalist and ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko died in mysterious circumstances on November 23rd after being…

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Moscow Property Prices on the Rise

Nov 7th, 2006

An unprecedented growth in construction and demand has turned the Moscow retail market into one of the most expensive in the world. The bubble doesn't look like bursting anytime soon either with favourable oil prices flooding the Russian marketplace…

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Russian Champ in Toilet Tantrum

Nov 3rd, 2006

Who says chess is dull? Certainly not us at Moscow Life who have been most amused by the latest saga in the chess world, dubbed by the media as 'toiletgate'. It seems that number one in the world, Topalov from Bulgaria, is upset with number four…

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Bill Gates to vist Moscow

Nov 1st, 2006

The Microsoft corporation has announced that Bill Gates will be visiting Moscow on November 7. The itinerary outlines planned meetings with the company's clients and partners and state authorities, along with students and fellow researchers. R

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CSKA Moscow travel to London

Oct 31st, 2006

CSKA Moscow travel to London to face an Arsenal side hungry for revenge, when the two sides clash in their UEFA Champions League encounter, Wednesday night. The moscovites pulled of an upset 1-0 victory over the "Gunners" at home two weeks ago…

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Moscow is World's Most Expensive City

Sep 29th, 2006

Moscow has overtaken Tokyo to become the most expensive city in the world in 2006, according to a survey conducted recently. Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong were ranked second, third and fourth. London dropped from third place to fifth this year. Th

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Moscow road accidents explained

Sep 21st, 2006

Bizarre and uncaused accidents reported at times on the roads of Moscow are actually the result of abnormal energetic activity, experts say. This geopathogenic anomaly is produced because of the overlapping energy currents the earthly and the…

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Madonna switches to Moscow Olympic stadium

Aug 28th, 2006

Moscow - Organisers on Monday switched the venue for US pop star Madonna's Moscow concert from a hilltop site overlooking the city to a Soviet-era stadium used in the 1980 Olympic Games because of crowd control fears. Police said they feared up…

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Madonna to switch Moscow venue

Aug 26th, 2006

American pop icon Madonna is all set to switch the venue of her concert in Moscow, after Police have raised security issues. The Material Girl was due to play in front of Moscow State University - one of Moscow's seven 'High Buildings' - however…

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Three charged for Moscow bombing

Aug 25th, 2006

A third person has been charged with racially motivated murder over a bomb blast at a Moscow market that left 10 people dead on Monday. A Moscow court also issued a warrant for the arrest of the third suspect - a university student in the capital.

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Lonely Planet gives Moscow a bad name

Aug 15th, 2006

Moscow officials have launched an attack on the Lonely Planet series for giving the city a bad name, claiming that guidebook is having an adverse effect on tourism - and Moscow's image as a whole. Practically the first words in the 2nd Edition of…

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Police hold two Hermitage suspects

Aug 7th, 2006

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Police have detained the husband and son of a museum curator on suspicion of stealing hundreds of artworks from Russia's world-famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Interfax news agency said on Saturday. The…

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Clapton cancels concert on Red Square

Aug 1st, 2006

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rock guitar legend Eric Clapton has cancelled a concert in Moscow after officials withdrew his permit to perform on the city's landmark Red Square, he said on his website. Clapton had been due to play before 20,000 Russian fans…

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G8 slams N. Korea tests, backs Russia Nuclear fuel plan

Jul 18th, 2006

REUTERS - St Petersburg - The Group of Eight industrialised nations condemned North Koreas recent missile tests and endorsed a Russian plan to create international atomic fuel centres to prevent countries from developing nuclear bombs. The…

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Trip to Moscow top prize in Hungary uprising quiz

Jul 18th, 2006

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - It may not seem an appropriate prize but schoolchildren with the best knowledge of the 1956 Hungarian uprising, which was crushed by Soviet tanks, will win a trip to Moscow, Hungary's education ministry said on Monday. The…

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Moscow Film Festival honours Depardieu

Jul 4th, 2006

French actor Gerard Depardieu has won a lifetime achievement award at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival. Picking up the award, the Cyrano De Bergerac star said his career had been inspired by Russian author Dostoevsky. His latest…

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Moscow tops expensive cities list

Jun 28th, 2006

Moscow is this year's most expensive city in the world for expatriate staff, a study released Monday by British human resources firm Mercer HR suggests. Seoul was in the second place, followed by Tokyo which topped the list in 2005, when the…

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Land dispute in Moscow sets dangerous precedent

Jun 22nd, 2006

MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti) - A dispute between city authorities and homeowners over land on the southern outskirts of Moscow could set a dangerous precedent for Muscovites, a member of the Moscow legislature said Wednesday. Residents of…

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Moscow-St. Petersburg toll highway to start in 2007

Jun 13th, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG, June 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's economics minister Monday expressed hope that the construction of a toll highway between two largest cities in the country could start in 2007. "I hope that this new project will start next year,"…

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Russian Orthodox Church slams Da Vinci Code

May 25th, 2006

MOSCOW, May 25 (RIA Novosti) - The controversy around the Da Vince Code continued Thursday, as a senior member of the Russian Orthodox Church said it was insulting and could engender religious or ethnic violence. The Hollywood film based on Dan…

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Russia celebrates Victory Day

May 10th, 2006

May 9th represents one of Russia's most celebrated holidays, the Victory of Soviet Russia over Nazi Germany in World War II. 25 million Russians died in the struggle, millions poor than even the Polish, Japanese (who suffered two nuclear bombs) or…

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Moscow's anti-gay protesters held

May 3rd, 2006

Riot police were brought in to control a mixture of right-wing and religious activists, who picketed the club and shouted insults at people leaving it. For two nights in a row, Russia's gay and lesbian clubs have been targeted. A leading gay…

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Moscow contributes 1 million dollars to human rights

May 2nd, 2006

MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has contributed $1 million to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. "On April 27, 2006, the Russian Federation transferred $1 million to the…

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Moscow's building boom leaves little room for history

May 2nd, 2006

MOSCOW -- Built in the late 1920s, the Narkomfin apartment building was designed as the perfect environment for new Soviet Man. A monument to the utopian communist ideals that spilled forth after the Bolshevik revolution, the six-story complex…

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Moscow Patriarchateís disagreement over Cuba blockade

Apr 28th, 2006

Moscow, April 27, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox church thinks the U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba are unfair. Certainly, we disagree with the economic blocade of Cuba. We consider the presence of an American military base on Cuba as wrong…

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Anti-fascist youth teams patrol Moscow streets

Apr 21st, 2006

MOSCOW (Itar-Tass) -- The youth organization "Nashi sent anti-fascist patrols to Moscow streets on Thursday in a bid to prevent Neo-Nazi supporters from rioting on the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth. Nashi sent its patrols to the area of the…

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Piglets seek Moscow Olympic glory

Apr 18th, 2006

The pigs attempted running, swimming and football The third annual "Pig Olympics" have been held in Russia where the pigs might not have flown but they did show their prowess in several activities. Some 12 piglets from seven countries took part…

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1,000 rally in Moscow against government control of media

Apr 17th, 2006

MOSCOW (AP) - More than 1,000 demonstrators rallied in Moscow Sunday to protest against the authorities' efforts to tighten controls over national media. The protest in downtown Moscow was linked to the fifth anniversary of the state-controlled…

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Movie-maker injured in road accident near Moscow

Apr 5th, 2006

MOSCOW, April 4 (Itar-Tass) Famous Russian movie-maker Pyotr Todorovsky received heavy injuries in a road accident on a highway 34 kilometers southeast off Moscow Tuesday, sources at the road police department of the Russian Foreign Ministry told…

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Eric Clapton to perform at Moscow's Red Square

Apr 5th, 2006

Eric Clapton (music) announced Tuesday (4/4) that he will wrap up his upcoming European tour with a concert at Red Square in Moscow. Including the new show, Clapton is now scheduled to touch down in 14 countries this spring and summer. The…

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Hundreds protest against military conscription

Apr 3rd, 2006

Hundreds protested in central Moscow on Saturday, calling for an end to mandatory military service and criticizing plans to cut draft deferments as the Russian armed forced began their spring conscription campaign, AP reported. The demonstration…

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Second British airline to fly London-Moscow route

Apr 2nd, 2006

MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti) - Bmi, formerly known as British Midland, is to begin regular flights between London and Moscow, becoming the second UK airline to cover the route, a press-release from the Russian Ministry of Transportation said…

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Astrologer attempts to sue NASA

Mar 31st, 2006

MOSCOW, March 30 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow City Court rejected an appeal Thursday lodged by an astrologist against a lower court's ruling to dismiss a huge lawsuit against NASA for crashing a spacecraft into a comet last year. Marina Bai had…

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Moscow denies Saddam claims

Mar 29th, 2006

Moscow - Russian defence minister Sergei Ivanov on Tuesday called reports that Moscow had provided information to Saddam Hussein's regime on US troop movements "complete nonsense", the Interfax news agency reported. Ivanov, who is also a deputy…

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Moscow neo-Nazi gets 13 years

Mar 28th, 2006

The Moscow City Court on Monday sentenced a man who attacked worshippers in a synagogue with a hunting knife to 13 years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment. The court found Alexander Koptsev guilty of attempted murder on racist grounds…

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Moscow bids to host Champions League final

Mar 20th, 2006

MOSCOW, March 17 (Reuters) - Moscow has submitted a bid to host the Champions League final in 2008 or 2009, Russia's soccer chief Vitaly Mutko said on Friday. "Yesterday, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov signed all the required documents and we have…

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Patriarch thanks mayor for ban on gay parade

Mar 17th, 2006

MOSCOW, March 16 (Itar-Tass) -- Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II thanked Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov for his decision to ban a parade of the sexual minorities in the Russian capital. Being aware of your position of principle to the…

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Smertin leaves Chelsea for Moscow

Mar 16th, 2006

Chelsea have sold midfielder Alexei Smertin to Dynamo Moscow. Smertin, who has spent this season on loan at Charlton will cost the Russian club 1m. The Russian skipper, 30, has signed a three-year deal with the club, and his move to Moscow…

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G8 energy ministers gather in Moscow

Mar 16th, 2006

Moscow: Exploration of fossil fuels and increasing global use of nuclear power will dominate talks in Moscow Thursday between the energy ministers of the G8 countries. The ministers began arriving Wednesday for the consultations that will…

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Moscow won't expel British diplomats accused of spying

Feb 22nd, 2006

The head of Russias main KGB successor agency said Moscow will not expel four British diplomats accused of spying, a Russian news agency reported today. Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Federal Security Service, known under its Russian…

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Moscow court selects new jury in Klebnikov murder trial

Feb 16th, 2006

MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow City Court selected a new jury Wednesday in the closed trial of two men accused of killing the editor of Forbes Russia, Paul Klebnikov. The trial restarted Wednesday with a new presiding judge, who…

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Drunken elephant causes chaos in Moscow

Jan 23rd, 2006

MOSCOW: The coldest spell in Moscow in 26 years has brought out the quirkiest in the Russian character with one animal trainer feeding an elephant a bucket of vodka to warm it up only to watch the drunken beast set about wrecking the central heating…

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Moscow State Circus travels to Liverpool

Jan 10th, 2006

FROM Russia with love, the Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with a brand new show, bringing thrills, spills and fabulous feasts for the eyes. Coming to the Liverpool Empire from January 24 to 28, the troop boasts a 35 strong cast of Russia's…

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Chelsea sign Maniche from Moscow

Jan 9th, 2006

Chelsea signed Portugal midfielder Maniche on loan from Dynamo Moscow on Wednesday, the English champions said. The 28-year-old former Porto player has joined coach Jose Mourinhos Premier League leaders until the end of the season, the English…

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Russia failing to win drink battle

Jan 9th, 2006

(THE GUARDIAN, LONDON) Perfume, brake fluid, de-icer, meths, toilet cleaner, nail varnish remover ... "I drank them all," Boris Kuznetsov said. "Everything that burns." Like many Russian alcoholics, the 53-year-old former laser specialist from a…

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Russia-Ukraine gas deal too murky for comfort

Jan 9th, 2006

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Europe may have breathed a collective sigh of relief after Russia and Ukraine signed a long-term gas supply deal, averting a possible repetition of the New Year supply cutbacks that unnerved the continent. But after a…

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Icon smuggler caught at Sheremetyevo Airport

Dec 21st, 2005

MOSCOW. Dec 21 (Interfax) - Customs officers have found four icons in the luggage of an Italian citizen at Sheremetyevo Airport, the press service of the Federal Customs Service said. The man told customs officers that he had nothing to declare…

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