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Russia pulls British comedy «The Death of Stalin»

Russia's culture ministry on Tuesday withdrew permission for the release of British film «The Death of Stalin» later this week after officials and top arts figures labelled it offensive and «extremist»

Russia confirms star speed skater An banned

Short track speed skating star Victor An has been excluded from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the aftermath of a state-sponsored doping scandal, angry Russian officials confirmed on Tuesday

Putin takes fight to hooligans ahead of World Cup

Andrei and his fellow Russian football hooligans flew to France for the Euro 2016 tournament with only one goal in mind: to give England's supporters a good kicking before the World Cup

US vows to help Europe repel Russian aggression

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson re-committed the United States to opposing Moscow's «aggression» against its neighbors Tuesday and vowed to help Europe wean itself off Russian oil and gas.

IAAF debates bringing Russian athletes in from the cold

The world governing body of athletics will decide Sunday whether to allow Russia back into international competition after a ban that has already lasted two years following claims of state-sponsored doping.

Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban.

Typhoon puts WTA Hong Kong Open final in doubt

A typhoon cast a major cloud over Sunday's WTA Hong Kong Open final between Russia's sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Daria Gavrilova, the seventh seed from Australia.

US revises draft UN sanctions proposal on North Korea: diplomats

The United States released a revised draft for new sanctions against North Korea on Sunday, diplomats said, making concessions to Russia and China as it seeks to convince the UN Security Council to punish Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

US orders closure of Russian consulate in San Francisco

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco as well as two annexes in Washington and New York in two days, in a tit-for-tat response to Moscow's drastic reduction of US diplomatic staff in their country.

Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.

Russia steps up probe into attack claimed by IS

Russia said Sunday that a stabbing which injured seven people and was claimed by the Islamic State group is being probed by top investigators in Moscow, as new details emerged.


The Magic of the «Scarlett Vele», a dream night in St. Petersburg

Fireworks for a dream night for Russian maturines. The evening of «Scarlet Vela» was celebrated in St. Petersburg, an event celebrated in the Russian city each year at the end of June during the white nights. This holiday is devoted to high school graduates and inspires Alexander Grin's novel.

EU approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The European Union approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians on Thursday, fulfilling a key promise to cement ties with Kiev as it remains embroiled in a deadly conflict with pro-Russian insurgents.

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