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trump says 'no reason to believe' russia hacked u.s. election

standing side by side with vladimir putin, u.s. president donald trump refused on monday to blame the russian leader for meddling in the 2016 u.s. election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home.although he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, trump spoke not a single disparaging word in public about moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the cold war.instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policies, especially the decision to investigate russian interference in the 2016 election.just three days ago, the u.s. justice department announce...




russian blogger gets suspended sentence for 'extremist' religious joke

a russian blogger has received a 1.5-year suspended sentence for hate speech over jokes that reportedly offended the country’s muslim population.last year, russia blacklisted twovideos in which ilya davydov, who performs standup comedy and blogs under the alias ilya maddyson, jokes about the quran. davydov was reportedly forced to flee russia temporarily last year after receiving threats following the publication of one of the videos.a court in moscow found davydov guilty of criminal extremism char...




moscow museums and the world cup

there’s a sense of dread about the conclusion of the world cup among those of us living in moscow. for four amazing weeks, our city has been filled with people from all around the world. everything about the city seemed to radiate during this time. and now that football fans are returning home and things are going back to normal, the letdown is going to be mighty. be that as it may, moscow’s museums stepped up to the occasion of russia’s hosting the world cup in their individual ways, and most of their football-focused exhibitions will last into august (though not all). so for those of us remaining in the city now, they are a great way to remember the fun we’ve had this summer — or just as likely, they will be useful vehicles for u...




investigators confirm authenticity of tsar nicholas ii’s body from burial site

russian investigators have confirmed the authenticity of the bodies of tsar nicholas ii and his family members on the eve of the 100th anniversary of their murder.bolshevik revolutionaries executed nicholas ii, his wife and their five children by firing squad in yekaterinburg on july 17, 1918. russian authorities relaunched a criminal probe into the murder in 2015. seven of the remains uncovered in the probe were confirmed as belonging to members of the executed romanov family, russia’s investigative committee said on monday. “genetic examination results showed that seven of the 11 found remains correspond to the mother, father, four daughters and son of t...




gerard depardieu amasses new tax debts in russia, media reports

french actor gerard depardieu has reportedly amassed unpaid tax debt in his adopted homeland of russia, where he took citizenship to avoid tax hikes in france.president vladimir putin handed depardieu, who enjoys broad popularity in russia, a russian passport in 2013 with a stamp of his new address 640 kilometers east of moscow.he is listed in russia’s federal court marshals service database as owing an undisclosed sum in saransk, where the actor is registered.enfo...




trump says 'no reason to believe' russia hacked u.s. election

u.s. president donald trump said on monday he saw no reason to believe russia had hacked the 2016 u.s. presidential election to help him win, and vladimir putin "was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."at a rambling news conference after a one-on-one meeting with the russian president, trump said not a single critical word about russia on any of the issues th...




insider shopping in st. petersburg

imperial porcelain factory most locals have an item from the imperial porcelain factory in their cupboard. founded in 1744 by decree of empress elizabeth, the manufacturer became russia’s first and europe’s third porcelain factory, and one of the city’s legends. the company’s iconic and most famous pattern, cobalt net, was created in 1944 by anna yatskevich, who was awarded a gold medal at the world expo exhibition in brussels in 1958. the design is regarded as a symbol of the siege of leningrad during world war ii. it was inspired by the image of cross-taped windows of buildings and cross spotlights illuminating the sky during the siege. 92 nevsky prospekt; 7 vladimirsky prospekt; 10 bolshaya konyushennaya ulitsa imp.rukrestetskaya ...




russia's new weapons aim to 'cement' nuclear parity with nato, kremlin says

russia’s new military systems are being designed to “cement” nuclear parity with the nato western military alliance, the kremlin said ahead of the presidential summit between presidents vladimir putin and donald trump on monday.the russian and u.s. presidents are meeting in helsinki days after trump attended the nato summit in brussels, where he pushed its 28 member states to increase defense spending. with low expectations leading up to the sit-down in helsinki, both sides said they would like to see arms control on the agenda at the summit.“russia has to be on alert and remains on alert” following trump’s demands to increase nato defense spending, kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov said in an interview with the state-funded rt new...




the most memorable moments of russia's world cup, in photos

argentina’s lionel messi goes head-to-head with icelandic player hordur bjorgvin magnusson in moscow’s spartak stadium.maxim shemetov / reutersuruguay's martin caceres shoots at goal with an overhead kick during the uruguay vs. saudi arabia match at the rostov arena on june 20, 2018.marko djurica / reutersiran's morteza pouraliganji goes for the ball against spain's gerard pique and dani carvajal during the iran vs. spain match at the kazan arena.toru hanai / reutersengland goalie jordan pickford does an impressive arch during the england vs. panama match at the nizhny novgorod stadium on june 24, 2018.ivan alvarado / reutersuruguay's luis suarez during the warm up before the uruguay vs. russia match at the samara arena.michael dalde...




celebrate life and art with anatoly zverev

this summer a small private museum in the center of moscow is having a big party. the anatoly zverev museum (az museum) is celebrating its third anniversary with an exhibition of works by zverev of every genre and every period of his artistic career. polina lobachevskaya, museum curator, said, “we didn’t have a complex concept of the show. we simply organized a party — all of zverev’s genres and as much as we could fit into the space.”artist and his timesanatoly zverev (1931-1986) was one of the most famous of the “non-conformist” artists of the post-war period in the soviet union. and he was certainly one of the most prolific, with an estimated 30,000 works attributed to him. he did not have a formal art education, was not par...




investigators confirm authenticity of tsar nicholas ii’s body from burial site

russian investigators have confirmed the authenticity of the bodies of tsar nicholas ii and his family members on the eve of the one hundredth anniversary of their murder.bolshevik revolutionaries executed nicholas ii, his wife and their five children by firing squad in yekaterinburg on july 17, 1918. russian authorities relaunched a criminal probe into the murder in 2015. seven of the remains uncovered in the probe were confirmed as belonging to members of the executed romanov family, russia’s investigative committee said on monday. “genetic examination results showed that seven of the 11 found remains correspond to the mother, father, four daughters and son ...




a sneak peek at the souvenirs of world cup fans

meanwhile…july 13 2018 - 17:07pavel zelenkov / mtwhich souvenirs are world cup fans picking up in russia to take back home?pavel zelenkov / mt"we thought that zabivaka was really cool and these figures are funny."pavel zelenkov / mt"i had to buy one of these, they are so popular here. don’t get me wrong — it’s pink because it’s for my daughter in spain."pavel zelenkov / mt"our family has been living in the u.s. for over 50 years but originally we are from russia. it was so great to come her...




what you missed over the weekend

chequered bleus france claimed the world cup title for the second time in its history after beating croatia 4-2 at moscow’s luzhniki stadium on sunday, bringing russia’s month-long hosting of the football tournament to a close.before the match, the world’s largest country by landmass handed over the world cup hosting mantle to the emir of one of the smallest states, qatar, which is due to organize the tournament in 2022.world coupthe tournament elicited high praise from world leaders including u.s. president donald trump, who called it “one of the best ever” world cups.president vladimir putin said that russia could be proud of its successful world cup and promised to extend russia’s visa-free travel for foreigners with fan ids u...




insider shopping in st. petersburg

cityjuly 16 2018 - 10:07by galina stolyarovalegion mediaimperial porcelain factory most locals have an item from the imperial porcelain factory in their cupboard. founded in 1744 by decree of empress elizabeth, the manufacturer became russia’s first and europe’s third porcelain factory, and one of the city’s legends. the company’s iconic and most famous pattern, cobalt net, was created in 1944 by anna yatskevich, who was awarded a gold medal at the world expo exhibition in brussels in 1958. the design is regarded as a symbol of the siege of leningrad during world war ii. it was inspired by the image of cross-taped windows of buildings and cross spotlights illuminating the sky during the siege. 92 nevsky prospekt; 7 vladimirsky prospe...




moscow, st. petersburg bookies win big from world cup

bookmakers in russia’s world cup host cities of moscow and st. petersburg have seen a fivefold increase in online searches during the tournament, according to data gathered by russia’s top search engine.tech giant yandex uses data from its map service to determine what interests users in a particular city. all 11 of the football world cup host cities in russia saw a spike in searches for tourist attractions, yandex announced last week. on friday, yandex said average searches for bookmakers went up by 374 percent nationwide between may and july. searches for stadiums and parking spots followed, with an increase of 247 percent and 126 percent each.searches for bookmakers in moscow grew fivefold in the first three weeks of the world cup, b...




trump-putin helsinki summit won't bring about thaw, pundits say

ahead of a highly-anticipated meeting between u.s. president donald trump and russian president vladimir putin, pundits in moscow caution that it is too soon to speak of a turning of the tide in bilateral relations.after putin on wednesday met with u.s. national security adviser john bolton in moscow, kremlin foreign policy aide yury ushakov said a summit between the two leaders would be “the main international event of the summer.”“it has enormous importance for russia and america, but it [also] has huge importance for the whole international situation,” he was cited as saying by the state-run tass news agency, adding the meeting would likely last “several hours.”pundits in russia, however, have little confidence that a summit w...




world cup stadium grounds washed away by rain

“the new stadium’s foundation did not let the water through, and rainwater eroded the top layer of fertile soil,” the head of the administration told the local bloknot-volgograd.ru news website.russian blogger ilya varlamov blamed the flood, which took place on the last day of the world cup, on subpar drainage systems.the city on the volga river has previously...




putin hails ‘unobtrusive’ security behind world cup safety

russian president vladimir putin has praised the work of the country’s security forces, along with international cooperation, for having ensured a safe world cup tournament.a police cooperation center staffed by law enforcement officers from 34 countries was inaugurated last month to monitor potential fan violence. the month-long tournament concluded sunday without any major security incidents, despite concerns raised in the run-up over possible racist, hooligan and terror attacks.putin thanked the 126 members of the international police cooperation center outside moscow, including the fsb, for “intense” work in ensuring a safe world cup for foreign fans and dignitaries alike, the kremlin said.“i expect th...




russia to extend football fans' visa-free regime to the end of 2018

russia will extend its visa-free travel regime for foreign football fans until the end of 2018, president vladimir putin said after the world cup final in moscow on sunday.russia allowed football fans to travel to russia without visas to attend the world c...




a sneak peek at the souvenirs of world cup fans

meanwhile…july 13 2018 - 17:07pavel zelenkov / mtwhich souvenirs are world cup fans picking up in russia to take back home?pavel zelenkov / mt"we thought that zabivaka was really cool and these figures are funny."pavel zelenkov / mt"i had to buy one of these, they are so popular here. don’t get me wrong — it’s pink because it’s for my daughter in spain."pavel zelenkov / mt"our family has been living in the u.s. for over 50 years but originally we are from russia. it was so great to...