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Renowned Russian director Andrey Konchalovsky started working over a new film, RIA Novosti informs. This project is dedicated to life and masterpieces of the grand master Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti. Monster. Visions movie is produced in Carrara mountains, Italy. These are places where the main character used to live. The movie will be a co-production of Russia and Italy....

06.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Russia and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding, RIA Novosti informs. Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev and his Japanese colleague put their signature on the document. The signing ceremony took place in Tokyo during the visit of Nikolay Patrushev. He met Japanese President Sindzo Abe earlier. This document contains schedule of...

06.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve has acquired the book Analyse raisonnée de la sagesse de Charron by Jean-Pierre-Louis Luchet used to belong to empress Catherine the Great, RIA Novosti reports. Two volumes were owned by a private collector. Museum workers have noted that judjing by book binders and marks on flyleafs the issue was stored in Tsarskoye...

05.09.2017 Subject: History

Moscow may decrease a number of American diplomats in Russia further on, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes. However, the country’s administration will not use this possibility so far, TASS informs. “We shall see how it goes later on,” he added. The head of state has explained that now the number of staff deployed in Russian and...

05.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Exhibition under title The Far East Street started in the capital of Primorsky Krai, informally known as Primorye, RIA Novosti informs. Regions of Russian Far Eastern Federal District present their possibilities. Its opening is timed with Eastern Economic Forum. It is traditionally included into cultural agenda of the forum. Pavilions from nine regions of Russia display unique...

05.09.2017 Subject: Economics

Metropolis Olympiad for schoolchildren is taking place in Moscow these days, Moscow Governor’s website reports. Around 400 students from major cities and world capitals will compete in physics, chemistry, computer sciences and mathematics at the Olympiad. It is worth reminding that similar Olympiad took place a year ago. Moscow students became winners last year. The difference of...

05.09.2017 Subject: Education

Moscow is ready to participate in all discussions about the North Korea’s crisis, Presidential Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov has stated. According to him, Russia will take part in all formats of negotiations including UN Security Council discussions, RIA Novosti reports. He has reminded that President has many times mentioned that the only way to settle the...

05.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Visit Russia National Tourist Office in London started preparations for the World Football Cup, IA Interfax informs. Specialized information center for travelers interested in football was opened there. A per Russian experts, they get many requests from football fans planning to travel to Russia to see the World Cup. The majority of questions is about logistics, for example,...

05.09.2017 Subject: Array

Summit of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has started today, September 4, in China, RIA Novosti reports. Leaders of the countries with Russian President among them gathered in Xiamen city at the South of the country at the bank of the Taiwan Strait. The main...

05.09.2017 Subject: Politics

A final match of European Volleyball Championship took place in Krakow where Russians took golden medals leaving behind the German team, TASS informs. Our team headed by the new coach Sergey Shlyapnikov before the final set destroyed all its rivals and played very brightly. In the first set our volleyball players despite rather timid game style of the diagonal hitter...

04.09.2017 Subject: Sports

Russian Revolution themed RT television network microblog @BritishEmb1917 is blocked by British authorities, RIA Novosti reports. The official reason of complaint was the use of British symbolics without authorization. @BritishEmb1917 was created as “The official Twitter account of the United Kingdom in the Russian Empire”. It was set up by RT as part of its #1917Live project, devoted to...

04.09.2017 Subject: Community

Russia’s newly appointed Ambassador Anatoly Antonov has stressed that Russia will continue issuing visas to American citizens without any limitations, TASS report. Ambassador has pointed out that official Moscow will try to relieve the tension in the Russian-American relations and Russian Foreign Ministry will not react on limitations imposed by US for...

04.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Government of Poland claimed intention to demand reparation payments from Russia on the grounds of Treaty of Riga dated 1921, RIA Novosti informs. Members of the Polish Ruling Party Law and Justice expressed their opinion that representatives of Poland and Russia might “sit down at the table and talk about how it should be done”. ...

04.09.2017 Subject: History

An ecological unit of Eastern Military District collected more than three hundred tons of scrap metal at the Wrangel Island (Ostrov Vrangelya), located in Chukotka autonomous okrug. Soldiers plan to transport all garbage left on the Island during the Soviet period to the continent, RIA Novosti reports. Helicopters will deliver press machines and other equipment from...

04.09.2017 Subject: Miscellaneous

Russian Foreign Ministry Official Spokesperson Maria Zakharova claimed in her interview to NTV Channel that rummages of diplomatic possessions of the Russian Federation by USA might be connected to willingness to prove that Russia interfered with Presidential elections of 2016. The diplomat has commented that particular political groups have not still reconciled with the defeat trying to shift...

04.09.2017 Subject: Politics

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