Yuri Alekseyev used to be a lawyer in Moscow. Now he lives in a tent in the forest with a white rabbit named Petruschka. But the 'hobbit' is still in contact with the world - and has some interesting hobbies.
Freezing rain and heavy snow have killed one person in Moscow and downed over 2,000 trees. Over half a meter of snow blanketed the Russian capital by Monday morning in what was already dubbed a "snowfall of the century."
A passenger plane en route to Orsk has crashed near the Russian capital with 71 people on board. According to preliminary information, three of the victims were non-Russian nationals.
Despite broad support for Navalny's presidential bid it is widely expected that officials will keep him off the ballot. Should Putin win a new six-year term he would become Russia's longest serving leader since Stalin.
Ahead of hosting the World Cup, excitement among football fans in Russia is growing with all eyes on Friday's draw. Moscow has been spruced up for the draw and next year's tournament.
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