The next soccer World Cup is just nine months away and to help promote it hosts Russia are taking the famous gold trophy on tour. On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was on hand for the start in Moscow.
Kaliningrad has inaugurated a new football stadium built for the 2018 World Cup. It could quickly come to symbolize the financial burden that Russia will have with such facilities after the tournament is over.
President Vladimir Putin has cultivated his image as the force that guided Russia through the fallout of the collapse of the Soviet Union. That’s left many voters with little choice in the upcoming election.
Berlin is walking a fine line in the row between London and Moscow over a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy. Germany has accepted Russia was "probably" behind the attempted murder but stopped short of direct confrontation.
Germany's top police authority has found evidence that Islamist terrorist groups may target the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The agency also pointed to Russia's hooligan scene as a source of violence.
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