The FC Maxima soccer club in St. Petersburg welcomes migrants from around the world to the squad. Many, like Rustam Mustafakulov from Uzbekistan, endure hardships in integrating into a foreign country. But a love of soccer unites the team members.
Russian footballers Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev are the subject of a criminal investigation for hooliganism. The pair are accused of carrying out violent attacks in Moscow, which were captured on CCTV.
Two days on from the fatal subway bombing in St Petersburg, authorities have arrested six Central Asians suspected of recruiting for terror groups. The suspected perpetrator in Monday's attack was a Kyrgyzstan national.
The 2017 Confederations Cup kicks off in St. Petersburg in a month's time. However, the world's northern-most city of a million people or more continues to struggle with its extremely expensive stadium.
Should world leaders go to the football World Cup in Russia? This has become a tricky question for politicians in several countries. Unusually, Germany's famous fan Angela Merkel has not yet said whether she will attend.
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