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.
On Sunday, France take on Croatia in the World Cup final in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. But the darkest chapter of the stadium's history, when at least 66 people lost their lives in 1982, has largely been forgotten.
Russians are embracing their role as hosts for jubilent soccer fans. While some commentators say the international guests will help dispel Western media myths, others argue the exchange could undermine Kremlin control.
Feminist punk group Pussy Riot has put out a new video after members were sentenced to 15 days in prison following a pitch invasion at the World Cup final in Russia. The group is no stranger to high-profile protests.
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."
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