Mar 21, 2013 10:51 EDT
Top Russian artist, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, who painstakingly transformed himself to resemble Adolf Hitler, Marilyn Monroe and Vladimir Putin for avant-garde photo performances, has died at 43, Russian news agencies reported Thursday.
Mar 19, 2013 09:20 EDT
Russia's forthcoming World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland in Belfast will probably be their toughest test, according to national squad manager Fabio Capello.
Mar 15, 2013 14:16 EDT
Squash's evolution as a TV-friendly sport, played against some of the world's most dramatic backdrops, should serve it well in its bid to become an Olympic sport in 2020, its federation president told AFP on Friday.
Mar 15, 2013 08:07 EDT
Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti is confident that the Russian champions can bounce back from European disappointment, amid calls for him to go and rumours that club bosses are looking for a replacement.
Mar 14, 2013 19:26 EDT
US President Barack Obama wasted no time in courting China's new President Xi Jinping Thursday, calling him within hours of his elevation, and then pressing him on cybercrime and North Korea.
Mar 14, 2013 11:55 EDT
British actor Stephen Fry on Thursday clashed with the Russian politician behind a controversial law in the second city of Saint Petersburg that activists see as violating the rights of gays.
Mar 13, 2013 22:30 EDT
A Tottenham side missing Gareth Bale and fellow Londoners Chelsea will be seeking to book quarter-final berths in the Europa League on Thursday, but the Blues will have to do things the hard way after a first-leg defeat at Steaua Bucharest.
Mar 12, 2013 14:37 EDT
Wrestling can regain its place as a core Olympic sport for the 2020 Games, the interim president of the sport's world governing body, Nenad Lalovic, told AFP in an interview on Tuesday.
Mar 07, 2013 18:35 EST
Gareth Bale boosted his sky-rocketing profile with one of the goals which helped Tottenham shock Inter Milan 3-0 on Thursday and help lift Britain's European gloom.
Mar 06, 2013 06:45 EST
Vladimir Lenin's body should be removed from Moscow's Red Square, along with the buried remains of Joseph Stalin and other Soviet officials, the chairman of the Kremlin's rights council said Wednesday.
Mar 05, 2013 14:50 EST
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced a 22-player squad on Tuesday for the upcoming friendlies against Italy and Russia on March 21 and 25 respectively.
Mar 03, 2013 18:45 EST
No wall plaque honours the victims of Josef Stalin's purges, who met their end in the execution cells of headquarters of the feared Soviet security services on Lubyanka Square in central Moscow.
Mar 01, 2013 18:54 EST
US President Barack Obama will visit Saint Petersburg for September's G20 summit and will also hold a meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June.
Mar 01, 2013 12:23 EST
Russian leader Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama discussed Syria and other urgent issues by telephone Friday, the Kremlin said, noting that the call was initiated by Washington.
Feb 28, 2013 15:35 EST
Police in Russia's northwestern city of Saint Petersburg have launched a probe after a video of an eight-year-old girl driving 100 kilometres per hour (60mph) through snowy scenery went viral on the Internet.
Feb 22, 2013 11:18 EST
French actor Gerard Depardieu on Friday toured Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre as he visited his newly-adopted homeland of Russia before heading to the provinces to take up residence at his new address on "Democracy Street".
Feb 21, 2013 12:58 EST
Russian director Alexei German, who made just a handful of films but influenced a generation of directors with hard-hitting dramas portraying the Stalin era and World War II, died Thursday, his son said. He was 74.
Feb 20, 2013 03:06 EST
Japanese wrestling chiefs have urged Olympic medallists the world over to join forces to save their sport from the chop at the 2020 Games.
Feb 16, 2013 08:54 EST
Raphael Martinetti resigned as president of The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) on Saturday after he was largely held to blame for the sport losing its spot at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Feb 16, 2013 05:49 EST
G20 finance ministers sought on Saturday to convince markets at a meeting in Moscow they would not slide into "economic warfare" with competitive devaluations of currencies to boost activity.
Facts from the Wikipedia page:
|Saint Petersburg (English)|
Top: The English Embankment with
Saint Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress,
Middle left: The Winter Palace,
Middle right: Peterhof,
Bottom: Nevsky Prospekt at night.
|Coat of arms||Flag|
|City Day: May 27|
|Political status||Federal city|
|Area (fed. subject)||1,439 km2 (555.6 sq mi)|
|Area (city proper)||606 km2 (234.0 sq mi)|
|- Rank (fed. subj.)||4th|
|- Rank (cities/towns)||2nd|
|- Density (fed. subj.)||3,239.2 /km2 (8,389.5/sq mi)|
|Government (as of May 2009)|
|Legislative body||Legislative Assembly|
|Charter||Charter of Saint Petersburg|
|Founded||May 27, 1703|
|Became the capital of Russia||May 8, 1713|
|Renamed Petrograd||August 31, 1914|
|Capital moved back to Moscow||1918|
|Renamed Leningrad||January 26, 1924|
|Renamed St. Petersburg||September 6, 1991|
|Postal code||190000–199406|
|Dialing code||+7 812|