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Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky puts a dent in Russia Euro 2016 preparations | Football | Sport. Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky put a dent in Russia’s Euro 2016 preparations as England’s opening Group opponents lost 2-1 to Czech Republic in Innsbruck. Russia started the game strongly and went ahead in the sixth minute through Aleksandr Kokorin’s strike from the edge of the penalty area. But Rosicky, who spent a decade at the Emirates Stadium before leaving at the end of this season, equalised with a superb 20-yard volley after the break. Tomas Necid hooked in a winner with only a minute remaining to inflict defeat on Leonid Slutsky's side, who face the Three Lions in Marseille on June 11.

Russia have now lost their two most recent friendlies, having also been beaten by host nation France courtesy of a 4-1 scoreline last week. Slutsky has left Russia's all-time top scorer Alexander Kerzhakov out of his squad and will also be without injured duo Alan Dzagoev and Yuri Zhirkov this summer. Russia social media | Putin cracks down on use of social media in Russia. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Greece's monastic community of Mount Athos to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of a Russian monastery. Russian President Vladimir Putin has overseen a crackdown on online dissent. Picture: Alexei Druzhinin/AP ANASTASIA Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: “Squeeze Russia out of yourself!”

As the Kremlin claims unequivocal support among Russians for its policies both at home and abroad, a crackdown is underway against ordinary social media users who post things that run against the official narrative. At least 54 people were sent to prison for hate speech last year, most of them for sharing and posting things online, which is almost five times as many as five years ago, according to the Moscow-based Sova group, which studies human rights, nationalism and xenophobia in Russia. Andrei Bubeyev and his wife Anastasia. Russian President Vladimir Putin. Canada Calls Out Russia For Lack Of Warning About Incoming Rocket. Canada says it wasn't given enough warning and has asked Russia for more information about a rocket stage that is expected to splash down this weekend in environmentally sensitive Arctic waters. "The Government of Canada has sought clarification from the Government of Russia regarding the lack of sufficient notification of this rocket launch," Austin Jean, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, said in an email Wednesday.

"We have stressed to the Government of Russia the need for greater advance warning of planned launches to ensure that all precautions, relating both to the safety and security of our airspace and any potential environmental concerns, can be appropriately addressed. " The Russian Embassy in Ottawa said the federal government was made aware of the launch. The rocket is expected to fall into Nunavut's Baffin Bay. "In this context environmental concerns are seriously taken into account. " The area is heavily used by Inuit from Canada and Greenland. Also on HuffPost: Close. The Moscow Times - News, Business, Culture & Multimedia from Russia. Scholastic chess in Russia | Chess News. Press Release Schoolchildren from 10 countries are participating in the competition The final tournament of the traditional all-Russian scholastic chess team event Belaya Ladya (also known as White Rook) started in Dagomys.

Founded in 1969, the tournament is the oldest scholastic sports competition in Russia. Since 2015, Belaya Ladya also welcomes teams from foreign countries. In the 2016 final, apart from 332 young players from different regions of Russia, there are also children from Armenia, Belarus, China, Estonia, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, and Mongolia. More than 6,500 schoolchildren under 14 years of age participated in qualification tournaments in all regions of Russia during 2015/2016 academic year.

The organizers of Belaya Ladya are Russian Chess Federation and Russian Ministry of Sport. Mr Janovsky said, “Belaya Ladya is a tournament with such a reach that can only be compared to the Russian Junior Championship. Belaya Ladya expands every year. Russian hacker gang arrested over $25m theft. Image copyright Reuters Russia has arrested 50 people accused of using malware to steal more than 1.7bn roubles ($25m; £18m). The gang allegedly seeded websites with malware that gave them access to victims' PCs and, from there, their bank accounts. Technical tricks used by the hackers made it hard for security software to spot the malicious code once it had compromised a machine.

It is believed to be the largest ever arrest of hackers in Russia. The Russian authorities carried out raids in 15 regions across the country to round up the gang, the FSB internal security service said. "As a result of [house] searches a large quantity of computer equipment was confiscated along with communications gear, bank cards in false names, and also financial documents and significant amounts of cash confirming the illegal nature of their activity," the FSB said. The gang is believed to have stolen cash using a malicious trojan called Lurk that it hid on some of Russia's most popular websites.

Bitcoin Technology Can Help Russia Dodge Sanctions: MP. Russian businesses could harness the power of technology developed for cryptocurrency bitcoin to avoid being subject to Western sanctions, a prominent Russian lawmaker claimed. Blockchain is the ledger behind Bitcoin and it effectively allows for the transfer of information online, ensuring that two copies of it were not made. Andrei Lugovoi, member of parliament for Russia’s nationalist LDPR party, now believes blockchain should be used by Russians who want to dodge U.S. and EU sanctions. Several Russian businesses and individuals perceived as close to Russian President Vladimir Putin are under U.S. and EU trade sanctions, as punishment for Putin’s decision to annex Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Try Newsweek for only $1.25 per week Lugovoi, who was implicated in the inquiry into the death of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, told a forum in Moscow that Russian businesses should use the most cutting edge technological solutions to circumvent sanctions. Russia Gives France a Puppy to Replace Police Dog Killed in Raid. Photo In a ceremony in Moscow on Monday, Russia presented France with a puppy to replace a police dog killed in the aftermath of the terrorist last month. Diesel, a Belgian Malinois, died as members of French special forces raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of St.

-Denis on Nov. 18. Three people were killed during the police operation, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian militant suspected of planning the Nov. 13 attacks. As Russia’s Interior Ministry handed over Dobrynya, a German shepherd named after a mythical Russian warrior, Jean-Maurice Ripert, the French ambassador, called it “a gesture that comes from the heart.” “The puppy you are giving us today will replace Diesel and proves your friendship. Russia's last independent English newspaper ends daily edition. Russia’s only independent English-language newspaper, The Moscow Times, has stopped publishing daily issues in favour of a new weekly format.

The new owner says the move will allow him to save the loss-making publication, but some correspondents fear it spells the end of an important independent news source and training ground for correspondents. Founded by Dutch publisher Derk Sauer in 1992 and distributed in cafes, hotels and airplanes, The Moscow Times often covered Russian news and issues in more depth than western publications.

Former correspondents have gone on to success at other publications, including Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Ellen Barry. As the Russian economy has slowed down and expats have begun to leave the country, other English-language publications such as the entertainment newspaper The Element have shut down. In addition to economic difficulties, independent media also face political problems. Russia Prepares to Exhume Czar Alexander III in Romanov Investigation - History in the Headlines.

In 1991, the remains of Czar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and three of their daughters—who were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918—were found buried in a forest near Yekaterinburg, Russia. Subsequent DNA analysis positively identified them, and the royals were buried with great pomp in a Saint Petersburg cathedral. Despite a similar DNA identification, however, the remains of Crown Prince Alexei, heir to the Russian throne, and his sister Maria—found buried in a separate grave in 2007—remain in limbo in a state archive. In order to bury them, the Russian government must appease the powerful Orthodox Church, which is requiring further investigation before it formally recognizes the Romanov remains as genuine.

As part of that effort, Russian investigators are currently examining the 121-year-old grave of Nicholas’ father, Czar Alexander III, in preparation for a full exhumation. The burial ceremony for the remains of tsar Nicholas ll and his family at St. Premiere today of Hermanis' Brodsky/Baryshnikov / Joseph Brodsky, an awardee of the Nobel Prize in Literature, held a friendship with Mikhail Baryshnikov for 22 years, up until the poet's death in 1996. The two will meet again on the stage in a production by Alvis Hermanis. In this theatrical adventure, Baryshnikov will be interpreting Brodsky's poetry. Hermanis and Baryshnikov will lead the viewers into an imaginary landscape of Brodsky's complex, lyrical and punchy play of words. Brodsky/Baryshnikov will reveal the world of the poet in Brodsky's native Russian with text and movement.

"This will not be a completely normal theater staging. It is more akin to a spiritist séance. Mikhail Baryshnikov stressed: "This project is important to us. The scenographer of the play is Kristīne Jurjāne, while Gļebs Fiļštinskis is the lighting designer. An exclusive LSM's Russian-language service interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov is in the works and is set to appear on the English-language service today. Russian universities rise in Times Higher Education rankings. The Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) was ranked 161 out of 800 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16, which were released on October 1st. 13 Russian academic institutions made the list this year, compared to just 2 in the 2014-15 rankings.

MSU was once again ranked highest among the Russian universities. Last year, MSU was ranked 196 out of 400 (the list was expanded to 800 universities this year). The only other Russian university that was in the list last year was the Novosibirsk State University, ranked in the 301-350 position. This year, it fell in the rankings to 401-500. In the 2015-16 rankings, the Russian top 5 also included the Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University (201-250), the Tomsk Polytechnic University (251-300), the Kazan Federal University (301-350) and the National Research Nuclear University MePhi (301-350).

Global trends Russian Universities in THE World University Ranking. Russian jets joining effort to douse Indonesian forest fires. Kasparman Piliang, Associated Press Updated 6:43 am, Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Photo: Bagus Kurniawan, AP Russian Beriev Be-200 amphibious firefighting jets are parked on the tarmac at the haze-blanketed Sultan Mahmud Baddarudin II Airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Two Be-200 aircrafts leased by the Indonesian government have arrived on Sumatra island to help douse the massive forest and land fires that have caused widespread haze in parts of Southeast Asia. Russian Beriev Be-200 amphibious firefighting jets are parked on the tarmac at the haze-blanketed Sultan Mahmud Baddarudin II Airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

Despite the thick haze, construction resumes in front of Malaysia's landmark buildings, Kuala Lumpur Tower, centre left, and Petronas Twin Towers, center right, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Russian jets joining effort to douse Indonesian forest fires.