Runaway housing developments have been going up around Moscow, threatening the 'lungs' of the city – the ring forest around the capital. But locals have been fighting back against the project – with success.
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Russia's national team is on probation after a few hundred of its supporters attacked English fans in Marseille, raising concerns about Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup. Some fan groups have connections to ultra-nationalist political forces.
Turkey, Egypt, and other favorite vacation spots are out of reach these days for Russians. But the north coast of the Black Sea, spanning from Crimea to Sochi to Abkhazia, offers an affordable alternative.
The 'immortal regiment' parade, started in 2012, was meant to allow Russians to highlight their forebears' role in beating back the Nazis during World War II. But it has grown immensely in popularity and prominence since then.