This week in Russia – Talking balls

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Talking balls

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Vitaly Mutko has announced that St Petersburg has bid to host the opening game of the Euro 2020 football tournament, which will be the first to be held under a new pan-continental format. 

Nuclear fallout

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said that Vladimir Putin’s government is harming diplomatic efforts to prevent further testing of nuclear weapons in North Korea while China is helping in the process.

Rail-ly dear

THE legendary Trans-Siberian railway is to get an €8.5 billion makeover in order to modernise the 4,324 km Baikal-Amur mainline that passes through Siberia and the Far East.

All guns blazing

Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu has visited the Philippines to donate thousands of assault rifles and helmets, plus 20 military vehicles and a million rounds of ammunition in a bid to widen the Southeast Asian arms trade.

Tooled up

The editor-in-chief of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta has revealed plans to arm journalists with non-lethal weapons after a spate of recent attacks, including the recent stabbing of a radio talk show host.

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