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The countdown to the start of the World Cup 2018 began at the Manege Square in Moscow. The ceremony was held exactly 1,000 days before the beginning of the tournament. It was attended by a number of officials, current and former players. The first ever World Cup in Russia will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018. September 12, 2015, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, 57, returned from his fifth space mission spending a cumulative 879 days in space. This is a new world record. The previous record was set by Russia's Sergei Krikalev (803 days in space). According to a study published in Nature, most trees in the world grow in Russia, primarily in the forests of Siberia and the Far East. In total, there are about 3 trillion trees in the world, 640 billion grow in Russia. This is almost two times higher than in Canada and Brazil, that are on the second and third places. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Russians are the most ineffective workers in Europe (GDP per one hour of working time - $25.9). At the same time, they spend about 1,982 hours a year on their workplaces - the second highest figure in Europe. Americans on average spend 1,790 hours per year, their productivity is $67.4 per hour. The Head of the Federal Department for Safe Storage and Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Colonel-General Valery Kapashin said that, as of July 13, 2015, Russia destroyed more than 90% of its arsenals (35.972 from 39.967 thousand tons of chemical warfare agents). More notes from Russia »
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