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International Olympic Committee decided to ban participation of the national team of Russia in the 2018 Winter Olympics as punishment for manipulation of doping tests in Sochi in 2014. "Clean" athletes are allowed to compete under a neutral flag with Olympic symbols. The world's largest planetarium with a dome diameter of 37 meters was opened in St. Petersburg in the former gasholder building (1884) - one of the buildings of the complex of the former gas plant of the Metropolitan Lighting Society. Since 2009, according to the Ministry of Health of Russia, young people (13-15 years) began to smoke almost three times less, and the number of smoking adults decreased by one third. In today's Russia, about 51% of men and 14% of women smoke. Among adolescents, this figure is 15%. In the first half of 2017, according to "TurStat", Top 10 most popular tourist cities in Russia were: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Yaroslavl, Kislovodsk and Vologda. On average, tourists spent 3,200 rubles a day (about 55 USD) on living in hotels and stayed for three nights. Russia three years ahead of schedule completed the elimination of its arsenal of chemical weapons (39,967 tons of toxic substances). In total, 4,352,033 chemical munitions, 107 large-capacity tanks and 927 containers with sarin, soman, VX, mustard gas, and lewisite were liquidated. More notes from Russia »
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Robert asks: Is Rostov a safe place to visit?
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Rostov-on-Don is among top 10 most criminal cities in Russia. So from this point of view it is not a very safe city. However, if you are concerned about safety during the World Cup 2018, then during this time, special efforts will be made to ensure security, so a visit to the city will be relatively safe.

I would recommend that you still follow such simple precautions as always keep your documents, tickets, cards, cash with you because thefts are still very possible. You should also avoid walking alone in the evening/night time especially not in the central part of the city.

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