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Today, Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. It is a joyous and sad holiday. We want to honor the memory of all those killed in this hopefully last world war. Russia is on the 64th place in the ranking "World Happiness Report 2015". To measure the level of happiness, experts used a number of indicators: economic (GDP per capita), social (social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption) and moral (generosity). "Soyuz TMA-16M" spacecraft has been launched from Baikonur cosmodrome to the ISS. The crew includes Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and the U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly. The expedition of Kornienko and Kelly will last one year. In February 2015, the sales of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles decreased by 37.9% to 128.298 vehicles. The next few months will be hard for the Russian car market. In November-December 2014, many carmakers significantly raised the prices because of the ruble depreciation. February 27, 2015, at about 23:30, in the center of Moscow near the Kremlin (Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge), one of the leaders of the Russian opposition, politician Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed. We express our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. More notes from Russia »
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