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According to Dalia Research, people in Russia are the world's biggest cat lovers. About 59% have at least one cat at home, 18% have two cats or more. A special love for cats in Russia is known for a long time and there are a number of social, climatic, historical reasons for explaining it. According to the World Happiness Report, Russia is on the 49th place, 7 places higher than in 2016, and 15 - than in 2015. It seems that people in Russia quickly get used to living in a crisis. Norway is on the 1st place and the last place is occupied by the Central African Republic. According to the University of Lausanne, in Russia, there are 439 prisoners per 100 thousand people (642,500 in September 2015) - the highest rate in Europe. Most of them (27.8%) are convicted of murder. However, their number is steadily declining from a maximum of 1 million in the late 1990s. By the summer of 2017, Russia may finally pay off all Soviet debts ($ 125.2 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina). After the collapse of the USSR, the Russian government agreed to return all debts of the former Soviet republics (about $ 27 billion) in exchange for giving up their share in the foreign assets of the Soviet Union. The draw for the final stage of World Cup 2018 will take place in the Moscow Kremlin on December 1, 2017. The tournament will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities: Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, and Yekaterinburg. More notes from Russia »
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George asks: The train from Skytyvkar to St. Petersburgh or Moscow, is it non stop? Flight from Moscow to Syktyvkar how long does it take?
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