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While the whole world is undoubtedly experiencing one of the greatest summers of sport for decades, Russia is lucky enough to be enjoying a bigger take than most. Cities across the country have been hosting what some have been calling the most exciting World Cup for decades.

Although the end is in sight, fans from the UK and beyond can continue to enjoy the sporting spirit by delving into the exciting world of Russian sports, which will continue apace as ever long after the World Cup has left Moscow. Here’s how to make the most of sports in Russia year-round.

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Russian sports after the World Cup

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On the night of June 23-24, the annual show “Scarlet Sails” was held in St. Petersburg – the main graduation ceremony of Russia, a holiday dedicated to all school graduates.

For the first time “Scarlet Sails” was held in Leningrad in 1968. In that year, 25 thousand graduates of Soviet schools and technical schools gathered for the holiday. In 2018, this celebration turned 50, there were about 80 thousand graduates on the streets and embankments of the city. Photos by: Petr Ushanov.

Scarlet Sails 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

very colorful show

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Watching the World Cup is one of the most exciting experiences for any football fan in the world. But as you travel through Russia to watch the games, there are certainly a number of things you can do to pass the time.

Sports betting might be the first thing that comes to mind as it’s the most excitement you can have while following the competition. If that’s your choice, you can check for the best world cup betting sites while you are on your trip. But there are also some beautiful sights of Russia that you really shouldn’t miss out on visiting – especially if you’re adventurous and like to explore.

Here are 5 things to do in the 5 cities where the matches are played.

Visit the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

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places of interest in Russia

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The Gostiny Dvor (The Old Merchant Court), built in the 1790s-1830s, is a historical monument located in the heart of Moscow (Il’inka Street, 4), a few hundred meters from the famous Red Square. Today, it is a large recreation, business and retail center.

During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, this building houses the National House of the Fans of Mexico (from June 14 to July 15). The entrance is free. Here you can taste national Mexican cuisine, get acquainted with the culture of this country and of course watch football. The Gostiny Dvor on Google Maps. Photos by: Nefer.

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very colorful place

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Top Day Trips from Moscow

Moscow, the sprawling historical, economic and cultural capital of Russia, home to 12 million people and countless museums, galleries, restaurants and parks, is certainly seeing a lot of action this summer.

With the FIFA World Cup in full swing, over 1 million fans from across the globe have poured into this iconic city, which is hosting a grand total of 12 World Cup matches this summer. Although there’s never been a better time to be in Moscow, the intense crowds and, of course, the infamous summer heat waves, can sometimes be a little too much.

The Russian capital is well connected to a huge variety of national parks, cities, villages and historic sites, meaning you’ve got no shortage of amazing options to escape the city and soak up the best of Russian culture. Here’s a round-up of the best day trips to take from Moscow.

The Archangelskoye Estate

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Alexey Belous, a graphic designer from Tula, created 44 posters for the 2018 World Cup. The posters are dedicated to the cities and stadiums of the championship, as well as to all national teams.

On the posters dedicated to the stadiums, the author shows how this sports festival is held in the cities with football stadiums in their centers. The arenas are reminiscent of schemes and drawings, as the World Cup is a big construction project.

All cities and national teams of the World Cup in Russia.

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cool posters of the World Cup 2018

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The World Cup in Russia will begin in a few days. During this event, a large number of various souvenir products will be available: nesting dolls, T-shirts, balls, mugs, toys, and so on.

Russian state structures are also involved in this. For example, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation issued a series of commemorative coins including silver and gold ones dedicated to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Let’s take a look at them.

Silver coins with a nominal value of 3 rubles dedicated to all cities of the World Cup 2018.

Moscow

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World Cup 2018 coins

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“The Kremlin in Izmailovo” is a cultural and entertainment complex located in the Eastern Administrative District of Moscow. The nearest metro stations are Partizanskaya and Izmailovo.

The initiator of the reconstruction of the royal estate in Izmailovo as a center of Russian culture became A.F. Ushakov, who, in 1998, introduced the project to the Moscow authorities for the construction of this complex. Izmailovo Kremlin on Google Maps. Photos by: Vasilii Nikitinskii.

Izmailovo Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, photo 1

amazing entertainment complex

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Saint Petersburg is not only about a pompous European architecture and prim, but merry Petersburgers. It is also a beach resort. Sounds weird? And what in Russia is not weird?

The resort area stretched a narrow strip along the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Here are the best sandy beaches, wide and beautiful, and the smell of the sea is mixed with the scent of pine trees. In the resort villages – Sestroretsk, Repino, Komarovo, Zelenogorsk – there are popular sanatoria, country hotels and restaurants. Photos by: Anton Putyatin.

beaches of the northern capital of Russia

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The monument to V.I. Lenin at the depot of the October Railway known simply as “Lenin on Wheels” is located near the Leningrad Station in Moscow (Komsomol’skaya Square, 3/36).

Mounted on a railway trolley, it is one of the first monuments to Lenin in Moscow and the only Lenin in the world on wheels. Lenin on Wheels on Google Maps. Photos by: babs71.

Lenin on Wheels - a Unique Roll Monument in Moscow, Russia, photo 1

very unusual and cool monument

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