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6 December, 2017  // 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.

5 November, 2017  // 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.

19 October, 2017  // 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%.

11 October, 2017  // 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.

28 September, 2017  // 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.

25 September, 2017  // In January-June 2017, 1,030,193 crimes were registered in Russia, 12.9% less than in the same period of 2016, 39.9% - theft of property, 10.7% - fraud, murders - 5,244. More than 50% of crimes were committed by persons who had committed crimes before, 34.1% - in a state of intoxication.

21 September, 2017  // According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the highest level of air pollution in Russia is recorded in Krasnoyarsk, Magnitogorsk, Norilsk, Birobidzhan, Blagoveshchensk, Bratsk, and Chita. In total, 15% of the urban population lives in the cities with a high level of air pollution.

4 September, 2017  // Russia's men's volleyball team won the European Championships for the first time in four years. In the final of the championship the team of Sergey Shlyapnikov in an incredible heat match in five sets turned out to be stronger than Germany - 3-2 (25:19, 20:25, 25:20, 17:25, 15:13).

22 August, 2017  // The Ministry of Finance of Russia transferred $ 125 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina, this was the last debt of the USSR. Russia owed to Bosnia and Herzegovina, since the USSR did not pay off Yugoslavia for the supply of goods. At the same time, Russia wrote off billions of debts to the USSR. Such a rich country can certainly afford it /s

17 August, 2017  // In June 2017, according to the Joint Organisations Data Initiative, Russia produced 10.323 million barrels of oil per day, 253,000 more than Saudi Arabia. The third largest oil producer was the US (9.320). In December-July, about 40% of the Russian federal budget revenues were received from selling oil and natural gas.

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