Russian farm community fights mental health stigma | AFP

At a farm outside Saint Petersburg, a group of people with mental disabilities are working in a bakery, a barn and a dairy — a rare case of integration in Russia, where mental health issues face a strong stigma.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping honoured by Russian university | AFP

Xi Jinping is made Doctor Honoris Causa by the state university of Saint-Petersburg, where the Chinese President is participating in the Economic Forum. IMAGES of the ceremony, attended by Russia’s Vladimir Putin

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In Russia, thousands search for remains of Soviet war dead

Every spring, groups go to a hilly area named Sinyavino to the east of Saint Petersburg that saw heavy fighting from 1941 to 1944, as Soviets attempted to break through a Nazi blockade. Thanks to volunteers who carry out regular digs at battlefield sites outside Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) the soldiers will finally be buried, decades after the end of the war.

Explosive device wounds three at St Petersburg military academy

Uniformed army officials and rescue workers observe the aftermath of a blast caused by an unidentified explosive device that wounded three at a military academy in Russia’s northwestern city of Saint Petersburg. The device was described as lacking casing, meaning that it was not a military device such as a mortar shell blast.

Explosive device wounds three at St Petersburg military academy

Uniformed army officials and rescue workers observe the aftermath of a blast caused by an unidentified explosive device that wounded three at a military academy in Russia’s northwestern city of Saint Petersburg. The device was described as lacking casing, meaning that it was not a military device such as a mortar shell. IMAGES of activity at the military academy following the blast

11 on trial over deadly Saint Petersburg metro attack

After been postponed three weeks ago, the trial of eleven people allegedly involved in a Saint Petersburg metro bombing that killed 15 and injured dozens more begins in Russia’s second city. The bombing in April 2017 was claimed by a group linked to Al-Qaeda which said it was a message to countries engaged in war with Muslims, a reference to Russia’s military campaign in Syria. IMAGES of the accused in the dock