100 million euros worth of synthetic drugs seized in Russia | AFP

Police in St. Petersburg, Russia, seize a record 7.8 tons of a powerful synthetic drug worth an estimated amount of about 100 million euros. The drug, called Alpha-PVP or “bath salts”, is known for its hallucinatory effects. It was found in both finished and semi-finished states in a clandestine laboratory outside Saint Petersburg.

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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

Fans charge up Zenit squad with fire show before match with Fenerbahce in St. Pete

Zenit fans greeted their team with a spectacular flare display outside the home stadium in Saint Petersburg, ahead of their Europa League clash with Turkey’s Fenerbahce, which the Russian team won 3-1, making it into the last 16. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9ov1

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KKK-Khristmas?: ‘Ghost’ Xmas trees invade St Pete

A simple act of vandalism on dozens of Christmas trees made it appear as if a peculiar Ku Klux Klan chapter had sprung up in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg this week. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9lcl

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Runaway lion, wounded elk find home in Russian shelter

A lion that escaped from an airport, a crocodile found at a rubbish dump and an elk attacked by stray dogs — all these animals have found refuge in an unusual private shelter in Russia. Dozens of bears have also passed through the Veles centre, just outside Saint Petersburg, since it was opened in 2009 by businessman Alexander Fyodorov, who says he spent more than $1 million on the project.

Today in History for December 18th

(18 Dec 2018) U.S. Supreme Court upholds the relocation and detention of Japanese-Americans during World War Two; U.S. begins 12 days of heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets; Steven Spielberg is born; Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ – publicly premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Dec. 18)

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Saint-Petersburg: residents stuck in Soviet ‘Kommunalkas’ ​

In Saint Petersburg’s largest communal apartment, people barely talk to each other. Living conditions here are dismal and most residents dream of leaving the place for good. Located in the centre of the former imperial capital, the “kommunalka” flat occupies the entire ground floor of a building, with 34 rooms coming off a corridor almost 100 metres (330 feet) long.

Police arrest protester in Saint Petersburg

A man is arrested during a demonstration against pension reform in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Plans to hike the retirement age have led to a rare outburst of public anger and seen President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings take a hit, despite some efforts to water down the changes. IMAGES

World Cup in Saint Petersburg: Best of the football & best of the view

World Cup fans from all around the world enjoyed their time spent in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Watch more RT highlights for the best moments of World Cup 2018 in Russia.

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France fans wave off team who head to rest before WC final

France leave their team hotel in Saint-Petersburg and head to Moscow, before rejoining their base camp in Istra, where they will rest before facing either Croatia or England in the final of the 2018 World Cup.

France leave team hotel and head to Moscow for World Cup final

France leave their team hotel in Saint-Petersburg and head to Moscow, where they will face either Croatia or England in the final of the 2018 World Cup. Les Bleus defeated Belgium 1-0 in the semis on Tuesday with a header from Samuel Umtiti. IMAGES