Meanwhile, the Russian parliament strengthened punishment for lockdown violations, introducing heavy fines and prison terms of up to seven years in cases when a breach results in deaths.
The 14-strong group, which includes eight minors, arrived in Murmansk, 1,480 kilometres north of Moscow, on March 12 to play opponents from Russia, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Andrey Silnov, the 2008 Olympic high jump champion, and 2012 Olympic 400m hurdle champion Natalia Antyukh will have to face a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the doping charges.
Moscow is being questioned over whether it is hiding the actual number of coronavirus cases as people recall its past notoriety over the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.
President Vladimir Putin's changes, which have been approved by both houses of parliament, would overturn a current constitutional ban on him running for president again in 2024, allowing him to potentially stay in power until 2036.
Eduard Limonov – a controversial figure who founded a radical nationalist party and led protests against President Vladimir Putin before supporting Kremlin on Crimea's annexation – passed away in Moscow, his party says.
The approval came just two days after Putin signed the reform bill, which has faced fierce criticism from opposition figures who say it will allow the longtime Russian leader to become "president for life."
His intervention raised the prospect of him serving another two six-year consecutive terms after 2024, though the Kremlin points out that Putin has not yet said whether he will run again in 2024.
Moscow says it's open to renewing cooperation with OPEC after oil giants and non-OPEC members failed to agree on production cuts leading to Saudi announcement it would increase oil output.
President Vladimir Putin says there could be a presidential "reset" allowing him to run after his current term expires as Kremlin-controlled lower house, Duma, endorses proposed constitutional amendments by a 382-0 vote with 44 abstentions.
The chairs represented the victims who died when a Buk missile fired from territory held by pro-Russia separatist rebels shot down the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight on July 17, 2014, killing everybody on board.
From chemical attacks to false accusations of ‘terrorism’ launched against the Syrian opposition, Russian officials and disinformation campaigns have created an alternate reality.
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