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For the second year in a row, London will host a Russian ball, to take place at the Old Billingsgate Hall on Sunday November 2. Approximately 1,000 guests are expected at the Ball, with a number of high profile business, political and cultural figures to be in attendance in what is expected to be an example of Russian culture.

To mark Halloween, we've got images of some of the best-known haunted spots in Britain, from historic palaces with royal shades to a Cornish inn spine-chillingly known as a place of "dark deeds done in the night"...

Sergei Yastrzhembsky, a former top aide to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, has swapped the big beasts of politics for the arguably less daunting ones of the African plains. Patriarchal Africa: The Last Sunrise – photo chronicle of a vanishing life is a compendium of photographs that Yastrzhembsky has taken over the last five years, concentrating on recording ways of life there that are now under threat.

Street art is one of the most powerful modern art movements and London is lucky to find itself in the middle of it. Blogger and marketer Konstantin Pinaev runs a walking tour of East End, talking about how street art emerged in London, how techniques of street art differ from each other, and how, previously thought of as vandalism, street art now is sought after by the capital’s auction houses.

The world's largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas sailed into the UK, stopping off at Southampton, before departing to the US. The Oasis of the Seas is longer than The Shard in London and wider than the wingspan of a Boeing 747.

Two revolutionary events took place in 20th century Russia that changed the way we look at the world: the emergence of non-objective art and the founding of the Soviet Union’s space programme. A new exhibition, Beyond Zero,is a homage to these historic moments. Take a look at some of the images from the show.

Lovers of the Gothic are in for a treat as a major new exhibition opened at the British Library in London on October 3. Two hundred rare objects trace 250 years of the Gothic tradition - from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick and Alexander McQueen, via posters, books, film and even a vampire-slaying kit. Browse our photo gallery preview for a sense of fear and fascination through the centuries.

 

 

exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre. 

Ballet fans will be thrilled to see that this season the English National Ballet welcomes guest artists Ivan Vasiliev and Alban Lendorf, performing with the Company in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the London Coliseum in January 2015. Browse our gallery for more information on the treats in store.

Italian screen legend Sophia Loren turns 80 today. Her memoir, Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow - My Life, has been released in Russia to mark her birthday. Here, we bring you images of Loren's presence at the Moscow Film Festival through the decades, and the actress on location for the first western film to be shot in the USSR.

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Hundreds of buildings in London open their doors to the public this weekend to allow people to explore architecture both old and new. Many of the buildings are either privately owned or office spaces not normally accessible to the public. This year's theme is ‘Revealing'. People will be encouraged to consider the impact of buildings on their lives, showing how good design can make London a more liveable city. Here is a gallery of some of them.

VoR's Tim Ecott and Tim Walklate were on the streets of Edinburgh capturing the mood the day before voting begins in the referendum on Scottish independence. 

Despite having been in a conflict zone for the past several months, the residents of Lugansk in south-eastern Ukraine turned out to celebrate their City Day this week. Blogger Graham Phillips was there to capture the day in photos. Here is a selection of his images.

Moscow artists have marked the International Day of Journalists' Solidarity with a display of portraits of journalists killed in conflict zones. Among the journalists portrayed by the artists, were Rossiya Segodnya's photojournalist Andrei Stenin who died in Ukraine, Vyacheslav Veremiya, a reporter for the Ukrainian newspaper "Vesti", VGTRK's special correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin who died in Ukraine, an American journalist James Foley abducted in northwestern Syria, killed by the Islamic State, and Italian photojournalist Andrea Rocchelli and Ukrainian journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy killed in Ukraine.

Russia, Ukraine, Journalism, Journalists, International Day of Journalists' Solidarity

More than one million people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, including 814,000 Ukrainians now in Russia with various forms of status, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). "It's safe to say you have over a million people now displaced as a result of the conflict, internally and externally together," Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, told reporters. "I mean 260,000 in Ukraine, it's a low estimate, 814,000 in Russia, then you add the rest ... Belarus, Moldova, European Union."

A vintage car exhibition displaying unique models of Soviet automobiles from the 1930-1970s has opened in GUM, the main Russian department store on Red Square in Moscow. Here's a selection of the sleek creatures for automobile geeks who can't make it to GUM by September 28, when the exhibition closes.

Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who has been held in Ukraine - ostensibly arrested by the Ukrainian Security Service on charges of assisting terrorists - has a respected reputation for images of conflicts around the globe. Here, we present some of his world-class photographs.

A total of over $22 million will be allocated from Russia's federal budget to restore the ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the deputy prime minister said on Monday.

Russia, Nature, UNESCO, Solovetsky Islands, World Heritage

Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, 100 years ago. Services across the country marked the occasion, while individuals and companies were invited to join the Lights Out remembrance by switching off lights in buildings between 10pm and 11pm, keeping just a single candle burning. In this gallery, we take a look at some scenes from the war, and today's commemorations.

The first Malevich retrospective in 30 years and the first ever in the UK is showing at London's Tate Modern. The exhibition unites Malevich’s works from collections in Russia, the US and Europe to tell a fascinating story of revolutionary ideals and the power of art itself. Here is a small selection of images from the exhibition.

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