A colorful cosplay contest highlighted the Comic-Con 2017 Festival in Moscow where participants showed off their imitations of their favorite characters from games, movies and comic books.
“The festival is amazing. I like it all, there is a lot of stands. The atmosphere is good. Everything is wonderful,” said Andrey, a cosplayer.
The fourth year of the festival in Russia brought brighter colors and much more high-quality performers than previous ones spectators and contestants said.
“Our people can criticize cosplayers very harshly, for some it is motivation. For others – the other way round. Some will remake their costumes and make them better. Some will make a totally different one. The level is rising year after year for this reason. That is obvious – not only from our festivals but also from the European ones. When it is not one or two or three Russian cosplayers coming there, but ten or so, and they are really welcome there. They [Russian cosplayers] show high standard in costume design and in the role play of their characters,” said Ivan Kurilov, a cosplayer.
Comic-Con 2017, which closed on Sunday, shared the venue with Igromir Fair dedicated to the gaming industry. — Reuters
Moscow – Russian prime ministerial candidate Mikhail Mishustin said Thursday he is “ready” to lead the new government as he met with different factions of the Duma (Parliament) that will assess his suitability for the position.
“Yes, I am ready,” the economist and politician, who until now had been the head of the Federal Tax Service of Russia, told reporters, as cited by the Interfax news agency.
Mishustin, 53, was put forward as a candidate to lead the government on Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin after PM Dmitri Medvedev announced the resignation of the entire government following Putin’s announcement of constitutional reforms in his annual state of the nation speech.
The minister of science and higher education, Mikhail Kotjukov, said Thursday at the Gaidar Forum that he had not expected the resignation of the entire government, according to the news official agency TASS.
In a meeting held with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) Mishustin said he would organize the government “in close collaboration with Parliament,” according to party sources, who decided to support the appointment of this Muscovite technocrat, its leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said.
Mishustin already has the support of the official United Russia party, whose head in the Duma, Sergey Neverov, said Thursday that the candidate announced “changes” in the composition of the government, though he did not reveal which ones.
During the meeting with the Kremlin party, the candidate spoke about national projects and the digital economy among his priorities, as well as institutional and management reforms, in addition to the implementation of modern information technologies within state structures.
Mishustin, who modernized the Federal Tax Service with new technologies, believes that the state “should be a digital platform created for people,” according to Anastasia Kashevarov, an aide to the speaker of the Duma.
The candidate also said national investment projects in different sectors are a tool for boosting growth in the Russian economy and if he is appointed PM he will start by removing barriers to business.
In his talks with the Communist Party of Russia, which will abstain in Thursday’s vote on Putin’s candidate according to party leader Gennady Zyuganov, Mishustin said he would do everything he could to solve poverty issues.
Putin announced Wednesday in his state of the nation speech social support initiatives, such as increasing aid to families with incomes below the existential minimum, a program to modernize the health care system and more scholarships for university students.
The president is on Thursday expected to meet with the members of a working group created to prepare changes to the Russian constitution.
Mishustin, who will have the backing of A Just Russia in the session, heard criticism from some factions of the Duma regarding four ministries: labor, health, education and culture, according to Kashevarov. EFE-EPA
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) announced on Thursday that it plans to appeal a four-year doping ban from international sports competitions.
Rusada rejected the decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and recommended to file an arbitration case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
Alexandr Ívlev, head of the Rusada supervisory board, told the local press: “We have made the decision not to accept the decision.”
Ívlev said the supervisory board will send the corresponding recommendation to another panel of Russian sports figures for approval.
A letter will then be prepared on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who described the sanctions as “unfair” at his annual press conference on Thursday.
Ívlev said: “We will do this within 10-15 days. Then the ball will be in the field of Wada and we will address that matter in the legal field.”
The official said the Russian argument is “quite solid” but refused to speculate on the options for the Cas to rule in Moscow’s favour.
When announcing the sanctions Wada gave Rusada 21 days to accept or reject its ruling and appeal to the Cas.
The head of the Kremlin has said from the outset that Moscow will launch an appeal.
Ívlev said: “Collective punishment is inadmissible for clean athletes.
“We are in constant dialogue with the main sports organizations.
“We have discrepancies on strategies, but Russia is still part of the global sports culture.”
Putin said on Thursday during his annual press conference that Wada’s decision was not one of either “common sense” or “international law”.
“Something like this has never happened in the history of mankind in any legal system and I hope it never happens again,” he added.
The Russian leader, who also described the “collective punishment” as unacceptable said he was convinced Russian athletes will compete under their flag at the Tokyo Olympics, as Wada has no power over the Russian Olympic Committee.
“I think this gives us all the reasons to assume that this decision, unfortunately, has a political character,” he added. EFE-EPA
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday (October 15) for talks that are expected to focus on economic ties and security in the Middle East region.
Upon arrival, Putin was greeted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the airport.
Putin’s trip to the region signals Moscow’s growing Middle East clout.
On Monday (October 14) he visited Saudi Arabia for the first time in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh’s regional rivals and energy cooperation. (Reuters)
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