A gift to Russia’s Peter the Great from the King of Prussia in 1716, the Amber Room was once considered an eighth wonder of the world. Some 55 square metres (590 sq ft), it contained over six tonnes of amber resin and gold leaf, worth an estimated £225m today. In 1941 it was plundered from the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg by the Nazis and taken east to Königsberg Castle in what was then German East Prussian city of Königsberg. When the avenging Red Army swept west as the tide of war changed, Ivan, then a young sniper, was in the vanguard as Königsberg Castle was besieged. The Amber Room was last seen amid the bomb-blitzed castle ruins shortly before it was over run in 1945 by the Soviets who changed the seized city's name to Kaliningrad. Despite dozens of Indiana Jones-style searches for the treasure across Eastern Europe it has never been found. In 1998, two separate groups of treasure hunters, one German and one Lithuanian, announced they had … [Read more...] about Is the fabled £225m Russian Amber Room looted by the Nazis buried under England’s World Cup FAN ZONE?
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Ekaterina, 24, from Yekaterinburg (1,775 km east of Moscow) creates personifications of Russian cities. She depicts each one in the form of an anime protagonist, supplying it with a character, habit, and description. “I have been fascinated with this – presenting everything in the form of people – for a long time. Over the years I have used sites, programs, insects, inert gases. Then I turned to cities,” says Ekaterina. She teaches English at a language school, loves Japanese culture, and in her free time draws and publishes her works on her Twitter account. Subscribers help her out with the cities. They tell her everything that a stranger in the city will never see. So if you want to know what to expect from Tyumen, St. Petersburg, or Perm, just familiarize yourself with Ekaterina’s creations. Yekaterinburg Yekaterinburg Legion Media This is St. Petersburg’s younger sister. She also has a river running through the center and loves … [Read more...] about ‘Vladivostok always gets drunk’: This is what Russian cities would be like if they were people
Russia is preparing to request a meeting with the head of Scotland Yard over its investigation into the suspected murder of Russian businessman, Nikolai Glushkov. The leading critic of Vladimir Putin was found dead at his home in New Maiden, south London, by his daughter on 12 March. An inquest heard that the 68-year-old had died from compression to the neck where strangulation marks were found. An open verdict was recorded. Read more Inquest into death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov opens Russian exiles 'contacted over safety' after Glushkov murder Who was Nikolai Glushkov? Ten deaths on British soil that have been linked to Russia Russian associate of leading Putin critic found dead in London On the day of his death, he was due to defend himself against claims of embezzling money from Russia’s state airline, Aeroflot. In 2017, Glushkov, who had been living in the UK since 2010, after being granted political … [Read more...] about Russia prepares request for meeting with Scotland Yard into probe of mysterious death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov
The Home Secretary has clashed with a former police chief by insisting the loss of thousands of officers has played no part in the surge in street killings. Amber Rudd said the “evidence” disproved the criticism that harsh police cuts have left forces without the resources to curb the rise in stabbings and shootings. The charge has been led by Ian Blair, the former Scotland Yard Commissioner, who said London was paying the price for the undermining of intelligence-led neighbourhood policing – with not enough officers “visible on the street”. Read more May 'absent while violent crime surges' in London say Labour MPs But Ms Rudd, writing in The Sunday Telegraph, ahead of unveiling a Serious Violence Task Force to tackle the problem, said the “time for warm words and political quarrels is over”. “As we confront this issue, I know that the same arguments and criticisms will emerge,” she wrote. "One is the contention that there … [Read more...] about Home Secretary Amber Rudd says police cuts have played no part in the surge in street killings
Amber Rudd has sort of crept up on us, hasn’t she? She’s seeped into our consciousness as Home Secretary, barely off radio and TV, responding to atrocities, responding to questions about policing and immigration, talking about serious crime — knives, acid attacks — calling for a “sea change” in the way we view domestic abuse. Yet it’s striking how little we know her. This week she’s consumed by the case of Sergei Skripal, the Russian spy still in a coma in Salisbury with his daughter after both were exposed to a nerve agent. Last year she fielded three terrorist incidents (Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge) — two during the election campaign. Generally, she’s out there, seemingly a rare Cabinet minister absorbed by the day job, as opposed to, say, dark-room plotting or scribbling secret letters to Theresa May about Brexit. It’s the television politician we encounter first at the Home Office: fresh from a Cobra … [Read more...] about Amber’s on high alert: terror attacks, tragedies, and now the case of the Russian spy