• Vyacheslav Fetisov, full-back of the USSR national hockey team. The World Championships in Germany, April-May 1983.(RIA Novosti / Sergey Guneev)
    Red Army takes over Cannes: Soviet hockey hits big screen in US-made documentary
    ‘Red Army’, a US-made documentary about Soviet hockey stars, revealing their sporting sacrifices and their struggle against the system, has become the icing on the cake in the special screenings program at Cannes Film Festival.
  • RIA Novosti / Agris Semevits
    Swastika on ice? Latvian solar symbol stunt causes outrage in Russia
    Russian hockey fans and anti-Nazi groups were outraged after dancers supporting a Latvian hockey club laid out a symbol resembling swastika right before a game with their Russian guests. The Kontinental Hockey League found no problem with the symbol.
  • Metallurg's Evgeny Malkin (RIA Novosti / Alexey Kudenko)
    ‘I don’t miss NHL’ – Malkin
    Pittsburgh Penguins star, Evgeny Malkin, says he enjoys his stay with Russian side Metallurg Magnitogorsk while the NHL is stalled by the lockout.
  • Two-time Olympic champion, Evgenia Kanaeva of Russia (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Chesnokova)
    Kanaeva denies marriage rumors
    Evgenia Kanaeva, the world’s leading rhythmic gymnast, was stunned when she saw stories on her supposed upcoming wedding to hockey player Igor Musatov.
  • Russia's Evgeniya Kanaeva performs her ribbon program during the individual all-around final of the rythmic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games (AFP Photo/Antonin Thullier)
    Wedding bells for gymnastics diva Kanaeva (PHOTOS)
    Two-time Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics, Evgenia Kanaeva, has announced she is going to marry hockey player, Igor Musatov.
  • Young participant at the Russian Trail ski race (RIA Novosti/Maksim Bogodvid)
    “All champions were kids someday”
    Leading winter sports officials, who flocked to the city of Ufa in the Russia’s Republic of Bashkortostan, agree that the country’s athletic greatness is impossible without investment in children’s sports.
  • Crash site of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl (RIA Novosti / Grigory Sysoev)
    Doomed flight’s only survivor speaks for first time
    The only survivor of the Yak-42 flight has given a first-person account of the tragedy, which claimed lives of 44 people, including members of the Lokomotiv hockey team.
  • HC Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) player Ivan Tkachenko meets with fans of the club (RIA Novosti / Yaroslav Neelov)
    Tragic hockey star’s lifesaving legacy
    A sad twist in the Yak-42 tragedy reveals that one of Lokomotiv players who died in the crash was anonymously giving money to sick kids, and the last half-million ruble payment was transferred to a young cancer patient minutes before the take-off.
  • EMERCOM emergency crews and the police work at the crash site outside Yaroslavl (RIA Novosti / Alexander Yuriev)
    Did pilots’ misunderstanding turn fatal for Yak-42?
    Almost two weeks after the fatal Yak-42 air crash in Central Russia, media reports suggest that experts are probing whether miscommunication between the two pilots – which showed up in a transcript of a cockpit recording - caused a fatal mistake.