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The Polar Bear lives in an ice igloo beyond distant Arctic Circle. His house is built entirely from ice and snow. Leopard stays on the branches of a huge tree growing on a snowy rock in the Caucasus Mountains. He is a rescuer by vocation and is always ready to help. There is a rumor that he helped more than once to protect foothill villages from avalanches, for which he was awarded an honorary Sochi 2014 emblem. Zaika is famous for being the most active dweller of the Olympic Village. Everyone is wondering how does she manage to be everywhere?! Find more stories here about Sochi 2014 Olympics Mascots.


The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be held on Friday, February 7. Not all the Russian citizens will be able to see the great show and following competitions first-hand. Where to watch the Olympic Games' broadcasts: at home or on roadside large screens? Find it here.


Russia-IC is launching its 2014 Olympic coverage. Get more news when the Games start on our website and Facebook account. Send us your pictures from sports venues, selfies from around Sochi and menus from the hotels where you stay.


32nd All-Russian "Ski-track of Russia" mass ski race will be held on February 2, 2014. "Ski Track of Russia" has been held annually since 1982 and is always celebrated as a great winter holiday.


Fabio Capello will stay with Russia for the 2018 World Cup that the country will host. The national team manager has extended his contract with the Russian Football Union for another four years.


The Olympic Games in Sochi will set a new record in costs, surpassing Beijings price tag of $40 billion.


Moscow and St. Petersburg will become the first cities in a world concert tour of Nitro Circus Live, which means that Russian viewers will have a unique chance to see the whole show earlier than anyone else. The show brought together the most risky and fearless extreme athletes in the world. The best of them will come to Russia. Riders will demonstrate the branded tricks of the team, as well as the latest achievements, claiming to become incredible world records.


Running club was opened in Gorkiy Park; anyone can come to classes to master running technique and meet the likeminded. The club is headed by Alexandra Boyarskaya Weit famous journalist and one of apologists of the running movement in Moscow.


Russia is adamant to ensure fair play rules on the pitch as it is getting ready to host its first World Cup event in 2018.


Russia might be getting a new football tournament, a piece of news which would be generally welcomed. But in this case the public has not been quite inspired, to say the least.


Thursday will see the decision by the Russian Football Union on the appeal by FC Zenit St. Petersburg to the ruling by the disciplinary committee. But the police are still searching for a person whose flare injured Dynamo's goalkeeper.


Most people don't even realise that the Russians have a rugby team. However, while they may not be one of the strongest international outfits in the world, the Russians do play and have even managed to reach a major tournament in the last couple of years. Our guest author Liam Riordan looks at the ups and downs of Russian rugby, wondering whatever the future holds for this sport.


Dinamo Moscow is facing a serious crisis - it's 13th in the table and under threat from its own staunch supporters who are now refusing to "cheer for a team of losers".


Russia go top of its group table after a heroic win over Ronaldo's led Portuguese side at home. Russia-IC looks at the victory in detail and invites tourists to visit Russia for next games.


Two leaders of the table are coming down for a battle for the top place on Friday. Russia-IC looks at the astonishing start of the Chechen team.


What can be a greater example of people's will for victory and achievement drive than the Olympic Games? Only the Paralympics as an amazing show of amazing people. This year has become the most successfull for Russian paralympic sportsmen concluding the London Games with a total of 102 medals and taking the second place in an unofficial medal count. We have gathered them all in our article: people, medals, sport disciplines, statistics. A real "Walk of Fame" for our dear sportsmen.


The Russian national team failed to capitalize on the early second half goal but looked 'strong' to the Italian coach who took over from Dutch boss Dick Advocaat after a lackluster performance at Euro 2008. Capello has just a few short weeks to decide on the lineup that is expected to lead Russia into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Contact Russia-IC if you are going to visit Moscow to watch any of the upcoming games to help you with tickets, accommodation and tourist tips. Remember: Moscow parks are most beautiful in the fall.


There is truly no such event in the world as the Olympic Games to hold so many different events at the same time. As it is not easy to follow them all, there is always a danger to miss something really interesting. Russia-IC will help you to watch the Olympics comfortably. Just stay with us and read our Olympic daily updates. This arcticle has the fullest calendar of all Olympic events and also a detailed list and description of Olympic finals for every day. The latest information is about August 12, follow our further updates!


Olympic Games 2012 in London are under way with new medals, victories and heroes appearing every day. Russia-IC will help you to keep the track of events with our daily updates. In this article we've prepared for you a general medal table of top-25 countries. There is also a full list of Russian Olympic medals winners with names, dates, sport disciplines and our latest news. Don't forget to check it daily and you'll always find something new. The latest an the final update: August 13.


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