Boxing Day on Red Square sets new Guinness recordSport July 23, 8:33
Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to USWorld July 23, 4:57
Russia’s US envoy Kislyak steps down, his deputy to act as Charg d'Affaires ad interimRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 23, 1:33
Putin greets KamAZ-Master team - winner of Silk Way RallySport July 22, 15:20
Agreements on East Ghouta zone in Syria signed - Defense MinistryWorld July 22, 14:20
PAK FA offers practically unlimited opportunities to pilot - commanderMilitary & Defense July 22, 11:29
Ukraine's National Broadcasting Board issues fine to Public Radio for 0% Urkainian songsWorld July 22, 5:39
Femen movement activists faces 5 years in jail for trying to frustrate summit meetingWorld July 22, 4:38
Russian Deputy PM dismisses allegations he will arrive in Moldova on warplaneRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 22, 2:46
SOCHI, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - Names of first Olympic torchbearers have been made public by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee three months before the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay starts.
Almost 6,000 torchbearers out of 140,000 candidates have been chosen. Torchbearers represent all 83 regions of Russia and were chosen in compliance with the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines.
The torchbearer campaign continued from January 15 to May 15.
Among first torchbearers are the world’s first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, four-time Olympic champion in men’s artistic gymnastics Alexei Nemov, three-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Maria Kiseleva, London 2012 paralympic bronze medallist Alexei Chuvashev, honoured gymnastics coach Nadezhda Nabokova, honoured teacher Gildagart Bott, cardiac surgeon Maxim Strakhov and popular blogger Sergei Dolya.
The Sochi 2014 Torch Relay will start in Moscow on October 7, 2013, and will end in Sochi on February 7, 2014.