2018 in Russia

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Events in the year 2018 in Russia.





  • 15-17 March – Sergei Lavrov has announced that Russia will expel diplomats from the United Kingdom because of the expulsion of 23 Russian envoys due to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal.[1] The Russian foreign ministry is to expel 23 British diplomats amid tensions over the nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom.[2]


The inaugural military parade.
  • May 5 – Thousand Protest rally in 97 cities including Moscow and St Petersburg, against Vladimir Putin for winning a fourth term in the Russian President Election.[6]
  • May 7 - Vladimir Putin sworn in for a fourth term as President of Russia in the Hall of the Order of St. Andrew of the Grand Kremlin Palace.[7]


Zabivaka, the official mascot of the World Cup.


  • July 1 – Several thousand people protested across Russia against a hugely unpopular government decision to hike the pension age that has led to a record slump in President Vladimir Putin's approval ratings. No protests were held in World Cup host cities due to a regulation banning protest in the cities for the duration of the tournament.[9] [10][11][12]
  • July 28 – More than 10,000 people attended a rally in the capital, Moscow against government plans to increase the retirement age rise.[14]


  • 2 August – More than 9,000 people attended a rally against government plans to increase the retirement age rise.[15]


Daniil Dubov, world champion in rapid chess


  • 28 March – Oleg Anofriyev, actor, singer, songwriter, film director and poet (b. 1930)


  1. ^ "Russian spy: Moscow 'will expel British diplomats soon'". BBC News. 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow". BBC News. 17 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Russia election: Vladimir Putin wins by big margin". BBC News. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Russian shopping centre inferno kills 64". BBC News. 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  5. ^ "Fire tragedy at Kemerovo shopping mall leaves at least 64 dead". TASS (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  6. ^ "Protesters detained as thousands rally against Putin's government". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  7. ^ "Путин принимает парад Президентского полка на церемонии инаугурации". РИА Новости (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  8. ^ Tyers, Alan (2018-06-14). "World Cup 2018 opening ceremony: Robbie Williams's middle finger and giant fire bird feature in snappy show". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  9. ^ "Russians protest over pension age rise announced during World Cup". The Guardian. 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  10. ^ "Russians protest pension reform as Putin popularity slides". au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  11. ^ Reuters (2018-07-02). "Russians protest over retirement age hike as Putin's popularity falls". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  12. ^ Moscow, Marc Bennetts (2018-07-02). "Putin approval rating plummets over rise in pension age". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  13. ^ "World Cup upset: Russia knocks out Spain". KMGH. 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  14. ^ "Thousands protest in Russia against proposed retirement age rise | News | Al Jazeera". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  15. ^ "Thousands protest against pension law despite Putin's rollback | News | Al Jazeera". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  16. ^ "Бывший футболист «Динамо» Игорь Стрельбин скончался в Брянске". bryansktoday.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Russian journalist Maxim Borodin dies after mysterious fall from balcony". The Times. 16 April 2018.
  18. ^ Markante turncoach Boris Orlov (73) overleden (in Dutch)
  19. ^ Скончался Е.С. Голод (in Russian)
  20. ^ В Краснодарском крае застрелен бывший игрок ФК «Ангушт» Тазир Кариев (in Russian)
  21. ^ В Петербурге ушел из жизни известный математик Андрей Суслин (in Russian)
  22. ^ Author of Russian cosmonauts’ unofficial anthem dies at 85
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