Categories
Design

ConFed Cup 2017 | The Essentials Part I | Tickets

So how do you get a ticket for the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia ? Well you go to the fifa.com website and try to buy one. However, they come in two different categories one for fans traveling to Russia. Another for the locals. And the price difference is quite substantial.
ConFed Cup 2017 outdoor
Tickets on the website fifa.com/bilet
Germany
Cup Confederations FIFA 2017
June 17th to July 2nd
For the World Cup 2018 ticket holders will not need a visa to enter Russia. For the ConFed Cup 2017 is it most likely the same though I did not see it written anywhere so do Not take my word for it. Check it out before leaving home.
Here is the link for the FIFA page with ticket sales internationally!
Most likely it is also possible to travel to Russia on a regular tourist visa and buy the tickets locally upon arrival. Certain matches might be sold out while other matches will probably not be able to draw enough attention to fill up the stadium entirely.

Categories
Design

ConFed Cup 2017 | Moscow Jewish Community

Moscow is a big city with a varied population. Many different ethnic groups, nationalities, races, religions etc. call it their home. There is also a small Jewish community in Moscow.
Jewish centre Moskva
This is the Jewish center in the city center. It organizes cultural events, there is a synagogue, and a great rooftop restaurant.
Another important institution in any Jewish community is the food. Food has to be kosher for the orthodox Jews. And this aspect of life is served as well.
Moskva kosher supermarket
The next photo will show a Jewish family on their way back from a shopping trip to the supermarket.
Jewish family in Moscow
The gasstation is called Rosneft. Or Russian Oil. 40 Rubles for a liter of 95 octane. That is around 60 Euros cents or 65 Dollar cents. A good price for petrol at least when compared to Western European prices.

Categories
Design

ConFed Cup 2017 | Moscow Armenian Church

Armenia is a small landlocked country south of Russia. Alongside a number of other Sovjet Republics it got its independence in 1991. Most countries in Central Asia but Armenia is Christian. The faith is neither Protestant nor Catholic nor Orthodox. The Armenians belong to an orientation called Apostolic and is claimed to have been the first country in the world to have adopted Christianity as the official religion in the 4th century A.D.
Armenian Church Moscow
There is a large Armenian diaspora in particular in the USA (many in LA) but also in France and in Germany you will be able to find Armenian communities.
In Russia there are also many Armenians since it is easy to obtain visa and residence permit. Moscow is the economic capital of Russia and the biggest city so it is naturally here that most Armenians live. Armenia’s economy is not in good shape which has forced many to leave to look for greener pastures abroad.
Armenian apolostic Church Moskva
Most Armenians speak Russian due to their shared history in the USSR so it is not too difficult for Armenians to settle in Russian. Many Armenians have visited Russia either as final destination or as part of on onward journey to Europe or the US. Since Armenia is not on good footing with many neighboring countries Russia, and the country is too small to have an extensive route network itself Russia is effectively its gateway to the outside world.
Aeroflot has frequent flights from Yerevan to Moscow.

Categories
Design

Confed Cup 2017 | Moscow Fashion Week

Every year in March the Mercedes Benz Moscow Fashion Week is running for 5 days.
Central Exhibition Hall Moscow
The show is on in the centralnia vistlbochniay zal or in the other words the central exhibition hall. A building just a stone throw away from the Kremlin. The building also stages many other events and exhibitions.
The crowds gather outside and show their best ropes before they go to attend one of the shows during the week long event.
Fashionistas Moscow Fashion week

Categories
Design

Confed Cup 2017 | Moscow Bolshoi Theater

The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow which simply means the Grand Theater is well renowned across the world for its ballet. The main building has been going through a long and very costly renovation process running around 15 x over budget. But now it is there and no less than spectacular. On the outside as well as on the inside.
Bolshoi Theater Moskva
A new scene is lying next to the main scene and it kept the theater open during the many years it was closed for renovation. The new scene is still in use since there are many performances of theater, ballet. opera, classical music in Russia. Ticket prices are in general quite reasonable though a trip to the main scene of the Bolshoi does cost a substantial amount of money. For performances at other venues prices are much lower though.
Moskva Bolshoi Theatre

Categories
Design

Confed Cup 2017 | St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater

One of the most famous opera and ballet houses in the world is the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The main scene is in a fabulous old and stately building. More recently a new scene has been added in the shape of a modern structure.
Mariinsky Theater SPB
The new scene caused quite a bit of controversy because it was seen by some critics to break completely with the style of the original Mariinsky building.
But now it is there and I guess most people have accepted it. Maybe some critics might even have been converted to at least tolerate it.
Mariinsky Theatre by night New Scene
A very spectacular building on the inside whether one likes opera or ballet or not.

Categories
Design

Confed Cup 2017 | Sochi marina

Sochi marina is at the core of the city of Sochi.
Sochi harbour Sochi port
A number of yachts are parked here. In many different sizes. Putin is also supposed to have a yacht in the harbor of Sochi.
Sochi port main building
It is a very popular location for an evening stroll. It is always full of people even if most people do not have a boat. Those who do have boats on anchor are probably mainly wealthy Moscovites who visit rather rarely.
The actual yacht of Putin might look something along these lines. . .
Sochi and the yacht of Putin
Putin will travel from Moscow to the Sochi airport where there is a special VIP wing next to the commercial airport. From there he will go by helicopter either to his massive palace in the mountains, to the yacht or to the presidential summer palace which is probably the least luxurious of the three options available.

Categories
Design

Confed Cup 2017 | Sochi sunset

Sochi as is the name for the city hosting the Olympic Winter games in 2014 as well it will be host city for the Confed Cup 2017 and the World Cup 2018 is actually not one city. It is rather a small coastal resort city alongside a very long stretch of coastal development which is also stretching into the mountains behind. For instance the Olympic Stadium is not in the city of Sochi but rather in Adler. Adler is city around 25 km south of Sochi. During the Winter Olympics 2014 all the skiing competitions took place in the mountains behind Adler. Krasnaya Polyana, Rosa Huxhta. The Sochi international airport is not in Sochi either but rather in Adler.
Sochi at sunset
North of Sochi there are a number of small towns alongside the coast catering to the sun and sea hungry Russians which is also counted as part of the greater Sochi area.
Sochi balcony with a view
Sochi itself is a city in its own right with the various amenities one would expect in a proper city. Though still heavily dependent on tourism.

Categories
Design

Navalny | Алексей Навальный

Aleksei Navalny
Critics of Putin and the Russian state apparatus and in particular the culture of corruption.
In this video he exposes former President and current Prime Minister and a vast scheme set up to enrich him and his closest friends and family.
Click here to see: Don’t call him Dimon
subtitles in English
Alexander Navalny on Moscow bridge
In the background one may see the Kremlin. Over the top of the left shoulder.