Customs officers of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport have thwarted two attempts to smuggle art treasures out of Russia. According to Russia's State Customs Committee, an Italian citizen carrying a valuable Russian icon in his pocket was apprehended while passing through customs at Pulkovo. The man was going to take a flight to Germany. Another Italian, also bound for Germany, was caught as he was trying to smuggle out two Russian icons hidden in a bag. After confiscating the icons and filling out protocols on customs rules violation, the customs officers set the offenders free.
In recent years, genetics has become a cutting-edge science, not only in the professional field of biology, but also because of the enormous social reach of its discoveries and approaches. Not in vain, practically every day the press offers us the discovery of a new gene, a new hereditary determinant directly involved in the manifestation of diseases or physical characteristics.
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign