A first judo European junior championship opened in Armenia's capital today. More than twenty national federations have confirmed participation, Alexan Avetisyan, the host country's Judo Federation President, said to RIA Novosti before the opening gala.
Four teams - Georgian, Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian - are competing in full, seven boys and seven girls in each.
Two endearing lion cubs - one in a white kimono, the other in blue - are contest mascots.
Experts believe that the rate of the Russian ruble may collapse again just like it happened during the crisis in 2014. In turn, Russian companies may deal with the shortage of currency to pay their debts
Austria does not intend to expel Russian diplomats because of the spy scandal