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26-year-old Viktoria Popova wasn’t expecting the media storm that came her way when she posed for a pin-up style photo shoot.

The Russian teacher initially found herself under fire when the modelling agency she signed with posted the swimsuit pictures on Instagram.

Viktoria was then fired by her employer, Omsk school number 7, over the images.

Omsk city hall told the Siberian Times that the photos brought ‘irreversible damage to the reputation of the teacher’.

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“By spreading frivolous images on the Internet in order to promote a commercial project she also hurt the image of the school,” they further stated, saying that her behaviour broke a code of conduct at the school.

However, other Russian educators rallied around the 26-year-old, posting their own swimsuit photos and decrying the double standards put upon them.

Many of these photos are accompanied by the hashtag ‘teachers are people too’, the Independent reports.

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One Insta user implored, “When will the insanity stop in our country?”

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Viktoria herself has spoken out on the matter, telling the Siberian Times, “I do not understand why I am getting the blame. I wasn’t posing in underwear or stockings.

“I said to them: ‘Don’t you know about American 1950s pin-up style? I’m sorry but this was not promoting some men’s saloon.

“People do take pictures nowadays. They pose on holidays and post pictures online. This was just an advert for a shop.”

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Omsk Region government has now decided the teacher may return to her previous position if she likes, the BBC reports.

They stated, “The question of Viktoria’s future employment has been decided: she may decide to work as a teacher either at this school or another one.”

However, there’s a possibility that the 26-year-old could have landed herself a gig as a full-time model.  Suggestions that she has also been approach by Russian Dating Website have yet to be confirmed. Russian modelling agency Plus Size Omsk has also reached out to Viktoria.

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Vladamir Putin has won the Presidential election in Russia. 

This is the politician's fourth win, awarding him another six years of presidency. 

It was long assumed that Putin would come out on top of this election, as he faced seven other candidates, none of which made much traction with their campaigns.

 

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His most prominent competition Alexei Navalny was blocked from the ballot due to legal reasons. 

It was a landslide victory, with the Associated Press reporting that Putin won the election with 76.6pc of the vote.

He will be in power until 2024, and has has the most longevity as Russia's leader, he has ruled the country for longer than anyone since Joseph Stalin.

'Thank you for your support,' Putin told crowds after his win according The Guardian. 

'Everyone who voted today is part of our big, national team.'

This year';s election saw a voter turnout of 60pc. 

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Here at SHEmazing HQ, there's nothing we love more than a good Irish success story.

Whether it's food, fashion, or beauty, our home grown products are up there with the best of them, and one woman who knows this all to well is entrepreneur extraordinaire, Marissa Carter.

Marissa's cult tanning brand, Cocoa Brown, is a favourite among beauty lovers at home and abroad and now it looks the beloved Irish brand is headed for Russia.

Following on from a successful Canadian launch, this is the first of three new markets the award-winning tan will launch in before Christmas.

Marissa took to Instagram today to share the news: “Never ever let anyone tell you to slow down. You grow or you die in business and sometimes ambition makes others feel uncomfortable,” she wrote.

“Those who love you want you to be realistic so you’re not disappointed when you fail. Those who don’t like you want you to stop moving so fast so they can catch up. Don’t listen to any voice but your own when you’re setting your goals.”

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter will now be available in 21 countries and over 15,000 stores worldwide.

We really are taking over, aren't we?

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As Germany celebrates their decision to legalise same-sex marriage, Russia is offering its gay community a one-way ticket out of the country on account of their sexuality.

According to recent reports, a Russian religious television channel is encouraging gay people to leave Russia and not return.

While appearing on Tsargrad TV, Russian television presenter, Andrei Afanasyev, made comments which are in keeping with the homophobic attitude prevalent in Russia.

"Just recently, California – the most liberal state in the USA by the way – proposed to facilitate the granting of green cards to Russian perverts," Andrei said.

"The staff of Tsargrad TV support this initiative," he told viewers of the Christian Orthodox-based channel.

"Moreover, we are ready to pay for a one-way ticket to anyone who plans to emigrate in complete earnest, and can provide a medical certificate proving that they are sodomites or have other forms of perversion."

"We really want you to move there, where you can openly submit to your sins." he added.

The footage was posted to Facebook in recent days, with one social media user commenting: "I'd like to give this lowlife a one-way ticket to go back to the Middle Ages."

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There has been explosions in the Russian city of St Petersburg this afternoon.

Frightening images and videos have emerged online showing trains in pieces, and wounded people.

According to The Tass News Agency, 10 people have reportedly been killed.

No official statement has been released, however Interfax and RIA news sites are claiming two explosions took place on the city’s Metro system, and three stations have now been closed.

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Earlier this week, we reported on legislation which sought to decriminalise certain forms of domestic violence in Russia.

At the time of writing, the proposal was making its way through Russian parliament. 

It was awaiting second approval from the lower house before being approved by the upper chamber and receiving sign-off from president Vladimir Putin.

And according to emerging reports this afternoon, the legislation has now been passed.

While it does still await official approval from both the upper chamber and the president, it is understood that theses processes are considered mere formalities, and having been approved for a second time, the legislation will now become law.

It has been established that the State Duma voted 380-3 to eliminate criminal liability for battery on family members which does not cause actual bodily harm.

This development means that battering a spouse will only become punishable by either a fine of less than $500, a nominal 15 days of 'administrative arrest', or community service.

President Putin has signalled his support of the controversial bill.
 

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Legislation which would decriminalise all acts of domestic violence, excluding rape and serious bodily harm, is currently making its way through parliament in Russia.

Having already passed one reading in the lower house of the Russian parliament, the measure will likely become law if it is passed at a second reading on Wednesday.

The measure must go through a third reading in addition to a final reading in the upper house, however these particular readings are generally considered little more than formalities.

Commenting on the controversy stemming from the proposed legislation, Russian expert, Yulia Gorbunova of Human Rights Watch, appealed to lawmakers to consider the risks associated with passing the law.

"Passage of this law would be a huge step backward for Russia, where victims of domestic violence already face enormous obstacles to getting help or justice," she said.

"The domestic violence bill would reduce penalties for abusers and put victims’ lives at even greater risk," she added,

As it stands, domestic battery in Russia is punishable by two years imprisonment, but this is rarely enforced.

Should the controversial law be passed over the coming weeks, battering a spouse will only become punishable by either a fine of less than $500, a nominal 15 days of 'administrative arrest', or community service.

40 women in Russia die every day at the hands of their spouse which equates with a staggering 14,000 women every year.

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When your grandfather is one of Russia's richest men – it's no surprise that your wedding is entirely, wonderfully OTT. 

Held at London's swish Landmark hotel in Marylebone, hundreds of friends and family were on hand last Saturday to celebrate the marriage of 19-year-old heiress Irene Kogan to Daniel Kevey.

 

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Following a traditional Jewish ceremony, guests were served a stunning nine-course meal which included the likes of yellow fin tuna, seared sea bass, roasted fillet of dry-aged beef, and a pear and pistachio bake-well. 

Then there was the spectacular 3-metre tall, ten-tier wedding cake – as created by the talented London-based Elizabeth Solaru.

DailyMail.com reports that it cost £100,000 and featured five flavours, and more than 10,000 sugar flowers. It was baked using a batter that contained some 1,000 duck eggs.

Antonio Banderas was on hand for one of the speeches, but Irene's property developer grandfather, Valery Kogan, really went all out with the entertainment: Elton John and Mariah Carey sung live while afterward Mark Ronson performed a DJ set into the early morning.

The cost for those acts alone? Around $4.25m.

The bride herself, who at one stage was dancing alongside Mariah, wore two stunning dresses from Ralph & Russo over the course of the celebrations.

Meanwhile, the flower girls opted for pale blue tulle skirts to complement the overall colour scheme. 

A giant wall of flowers, much like the one Kim and Kanye used during their 2014 Paris nuptials, was adorned with the happy couple's initials – I & D – and was in place for photographs.

The wedding was held over the weekend and in the aftermath, glamorous guests have been taking to Instagram with what amounts to a stunning set of snaps.

Indeed, if you're looking for a spot of fashion stimulus in order to plan your attire for any forthcoming Russian billionaire Big Days, take a look at the below ten #styleinspo snaps… 

 

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Aleppo is today under siege as remaining rebels clash with government and Russian forces in the eastern part of the city.

Witnessing the catastrophic scenes around them are ordinary Syrians – men, women, and children who are trapped and increasingly desperate as their options run out.

Some of those seemingly caught up in the violence have been posting chilling words online, sharing ‘final’ messages with a world they feel has abandoned them.

While the authenticity of the posts cannot be verified independently – the sentiment is nevertheless harrowing. Indeed, as one commentator on Twitter stated: "I don't know if the account is real or not but the suffering of the civilians of Aleppo is real."

And international humanitarian groups are already describing recent events as a “complete meltdown of humanity”.

As the bloody four-year long battle comes to an end, Russian state media is reporting that the rebels are cornered into an area of less than 5sq km.

The UN says that some 80 people have been executed by pro-government fighters in their homes and on the streets – adding that at least 13 of the dead are children.

"In these hours, it looks like a complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo," the UN’s Rupert Colville commented today.

Citing a doctor on the ground, Unicef has also said that around 100 children “unaccompanied or separated from their families,” are trapped in a building under heavy attack.

"It is time for the world to stand up for the children of Aleppo and bring their living nightmare to an end," a spokesman for the organisation stated.

An emergency debate in the UK parliament today heard that humanitarian help is needed immediately to save lives and help those stranded in the city.

"Every hour, butcheries are carried out," the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights has furthermore claimed – as cited by CNN. The same news organisation has described the city as “a wasteland of carnage and rubble”.

The Syrian government has yet to comment on the killings in state-run media.

Conflict in Aleppo began in 2012 in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Springs unrest.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has from last year been supported by Russia; rebel forces are propped up by Turkey.

Initially, world powers including the US, France, and Britain publicly backed the anti-government fighters, but the rise of Isil in the region and the rebels’ increasingly pro-Islamic tendencies eventually dissolved this support. 

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Recent reports emerging from Syria have begun to capture the heartbreaking everyday struggles of the besieged people of Aleppo.

And certainly one video in particular has proved nothing short of devastating. 

Taken in the aftermath of an air-raid on the city, it shows two bloodied and clearly traumatised toddlers being treated by medics. 

One of the children is desperately clinging to the nurse who is treating him, refusing to let go. 

The haunting moment was shared via the Washington DC-based humanitarian organisation, Sams.

Since the summer, the Syrian government has been trying to recapture the city's eastern half, a stronghold for rebels. 

Controversially, brutal Russian air strikes have more recently been targeting these areas.

Yesterday, the UN's Stephen O'Brien said of the crisis: "Indiscriminate bombing and shelling continues in a shocking and unrelenting manner, killing and maiming civilians, subjecting them to a level of savagery that no human should have to endure."

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Some 40 bodies have already been recovered from wreckage following a plane crash in the north-eastern African country of South Sudan.

The cargo aircraft is believed to have crashed this morning shortly after taking-off near the international airport in the country's capital, Juba.

It is unclear how many of the casualties were on the plane and how many were on the ground, although a presidential spokesman told Reuters there are two on-board survivors: a child and a crew member. 

The Russian-built plane was heading to Paloch in the Upper Nile State and crashed less than a kilometre from the runway.

Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan, reporting from the scene, said this morning: "It is raining hard here in Juba, making it difficult to look for more victims.

"The cargo plane was carrying passengers and it is believed that many of them were not wearing seat belts."

The Juba airport hosts regular commercial flights, as well as military aircraft and cargo planes delivering aid to remote regions cut off by road. South Sudan remains one of the world's most volatile nations.

The Department Of Foreign Affairs states on its website: "We advise against all travel to South Sudan, including the capital Juba. 

"Anyone thinking of travelling to South Sudan should reconsider their travel plans and not to travel at this time."

The country currently implements a 6pm to 6am curfew. 

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A new video has been released of the MH17 plane crash.

The video was taken by a traumatised couple who can be seen driving down the road witnessing the wreckage as bodies fall from the sky.

The woman recording the scene on her phone is visibly distressed and she is so disturbed by seeing people’s bodies in the wreckage that she insists they drive away.

The release of the video comes one year after the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down over conflict Ukrainian land.

At one point the man can be heard saying, “Don’t look there, what is all that? A woman was flying or what, I don’t get it.”

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have offered to help the victims’ families return to the area if they so wish to pay their respects.

“We, of course, are ready to provide all possible assistance for relatives who want to come to honour the memory of the loved ones who died,” said Alexander Kofman, the self-declared foreign minister of Donetsk People’s Republic.

However, many family members have refused to visit the area. Although the region is legally part of Ukraine, it is currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists whom many believe are responsible for shooting down the plane.

Militants deny any responsibility. A final report from the ongoing investigation is due in October.   

 

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