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Protesters place Ukrainian flag atop Moscow skyscraper

Four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper today and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire have been charged with vandalism by Russian police and may face three years in jail.

The protesters also managed to paint half a massive yellow star at the top of the spire with blue paint, so it resembled the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine.

Photo purporting to show a man takes a 'selfie' as he holds a Ukrainian flag atop a building in Moscow Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Varlamov

A photograph on social media, which could not be verified independently, showed a man in a climbing harness, standing on top of the star, with the Ukrainian flag tied to one of its points. He appeared to be taking a "selfie".

The building is one of seven skyscrapers in the city dating back to Stalin era. The tallest of the buildings, Moscow State University, stands at 240 metres.

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Moscow face sanctions over Man City racist chanting

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against CSKA Moscow for racist behaviour of their fans under Article 14 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations.

It has also opened proceedings, under Article 16, for setting off of fireworks at last night’s UEFA Champions League group stage match in Moscow against Manchester City.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on October 30.

'1,200 migrants held' after rioting erupts in Moscow

Police detained around 380 people following the violent riot in Moscow yesterday, attended by thousands. Credit: Reuters/ Tatyana Makeyeva

More than 1,200 people have been arrested in Russia one day after major riots in southern Moscow, the BBC reports.

The "pre-emptive" raid targeted migrants, Russian news agencies said.

Yesterday rioting erupted in Moscow after a migrant from the Caucasus was blamed for the murder of a young ethic Russia man.

A peaceful protest demanding justice for the killing of an ethnic Russia man was overwhelmed by a large group of young men, yesterday. Credit: Reuters/ Tatyana Makeyeva

Demonstrators, some chanting racist slogans, vandalised shops and smashed windows in sites known for employing migrant workers in the southern Biryulyovo area.

Several hundred residents protested peacefully, demanding justice over the killing, but a large group of young men overwhelmed the peaceful demonstration, setting fire to shopping centre and stormed a vegetable warehouse employing migrants.

Police arrested around 380 people in the protests, which continued late into the night. Credit: Reuters/ Tatyana Makeyeva

Moscow police said several officers were wounded in the riots, around 380 people were detained and a criminal case was opened.

Report: £16.7 billion sits in limbo at Moscow airport

The reports claim the money is stored at Sheremetyevo Airport in pallets that weigh a total of 200 tonnes. Credit: Reuters

A cash store of 20 billion euros (£16.7 billion) has sat in limbo at a Moscow airport since 2007, Business Insider has reported, citing a claim in a Russian tabloid.

The report alleges it was left by a UAE-based financier, while an Iranian news site has claimed the static fortune may even link back to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Russian law apparently prohibits the money from being claimed by anyone other than the financier, who the reports name as Farzin Koroorian Motlagh.

The Sheremetyevo Airport, though, emphatically denied the claims as fantasy when contacted by a Russian news agency.

Sobyanin 'on track' to win a Moscow mayoral election

Two exit polls have indicated Kremlin favourite Sergei Sobyanin was on track to win the Moscow mayoral election with about 53 per cent of the vote, according to state-run RIA and Itar-Tass news agencies.

But opposition candidate Alexei Navalny has disputed the results.

Exit polls showed Sergei Sobyanin was on track to win a Moscow mayoral election. Credit: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Sobyanin, the Kremlin-appointed acting mayor, needed at least 50 per cent to win the election outright and avoid a runoff. Navalny's campaign said its own exit polls showed Sobyanin received 46 per cent and Navalny 29 per cent.

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Mo Farah first up for British hopefuls in Moscow

Mo Farah is expecting to get Great Britain's World Championships off to a golden start in Russia today.

A year on from taking the 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles at London 2012, he is hoping to repeat the feat in Moscow.

First up is the 10,000m final at the Luzhniki this evening - his first race on the track at this distance since last year's Olympic final.

Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the men's 3000 metres event at the London Anniversary Games. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Image

Farah took silver over that distance at the World Championships in Daegu two years ago, but UK Athletics performance director Neil Black is confident he can go one better today.

"His expectation is higher than anyone else's," he told Press Association Sport.

"He will, without doubt, expect to win. It will take an amazing performance for that not to happen so we will find out tomorrow what happens."

China's 'Carla Bruni' is media hit on Russia trip

Peng Liyuan is famous in her own right in China as a folk singer and television star. Credit: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to Russia has been given a boost by his wife Peng Liyuan, who featured extensively in Sunday's state media reports on the trip.

China's first ladies are usually kept out of the public eye and not given notable media coverage, but Liyuan is famous in her own right in the country as a folk singer and television star.

Her glamorous image and confident media presence has invited comparisons to French former first lady Carla Bruni.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan wave as they disembark from a plane upon their arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Credit: Reuters

The 50-year-old is the first high-profile leader's wife in more than half a century, since the late actress Jiang Qing, who was married to Chairman Mao Zedong.

Given China's famously secretive Communist leadership, Liyuan's presence is widely seen as a positive addition to the party.

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