- Title: RUSSIA: OLYMPICS: Olympic torch relay continues in Moscow
- Date: 8th October 2013
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 8, 2013) (REUTERS) POLICE OFFICERS NEAR METAL BARRIERS OUTSIDE KREMLIN WALL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WATCHING NEAR KREMLIN POLICE NEAR BARRIERS ON ROAD POLICE NEAR SIDEWALK BY KREMLIN WALL CARAVAN OF VEHICLES NEAR OLYMPIC FLAME TORCH RUNNERS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN SINGER IOSIF KOBZON, SAYING: "I think it's the country's prestige - it's your prestige, my prestige. At some point we need to learn to love our country." KOBZON HOLDING TORCH (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN SINGER IOSIF KOBZON, SAYING: "Such actions as the Olympic Games raise our country's prestige. And the fact that we nominated our president for a Nobel Peace Prize, this also says a lot." KOBZON LIGHTING HIS TORCH POLICE OFFICER NEAR ROAD KOBZON LIGHTING TORCH, STARTING RUN KOBZON RUNNING VARIOUS OF KOBZON WALKING PEOPLE WATCHING VARIOUS OF KOBZON LIGHTING NEXT RUNNER'S TORCH CARAVAN OF TORCH VEHICLES ON ROAD PEOPLE STANDING NEAR ROAD VARIOUS OF CARAVAN MOVING WITH PEOPLE WAVING RUSSIAN FLAG ON VEHICLE VARIOUS OF TORCH BEARER RUNNING
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2013 13:00
- Location: Russian Federation
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVAA6DB8ERH9WT7QSXMS3YVPF4O7
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- Story Text: Russia continued its Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay in Moscow on Tuesday (October 8) with a famous Russian entertainer joining in the relay to carry the flame first as on the second day of its 123-day trek across the country.
Running just a few minutes apiece, torch bearers criss-crossed the Russian capital carrying the torch designed to resemble the feather of the mythical "Firebird".
Popular Russian singer Iosif Kobzon who also took part in the relay said the Olympics were a chance for Russia to raise its profile.
"I think it's the country's prestige - it's your prestige, my prestige. At some point we need to learn to love our country," Kobzon told journalists.
"Such actions as the Olympic Games raise our country's prestige. And the fact that we nominated our president for a Nobel Peace Prize, this also says a lot," Kobzon added.
Other celebrities to carry the flame in Russia have thus far included Prince Albert of Monaco, Bosco apparel company chief MIkhail Kusnirovich and legendary Russian hockey goalie Vladislav Tretyak, and Russian athletes among hundreds of others.
Security was high, and the relay has thus far gone off without many hiccups, except for the torch extinguishing itself along the route before being re-lit by technicians from the official torch lantern.
On Sunday (October 6), during a ceremonial loop around the Kremlin, the torch also blew out in a wind tunnel.
The flame, which arrived in Russia from Greece on Sunday will make its way on a 65,000-kilometre trek through Russia on its way to the Games to be held in Sochi in February 2014.
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