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Russian Supreme Court rejects lawsuit demanding Putin be removed from presidential race

By ethan / February 16, 2018

The Russian Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit – filed by another candidate in the race – seeking the cancellation of President Vladimir Putin’s registration as a candidate for the 2018 election. The lawsuit requesting Putin be removed from the presidential race was filed in mid-February by presidential candidate, journalist and socialite Ksenia Sobchak, who is […]

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Veteran liberal Yavlinsky opposes presidential election boycott

By ethan / February 16, 2018

Presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky of the liberal party Yabloko has urged voters not to dismiss their right to participate in elections, adding that boycotts inevitably fail to produce any results. “We should not go on strike, we should vote, because this is our right. If we all stay at home simply nothing would ever happen. […]

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Russian children’s ombudsman calls for nationwide register of convicted pedophiles

By ethan / February 16, 2018

The Russian ombudsman for children has supported a recently drafted bill imposing life sentences for pedophilia, but added that the creation of a nationwide register of offenders was also necessary. “We consider it important to continue work on a register of persons who have committed sex crimes against minors and other illegal acts, which would […]

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Lawmakers dismiss NATO calls to disclose location of Russia’s newest ballistic missiles

By ethan / February 15, 2018

Senior Russian politicians say the country’s military must not and will not inform NATO about the exact location of ballistic missiles moved to western borders in reply to external threats. “We support the continuation of dialogue, but deployment of certain weapons types on our own territory for defense and security purposes is Russia’s sovereign right. […]

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Russian parliament moves to ease current ban on display of Nazi symbols

By ethan / February 15, 2018

A senator from the opposition party, Fair Russia, has drafted a bill to decriminalize the use and public display of Nazi symbols for the purpose of research, education or art; as opposed to the promotion of extremist ideas. Read more In an explanatory note attached to the bill, Senator Anton Belyakov wrote that existing laws […]

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Chechen leader hints at possible ban of dangerous cryptocurrencies

By ethan / February 15, 2018

Ramzan Kadyrov has said that cryptocurrencies that threaten economic or political security of a nation should be banned, but added that the final say should be made by a specially-gathered council of Muslim clerics. “The council gathered by the Mufti of Chechnya Salakh-Haji Medjiyev has come to the conclusion that in order to pass a […]

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Duma orders end to cruelty in hunting dog training amid major parliamentary rift

By ethan / February 14, 2018

Russia’s lower house has passed a rewritten bill regulating the training of hunting dogs, after the upper house rejected a total ban on so-called “contact baiting stations” despite widespread criticism. The final draft of the document passed by the State Duma on Wednesday reads that the training of hunting dogs must not include cruelty to […]

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Russian majority party MP urges colleagues to switch to English on social networks

By ethan / February 14, 2018

An MP from the Lower House Committee for Information Policy has said that Russian lawmakers should maintain their social networks in English in order to debunk all distortions and lies spread by foreign propaganda. “Russia has quite a few politicians and state officials who are registered on social networks, but they only write in Russian […]

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Communists propose confiscation of property to boost Russian economy

By ethan / February 14, 2018

A group of Communist Party lawmakers is pushing for a nationalization drive in a bid to boost the Russian economy and strengthen national security. In a draft document sent to the State Duma and published on the Russian parliament’s website on Wednesday, the group describes nationalization as a forced but compensated confiscation of private property. […]

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