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Russia needs more offensive foreign policy to counter US – security council chief

By ethan / April 20, 2018

With Washington dropping all pretense and turning ever more hostile and confrontational towards Russia, Moscow needs to make its foreign policy more offensive, the head of the Russian national security council believes. Over the past few years Washington has taken a number of steps and made policy changes that pose a threat to Russia, Nikolay […]

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Putin tops popularity rating with almost 50 percent support, latest poll shows

By ethan / April 20, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin remains the most trusted Russian politician, though his trust rating decreased by about 7 percent in the month following the March 18 presidential election. According to a poll conducted by the Russian state-run public opinion research center VTSIOM in mid-April, the number of people who trust Vladimir Putin in making crucial […]

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Russian govt to consider dedicated agency to counter foreign economic sanctions

By ethan / April 19, 2018

The Russian cabinet is to consider setting up a special agency to counter foreign sanctions, according to the head of the country’s Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, who suggested the name CounterOFAC for the body. Head of the union and former Russian economy minister, Aleksandr Shokhin, has told RIA Novosti that he had personally proposed […]

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Kremlin denies plans to launch internet firewall similar to China’s

By ethan / April 19, 2018

As the state internet watchdog Roskomnadzor continues its attempts to block the Telegram messenger service, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed reports that Russia is planning to install a nationwide online firewall. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Peskov was asked if the thus far unsuccessful efforts to enforce the law and block the Telegram […]

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Lawmaker proposes fines for selling tobacco and alcohol to pregnant women

By ethan / April 19, 2018

A Russian regional lawmaker has proposed the introduction of fines for selling drugs, alcohol and tobacco to pregnant women. The law could also force all women who want to purchase these items to prove they’re not pregnant. Vladimir Petrov of the Leningrad Region legislature has told reporters that he has prepared a package of bills […]

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TV still main source of news for Russians, but only half believe it

By ethan / April 18, 2018

The large majority of Russians says they prefer to get domestic and international news from television broadcasts, but only half see television as their most trusted news source. A poll conducted by independent public opinion research center Levada in late March this year showed that 85 percent of the Russian population used television as their […]

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Communists seek probe into alleged violations of Russia’s ‘mobile voter’ system

By ethan / April 18, 2018

The head of Russia’s Communist Party has asked the Prosecutor General to investigate a polling system that reportedly allowed someone to vote twice in March’s presidential election. Read more In his letter, quoted by the RBC news site in a Wednesday report, Gennadiy Zyuganov alleged that the “Mobile Voter” system had allowed for “mass double […]

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