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Duma committee approves proposal for return of smoking rooms in Russian airports

By ethan / April 25, 2018

Despite protests from the Health Ministry, the Lower House committee for transport has approved a bill that, if passed, would allow the return of smoking areas in airports. The sponsor of the bill, MP Sergey Boyarsky (United Russia), explained the motion by the fact that the current blanket ban on smoking in airports only increases […]

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Prosecutors seek UK’s help in probe into mysterious death of late Russian oligarch’s ally

By ethan / April 25, 2018

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has requested legal assistance from British agencies in the investigation of the violent death of Nikolay Glushkov, a convicted criminal and a close associate of oligarch Boris Beresovsky. “In accordance with the 1959 European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, we have forwarded a request for legal assistance in […]

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Kadyrov ready to deploy additional Chechen forces to Syria on Putin’s orders

By ethan / April 24, 2018

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has called recent US coalition missile raids on Syria an “anti-Russian provocation,” and said that “regiments, battalions and brigades” of Chechen infantry can go to the Middle East to enforce order. In a recent interview with Rossiya-24 television, Kadyrov said that he saw the recent strikes on Syrian locations as a […]

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Legalization of polygamy not being discussed in Chechnya, Kadyrov says

By ethan / April 24, 2018

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has dismissed reports that the region could soon legalize polygamy, but added that Islam already allowed Muslim men to have four wives. In an interview with the Rossiya 24 television channel, Kadyrov denied ever saying that lawmakers in Russia’s Chechen Republic were preparing bills that would introduce polygamy in the region. […]

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Kremlin spokesman dismisses media reports on plans to boost Russian social spend

By ethan / April 24, 2018

Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said that media reports on changes to the state budget had mentioned sums that differed from those used in the actual draft, but refused to discuss the document before it is signed. Read more “The decree was worded and drafted within the pre-planned terms, its development and expert re-working […]

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Duma to consider proposal to criminalize compliance with anti-Russian sanctions

By ethan / April 24, 2018

The Russian parliament will soon pass an amendment introducing criminal responsibility for executing sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, a high-ranking member of the parliamentary majority caucus has said. The idea was proposed by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin last week, when the parliament discussed legislation to counter the latest round of anti-Russian […]

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Chechnya better than US on human rights, Kadyrov says

By ethan / April 23, 2018

Ramzan Kadyrov has dismissed the allegations of human rights violations in Chechnya made by the acting US secretary of state, saying that the situation in the republic is “significantly better” than in America. Read more “[Acting US Secretary of State] John Sullivan has called upon everyone to pay attention to the impunity of human rights […]

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Russian governor re-introduces Lenin Prize for notable achievements

By ethan / April 23, 2018

The governor of Russia’s Ulyanovsk Region – the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin – signed a decree to re-establish the Lenin Prize for achievements in the humanities, literature, and art. Governor Sergey Morozov announced the news on Facebook on Sunday. “We intend to maintain and use all the best things that have happened in our history. […]

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New Russian bill orders sacking of MPs whose spend exceeds official income

By ethan / April 23, 2018

The Lower House Security Committee of the Russian parliament has approved a new draft law which allows to firing of federal lawmakers who lie in their income declarations and spend more than they officially earn. The bill, written by MP Anatoly Vybornyi of the majority party United Russia, orders that Russian senators and state Duma […]

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