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Ukrainian law on Donbass slammed by Duma as step towards new war

By ethan / February 22, 2018

Russian lawmakers have composed an address to major international groups in which they denounce a fresh Ukrainian law on the reintegration of Donbass. The law is seen as potentially leading to war and repression in the region. The draft address, that the Russian MPs want to forward to the United Nations, the Organization for Security […]

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Russia to bar US monitors from March presidential election – deputy FM

By ethan / February 22, 2018

US diplomats and staff of various American organizations will not be allowed to monitor the upcoming Russian presidential election, in reply to a similar ban issued by the US in 2016, the Russian deputy foreign minister has said. Read more “As for the American diplomats and workers of the offices of various US organizations in […]

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Communists seek property confiscation as punishment for serious crime

By ethan / February 21, 2018

Russian Communist Party MPs are seeking the reintroduction of Soviet-era laws under which personal property can be confiscated as a separate punishment and not as a way to compensate damages inflicted by convicts. Read more In the explanatory note attached with the bill drafted by Communist MPs, the lawmakers said that confiscation of property was […]

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Russians consider their armed forces world class — poll

By ethan / February 21, 2018

About a third of Russians currently consider their military to be the best in the world, with over half of respondents saying that it must hold one of the top places in the international rankings, a recent poll has shown. Read more The study was conducted by the Russian state-run public opinion research center VTSIOM […]

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Russian embassy demands better conditions for pilot jailed in the US

By ethan / February 21, 2018

The Russian embassy in Washington, DC has asked the US authorities to ensure that pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko is kept in normal prison conditions, and continues to demand he be returned to his home country on humanitarian grounds. Read more A source in the embassy has told TASS that Russian diplomats possessed information that the administration […]

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Court ‘erases’ Russian inmate’s neo-Nazi tattoos

By ethan / February 20, 2018

A court in the Central Russian region of Chuvashia has ordered a man who is currently serving a prison sentence remove two swastika tattoos from his chest under a law banning any public demonstration of symbols used by the Nazis. “The tattoos on the convict’s body bear such close resemblance to symbols used as state […]

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Russian presidential candidates release first official videos

By ethan / February 20, 2018

Campaign videos for Russian presidential candidates have started running on TV and the internet. Voters are variously promised things ranging from the strength and stability of the nation to radical changes in their lives. Candidate Sergey Baburin of the All-Russian People’s Union political party emphasizes his Russian ethnicity and prioritizes family values. “The Russian choice […]

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Russian senators list 100 examples of US meddling in foreign nations’ affairs

By ethan / February 19, 2018

A Russian parliamentary commission has prepared a report that lists over 100 cases of US interference in other nations’ internal affairs since the end of World War Two. Read more “We have counted approximately 100, about 101 or 102 absolutely verified and recorded facts of American involvement in the sovereign affairs of over 60 UN […]

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Russian society divided over ‘Death of Stalin’ film ban, poll shows

By ethan / February 19, 2018

The people of Russia seem ambivalent about the recent banning of the dark British comedy “The Death of Stalin,” with about a third of respondents supporting the move, about another third opposing and the rest having no opinion. According to the results of a research conducted by the state-run All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Research […]

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