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Use drug addicts to help develop Siberia, says leftist Russian MP

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A lawmaker from the leftist opposition party Fair Russia has proposed developing Siberian land by building rehab clinics where addicts could receive treatment through work, hunting and fishing amid the natural isolation from the outside world. Read Full Article at

Pollsters trick 1 in 5 Russians into supporting imaginary candidate ‘backed by Putin’

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Presidential candidate Andrey Semyonov has secured the backing of almost a fifth of respondents in a recent poll – despite the fact he was invented by pollsters who wanted to check the extent of people’s trust in Vladimir Putin. Read Full Article at

Fear of migrants in decline for 3 consecutive years – Russian Public Chamber

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The share of Russians who treat immigrants with caution or fear has been in steady decline since 2014, but remains relatively high, the members of the Public Chamber wrote in their annual report. Read Full Article at

Court orders Navalny to delete allegations made in online clip targeting PM Medvedev

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A court in Moscow has ruled that Aleksey Navalny’s allegations that a mansion and a land plot presented by billionaire Alisher Usmanov to a state charity foundation were “a disguised bribe” aimed at winning favors from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Read Full Article at

Opposition party seeks restrictions on Russian military operations abroad

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian opposition party Yabloko has launched a legislative initiative seeking to limit military operations abroad to a maximum of one year, with extensions requiring authorization from the Upper House. Read Full Article at

Children’s rights ombudsman opposes plan to punish parents for refusal to vaccinate kids

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The Russian children’s rights ombudsman has opposed an idea to sanction parents for refusal to vaccinate their children, claiming healthcare can’t be enforced by punishment and that material restrictions could hurt kids instead of protecting them. Read Full Article at

Russia cannot allow military conflict with N. Korea near its borders – snr. senator

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Moscow can’t allow the US or other countries to provoke North Korea into a military conflict as that could mean the use of weapons of mass destruction near Russian borders, the head of the upper house Committee for International Relations says. Read Full Article at

MP seeks tougher punishment for false terrorism reports after wave of evacuations across Russia

A Liberal Democratic Party MP has proposed making false reports of terrorist attacks equal with providing assistance to terrorists. The move came soon after a wave of bomb threats caused mass evacuations all over Russia. Read Full Article at

‘Playing with fire’: Upper House speaker blasts Washington’s attempts to dominate foreign nations

The head of the Russian Upper House has warned the US “export of democracy” is merely a disguised attempt to maintain its dominant position in the world that can only bring chaos, wars and disasters to other nations. Read Full Article at

Parliamentary parties to start presidential campaigns in last days of December – report

Opposition parties with parliamentary representation will start preparations for the 2018 presidential polls with major conventions at which they’ll announce candidates, a Russian business newspaper reports. The events are scheduled for late December. Read Full Article at

Russia to maintain freeze of its annual PACE fees over assembly’s discriminatory policies

The deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma has told reporters that Moscow won’t unfreeze one-third of its annual payments to the Council of Europe unless this body’s Parliamentary Assembly adopts a regulation that would rule out discrimination against national delegations. Read Full Article at

United Russia lawmaker proposes sanctions against mass media spreading fake news

A Russian ruling party MP known for controversial pro-Christian initiatives has prepared a bill introducing fines for, and out-of-court blocking of websites that knowingly distribute fake news. Read Full Article at

‘Neglect of human rights’: Crimean official blasts EU’s refusal to recognize poll as ‘lawful’

The deputy head of the Crimean government has told reporters that European Union’s decision not to recognize the latest polls in the republic was tantamount to neglect of basic human rights, such as the right to free elections. Read Full Article at

Putin to make November announcement of his participation in 2018 presidential race – report

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will announce his participation in the 2018 presidential race in November of this year, becoming a technically independent candidate in late December or early January, according to Kommersant. Read Full Article at

Goa, billiards & $2mn basket of sausages: Ex-finance minister’s trial full of weird details

With more witnesses testifying in the trial against former economy minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, the media have covered some unusual and downright weird details surrounding Russia’s most high-profile corruption probe in years. Read Full Article at

Ruling-party candidates lead election races in 16 Russian regions

In the latest unified Election Day, voters across Russia elected 36,000 representatives, including heads of 16 regions. All winning regional leaders represent United Russia, but opposition has strengthened its positions in many municipal councils. Read Full Article at

Lenin remains on Red Square: Bill ordering Bolshevik leader’s burial rejected by govt

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The Russian government has reportedly rejected a Liberal Democrat bill ordering the burial of Vladimir Lenin’s remains, because the sponsors of the motion did not mention the sources of funding for the re-interment. Read Full Article at

Russian officials urge US to act on ‘end of tit for tat’ statement

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian MPs and diplomats have expressed cautious optimism to the US State Department’s desire to end the tit-for-tat policy and begin improving relations. Read Full Article at

Russian elections boss reports of additional measures to boost transparency of upcoming polls

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has reported additional measures aimed at preventing possible vote rigging on the next Single Elections day, September 10. Read Full Article at

Russian ombudsman proposes major international database on human rights

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian Human Rights Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova is proposing a unified international database with human rights laws and examples of their application in various nations, as well as a single collection of laws regulating ombudsmen’s activities. Read Full Article at

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