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Russia flags reciprocal ban on US monitors at next year’s elections

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia may bar US monitors from its presidential election next year, in response to Washington’s decision not to allow Russian monitors at the US presidential poll last year, a senior Russian diplomat has warned. Read Full Article at

Putin tops latest Russian election rating

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Vladimir Putin would win the upcoming Russian presidential election by a wide margin if it were held this weekend, according to the results of a poll conducted by the independent think tank Public Opinion Foundation. Read Full Article at

Russian presidential election date set as March 18

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s upper house of parliament has confirmed March 18 as the date for the 2018 presidential election, signaling the start of the registration and campaign process for candidates. Read Full Article at

Russian ex-Economy Minister Ulyukayev found guilty in $2mn bribery case

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Former Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev has been found guilty on charges of taking a $2 million bribe. The verdict makes Ulyukayev the highest-ranking Russian official ever to be convicted on corruption charges. Read Full Article at

State Duma approves life sentences for terrorist recruiters

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s Lower House has passed a bill introducing life sentences for terrorist recruiters and lengthy prison terms for criminals convicted of sponsoring terrorist groups or of propagating terrorism. Read Full Article at

Putin to run for new term as an independent

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that he plans to run for another term as an independent candidate, but has declared that he is counting on the broad support of political parties and ordinary citizens. Read Full Article at

‘World-scale event’: delayed Nureyev ballet premières in Moscow

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A new ballet depicting the life of the Soviet-era dance genius Rudolf Nureyev has opened in Moscow, attracting dozens of VIPs and celebrities, and failing to cause any major scandals, despite controversies surrounding Nureyev and the ballet’s director, Kirill Serebrennikov, who was not at the première. Read Full Article at

Twitter given 24 hours to block Khodorkovsky group’s account

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s Internet watchdog has demanded that Twitter delete the account held by the ‘Open Russia’ movement, viewed as an undesirable group in Russia, and has threatened to ban access to the whole microblog service if Twitter does not comply. Read Full Article at

Putin drafts bill for expansion of Russian navy base in Syria

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the lower house of Russia’s parliament an agreement to transform the Tartus navy refueling facility in Syria into a fully-fledged navy base, capable of harboring nuclear-powered ships. Read Full Article at

Syria main source of recent bomb hoaxes – Russian police

6 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The wave of bomb hoax calls in Russia that began in September and sparked numerous evacuations, inflicting multibillion-ruble damages, originated from terrorist-controlled territories in Syria, Russia’s deputy interior minister has said. Read Full Article at

Moscow sees Trump tweets as official statements – Kremlin

6 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

All tweets from the official account of US President Donald Trump are reported to Vladimir Putin as official political statements, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has told reporters. Read Full Article at

Moscow safer than Paris, mayor Sobyanin claims

6 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has told reporters that the city’s education and public transport are currently on a par with leading cities of the world. Sobyanin went on to claim that security in Moscow is better than in Paris. Read Full Article at

Kadyrov predicts Ukraine’s accession into ‘great Russia’

The head of the Chechen Republic has dismissed a recent call from Ukraine to break Russia into parts as wishful thinking. Ramzan Kadyrov predicted that on the contrary, Ukraine would ultimately become part of the future state of “Great Russia.” Read Full Article at

Top Russian senator rules out leaving Council of Europe

The speaker of Russia’s upper house has told reporters that there are no plans to quit the Council of Europe, but added that the Russian delegation would not resume its work in the body’s parliamentary assembly until its rights are restored. Read Full Article at

50% say Sex Pests part of Hollywood’s everyday life – Russian poll

Half of respondents to a survey in Russia told researchers they were unsurprised by recent Hollywood sexual harassment scandals. The historical allegations against famous figures were viewed as just an everyday occurrence in western show business. Read Full Article at

Duma gives first nod to bill doubling prison terms for terrorism-related phone hoaxes

The Russian Lower House has passed in the first reading a bill which would impose a penalty of 5 to 10 years behind bars for fake terrorist threat phone calls. Read Full Article at

Kadyrov blasts Trump’s Jerusalem move as ‘crude,’ warns of full-scale war in Middle-East

The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has described the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the US president as a stab in the back for those who tried to reach a settlement in the Middle East, and a step towards a new war. Read Full Article at

Chief investigator names police and municipal clerks as most ‘corruption prone’ professions

The head of the Russian Investigative Committee has revealed the latest statistics on corruption crime, which show that most cases involve law-enforcement agents, military servicemen, municipal clerks, teachers and doctors. Read Full Article at

Russia charges former Ukraine defense minister with public calls for terrorism

Russia’s federal agency for high-profile crimes has initiated a criminal case against former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Gritsenko over a call to blow up cars in Russia, which he made on Ukrainian television. Read Full Article at

‘Putin’s popular support must be taken into consideration’ – Gorbachev

The first and only Soviet president and father of Perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev, says that the great public support for Vladimir Putin can be explained by the people’s reluctance for change in an extremely complicated and tense international situation. Read Full Article at

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