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Viktor Bout attorneys seek retrial order from US Supreme Court

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The defense team of Russian citizen Viktor Bout has appealed his sentence with the US Supreme Court, claiming that prosecutors previously concealed evidence that could have affected the initial court ruling. Read Full Article at RT....

Supreme Court vacates sentence of activist jailed over repeated violations of rally rules

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s top court has vacated the sentence of Ildar Dadin – the first person jailed under a recently adopted law which harshens the penalty for repeated violations of the rules for public rallies and marches. Read Full Article at

Kremlin source dismisses rumors of early presidential election in Russia

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A source in the Russian Presidential Administration has denied rumors that early elections will be held, adding that the official announcement of the beginning of the election campaign will be made in accordance with the law. Read Full Article at

United Russia MP seeks simpler citizenship process for children with foreign parent

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A Russian ruling party lawmaker has drafted a bill allowing Russian citizenship to be granted to children with one Russian parent without the consent of their foreign parent, even when the family in question permanently resides abroad. Read Full Article at

Quarter of Russians back potential recognition of Donbass republics

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Nearly a quarter of Russian citizens think their country should officially recognize the self-declared Donetsk and Lugansk Republics as independent states, but over a third of respondents say Russia should maintain neutrality over the issue. Read Full Article at

Putin plays down wave of governor resignations as ‘natural process’

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured governors who have recently resigned that he will personally help them to apply their experience and skills for Russia’s benefit, and asked them to help their successors to settle in as soon as possible. Read Full Article at

Top Russian senator vows to raise Syria issue at global parliamentary gathering

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The head of Russia’s upper house Committee for International Relations wants to discuss Syria at the upcoming session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union – a global inter-parliamentary forum – in order to gain the coordinated support of the world community. Read Full Article at

Russian rights council to seek permission for prison inspections

The chairman of the Presidential Human Rights Council says he and his colleagues intend to ask the parliament to change the law so that activists can inspect prisons and penal colonies, and look into complaints of violations. Read Full Article at

‘Information war’: Kremlin dismisses accusations of missile treaty violations

Top Russian officials have rejected accusations that Moscow violated an arms control treaty by deploying cruise missiles, saying that the people spreading the rumors were targeting the possible thaw in Russia-US relations. Read Full Article at

Russian lawmakers blame US ‘paranoia’ for Michael Flynn’s resignation

Several senior Russian MPs have denied that Russia played any role in the recent resignation of US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying that the scandal was a provocation targeting Russia-US relations. Read Full Article at

Putin period is best country’s had in 100 years, according to 1 in 3 Russians

Thirty-two percent of Russians think the period beginning with Vladimir Putin’s first presidency is the best their country has enjoyed in a century, according to a poll conducted to mark the centenary of the Bourgeois-Democratic Revolution of 1917. Read Full Article at

Lawmaker seeks criminalization of suicide assistance

A Russian MP has called for stronger punishment for people who assist those contemplating suicide by providing advice, including on the internet, as well as people who remove obstacles preventing others from taking their own lives. Read Full Article at

United opposition movement intends to back Navalny at forthcoming presidential polls

A Russian union of several opposition organizations called Solidarity has decided to join the campaign to register anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny as a candidate at 2018 presidential elections. Read Full Article at

Constitutional Court orders retrial in Russian protester’s case

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s Constitutional Court on Friday ordered a retrial in the case of a citizen sentenced to prison for repeatedly violating rules governing street rallies and activities. It also ruled that the norm prosecuting such repeated violations was lawful. Read Full Article at

No return to PACE before restrictions are lifted – Russian Duma chief

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Russian State Duma, says that lawmakers will not work with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) until it lifts the ban preventing them from voting on resolutions and even discussing problems. Read Full Article at

Opposition figure Kara-Murza out of coma, father denies allegations of poisonong

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The coordinator of the Open Russia opposition group, Vladimir Kara-Murza, is out of a coma, according to his lawyer. Earlier, Kara-Murza’s father doubted reports his son had been poisoned, blaming his grave condition on stress and past illness. Read Full Article at

Duma committee wants Russian lawmakers to withdraw ‘obsolete’ bills

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A parliamentary working group set up to improve the quality of legislative work has announced it will ask State Duma deputies to withdraw all obsolete bills in hopes of cutting the amount of work in half. Read Full Article at

Russian opinions on death penalty split evenly poll shows

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Just over 40 percent of Russians have told researchers that they wanted the moratorium on death penalty lifted and an equal share of respondents have said that they wanted it to remain in place. Read Full Article at

Snowden’s Russian lawyer hopes for clemency from Trump

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has said that he and his client hope that Donald Trump will soon drop the case against the NSA whistleblower and allow him to return home. Read Full Article at

‘Confrontational agenda’: Russian envoy blasts NATO border activities

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Moscow’s envoy to NATO has said the bloc’s recent moves and future plans aimed at boosting its military presence near Russian borders have no justification and have only served to heighten tensions. Read Full Article at

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