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Top senator expects US will exert ‘unprecedented pressure’ to influence Russian presidential polls

The Chair of Russia’s Foreign Affairs Committee expects that the US will seek to influence the country’s presidential election next year, saying Washington will only settle for victory by a pro-Western candidate. Read Full Article at

A woman as Russian president? Putin says it’s possible

Vladimir Putin has defined the job of Russian president as making the country flexible and competitive, adding that a woman could possibly be elected to fulfill them. Read Full Article at

Romanovs are ‘valuable asset’ for Soviets, Lenin says in live media Q&A

Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin believes the Romanov family are a “valuable asset” to the Soviet regime as the socialist government seeks to enter into talks with the US and UK. Read Full Article at

Putin extends decree of salary cuts for himself, other top Russian officials

Russian President Vladimir Putin has prolonged the duration of his 2015 order by which he cut the salary for himself, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and a number of country’s other top officials by 10 percent. Read Full Article at

Ruling-party lawmaker seeks life sentences for convicted pedophiles

A working group of lawmakers headed by United Russia MP Irina Yarovaya has proposed the introduction of life sentences for sex crimes involving victims under the age of 12. Read Full Article at

Pro-Christian lawmaker seeks ban on Halloween celebration in Russian schools

A Russian Lower House MP known for his pro-Christian and anti-gay stance has proposed an official ban on Halloween celebrations in schools and kindergartens. Vitaly Milonov addressed the proposal to the Education Ministry. Read Full Article at

Communists in talks with ‘patriotic forces’ to propose single candidate for 2018 presidential race

A senior figure in Russia’s largest opposition party – the Communists – has taken part in a conference of ‘national-patriotic forces’ seeking to find new allies and possibly agree on a single presidential candidate for next year’s election. Read Full Article at

Daughter of Putin's mentor, Russian It-girl Ksenia Sobchak, announces her presidential bid

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian jet setter, TV personality, glossy magazine editor and all-around It-girl-turned opposition figure Ksenia Sobchak, 35, has officially announced her decision to run for the presidency in the 2018 election. Read Full Article at

Poet faces criminal prosecution over inflaming hatred towards atheists in southern Russia

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

An amateur poet the southern Krasnodar Region is facing criminal charges for disseminating hatred after calling atheists “despicable” in a poem that he posted on social media. Read Full Article at

Russia calls on US to expedite destruction of its chemical weapons

3 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A senior Russian diplomat has urged the US and other nations to follow Russia’s example and decommission their chemical arsenals. Read Full Article at

European Human Rights Court sees no politics in Navalny brothers embezzlement case

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The European Court of Human rights (ECHR) has refused to recognize the embezzlement case against Russian activists Aleksey and Oleg Navalny as politically-motivated. Read Full Article at

Rights activists propose nationwide ‘fine amnesty’ to mark revolution anniversary

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The Russian Presidential Human Rights Council proposes writing off all unpaid fines for matters such as traffic violations or improperly registered immigrants, in connection with the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Read Full Article at

International youth festival raises issues of social justice and sovereignty of nations

4 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Thousands of young people have arrived to take part in the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students – an international event with roots in the post-WWII world that continues to carry the message of every nation’s right to determine its own path of development. Read Full Article at

Over 40 percent of citizens expect situation in Russia to become worse

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

According to a recent public opinion poll conducted by state-run VTSIOM, Russians have become slightly more optimistic, though the largest number of respondents expects the situation in the country to get worse. Read Full Article at

Russian senator elected president of world’s oldest international assembly as 3 new members join

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The world’s oldest international body of lawmakers – the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) – has accepted Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu as new members, and elected Russian Upper House chair Valentina Matviyenko as the president of its 137th assembly. Read Full Article at

Almost half of Russian students ready to vote for Putin at presidential polls

Russian students describe themselves as the “Putin Generation,” and intend to support the incumbent president in the presidential election, a recent poll shows. Read Full Article at

Russian humanitarian missions have helped more than 100 countries, UN Security Council hears

Russia has delivered more than 650 tons of food aid to over 110 countries in the past 10 years, the country’s envoy to the United Nations has revealed. Read Full Article at

Non-consensual sects: Senators prepare bill to protect Russians from destructive cults

A group of Russian senators are preparing a bill to protect the population from destructive sects, including those of foreign origin and those that mask themselves as ‘schools of leadership’, the principal sponsor of the motion told the press. Read Full Article at

Most Russians support continuing Syria aid after war ends

Almost three-quarters of Russians believe their country should continue helping Syria after the armed conflict there is over, according to a recent poll. Read Full Article at

Lawmakers contemplate ‘legislative answer’ to new US anti-Russian sanctions

The chair of the State Duma Committee for International Relations says Russia could take additional reciprocal measures “at a legislative level” in reply to fresh sanctions and unlawful treatment of Russian diplomatic property in the US. Read Full Article at

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