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Ethics commission says harassment charges against MP were part of election-related campaign

15 hours agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The Russian lower house ethics commission has refused to take disciplinary measures against MP Leonid Slutsky, noting that charges of harassment made against him by several women appeared to be part of a pre-planned campaign. Read Full Article at

Putin order examination of Sobchak’s request to pardon alleged ‘political prisoners’

16 hours agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A Russian presidential spokesman has told reporters that Vladimir Putin received a request to pardon 16 alleged political prisoners from election rival Ksenia Sobchak. He has ordered his administration to look into it. Read Full Article at

Senator prepares bill to equate Stalinism with Nazism

19 hours agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Senator Lyudmila Narusova wants to criminalize the denial of Stalin’s repressions and purges. The move comes after her daughter, presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, faced several pro-Stalin opponents during campaign debates. Read Full Article at

No free love? Russian parliament rejects cohabitation bill

21 hours agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

State Duma representatives have rejected a proposal to legally equate five years of cohabitation with registered marriage, citing technical problems with the draft legislation as the reason for the rejection. Read Full Article at RT...

Presidential poll results cancelled at 7 ballot stations – Russian official

The head of Russia’s Central Election Commission has said that the results of the March 18 poll had been canceled in seven districts across the country, citing deliberate provocations as the reason. Read Full Article at

Russia’s Supreme Court orders Telegram messenger to hand over encryption keys to security services

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered popular internet messenger service Telegram to hand over encryption keys to its clients’ traffic to the Federal Security Service (FSB) without court warrants. Read Full Article at

Outrage as aging rock star insults Russians in Facebook post

After Russian rock legend Andrey Makarevich said that Russians are turning into “mean idiots,” fellow rockers, politicians, and diplomats replied with indignation and demands to stop publicly insulting the nation. Read Full Article at

European monitors praise technical side of Russian election, but note some rights violations

OSCE representatives say the procedures of the Russian presidential election were well organized and without any major rigging, but that the unequal media presence of the candidates resulted in a “lack of genuine competition.” Read Full Article at

‘I did not run for the result’: Sobchak tells RT of plans to unite liberal opposition

Upon getting just 1.5 percent of votes in Sunday’s presidential election, Ksenia Sobchak told RT that she did not intend to win, but rather “educate” Russian citizens, and went on to present a plan to unite all liberal opposition. Read Full Article at

Commemorative plaque for slain politician Nemtsov set up in Moscow

A plaque honoring an opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was killed three years ago, has been mounted on his Moscow apartment building. Read Full Article at

Russia to blacklist more US citizens in reply to latest sanctions – senior diplomat

Russia is preparing a mirror reply to the latest broadening of the anti-Russian restrictions by the US, says Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. He added that those who initiated the confrontation are “playing with fire.” Read Full Article at

‘I slept with a pump-action shotgun beside my bed’: Putin reveals details of life in 1990s Russia

Vladimir Putin had to protect himself with firearms due to criminality in Russia during the pro-market reforms of the 1990s, and even considered taking a side-job as a taxi driver, the president revealed in an interview. Read Full Article at

Your guide to 2018 Russian presidential election candidates: 4. Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR)

Russians will choose between eight presidential candidates on March 18, and Vladimir Zhirinovsky is the most electorally experienced hopeful. A rabble-rouser who is notorious for his outspoken views. Read Full Article at

‘Interesting behavior’: Kadyrov says West shifting blame on Russia in Skripal poisoning case

The Chechen leader has said accusations against Moscow by the UK and US in the Sergei Skripal poisoning case are an attempt to shift the blame for the incident. He said the truth would soon be uncovered by Russian intelligence. Read Full Article at

Your guide to 2018 Russian presidential election candidates: 3. Ksenia Sobchak (Civic Initiative)

Russians will be choosing between eight presidential candidates on March 18, and Ksenia Sobchak is the youngest hopeful. A socialite and candidate “against all,” she also owes a debt to her chief rival, Vladimir Putin. Read Full Article at

Putin reveals primary objective of new presidential term

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that raising the standard of living will be a key task in the coming years, but also acknowledged the importance of strengthening the nation’s defenses. Read Full Article at

Communist candidate set to lose his moustache over poor election showing

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Pavel Grudinin will have to endure insult to injury for the lowest result ever for a communist candidate in a Russian presidential race, as he had earlier bet his moustache that he would receive at least 15 percent of the vote. Read Full Article at

‘Think I'll sit until I'm 100 years old?’ – Putin on seeking another election bid

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Vladimir Putin has laughed off suggestions that he will seek re-election one more time following his landslide victory, according to preliminary results. Read Full Article at

Navalny accuses Sobchak of running in exchange for 'tremendous sum of money'

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

As two Russian politicians discussed the future after the presidential election, their discussion quickly turned into a confrontation, with both sides accusing each other of lies, hypocrisy and betrayal of the liberal cause. Read Full Article at

Voter turnout at Russian polls – why pay attention

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian politicians, researchers and reporters all attach great importance to voter turnout. To understand this, RT compares preliminary figures from polling stations to those from other countries and other periods in history. Read Full Article at

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