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Duma votes for unified blacklist of people sacked for corruption crimes

12 hours agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s Lower House has approved a bill that would create a nationwide registry containing the names of civil servants who were fired due to “loss of trust” connected with corruption. Read Full Article at

Terrorism-related crimes down 90% in past 5 years – Russian security committee

14 hours agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The number of terrorism-related crimes in Russia has fallen by 90 percent over the past five years, but the number of terrorist members of various extremist groups remains unchanged, the head of the National Anti-terrorism Committee has said. Read Full Article at

‘Baby boxes’ shouldn’t be legalized in Russia, says Health Ministry

The Russian Health Ministry will not back the idea of so-called ‘baby boxes,’ special containers installed at hospitals where parents can abandon children anonymously and in relatively safe conditions, a representative has said. Read Full Article at

Russia to cut Euro council fees over ongoing spat - report

Moscow will cut its membership fees to the Council of Europe because of the ban on participation at sessions of its parliamentary council, PACE, a popular Russian daily reported, quoting diplomatic sources. Read Full Article at RT.c...

Top pollster rules out possibility of large-scale youth protests in Russia

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The head of VTSIOM, Russia’s state-run pollster, has dismissed reports that Russia’s younger generation is in a rebellious mood, saying society’s demand for order and stability remains strong. Read Full Article at

Russian ombudsman asks Trump to pardon pilot Yaroshenko

2 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s human rights ombudsman says she has addressed US President Donald Trump with a request to pardon Konstantin Yaroshenko – a Russian pilot who was sentenced to 20 years as a result of a US sting operation. Read Full Article at

State Duma blasts foreign media for interfering in Russian elections

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

After hearing a report describing the coverage of the recent Russian parliamentary elections by foreign media outlets as extremely biased, the Russian Lower House has decided to discuss the issue with the Federal Security Service (FSB). Read Full Article at

Quack attack: Russian MP proposes up to 5 years in prison for killer wizards, folk healers

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A ruling-party lawmaker has drafted a bill targeting people who practice folk medicine and magic without proper state registration. Under the motion, such people could face up to five years in prison if their activities cause the loss of human life. Read Full Article at

‘No chance of color revolution in Russia’ – security chief

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russian authorities control the situation in the country and will not allow a ‘color revolution’ scenario planned by foreign special services, says Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev. Read Full Article at

Orthodox Church presses for total abortion ban in Russia – report

6 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has urged members of the lower house Commission for the Protection of Christian Values to impose a total ban on abortion, according to reports. Read Full Article at

Putin offers Russian cooperation to Islamic nations fighting terrorism

In a message to all participants of the Russia-Islamic World conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised support and cooperation to all Islamic countries that are currently fighting terrorism and extremism. Read Full Article at

Senior security official slams NGOs for ‘attempts to destabilize Russia’

The deputy head of Russia’s Security Council has said certain non-government organizations are continuing in their attempts to destabilize the country, adding that foreign-based groups were especially relentless in pursuing this goal. Read Full Article at

Justice Ministry working on all-encompassing register of Russian citizens

The Russian Justice Ministry has announced that it is working on a project that would for the first time gather the data of all the country’s citizens into a single database. Read Full Article at

Putin urges major rearmament of Russian military based on Syria experience

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a major rearmament of the nation’s military forces, citing recent experience gained in counter-terrorist operations in Syria as well as the need for the stronger protection of Russia’s Arctic borders. Read Full Article at

Russians see Turkey as ally, favor deeper ties – poll

Russians no longer see Turkey as a hostile state and half of the population supports cooperation between the two countries, regardless of existing political issues, according to recent research. Read Full Article at

Upper house urges tougher punishment for poll rigging

Russian senators have prepared a bill that makes violations of electoral procedures a criminal offense with a maximum punishment of up to five years in prison. Read Full Article at

Fresh criminal cases started against Ukraine military over Donbass shelling – Russian investigators

The Russian Investigative Committee has launched criminal cases against Ukrainian servicemen and officials responsible for indiscriminate use of artillery in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic that resulted in civilian casualties. Read Full Article at

Russian ‘Pokémon catcher’ gets suspended sentence for mocking Christianity at church service

A court in central Russia has handed a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence to a young man who played ‘Pokémon Go’ in a local church while making derogatory comments about religion, recording the process and later posting the video on the internet. Read Full Article at

EU foreign policy chief’s Moscow visit offers chance to normalize relations, Russian diplomat says

Russia’s envoy to the European Union has expressed hope that the recent visit to Russia of the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, will serve as a step towards the restoration of dialogue and an improvement in relations. Read Full Article at

Communications ministry proposes isolation of Russian internet traffic to prevent hacks

2 weeks agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Russia’s Communications Ministry has developed a program that would allow the isolation of all internal internet traffic on servers located within the country, thus minimizing the risk of foreign hackers meddling with sensitive data. Read Full Article at

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