Russian government 'like a tiger ready to leap forward’ – Audit Chamber chief

Russia’s newly-appointed Cabinet is capable of producing “advanced, groundbreaking reforms” with the government looking like “a tiger ready to make a leap forward,” head of the Russian Audit Chamber, Alexei Kudrin, said Friday. Speaking at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Kudrin encouraged officials to take a more decisive role in implementing the Russian President’s ambitious economic program, revealed by Vladimir ...

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Terrorists used Telegram messenger in all recent attacks, head of Russian watchdog claims

The head of Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor told the St. Petersburg Economic Forum that he has “irrefutable proof” that all recent terrorist attacks in Russia and abroad were coordinated through the Telegram messenger. “The proof is irrefutable. All of the latest terrorist attacks committed in our country and abroad have been coordinated through the Telegram messenger. This is why, when ...

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Only Russia can save Ukraine, Kadyrov tells Poroshenko

Soon after facing new sanctions from Kiev, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov stated that this would not alter his brotherly attitude to the Ukrainian people, who can always expect help from Chechens and Russians in times of trouble. “[Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko is slapping sanctions on me, while our ancestors saved thousands of Ukrainians who were forced into the North Caucasus ...

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Former Russian arms chief Rogozin to head Roscosmos space corporation

The former Russian deputy PM in charge of defense, Dmitry Rogozin, has accepted Vladimir Putin’s nomination to head the state space corporation Roscosmos. The president made the proposal to Rogozin at a personal meeting that took place on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported. “I will do everything possible and necessary to live up to your trust,” the agency quoted Rogozin as ...

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Russian security chief urges allies to stop terrorists returning from Middle East

The head of Russia’s Security Council has told counterparts from the CSTO bloc that the issue of terrorists returning from Syria and other Middle East countries is of vital importance and asked them to focus on border control. “We are especially concerned with the issue of fighters returning from areas of actual armed conflicts,” Nikolai Patrushev told a meeting of ...

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‘US sanctions on parliamentarians violate our human rights’ – Russian senator

A senior Russian senator has addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva with a letter describing the latest US sanctions against Russian lawmakers as a violation of their rights as elected representatives of the people. In his message the head of the Upper House Committee for Foreign Relations Konstantin Kosachev, wrote that it appeared the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against ...

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Duma committee scraps bill equating longtime cohabitation to marriage

The Russian Lower House committee for family women and children has spoken against a proposal to equate cohabitation for five years or more to official marriage, saying it would contradict the state policy on family values. The bill was drafted in January this year by senator Anton Belyakov from the central Russian Vladimir region. Belyakov claimed that Russian citizens presently ...

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Russian business leaders call for softening of bill punishing Western sanctions compliance

Business leaders are seeking to soften the recently-drafted bill introducing punishment for observing anti-Russian restrictions in Russia. A proposal for replacing criminal responsibility with civil culpability was put forward. Representatives of major Russian business associations and federal lawmakers met the press after participating in a conference Wednesday. They want the current draft, which allows for criminal responsibility and prison terms ...

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Communists draft bill ordering 6 years in prison for election officials who allow violations

Russian Communist Party lawmakers have drafted a bill which would drastically increase the fines and prison sentences for members of election commissions who allow the falsification of election results. A note was attached to the bill – published on Tuesday on the parliament’s online database – which reads: “Repeated incidents in which members of election commissions have violated the existing ...

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