Ruling-party lawmaker seeks life sentences for convicted pedophiles

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 14:30 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 more “For the first time, we are proposing to make life sentences a punishment for sex crimes against children younger than 12,” Yarovaya said ...

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

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 12:17 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 more In his letter to Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva,  Milonov wrote that in his view celebrations of Halloween by kids ...

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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. The conference was attended by representatives from a broad group of parties and movements that share a leftist-nationalist agenda. The Communist Party ...

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

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. Running as an independent, Sobchak generally has a love-hate relationship with the Russian audience. Having been on the country’s pop culture scene for many years, she has hosted one of ...

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Rhyme & punishment: Poet faces prosecution over inflaming hatred towards atheists in southern Russia

An amateur poet in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Region is facing criminal charges for disseminating hatred after calling atheists “despicable” in a poem he posted on social media. Maksim Drozdov also wrote in the poem that he hoped for the return of the Holy Inquisition – a system of practices used by the Catholic Church to combat heresy in the Middle ...

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Russia calls on US to expedite destruction of its chemical weapons

Published time: 18 Oct, 2017 10:13 A senior Russian diplomat has urged the US and other nations to follow Russia’s example and decommission their chemical arsenals. Read more “We have inherited the world’s largest arsenal of such weapons of mass destruction, and we carried out a plan for its elimination in good faith,” said Vladimir Yermakov, deputy head of the ...

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

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 11:45 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 more The ECHR’s decision in the case of the Navalny brothers against Russia was released on the court’s website on Tuesday. It reads that the court had looked into Navalny ...

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

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 09:44 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 more The plan was revealed by the council’s chairman, Mikhail Fedotov, in an interview with Russia-24 TV. The draft bill ...

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

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. The addition of three new member nations brings the total number of countries in the Union to 176. The 137th assembly of the ...

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

Published time: 16 Oct, 2017 11:34 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. According to the poll, which was released on Monday, 41 percent of Russians think that “the worst times are still ahead,” 31 ...

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