Moscow court liquidates vigilante movement that fought parking violations

Moscow City Court has ruled that the public movement that fought illegal parking by putting huge insulting stickers on vehicles, publicly telling off violators and posting subsequent conflicts on the internet, should be dissolved. The court said that the process to liquidate the Stopkham movement had come from the Justice Ministry over activists’ refusal to publish a report about their ...

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‘Any dialogue is better than none at all’ – top Russian senator on relations with US

The chair of the Russian Upper House has stressed the importance of parliamentary dialogue with Washington but added that the political situation in the US impeded effective cooperation – at least until the end of midterms. In an exclusive interview with RT, Valentina Matviyenko recalled the recent visit to Moscow by the delegation of US lawmakers led by Senator Ron ...

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New Russian bill bans hired drivers from using driver’s licenses issued outside the country

A senator has proposed banning various companies from hiring drivers with foreign-issued or international driver’s licenses in order to boost road safety in Russia. The bill – submitted by Senator Akhmat Salpagarov to the State Duma on Thursday – also sets a six-month transition period during which foreigners can exchange their licenses for similar documents issued in Russia. In an ...

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Top senator hints at Russia’s looming exit from Council of Europe

The Russian Upper House speaker says the country’s authorities are preparing to quit the Council of Europe as Russian politicians are “tired” of constant reprisals from the body. Russian Upper House speaker Valentina Matviyenko made the announcement at a Thursday meeting with the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Liliane Maury Pasquier, adding that she ...

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Candidates in canceled elections should be barred from running again – LDPR leader

The head of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) says candidates in regional elections that have been canceled over violations should be legally barred from running again. LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky made the proposal soon after the elections commission in the Primorsky Region of Russia’s Far East ordered the results of the recent gubernatorial election to be annulled due to ...

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Supreme Court speaks out against formal approach in trials over extremist internet reposts

The Russian Supreme Court recommends that judges, who preside over trials concerning internet reposts of extremist material, estimate the suspects’ level of threat to society and stop using experts’ assessments in final rulings. The recommendation, approved by the Supreme Court collegium, or full assembly of judges, on Thursday reads that judges, who look into cases that include internet reposts of ...

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Regional vote results in Russia’s Far East annulled over violations

Russia’s election commission has nixed the results of a regional election in the country’s Far East over violations. The date for a new vote is being considered at the moment. “I think it’s normal, because we had very convincing reasons for that,” Ella Pamfilova, the head of Russia’s Central Election Commission (CIK), has said. Authorities of the Primorsky Region, which ...

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Russian state bodies and law enforcement agencies to get own cellular network – report

Russia may get a dedicated cellular network servicing only civil servants and law enforcement agencies, Vedomosti reports, quoting a national plan framework for developing the digital economy. The proposal to create a separate network for state agencies has been included in the passport of the ‘Digital Economy’ program recently approved by the government, Vedomosti daily reported on Wednesday. According to ...

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Russian elections body recommends annulment of Far East vote over violations

Russia’s Central Elections Commission has advised to cancel the results of gubernatorial polls in Primorsky Krai Region and hold new voting in three months. Both frontrunners in the race are against the move. On Wednesday all members of the commission unanimously voted to recommend the elections re-run in the region. The commission’s statement reads that in current situation and on ...

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Russian poll reveals overwhelming support for ban on mobile phones in schools

About three quarters of Russians say they support the idea of banning the use of cell phones and other tech gadgets in schools and believe that children would study better were such measures taken. The data was revealed by the state-run public opinion research agency VTSIOM on Wednesday. A recent poll has shown that 83 percent of the Russian public ...

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