Moscow mayor elected for second term as city undergoes groundbreaking changes

Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has been re-elected to office after Sunday’s vote, securing the backing of Muscovites for a major program of city renovation. It was, however, more difficult in the Moscow Region for the incumbent governor. According to official data released on Monday morning, with about 99 percent of ballots counted, Sobyanin garnered just over 70 percent of the vote, ...

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Over 100 detained at unsanctioned pension reform protests in Moscow & St. Petersburg

Countrywide protests against raising of the pension age, organized by supporters of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, have ended in calls to disperse and mass arrests from the police. A senior Moscow police official said that around 100 people were arrested in Russia’s capital and St. Petersburg, where the biggest demonstrations, which had been denied an official permit, took place. Vladimir ...

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22 regional Russian leaders including Moscow mayor to be chosen by voters on single election day

Russian citizens go to the polls on Sunday to elect the heads of 22 regions, including the mayor of the capital, Moscow. They will also elect lawmakers in 16 regional legislatures and thousands of municipal councils. The Moscow mayoral elections are probably the most important event of election day, with five candidates running for the post, including incumbent Mayor Sergey ...

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Facebook & Instagram remove deputy Duma speaker’s posts about murder of Donetsk leader Zakharchenko

Deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma, Pyotr Tolstoy, says that both Instagram and Facebook have deleted his posts on the recent killing of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko. “Instagram has deleted my post about Aleksandr Zakharchenko’s death together with his photo. This is “freedom of speech” according to [Facebook founder and CEO Mark] Zuckerberg,” Tolstoy ...

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Freemasons boss sues pro-Christian Russian lawmaker for defamation

The head of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Russia has taken a federal lawmaker, known for his staunch pro-Christian and anti-gay stance, to court, seeking material compensation over alleged public insults to the brotherhood. In his lawsuit the head of Russian Freemasons, Andrey Bogdanov, wants MP Vitaly Milonov (United Russia) to refute the “false and insulting” statements about Freemasonry and ...

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch declares ‘unprecedented’ independence from secular authorities

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia has stated that, despite the contrary claims from foreign mass media, the Orthodox Church is currently free of any political influence from secular authorities, more than ever in history. “I would like to touch upon a very important topic that we are all worried about. Unfortunately, the western mass media are politicizing this topic ...

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‘Close to heart attack’: Russia demands OSCE action over Ukraine’s treatment of detained journalist

Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has demanded action over the health of Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, held in Ukraine, who he says is being pushed ‘close to having a heart attack’. “The Ukrainian ‘justice’ has pushed the journalist from RIA Novosti Ukraine agency, Kirill Vyshinsky, to condition close to a heart attack. We demand ...

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Russia’s new political directorate vital in battle against ‘raving propaganda’ – general

The recent creation of the military-political directorate in the Russian Defense Ministry is due to the “undisguised and cynical information war” that the country is now facing on all fronts, the head of the body has said. “Today we see an absolutely undisguised informational war. It is openly cynical and it is being waged against our country on all fronts,” ...

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Russian feminist faces criminal probe over online jokes about men

Russian investigators have launched a criminal case against a feminist from the Siberian city of Omsk on charges of inciting hatred after posting jokes about men on her page in Russia’s most popular social network, Vkontakte. “A criminal case has been started against Lubov Kalugina on suspicion of crimes described in the Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, the ...

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Putin’s reform proposals quench public discontent, latest poll shows

More than half of Russians say they don’t expect any serious protests in the near future. Researchers link this to Vladimir Putin’s recent speech outling plans to soften the negative effects of the forthcoming pension reform. According to the poll conducted by the state-run public opinion research agency VTSIOM, 55 percent of Russians consider mass protest rallies in places where ...

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