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‘The time has come’: Chechen leader Kadyrov says he wants to retire

Published time: 27 Nov, 2017 09:55 The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has told Rossiya 1 TV that, although he still has the energy to do the job, the time has come for him to retire because the region has entered a new stage in its development. Read more In the interview, Kadyrov said he was dreaming of ...

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Russian business ombudsman Titov announces his presidential bid

Published time: 26 Nov, 2017 13:21 Russia’s ombudsman for entrepreneurs’ rights and part-owner of popular Russian champagne brand “Abrau-Durso” Boris Titov will join the 2018 presidential race. The ombudsman chairs the Party of Growth, which announced his nomination. Read more The nomination of Boris Titov was discussed and agreed on by his fellow party members during the meeting at the ...

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Nationalist party leader vows radical cuts to parliament if elected president

Published time: 24 Nov, 2017 09:52 The head of Russia’s Liberal-Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has presented his presidential program, in which he promises to abolish the upper house of parliament and slash the number of seats in the lower house by more than half. In the program titled ‘100 steps: Time to make a powerful dash forward’, Zhirinovsky wrote that ...

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Lower House committee passes bill on protection for citizens reporting corruption

Published time: 23 Nov, 2017 15:12 The State Duma Committee for Security and Countering Corruption has approved a draft law offering state protection to those who reveal facts of corruption to law enforcement agencies. The bill will now progress to the first reading in the Duma. Read more The bill, developed by the Labor Ministry and drafted in the Lower ...

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Far East region brings down Russian free land handover rejection rate three-fold

Published time: 23 Nov, 2017 10:21 The share of rejected applications for a free one-hectare land plot in the Far East region of Primorye has plummeted, the regional administration’s press service reported. The rejection rate fell from 10 percent in August to just 3 percent in October. Read more “In August this year the share of rejected applications was 10 ...

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Putin orders Russian companies to be ready for urgent transition to war-time operations

Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 15:42 Russian President Vladimir Putin says that all major Russian companies, both state-owned and private, must be ready for a rapid transition to war-time operations, adding that the capability is crucial to national security. According to the Kremlin press service, the Russian president made the statement on Wednesday at a conference with senior defense ministry ...

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Duma committee backs bill to block ‘undesirable’ foreigners from entering Russia

Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 11:29 The Russian lower house Committee for Legislative Work has approved a bill that would allow parliament to ban foreigners from entering the country if they are deemed a threat to Russia’s security or its values. Read more The bill allows either chamber of the Russian parliament to issue entry bans for foreign citizens who ...

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Liberal Democrats choose longtime leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky as future presidential candidate

Published time: 21 Nov, 2017 15:00 The Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia, LDPR, has chosen its founder and longtime leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky to run for presidency in 2018. Read more The decision to propose Zhirinovsky as LDPR’s candidate was made on Monday at the session of the party’s Supreme Council and the party’s caucus in the State Duma, Zhirinovsky’s son Igor ...

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Russian presidential hopeful declares intention to abolish president’s post

Published time: 21 Nov, 2017 13:12 Russian journalist and singer-songwriter Ekaterina Gordon, who recently announced plans to take part in the 2018 presidential race, said that once elected she would abolish the presidential post and make Russia a parliamentary republic. Read more At a Tuesday press conference, Gordon told reporters she considered it “unwise, strange and dangerous” to live in ...

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Kadyrov finds way to free Russia of ‘Stalin’s spirit’

Published time: 21 Nov, 2017 10:50 The head of the Chechen Republic has proposed handing Joseph Stalin’s remains over to Georgia, suggesting that the move would bring relief to Russians as the spirit of the late Soviet dictator would leave the country. “As for Stalin’s remains, we should express our goodwill and hand them over to Georgia so that he ...

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