Senators support criminalization of compliance with anti-Russian foreign sanctions

Russian Upper House MPs are poised to support a bill that introduces criminal responsibility for people and companies who comply with anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies. “[Anti-Russian] sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries seek to contain the development of Russia as a nation and to infringe the rights of Russian citizens and ...

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Rally in support of banned internet messenger Telegram held in Moscow

Crowds have gathered in central Moscow to join a protest in support of Telegram messenger, which has recently been banned by Russian authorities. The rally was peaceful, according to police. Some 7,500 people joined the march and rally in support of the messaging app, which was held on Sakharov Avenue around 2:00pm local time, Moscow police said in a statement. ...

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Fair Russia drafts bill to bring federal lawmakers’ salaries in line with national average

MPs from the center-left party Fair Russia have drafted a bill ordering that all members of the federal parliament should receive salaries in line with the country’s average, which is now roughly $ 565 per month. The draft was prepared by the leader of the Fair Russia party Sergey Mironov and MP Oleg Nilov. Read more In an explanatory note ...

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Kremlin counts on American people to study US House report on Russia, promises surprises

The latest US House Intelligence Committee report on Russia should make people wonder about the real reasons for the continuing Russian collusion hysteria, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters. “We would like to hope that some people in America actually read this report, because sometimes there is an impression that these reports are not released for people to ...

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Nobel peace prize for Trump?: Russian senator says US taking undue credit for Korean deal

A Russian senator has described calls to award Donald Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Korean peace deal as an attempt by the US to take credit for the resolution of a conflict that it had been stoking for decades. “I see this as an attempt to make the United States an exceptional and only contributor ...

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Schoolchildren trick Russian officials into erecting monument to banned internet messenger Telegram

A group of children in a Russian village used a donation from a local legislator to erect a memorial to the banned Telegram messenger near the building that hosts the village administration. The monument is made of plywood, painted blue and looks like a paper plane, which is one of the emblems of the Telegram messenger. An inscription on a ...

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Not your average household cleaner: Russian town plans new ‘Novichok’ brand of products

The mayor of the Russian town of Shikhany says his administration plans to copyright a ‘Novichok’ brand of household cleaning products, and thanked UK journalists for promoting it. “I have commanded that the town administration works through the issue of copyrighting the word ‘Novichok’ as a brand name for a line of household cleaning products,” Andrey Tatarinov said in an ...

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Former Russian regional leader wins slander lawsuit over Reuters report of ISIS ties

Former president of the Russian internal republic of Kalmykia and the current head of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, says he has proved in court that a Reuters report about alleged deals with ISIS was fake and aimed to slander him. “I have won my court case against Reuters, they have already apologized and now I am expecting them to pay me ...

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Russian security chief reveals US attempts to hinder international cooperation

A senior Russian security official has said that several nations had to cancel their participation in a recent security conference in Sochi and quoted US pressure as the main reason behind their decisions. “As this event was in preparatory stages, certain nations which I will not name here said that they had experienced pressure from the US and because of ...

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Popular support of Russian operation in Syria increases, poll shows

Public support for Russia’s military operation in Syria has increased from 34 to 39 percent despite the fact that almost half of respondents see the situation in the Middle Eastern country as “noticeably deteriorating.” In a public opinion poll conducted by the state-run agency VTSIOM in mid-April, 88 percent of Russians told researchers that they were interested in the current ...

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