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Russian lawmakers seek to fast track anti-vandalism bill after ‘Satanic’ church arson

A senior member of the Lower House Committee for Culture has urged her colleagues to speed up the work on anti-vandalism bill after several incidents including a reportedly Satanism-related church fire. “The committee has done all that it should. We have written an expert assessment of the bill and now, so to say, wait for the bill to be put ...

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Kremlin calls for individual approach to investigating internet extremism

In comments over recent news of a wave of criminal probes into “likes” and “reposts” of extremist materials on social networks, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said that investigators must look into every such case separately. Talking to reporters on Tuesday Dmitry Peskov noted that every single “like” or “repost” that put their authors in hot water should be investigated separately. ...

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US and allies violating INF Treaty, says senior Russian diplomat

Russia’s deputy foreign minister has said that the United States and some of its allies were knowingly violating the 1988 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by deploying launching systems capable of firing cruise missiles. “As far as the INF Treaty is concerned, the situation is evident in which the United States and some of its allies are knowingly violating it, in ...

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‘Dismantling global security’: Russian lawmakers dismiss US claims of Open Skies violations

High-ranking members of the Russian parliament have stated that Washington’s refusal to cooperate with Moscow on the Open Skies Treaty is based on unfounded charges as Russia has always stuck to its obligations. “The United States’ accusations in our address are completely unfounded. Russia is acting strictly in accordance with the existing agreements and their terms – the same applies ...

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Snr Russian senator warns US politicians about dangers of exceptionalism doctrine

The head of the Russian Upper House Committee for International Relations has warned American politicians against using exceptionalism as national ideology, adding that there are enough historical examples proving his point. “The problem of the current generation of American ‘hawks’ is that they attempt to change the world so that it fits their need and for this they apply methods ...

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‘Product of chemical synthesis’: Russian lawmaker targets artificial food additives in new bill

A Russian lawmaker has proposed banning the naming of foodstuffs made with excessive artificial components after traditional products such as “sausage” or “lemonade.” MP Vitaly Milonov of the majority United Russia party addressed the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov in an open letter, insisting the state must toughen rules on product naming in the food industry to prevent ...

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Russia may introduce online voting as early as in 2021 – official

A member of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has told reporters that the country might introduce online voting, similar to systems used in Switzerland and Estonia, for the 2021 parliamentary elections. “Considering the scale of the Russian Federation’s territory we have to start using internet voting. I think that we will possibly do something already in the next federal elections campaign ...

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Russia may stop using US dollar for mutual payments – senator

Senator Igor Morozov says Russia must lead a dollar-dumping trend in response to the latest sanctions threat, as the move would bring disaster to the debt-ridden US economy and would be a good reply to Washington’s policies. Russian Senator Igor Morozov has urged his country and its allies to stop using the US dollar for mutual payments, adding that the ...

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Russian ban on Telegram messenger remains after Supreme Court rejects company’s appeal

The Appeals Collegium of the Russian Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the company behind Telegram, upholding an order to block the messenger over its refusal to hand encryption keys over to security services. On Thursday, the Appeals Collegium looked into the complaint filed by a team of lawyers representing the UK-registered company Telegram LLP – a major business ...

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Sanctioning Russia for false link to UK poisonings ‘unacceptable & unlawful’ – Kremlin

Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says the use of a Russian link to recent UK poisoning incidents to justify fresh US sanctions against the Kremlin is a violation of international law. “In general, of course it’s necessary to say that we consider it categorically unacceptable that the new restrictions, that we continue to consider unlawful, ...

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