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London should face uncomfortable questions from G7 over Skripal poisoning – Russian senator

G7 nations should be asking uncomfortable questions of London rather than probing Moscow about the circumstances of the Skripal poisoning, according to the head of the Russian Upper House committee for international relations. “The G7 member nations must urgently ask questions about Salisbury, but they should ask London instead of Moscow. There, they know everything. Why were the animals cremated? ...

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Russia’s ban on non-food alcohol sales reduces poisoning deaths by a quarter

The number of deaths caused by tainted alcohol poisoning has fallen by 25 percent since Russian authorities imposed a ban on the sale of alcohol-containing non-food products, the government consumer rights watchdog has reported. The press service of the Rospotrebnadzor agency told TASS that there were 677 alcohol poisonings over the New Year holidays in 2018, compared to 1,800 during ...

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Health Ministry seeks restrictions on Aids denial in Russia

The Russian Health Ministry has prepared a bill introducing fines for any public promotion of HIV/Aids denial and the blocking of websites that spread such reports. The text of the draft was published on the special website for public discussion of new legislative initiatives on Monday. Explanations attached with the document read that it was developed as part of the ...

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Russian internet watchdog launches procedure to block access to Telegram messenger

The Russian telecommunications watchdog has issued an order to internet providers restricting access to web resources used by Telegram messenger, which lost a court battle with the authorities over encryption. “The information on web resources used by the Telegram company was sent to internet service providers on Monday in order to restrict access to them,” read a message posted on ...

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Almost 90 percent of Russians say they are unwilling to participate in protests

Almost 90 percent of Russians say they don’t want to take part in protests, and three quarters of respondents claim they don’t expect others to demonstrate either, according to the latest research by an independent agency. In a poll conducted by the Levada sociological service in late March, 86 percent of respondents said that, regardless of their opinions, they were ...

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Kadyrov proposes nationwide referendum to give Putin additional presidential term

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is calling for changes to the Russian Constitution that would allow Vladimir Putin to be re-elected president after his current term expires in 2024. “As long as our incumbent president is in good health we must not think about any other head of state. This is my personal opinion and I am not changing it. Right ...

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Russia to suspend nuclear, rocket cooperation with America, ban US tobacco & alcohol – draft law

Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill suspending cooperation with US companies in the nuclear, missile and aircraft-building spheres, as well as introducing restrictions on imports of alcohol and tobacco produced in the US. “The bill is about alcohol and tobacco products and about ceasing or suspending international cooperation in the nuclear sphere, rocket engine building and aircraft building between Russian ...

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Court orders Telegram messenger services to be blocked in Russia

Published time: 13 Apr, 2018 08:36 Edited time: 13 Apr, 2018 08:51 A district court in Moscow has ordered access to popular internet messenger Telegram to be blocked after the company repeatedly refused to hand over encryption keys to its messages to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). DETAILS TO FOLLOW Let’s block ads! (Why?) RT Russian Politics News

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Duma gives nod to bill on multimillion-ruble fake news fines

The Russian lower house has passed in the first reading a bill that counters internet fake news by ordering fines of up to 50 million rubles (US$ 800,000) for refusal to delete illegal, false or slandering information. Once the bill is passed into law, all owners of “public networks” or websites that attract over 100,000 visitors daily would have to ...

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Rosneft chief Sechin gives testimony in $2mn bribe trial of ex-economy minister

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin has testified as a witness at a closed trial into an appeal filed by former Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for receiving a $ 2 million bribe. The Tuesday testimony was Sechin’s first personal appearance in court as part of Ulyukayev’s case. He turned down a court summons ...

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