Astrologer fined for publishing forecast of Putin’s victory in March elections

An astrologer from the Russian Far East says he was fined for predicting the outcome of the March presidential election, despite the fact that his forecast proved to be correct. “I have been fined for my forecast of the outcome of the presidential election. I honestly did not know that there are any restrictions on publishing astrological forecasts. By the ...

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Russian pilot Yaroshenko suspects poisoning by US prison staff, fears for his life

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the US, reportedly said he was put in a disciplinary cell for 30 days despite serious health problems that could be due to deliberate poisoning. Yaroshenko’s wife Viktoria told Izvestia daily that she talked to her husband by phone a few days back. She said that he feared he ...

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Putin prioritizes economic breakthrough, quality of life in swearing-in speech

After being sworn in as president for the fourth time, Vladimir Putin told Russian citizens that he saw a major economic breakthrough to prosperity as the main goal, adding that only a truly free society is capable of such step. Putin thanked the Russian people for their support and said that he felt a tremendous responsibility for every citizen and ...

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Putin puts Medvedev candidacy for PM before parliament

Published time: 7 May, 2018 11:43 Edited time: 7 May, 2018 12:33 After the swearing-in ceremony at the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin formally nominated current chair of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev, to retain his post. The candidacy is to be confirmed by the Russian parliament. According to the Russian constitution, the government has to resign after the inauguration of ...

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Kadyrov praises Putin's role in defeating terrorism, restoring Chechen economy

Thanks to Vladimir Putin’s resolute decisions the Chechen people have defeated terrorism and restored the economy in the republic, Ramzan Kadyrov said ahead of the Russian Presidential Inauguration ceremony. “Chechnya has transformed. We all remember that 18 years ago we had no schools, no roads and no infrastructure, the economy was on the lowest possible level and unemployment rate was ...

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Russians see return of superpower status as Putin’s main achievement in previous term

Russians have named internal stability and the return of superpower status to their country as main achievements of Vladimir Putin’s past presidential term, but urged improvement in policies targeting economic inequality. In the latest poll conducted by an independent Russian public opinion research organization, Levada Center, ordinary Russians were asked what they saw as the main positive result of Putin’s ...

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Putin talks past & future challenges, thanks incumbent cabinet ahead of inauguration

Vladimir Putin has thanked the government for their efforts in overcoming past challenges, and briefly outlined future ones, in a meeting with a cabinet that will resign on Monday, the day of the Russian President’s inauguration. “It is important to maintain and develop such new approaches and, in general, to ensure the continuity in work, the continuity and consistency in ...

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Opposition supporters rally across Russia, Navalny detained at unsanctioned protest in Moscow

Supporters of opposition figure Aleksei Navalny gathered for rallies across Russia on Saturday. The activist was detained at the unauthorized rally in Moscow, police confirmed. Some 1,500 people gathered for the unsanctioned protest in the center of Moscow, police said in a statement.  Navalny, who was banned from participating in the March presidential elections due to a five-year suspended sentence, called on ...

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Russia calls for EU nations not to become accomplices in Ukrainian war crimes

Russia’s envoy to the OSCE has called on European nations to stop supporting Ukraine’s “nationalist, inhumane and criminal” operations against the Donbass republics, listing examples of ceasefire violations by pro-Kiev forces. “We call upon all member states of the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] not to become accomplices in the Kiev regime’s war crimes, not to provoke ...

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Russian government drafts bill targeting turnover of sanctioned goods

The Russian government has drafted a bill introducing fines for any turnover of goods that fall under import bans introduced as part of reciprocal economic sanctions. The bill does cover the goods purchased for citizens’ own use. The document published on the State Duma’s official website on Friday orders fines for any deals involving goods that fall under import bans ...

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