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Russian lawmakers move to ban weapons & alcohol ads on children’s TV

The Lower House Committee for Information Policy has backed a motion banning advertisers from promoting alcohol, pharmaceuticals, gambling and weapons on kids’ radio and TV programs. Amendments drafted by parliamentary majority party United Russia state that children’s shows on radio and television must not contain commercials for alcohol products, medications and medical equipment, food supplements, weapons and military equipment or ...

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Russian cabinet to slap reciprocal sanctions on Ukraine: report

The Russian government is developing a bill introducing reciprocal containment measures against several hundred Ukrainian companies and citizens, a Russian business oriented daily reports. In its Thursday issue, the Kommersant daily quoted unnamed sources in the Russian government as saying that the new sanctions could be introduced against Ukrainian politicians, civil servants and business people. In particular the containment measures ...

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Russian pilot jailed in US vows to continue fight for return home

Konstantin Yaroshenko, the Russian pilot jailed in the US for 20 years following a sting operation, has told reporters that he and his family will continue their fight for his return to Russia. In his latest interview with the Izvestia newspaper, Yaroshenko said that he had no intention “of twiddling his thumbs” and that he and his family would press ...

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Over half of Russian women open to romance with foreigners, poll finds

Over a half of Russian women under 35 claim they would have romantic relations with a foreigner but almost 70 percent of them name “the ability to leave Russia” as the most attractive part of such affairs, a new poll has found. 57 percent of respondents said they are currently ready for an affair with a foreigner. The proportion is ...

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Suspected accomplice of notorious Chechen warlord Basayev extradited to Russia

Slovakia has handed over to Russia a Chechen man suspected of organizing a series of bombings in 2006, as well as participating in the gang of one of the most ruthless terrorists, Shamil Basayev. The press service of Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, reported on Wednesday that law enforcement agencies of Slovakia, together with Russian police, the FSB, and ...

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Russian patriarch heads 100,000-strong procession honoring Romanovs’ martyrdom

About 100,000 pilgrims led by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, have walked 21 kilometers in a solemn procession commemorating the 100th anniversary of the killing of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family. The procession covered the distance between the Yekaterinburg Church of All Saints, built on the place of the house where Romanovs were killed ...

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Interior ministry’s bill makes it easier for foreigners to obtain Russian citizenship

The Russian Interior Ministry has prepared a bill that expands the president’s powers in granting citizenship to foreigners and simplifies naturalization for ethnic Russians living in foreign countries, Izvestia reports. On Tuesday, Izvestia reported that it has seen the draft bill prepared by the interior ministry and already approved by the government commission for legislative work. The document simplifies the ...

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Kadyrov invites Palestinian leader Abbas to celebrate bicentenary of Chechen capital Grozny

Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov has invited the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to participate in festivities – to be held in Grozny in early October – marking the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding. Kadyrov personally announced the invitation in a post on Chechnya’s own social network Mylistory. He wrote that he had charged the head of the ...

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Forensic experts confirm preliminary authenticity of last Russian royal family’s remains

Shortly before the centenary of the execution of the last Russian Tsar and his family, forensic experts have confirmed, in preliminary findings, that the remains found near Yekaterinburg in 1993 and 2007 belong to Romanovs. The experts used “molecular-genetic tests” to compare the remains found near Yekaterinburg and samples taken from the grave of Russian Emperor Alexander III, Investigative Committee ...

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Russian military schools to offer free education to young Syrians

The Russian government has issued a decree allowing young Syrians to study in Russian military schools for free if they have sufficient knowledge of Russian and pass the necessary exams. New Syrian cadets “will be accepted in military schools after a competition, within the limits allowed by the Russian law and in line with the procedure applied to Russian citizens,” ...

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