Moscow court sentences US-born investor Browder to 9 years for massive tax fraud

A court in Moscow has sentenced US-born financier William Browder in absentia to nine years in a penal colony, after convicting him of a $ 79 million tax fraud. Browder, who is now a UK citizen, is known as the main lobbyist behind the anti-Russian ‘Magnitsky Act’ sanctions. The court also ordered Browder to pay a fine of 200,000 rubles ...

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Putin signs law establishing register of officials sacked over corruption

Published time: 29 Dec, 2017 09:48 The Russian president has signed into law a bill requiring all officials fired from their posts over involvement in corruption to be placed in a nationwide internet register to prevent them from re-entering public service. The law was published on the Russian internet portal for official documents on Friday and will come into force ...

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YouTube blocks Navalny’s calls for Russian election boycott

Published time: 28 Dec, 2017 11:45 Edited time: 28 Dec, 2017 11:49 Russian anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny has said that YouTube has blocked his video with calls for nationwide protests. The opposition figure believes the step was the result of Kremlin pressure on the website. A video in which Navalny personally asks his supporters to launch a nationwide protest against ...

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Vatican & Russian Orthodox Church should team up to preserve Christian values – envoy

Published time: 28 Dec, 2017 10:28 Russia’s ambassador to the Vatican has praised the current relations between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches, adding that more cooperation is needed to preserve the foundations of Christian civilization. “The situation that has formed in the world by this moment gives us a large field for cooperation, as it threatens the moral ...

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Putin visits Central Elections Commission, submits application for 2018 presidential poll

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 11:13 Vladimir Putin has submitted his application for registration as an independent candidate in the 2018 Russian presidential election. Read more The Central Elections Commission accepted the documents, and now has three days to check them and make a final decision on Putin’s registration as a candidate. The previous day, over 600 Russian politicians, activists ...

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Formin blasts US statement on Navalny as meddling in Russia’s internal affairs

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 10:13 A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has described a statement in which the US State Department expressed concern over the fate of opposition activist Aleksey Navalny as interfering with Russia’s electoral process. “This statement by the Department of State, which will surely not be the only one, is a direct interference both in the election ...

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Russian Internet watchdog wants Facebook to explain blocking of Kadyrov’s accounts

Published time: 26 Dec, 2017 14:58 Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has requested managers of Facebook and Instagram to give reasons for the recent blocking of accounts belonging to the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov. The request was sent to the social networks on Tuesday, Roskomnadzor’s press service told Interfax. The head of the lower house committee for information ...

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Putin clears first stage in 2018 presidential race

Published time: 26 Dec, 2017 13:42 A broad group of Russian politicians, activists and celebrities held their first convention as backers of incumbent president Vladimir Putin’s candidacy in the 2018 presidential race. The initiative group that backs Putin’s candidacy was formed earlier this month by the parliamentary majority party United Russia, the centrist public movement All-Russian Popular Front and the ...

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Number of Russians who regret collapse of USSR hits 10-year high

Published time: 26 Dec, 2017 10:20 The number of Russians who regret the collapse of the Soviet Union has reached its highest level since 2009, with almost an equal share saying the event could have been avoided. A public opinion poll conducted by the independent Levada Center in late November this year found that 58 percent of Russians now regret ...

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Socialite Ksenia Sobchak submits bid for Russian presidential race

Published time: 25 Dec, 2017 14:09 Glossy magazine editor and former ‘It-girl’ Ksenia Sobchak has submitted papers to the Central Elections Committee, in what she describes as a bid to trick the system into restoring the “none of the above” option in the ballots. Sobchak’s nomination as a candidate is backed by the Civil Initiative party headed by former Russian ...

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