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Putin order examination of Sobchak’s request to pardon alleged ‘political prisoners’

A Russian presidential spokesman has told reporters that Vladimir Putin received a request to pardon 16 alleged political prisoners from election rival Ksenia Sobchak. He has ordered his administration to look into it. “This is true, this list made by Sobchak has been passed to the president. The president received it and charged his administration with the task of working ...

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No free love? Russian parliament rejects cohabitation bill

State Duma representatives have rejected a proposal to legally equate five years of cohabitation with registered marriage, citing technical problems with the draft legislation as the reason for the rejection. Read more “The proposed characteristics of the de-facto marriage relations are vague and it is not clear from the text of the draft who should decide on the moment when ...

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Presidential poll results cancelled at 7 ballot stations – Russian official

The head of Russia’s Central Election Commission has said that the results of the March 18 poll had been canceled in seven districts across the country, citing deliberate provocations as the reason. “At present, the voting results have been canceled in seven elections districts,” Ella Pamfilova told reporters on Tuesday, adding that some of the violations were deliberately prepared stunts. ...

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Russia’s Supreme Court orders Telegram messenger to hand over encryption keys to security services

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered popular internet messenger service Telegram to hand over encryption keys to its clients’ traffic to the Federal Security Service (FSB) without court warrants. In the lawsuit, which bears some resemblance to the famous 2016 Apple-FBI encryption case, the London-registered company Telegram Messenger LLP demanded that the FSB order be recognized as unlawful and cancelled. In ...

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Outrage as aging rock star insults Russians in Facebook post

After Russian rock legend Andrey Makarevich said that Russians are turning into “mean idiots,” fellow rockers, politicians, and diplomats replied with indignation and demands to stop publicly insulting the nation. On Monday, shortly after the Russian presidential election, Andrey Makarevich, the 64-year-old frontman of rock band Mashina Vremeni, wrote on Facebook that he was shocked by how much US citizens ...

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European monitors praise technical side of Russian election, but note some rights violations

OSCE representatives say the procedures of the Russian presidential election were well organized and without any major rigging, but that the unequal media presence of the candidates resulted in a “lack of genuine competition.” A preliminary report by monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was released on Monday, on the day after the election and before ...

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Putin reveals primary objective of new presidential term

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that raising the standard of living will be a key task in the coming years, but also acknowledged the importance of strengthening the nation’s defenses. Read more “The main thing that we will be working on is of course the internal agenda. First of all we must ensure the growth rate for the economy and ...

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Communist candidate set to lose his moustache over poor election showing

Pavel Grudinin will have to endure insult to injury for the lowest result ever for a communist candidate in a Russian presidential race, as he had earlier bet his moustache that he would receive at least 15 percent of the vote. In early February, Grudinin made a bet with popular Russian web journalist Yuri Dud. The two agreed that if ...

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‘I did not run for the result’: Sobchak tells RT of plans to unite liberal opposition

Upon getting just 1.5 percent of votes in Sunday’s presidential election, Ksenia Sobchak told RT that she did not intend to win, but rather “educate” Russian citizens, and went on to present a plan to unite all liberal opposition. “Of course, this is not the result one can dream of, but I had entered the race not for the result’s ...

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‘Think I'll sit until I'm 100 years old?’ – Putin on seeking another election bid

Vladimir Putin has laughed off suggestions that he will seek re-election in 2030 following his landslide victory, according to the preliminary results. “Let’s count. What, do you think I will sit until I’m 100 years old?” he responded to a reporter’s question after preliminary results showed he won more than three-quarters of the vote. Putin turns 72 in 2024. He would not ...

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