Crimean authorities propose visa-free entry for patients of Russian clinics

Crimean officials propose granting visa-free entry to foreigners seeking treatment in Russian medical institutions, including famous Crimean resorts, suggesting that the measure would help to “break the sanctions regime.” The proposal was detailed by an aide to the head of the Crimean Republic, Sergey Strelbitsky, as he spoke at the Zdravnitsa (Health Source) conference that has recently taken place in ...

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Kadyrov orders universal DNA testing in Chechnya to help search for children kidnapped by ISIS

The head of the Chechen Republic has ordered a universal DNA test to help identify and retrieve Russian children who had been taken to terrorist-control territories in the Middle East. “We are now actively working to establish the fates of Russian citizens – women and children – who have ended up in Iraq and Syria, and help them to return. ...

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Russia may scrap net neutrality principle for foreign companies to fund anti-terror law

A Russian state telecom firm wants net neutrality canceled for foreign companies that do not invest in digital infrastructure, such as servers needed for keeping user data in line with the latest anti-terrorist regulations. Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum the president of the Russian state-run telecom giant Rostelecom, Mikhail Oseevsky said that he considered it unjust and ...

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Moscow authorities plan dedicated law for homeless to protect tourists from crime

The council of political parties with the Moscow City Government is developing a law on the status and rights of homeless people. One of the main goals of the bill is to protect tourists from potential crime by the homeless. The head of the council, Yelena Morozova, told the Moskva agency that the work on the bill had been restarted ...

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Russian government 'like a tiger ready to leap forward’ – Audit Chamber chief

Russia’s newly-appointed Cabinet is capable of producing “advanced, groundbreaking reforms” with the government looking like “a tiger ready to make a leap forward,” head of the Russian Audit Chamber, Alexei Kudrin, said Friday. Speaking at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Kudrin encouraged officials to take a more decisive role in implementing the Russian President’s ambitious economic program, revealed by Vladimir ...

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Terrorists used Telegram messenger in all recent attacks, head of Russian watchdog claims

The head of Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor told the St. Petersburg Economic Forum that he has “irrefutable proof” that all recent terrorist attacks in Russia and abroad were coordinated through the Telegram messenger. “The proof is irrefutable. All of the latest terrorist attacks committed in our country and abroad have been coordinated through the Telegram messenger. This is why, when ...

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Only Russia can save Ukraine, Kadyrov tells Poroshenko

Soon after facing new sanctions from Kiev, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov stated that this would not alter his brotherly attitude to the Ukrainian people, who can always expect help from Chechens and Russians in times of trouble. “[Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko is slapping sanctions on me, while our ancestors saved thousands of Ukrainians who were forced into the North Caucasus ...

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Former Russian arms chief Rogozin to head Roscosmos space corporation

The former Russian deputy PM in charge of defense, Dmitry Rogozin, has accepted Vladimir Putin’s nomination to head the state space corporation Roscosmos. The president made the proposal to Rogozin at a personal meeting that took place on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported. “I will do everything possible and necessary to live up to your trust,” the agency quoted Rogozin as ...

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Russian security chief urges allies to stop terrorists returning from Middle East

The head of Russia’s Security Council has told counterparts from the CSTO bloc that the issue of terrorists returning from Syria and other Middle East countries is of vital importance and asked them to focus on border control. “We are especially concerned with the issue of fighters returning from areas of actual armed conflicts,” Nikolai Patrushev told a meeting of ...

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‘US sanctions on parliamentarians violate our human rights’ – Russian senator

A senior Russian senator has addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva with a letter describing the latest US sanctions against Russian lawmakers as a violation of their rights as elected representatives of the people. In his message the head of the Upper House Committee for Foreign Relations Konstantin Kosachev, wrote that it appeared the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against ...

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