Nationalists want Russian public holiday to mark victory over terrorism in Syria

Published time: 25 Dec, 2017 10:24 Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers have drafted a proposal to celebrate December 11 as a national holiday marking the victory of the Russian armed forces over international terrorism in the Middle East. The bill published on the lower house website on Monday reads that the date was chosen because on December 11 this year, Russian ...

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Pro-Putin MP prepares bill decriminalizing household use of spy equipment

Published time: 25 Dec, 2017 09:43 Majority party lawmaker Natalya Poklonskaya has told reporters she has prepared a bill that decriminalizes the everyday use of special surveillance equipment. Cattle tracking is a use for the technology covered by the proposal. “The man idea behind this bill is protecting ordinary citizens who use special technical means for private or household purposes, ...

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End of an era: Russian Communists trade veteran leader for farm mogul as 2018 presidential pick

Published time: 23 Dec, 2017 19:39 Edited time: 23 Dec, 2017 20:02 Russian communists have settled on a surprise pick for its 2018 presidential candidate. Pavel Grudinin, 57, a farm mogul running a so-called “island of socialism,” will replace the party’s evergreen leader, Gennady Zyuganov. It was widely expected that long-time leader Zyuganov, an ever-present who has only missed one ...

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Moscow not seeking confrontation but won’t cede own interests – Putin

Published time: 23 Dec, 2017 12:51 Russia does not seek confrontation with anyone, keeping the door open for dialogue with both East and West, but will never sacrifice its vital interests and security of its people, President Vladimir Putin said. Read more “Our strength is aimed at protecting against outside threats [and] terrorism,” President Putin told members of the United ...

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Nationalist party leader Zhirinovsky becomes 1st candidate in 2018 presidential race

Published time: 22 Dec, 2017 14:30 Russia’s Central Elections Committee has issued the first registration certificate for the 2018 presidential election to the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Zhirinovsky filed in the package of documents required for registration as a candidate on Thursday, and on Friday the commission looked into the application and Okayed his ...

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‘Major blow to EU’: Senior Russian senator compares Catalonia election results to Brexit

Published time: 22 Dec, 2017 12:59 The chairman of the Russian upper house committee for foreign relations says the victory of pro-independence parties in the Catalan parliamentary election is a blow to the EU, comparable to Britain’s exit from the bloc. “The Catalonia vote is an obvious blow to the European Union and its painfulness is comparable to Brexit and ...

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Changing of Communist guard? ‘Lenin’ farm director proposed as 2018 presidential candidate

Published time: 22 Dec, 2017 10:33 The leader of the Russian Communists has proposed the head of a major agricultural enterprise, Pavel Grudinin, as the party’s candidate for the 2018 presidential poll, a senior party member has told reporters. “This is the first stage of discussion, [Communist Party leader] Gennady Zyuganov has done this,” Valery Rashkin, a lower house MP ...

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Pro-business party confirms ombudsman Titov as candidate in 2018 election

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 14:49 The Russian Party of Growth has approved its leader, business ombudsman Boris Titov, as a candidate in the 2018 presidential election. Titov says his candidacy offers the nation a path of development. The decision for Titov to represent the party in the election was voted on at the party convention on Thursday, with 74 ...

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Foreign ministry pledges ‘mirror reply’ to new US sanctions on Russia

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 13:51 The Russian foreign ministry spokesperson described the latest expansion of the ‘Magnitsky List’ by the US authorities as “grotesque” and “detached from reality,” promising that reciprocal measures would follow. “Of course this all is looking as a grotesque already, because it is not based on any reality whatsoever. Unfortunately we are forced to reiterate ...

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No plans to invite US, PACE monitors for 2018 presidential poll, says Russian lawmaker

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 12:06 The Russian Duma does not plan to invite monitors from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and US Congress to next year’s presidential elections, the head of the foreign relations committee has said. “It is most likely that we will send out our invitations in January. We do not plan to ...

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