Kadyrov calls on media to stop blaming Islam for murder of Russian journalists in CAR

Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has blasted reports linking Islam to the fatal attacks on Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying that criminals remain criminals regardless of religion. “Certain mass media write that the attack was allegedly perpetrated by the Seleka rebel group and attach the adjective ‘Muslim’ to this name. But the Russian reporters ...

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Russians believe higher education is not necessary for career success – poll

Around half of all Russians believe society exaggerates the importance of higher education, while over 70 percent of citizens under 24 claim that a successful career is possible without a university diploma. According to the latest poll conducted by state-run public opinion agency VTSIOM, around 63 percent of Russians agree that higher education helps to build a career and achieve ...

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Lawmakers urge bill on journalists’ protection after Russian reporters murdered in Africa

Russian MPs have supported the idea of a bill offering social guarantees to reporters working in “hot spots” and on other dangerous missions after three Russian journalists were killed in the Central African Republic. The head of the Lower House Committee for Information Policy and Communications, MP Leonid Levin (Fair Russia), said in comments with RIA Novosti that he personally ...

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‘Right thing to do’: French ban on cell phones in schools backed by Russian education minister

The French ban on cell phones in schools is the right thing to do, Russia’s education minister has said, adding that Russian authorities would consult with schoolchildren’s parents before taking similar steps. “I think that this is a right thing to do. It is right to question the rationality of such behavior, because in the second, third or fourth grade ...

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Most Russians approve of Putin’s performance and country’s general direction, poll shows

Over two-thirds of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin’s performance as president, and almost half believe the country is developing in the right direction, an independent opinion poll has revealed. The Levada Center published the results of an opinion poll on Tuesday, which showed that 67 percent of Russians approve of the actions of President Vladimir Putin. Some 32 percent of ...

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PM Medvedev announces Crimea’s full integration into Russian Federation

The Crimean Republic has completed integration with Russia’s economy, infrastructure and judiciary, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced while speaking to members of the Sevastopol city government. “We faced an unprecedented task, both in its difficulty and in its scale – we had to integrate the peninsula in the Russian legal, infrastructure and economic fields. Today we can say that the ...

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Russia forms military political directorate to boost troop morale

Seeking to boost morale and maintain discipline among troops, Russia has formed a special political directorate within its Defense Ministry and appointed a former head of the counter-terror operation in Syria as its commander. “Colonel-General Andrey Kartapolov has been appointed Deputy Defense Minister and the head of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Military Forces of the Russian Federation,” reads ...

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Call to break up Russia by Latvian MP proof of NATO’s hostile plans – senior lawmaker

The head of the Russian Lower House Committee for Eurasian Integration says the recent proposal to split Russia into several parts, voiced by a Latvian MP, is proof of NATO’s hostile plans. MP Leonid Kalashnikov (Communist Party) told RIA Novosti on Monday that the statement by the Latvian MP Aleksandrs Kirsteins clearly demonstrated that Russian concern over NATO bases in ...

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Russian opposition leaders launch campaign for two-party parliamentary system

Two opposition leaders in Russia’s parliament have urged the nation to switch to a two-party political system, similar to that of the US. They have pledged to launch a major social-democratic project to prove its viability. On Friday the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, urged Russian lawmakers to switch to the two-party system as soon ...

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Most Russians believe NASA’s lunar missions were fake

Over a half of all Russians believe that US astronauts have never been on the Moon and that the US authorities and NASA covered up this fact by forging proof of moon landings, a new poll shows. In the recent survey titled “Science and society: authority and trust” experts of the Russian state-run public opinion research center VTSIOM wrote that ...

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