Interior minister says up to 2 million Russians involved in illegal drug trade

The Russian Interior Minister has told reporters that the state anti-drug policy had yielded some good results over the past years, but added that the number of people involved in the illegal drug trade remains high. “Officially, there are about 500,000 Russian citizens who are registered with the Healthcare Ministry’s rehab clinics as those who are in some way involved ...

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Over half of Russians describe efforts to curb corruption as successful – poll

Around 55 percent of Russians believe the authorities are waging a successful war against corruption, with 47 percent saying that arrests of senior officials for bribery are the best proof of this. In a survey conducted by state-run VTSIOM agency in late May, 55 percent of the respondents said they have noticed the positive results of the nationwide anti-corruption campaign; ...

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Kadyrov vows to rescue 94 Russian children from prison in Iraq

The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has revealed plans to return to Russia almost 100 children whose mothers had been jailed in Iraq over alleged participation with the Islamic State terrorist group. “After a short pause connected with solving some complicated legal problems we will bring 94 children home to Russia. These are children of women who had ...

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Former economy minister Ulyukayev jailed for 8 years over $2 million bribe begins sentence

Former Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, jailed for 8 years after extorting a $ 2 million bribe, has begun his sentence at a penal colony, the TASS news agency reported on Thursday. Russian Justice Ministry’s Federal Service for Execution of Punishment, that manages the country’s prison system confirmed the reports but did not disclose the location of his detention. Ulyukayev ...

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Putin, Shoigu and Lavrov top Russians’ trust rating in poll

President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov top the list of officials who ordinary Russians trust the most, according to a poll conducted by the state-run agency VTSIOM. The results of the research released on Thursday read that 46.9 percent of Russians currently trust President Vladimir Putin, 22 percent placed trust in Sergey Shoigu and ...

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Russian business association says those who aide Western sanctions must compensate damages

The Business Russia association has suggested an amendment to the anti-sanctions bill with a paragraph that would allow people or companies who suffer losses due to sanctions to seek compensation from those who comply with them. The head of the Business Russia association, Aleksey Repnik, addressed the State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin with a letter in which he criticized the ...

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Russian Upper House passes latest bill on reciprocal sanctions

Russian senators have passed a framework law that allows the government to apply various restrictive measures on nations that use economic sanctions against Russia or make other attempts to impede its development. During the presentation of the bill that took place on Wednesday, the head of the Upper House Committee for Economic Policy, Senator Dmitry Mezentsev, said that the document ...

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Russian reporters urged to leave Ukraine after Kiev murder

A senior State Duma deputy has stated that, since Russia cannot prevent attacks on journalists in Ukraine, it would be better if all Russian reporters left the country. “We have passed a statement after the arrest of [the head of RIA Novosti bureau in Ukraine] Kirill Vyshinsky, of course we will study [Arkady] Babchenko’s case as well, but I doubt ...

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Russian senators to monitor external attempts to meddle with World Cup and Moscow mayoral elections

The Upper House Commission for the Protection of State Sovereignty has warned about external attempts to influence upcoming events such as the 2018 World Cup in June or September’s mayoral elections in Moscow. “It is important to step up the monitoring of events and the use of anti-Russian provocation during the 2018 Football World Cup and the attempts to interfere ...

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Top senator says West paints Russia as hostile only for own internal purposes

The image of hostile Russia has been invented by NATO generals and Western spin doctors for internal purposes and has little to do with reality, Russian Upper House chair has said at a recent political conference. “NATO members think that the alliance guarantees their security, but their strategic mistake is in putting an equation mark between themselves and Europe. In ...

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