Putin intervenes in extremist reposts controversy to stop ‘manifestations of senility’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed softening the law ordering criminal liability for internet reposts of extremist materials. His spokesman described the move as an attempt to “stop the manifestations of senility.” Putin proposes that the law for hateful speech or internet posts should not apply when the action is committed for the first time and does not pose a ...

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Russian space boss accuses Elon Musk and Pentagon of dumping conspiracy

The head of Russian space research corporation claims that the Pentagon is hiding its payments to Elon Musk’s SpaceX project to keep the declared prices artificially low and oust Russia from the space launch market. The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, has accused Elon Musk and the Pentagon of foul play in a televised interview. He claimed that the SpaceX ...

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Ukraine’s panic over nukes in Crimea is groundless, Russian MP tells RT

A Russian MP from Crimea has told RT that Ukraine’s fears about nuclear weapons deployment in the republic were groundless and advised those who spread such rumors to take anti-panic drugs. The comment came from MP Dmitry Belik, who represents the Crimean city of Sevastopol in the State Duma in reply to recent allegations made by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel ...

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People worldwide trust Putin more than they trust Trump, says US think-tank poll

A recent worldwide opinion poll conducted by Pew Research Center shows that Vladimir Putin enjoys more trust than Donald Trump, and analysts blame this fact on America’s selfish and reckless foreign policy. Trade wars with key economic partners, continuing military operations abroad, and the ongoing split among US political elites have been thought to do little for the president’s image. ...

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Russian MP blames internet for teenage masturbation, calls on nationwide campaign

A senior MP in charge of education and science has apparently started an anti-masturbation crusade as he alleged the practice to be extremely harmful to health and called for special classes in schools to deal with the issue. In a radio interview, 67-year old Gennadiy Onishenko said masturbation was an acute problem and that it was especially spread among the ...

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Internet ‘like’ is not a crime – Russian prosecutors

Not a single criminal case into extremism has been launched in Russia because of an internet “like” and reports about such cases were exaggerations, a senior spokesman for the Prosecutor General’s Office said. The official, Aleksandr Kurennoy, blamed the media for creating a problem that did not exist. He said that journalists were simply using the formula of “probes launched ...

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Chechen leader ridicules US threats to impose naval blockade on Russia

The US threat of a naval blockade to stop Russian energy exports might work on lesser states, but can only be seen as futile and dangerous in the case of Moscow, Ramzan Kadyrov has told US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. In an open letter to Zinke, the head of the Chechen Republic responded to a direct threat of ...

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Leftists slam ‘Three Bullets for Lenin’ memorial coin as terrorist propaganda

A Russian leftist party has officially addressed the Federal Investigative Committee with a request to stop the production and sale of memorial coins minted in honor of the woman who almost managed to kill Vladimir Lenin in 1918. The Communists of Russia party addressed the federal law enforcement agency for dealing with especially serious crime, the Investigative Committee, with an ...

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Russian kids in ‘birthplace of recreational weed’ could face compulsory drug tests

The head of Russia’s Republic of Buryatia, Aleksey Tsydenov, wants the local administration to drug test all schoolchildren and students in the region, in a bid to detect drug users and deter others from using illegal substances. The compulsory drug tests would apply to all schoolchildren, all students of vocational schools and first-year students of universities, according to preliminary plans ...

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Duma speaker warns fellow MPs against taking selfies in parliament after ‘bottlegate’

A Russian Lower House speaker has called upon assembly members to show a more serious approach to their work and suggested that some alleged recent mistakes in voting were made because someone was taking selfies. Vyacheslav Volodin told the parliamentarians on Thursday that, in his opinion, it was impossible to take selfies and official political decisions at the same time. ...

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