Most Russians see their country as a great power – poll

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 09:53 Edited time: 21 Dec, 2017 10:07 A majority of Russian citizens have told researchers they are proud of their country, and an equal number say they believe that the Russian people have a special role in history. According to research conducted by the Levada independent public opinion agency in late November, 67 percent of ...

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Liberal Democrats approve longtime leader Zhirinovsky as presidential candidate for 2018 race

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 13:52 The 31st congress of the Russian nationalist-populist party LDPR has unanimously voted to propose the candidacy of its leader, 71-year-old Vladimir Zhirinovsky, for the 2018 presidential elections. Zhirinovsky addressed the convention with a speech stating that he expected the 2018 presidential campaign to be “harsh and interesting,” with a multitude of candidates representing different ...

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Russian lawmaker blasts fresh UN resolution on Crimea as political provocation

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 13:05 A senior representative of the Russian parliamentary majority party has called the UN resolution on human rights in Crimea a provocation aimed at justifying the growing expenses of supporting Ukraine and countering Russia. MP Sergey Zheleznyak (United Russia) said on Wednesday that the resolution was prepared by anti-Russia politicians from Ukraine, the EU, and ...

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Call to not register Putin as candidate is ‘pointless,’ elections chief tells Khodorkovsky

Published time: 20 Dec, 2017 09:56 The head of Russia’s Central Election Commission has dismissed Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s public call to deny Vladimir Putin’s registration as presidential candidate in next year’s election, noting that it would violate the law. “I am not afraid to bear responsibility for my decisions neither before history nor before anyone at all, because they all are ...

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Russia must become leader in knowledge, intellect and culture, Putin tells supporters

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 14:14 Edited time: 19 Dec, 2017 14:26 Vladimir Putin has told a forum of his supporters that he sees the main objectives of his new presidential program as maintaining Russia’s freedom, social stability and leading place among world nations. Read more Speaking at the Tuesday session of the “Forum of Actions” organized by the All-Russian ...

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Russian attitudes to US and EU deteriorate, but more citizens want relations mended

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 12:35 Attitudes to the US and EU in Russia are getting worse, and fewer people are worried about their country’s supposed international isolation, a recent opinion poll has shown. The proportion of Russians who expressed a negative attitude towards the United States had risen to 60 percent in early December, compared to 49 percent last ...

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Russian lawmakers blast new US national security program as attempt to secure global domination

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 10:44 Russian MPs have stated that the recently-unveiled US national security strategy resists positive change, and attempts to restore the world to the old version of ‘Pax Americana.’ “The US national security strategy is aimed exclusively at the restoration of American hegemony and the line for building a monopolar world,” the head of the lower ...

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Top 5 recent Russian corruption scandals

The Russian Prosecutor General has estimated the overall economic cost of corruption at more than $ 2.5 billion in the past two years. Here are some of the most high-profile cases involving top federal and regional officials. The case of former economy minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, who was sentenced to eight years last week, was the most high-profile scandal in Russian ...

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2018 presidential campaign kicks off in Russia

Published time: 18 Dec, 2017 09:49 The 2018 presidential campaign started in Russia on Monday, signaling the start of months of preparation. All potential participants and their supporters are now to spring into action. Last week the upper house of the Russian parliament – the Federation Council – approved the choice of date and the decree came into force after ...

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Russia flags reciprocal ban on US monitors at next year’s elections

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 14:59 Russia may bar US monitors from its presidential election next year, in response to Washington’s decision not to allow Russian monitors at the US presidential poll last year, a senior Russian diplomat has warned. “Some time ago we sent an official note to our American colleagues notifying them that, after considering their refusal to ...

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