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Duma committee scraps bill equating longtime cohabitation to marriage

The Russian Lower House committee for family women and children has spoken against a proposal to equate cohabitation for five years or more to official marriage, saying it would contradict the state policy on family values. The bill was drafted in January this year by senator Anton Belyakov from the central Russian Vladimir region. Belyakov claimed that Russian citizens presently ...

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Russian business leaders call for softening of bill punishing Western sanctions compliance

Business leaders are seeking to soften the recently-drafted bill introducing punishment for observing anti-Russian restrictions in Russia. A proposal for replacing criminal responsibility with civil culpability was put forward. Representatives of major Russian business associations and federal lawmakers met the press after participating in a conference Wednesday. They want the current draft, which allows for criminal responsibility and prison terms ...

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‘First step’: House passes prison reform bill uniting (some) Democrats and Trump

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed the First Step Act, which would allow more inmates to earn an early release from federal prisons and end practices such as shackling female prisoners during childbirth. The bill, House Resolution 5682, was approved on Tuesday evening by a vote of 360 in favor and 59 opposed. Co-sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Georgia) ...

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Communists draft bill ordering 6 years in prison for election officials who allow violations

Russian Communist Party lawmakers have drafted a bill which would drastically increase the fines and prison sentences for members of election commissions who allow the falsification of election results. A note was attached to the bill – published on Tuesday on the parliament’s online database – which reads: “Repeated incidents in which members of election commissions have violated the existing ...

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Duma passes bill on counter-sanctions, gives Russian govt power to impose restrictions

The Russian State Duma has passed a bill aimed at defending “economic interests and security” in response to the latest sanctions introduced by the United States and its allies. The motion was drafted by State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses in mid-April, days after the US Treasury Department released a list of 24 ...

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Chechen lawmakers draft bill allowing third consecutive term for Russian president

The Chechen parliament has drafted a bill in the State Duma that, if passed, would allow Vladimir Putin and all future Russian presidents to remain in office for three consecutive terms instead of the current two. Russian laws allow regional legislatures to draft federal laws and earlier this month the legislative assembly of the Chechen Republic unanimously voted in favor ...

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Trump can’t tell HIV from HPV but knows ‘scary’ amount about my daughter – Bill Gates

Donald Trump doesn’t know the difference between HIV and HPV, but knows in “scary” detail what the daughter of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates looks like, Gates himself has said. While speaking at an event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the tech guru and billionaire philanthropist said that the US president inquired about the difference between HIV and HPV ...

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Fake news crackdown: Refusal to refute false info could carry prison sentences under Russian bill

Several Russian MPs have drafted a bill criminalizing “persistent refusal to execute court orders on refuting false reports” with punishment up to a year behind bars for those who continue to spread fake news. The sponsors of the bill are three MPs representing majority party United Russia and one MP from the leftist opposition party Fair Russia. In an explanatory ...

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Crimean Bridge: Ukraine wants to bill Russia for future 'financial losses'

The head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Vladimir Omelyan, has estimated potential financial losses stemming from the launch of the Kerch Strait Bridge between Russia and Crimea, and vowed to make Russia foot the bill. “We are roughly estimating our annual lost revenues at around 500 thousands hryvnia [$ 19 million],” the minister told a Ukrainian media NEWSONE. “They are ...

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Russian MPs draft bill ordering 10-fold decrease of own salaries

Lawmakers from leftist opposition party Fair Russia have proposed setting salaries of State Duma deputies level with the national average, which in practice would mean a decrease from 350,000 to about 35,000 rubles per month. The draft was prepared by the leader of the party Sergey Mironov and MP Oleg Nilov. In a note attached to the bill they wrote ...

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