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US endorses Kiev's raid on Russian news agency amid international condemnation

Despite the condemnation by international organizations of a blatant infringement on press freedoms, the US has defended Kiev’s raid on the office of RIA Novosti news agency as a legitimate fight against “Russian propaganda.” Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) raided RIA Novosti Ukraine headquarters on Tuesday and detained the head of the web portal, Kirill Vyshinsky. The crackdown was condemned by ...

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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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Russian bank helps Venezuela defy US sanctions on cryptocurrency

The world’s first state-backed digital currency ‘el petro’ launched by Venezuela this year to circumvent US sanctions is reportedly getting help from a Russian bank. According to Associated Press, Russia’s Evrofinance Mosnarbank has become the first international financial institution so far willing to back the petro after US authorities warned potential investors over related risks. Investors who registered with Venezuela’s ...

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US sanctions designed to impede development of successful nations, says Russian Duma chief

The main purpose of United States sanctions is to slow the progress of rapidly developing nations, Russian State Duma speaker has said as the parliament began looking at bills on Russia’s response to the latest restrictions. “The USA is conducting its sanctions policy against the countries that are actively developing. This includes not only Russia, but also China, Iran and ...

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New Crimea sanctions are ‘pointless ritual display of EU solidarity’ – Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow has hit out at the decision by the EU Council to impose sanctions on five officials for helping to stage the Russian presidential elections in Crimea in March. “We believe the European Union itself has long realized the futility of anti-Russian sanctions, which have long turned into ritual displays of EU solidarity,” said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova ...

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Russian 'bitcoin fraud' suspect held in Greece says prison security beefed up over ‘kill order’

Alleged bitcoin “crime mastermind” Aleksandr Vinnik, wanted in the US, has confirmed that he survived a murder attempt while in prison, adding that since then Greek authorities have beefed up security to protect him. Washington accuses Vinnik of laundering $ 4 billion with the help of the BTC-e bitcoin trading platform. The Russian denies any wrongdoing. Speaking to RIA Novosti ...

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Russian MPs draft bill allowing jail terms for anyone facilitating foreign sanctions

Russian MPs have drafted a bill which means any action or inaction that helps to implement anti-Russian sanctions from foreign states should carry criminal responsibility with punishments of up to four years in prison. The joint document has been prepared by representatives of all four parliamentary caucuses headed by Upper House Speaker Valentina Matviyenko and Lower House Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. ...

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Russian embassy in Paris requests info from France on knife attacker's nationality

The Russian embassy in Paris has requested information on the nationality of the man who killed one and injured several others with a knife in the city. Reports claim that he was born in Chechnya but had French citizenship. “We have requested information on the nationality of the attacker and we are currently waiting for a response from the French ...

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Legendary Russian aerobatic team Strizhi to get new-design MiG-35 jets

The world famous Russian aerobatic team Strizhi, known for performing amazing stunts and maneuvers at air shows, will be one of the first to fly the new MiG-35 lightweight fighter jets, a Russian Air Force official said. After testing is completed, the state-of-the-art aircraft will be delivered to the Kubinka airbase in Moscow Region, where Strizhi are currently stationed, Lieutenant ...

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