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Socialite Ksenia Sobchak submits bid for Russian presidential race

Published time: 25 Dec, 2017 14:09 Glossy magazine editor and former ‘It-girl’ Ksenia Sobchak has submitted papers to the Central Elections Committee, in what she describes as a bid to trick the system into restoring the “none of the above” option in the ballots. Sobchak’s nomination as a candidate is backed by the Civil Initiative party headed by former Russian ...

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Navalny presidential bid rejected by Russian Elections Commission

Published time: 25 Dec, 2017 14:48 Edited time: 25 Dec, 2017 15:38 Opposition activist Aleksey Navalny cannot take part in the 2018 presidential race because of his unserved sentence, the Central Elections Commission announced on Monday. Navalny responded with a call to boycott the polls. During the announcement, members of the commission specified that the election convention that endorsed Navalny’s ...

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Browder case: Chief Russian prosecutor slams MEPs over ‘illegal’ attempt to stop Cyprus’ cooperation

Russia’s Prosecutor General has lambasted a group of MEPs over attempts to pressure Cyprus into terminating its legal cooperation with Moscow in the case of Magnitsky Act mastermind, and serial tax evader, William Browder. In October 2017, 17 members of the European Parliament signed an open letter to Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades. The letter called on Anastasiades to stop assisting ...

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Nationalists want Russian public holiday to mark victory over terrorism in Syria

Published time: 25 Dec, 2017 10:24 Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers have drafted a proposal to celebrate December 11 as a national holiday marking the victory of the Russian armed forces over international terrorism in the Middle East. The bill published on the lower house website on Monday reads that the date was chosen because on December 11 this year, Russian ...

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US crackdown on Russian media negates rules of journalism & freedom of speech – Lavrov to RT

Published time: 25 Dec, 2017 08:55 Edited time: 25 Dec, 2017 09:18 The US crackdown on RT and other Russian media outlets was a major blow for freedom of speech and a denial of the rules of journalism, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an exclusive interview. Speaking to RT on Monday, the top diplomat said the news channel has ...

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New US sanctions on Moscow would ‘make Cold War look like child’s play’ – top Russian banker

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 21:37 A further tightening of anti-Russia sanctions, reportedly being considered by Washington, would have such a devastating effect that the Cold War rivalry would pale in comparison, Sberbank CEO Herman Gref has warned. New, potentially far-reaching US sanctions against Moscow would “make the Cold War look like child’s play,” the CEO of Russia’s largest commercial ...

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Russian man stabbed for wearing smelly socks on plane

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 20:26 A quarrel over smelly socks between two plane passengers escalated into a fight on arrival, which saw one of them ending up in hospital with a serious stab wound, police in Russia’s Kaliningrad Region has said. The case dates back to last week, but details only came to light recently. It emerged that a ...

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Supporters of Russian opposition activist Navalny endorse him for presidency

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 13:55 Supporters of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny have endorsed him for president in the election scheduled for March 2018, and prepare to send his nomination to the election commission. The opposition activist won the initial support of 742 people at a gathering in Moscow, above the minimum 500 required to launch a presidential bid. At ...

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Russian Central Bank head sings to promote new 2,000 ruble notes (VIDEO)

Published time: 24 Dec, 2017 01:20 The new Russian 2,000 ruble note elicits spontaneous singing, a viral promotional video by Russia’s Central Bank claims, and even its head, Elvira Nabiullina, is getting in on the act. In the video, a reporter is uses the new bill to buy an ice cream in a large mall. As soon as she hands ...

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End of an era: Russian Communists trade veteran leader for farm mogul as 2018 presidential pick

Published time: 23 Dec, 2017 19:39 Edited time: 23 Dec, 2017 20:02 Russian communists have settled on a surprise pick for its 2018 presidential candidate. Pavel Grudinin, 57, a farm mogul running a so-called “island of socialism,” will replace the party’s evergreen leader, Gennady Zyuganov. It was widely expected that long-time leader Zyuganov, an ever-present who has only missed one ...

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