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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, […]

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Putin tops latest Russian election rating

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 12:11 Vladimir Putin would win the upcoming Russian presidential election by a wide margin if it were held this weekend, according to the results of a poll conducted by the independent think tank Public Opinion Foundation. Read more The summary of the research released on Friday states that 67 percent […]

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Russian presidential election date set as March 18

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 09:15 Russia’s upper house of parliament has confirmed March 18 as the date for the 2018 presidential election, signaling the start of the registration and campaign process for candidates. Read more The decree approved by the Federation Council on Friday will come into force after it is officially published in […]

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Russian ex-Economy Minister Ulyukayev found guilty in $2mn bribery case

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 08:36 Edited time: 15 Dec, 2017 08:50 Former Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev has been found guilty on charges of taking a $ 2 million bribe. The verdict makes Ulyukayev the highest-ranking Russian official ever to be convicted on corruption charges. Ulyukayev was detained in November 2016 on charges of […]

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Putin to run for new term as an independent

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 10:22 Incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that he plans to run for another term as an independent candidate, but has declared that he is counting on the broad support of political parties and ordinary citizens. “This will be a self-proposed candidacy, but I count on support of political […]

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State Duma approves life sentences for terrorist recruiters

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 09:18 Russia’s Lower House has passed a bill introducing life sentences for terrorist recruiters and lengthy prison terms for criminals convicted of sponsoring terrorist groups or of propagating terrorism. The new law will change the maximum sentence for coercing someone into terrorist activities, or for providing training for would-be terrorists, […]

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‘World-scale event’: delayed Nureyev ballet premières in Moscow

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 16:03 A new ballet depicting the life of the Soviet-era dance genius Rudolf Nureyev has opened in Moscow, attracting dozens of VIPs and celebrities, and failing to cause any major scandals, despite controversies surrounding Nureyev and the ballet’s director, Kirill Serebrennikov, who was not at the première. The opening show […]

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Twitter given 24 hours to block Khodorkovsky group’s account

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 14:23 Edited time: 13 Dec, 2017 14:28 Russia’s Internet watchdog has demanded that Twitter delete the account held by the ‘Open Russia’ movement, viewed as an undesirable group in Russia, and has threatened to ban access to the whole microblog service if Twitter does not comply. Open Russia’s press service […]

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Putin drafts bill for expansion of Russian navy base in Syria

Published time: 13 Dec, 2017 10:10 Edited time: 13 Dec, 2017 10:39 Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the lower house of Russia’s parliament an agreement to transform the Tartus navy refueling facility in Syria into a fully-fledged navy base, capable of harboring nuclear-powered ships. The development would be for a term of 49 […]

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Syria main source of recent bomb hoaxes – Russian police

Published time: 12 Dec, 2017 14:32 The wave of bomb hoax calls in Russia that began in September and sparked numerous evacuations, inflicting multibillion-ruble damages, originated from terrorist-controlled territories in Syria, Russia’s deputy interior minister has said. “The main part of these calls was made from the places in Syria with a high concentration of […]

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