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Moscow seeks deeper strategic partnership with BRICS – Russia’s ambassador to US

By ethan / May 21, 2018

Developing close relations with the BRICS states remains one of Moscow’s top foreign policy priorities, Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said at a business conference ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit to Sochi. “Deeper strategic partnership in BRICS is one of the priorities of Russia’s foreign policy. Over recent years, the alliance has matured, […]

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Chechen lawmakers draft bill allowing third consecutive term for Russian president

By ethan / May 18, 2018

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 […]

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PM Medvedev presents his candidates for ministerial posts to Putin

By ethan / May 18, 2018

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has presented Vladimir Putin with a list of people he wishes to appoint as ministers in the new government created after the recent inauguration of the president. President Putin signed a decree detailing the new government structure last Tuesday. The new cabinet has 22 ministerial posts instead of 21, as […]

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Duma gives 2nd nod to counter-sanctions, delays criminalizing compliance with foreign restrictions

By ethan / May 17, 2018

Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a second reading of a bill of reciprocal sanctions against unfriendly foreign states, but delayed hearings into criminalizing compliance with foreign sanctions. The bill on counter-sanctions was drafted by State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses in mid-April, soon after the United […]

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Russia investigates Ukrainian judges suspected of violating Crimeans’ right to self-determination

By ethan / May 17, 2018

Russian investigators have launched an investigation into 15 judges who ruled that the Crimean declaration of independence contradicted the Ukrainian constitution. Chief spokesperson for Russia’s federal agency for important and resonance crime, the Investigative Committee, told reporters on Thursday that her colleagues started a probe against 15 judges of the Ukrainian Constitutional Court. “They are […]

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Over half of Russians say Syrian conflict can develop into new world war

By ethan / May 16, 2018

The percentage of Russians who fear that the current conflict in Syria could develop into a global war has increased from 48 to 57 in less than two years, but experts explain this by natural deviations. According to newly released research by the independent Russian public opinion center Levada, 16 percent of Russians have serious […]

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Russian teachers to be offered training on how to respond to armed attacks on schools

By ethan / May 16, 2018

Russian teachers are to be offered training to prepare them for possible armed attacks on schools and other emergency situations through a nationwide system of courses requested by human rights ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova. Speaking to Lower House MPs from parliamentary majority party United Russia, Moskalkova said that her aides had officially asked the Education Ministry […]

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Russian government mulls law to register and identify cryptocurrency users – report

By ethan / May 16, 2018

The Russian government plans to fight money laundering by only allowing members of the state-run “register of crypto-investors” to mine for and use digital currencies, a popular daily reported. Mass circulation daily Izvestia quoted its unnamed sources “close to the Russian Central Bank and Finance Ministry” as saying that the bill regulating all cryptocurrency operations […]

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