Russia

Almost three-quarters of Russians believe their country should continue helping Syria after the armed conflict there is over, according to a recent poll. Read Full Article at RT.com

A group of Russian senators are preparing a bill to protect the population from destructive sects, including those of foreign origin and those that mask themselves as ‘schools of leadership’, the principal sponsor of the motion told the press. Read

A blueprint of what was supposed to be the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, engraved in the monument to its inventor, Mikhail Kalashnikov, appeared to feature a German firearm. The monument commissioners agreed to fix the error following public uproar. Read

Seven bronze busts depicting top Soviet leaders have been added to the Boulevard of Rulers memorial in Moscow that already hosts the portraits of Russian tsars, emperors and empresses as well as legendary founders of the Russian state. Read Full

Communist party activists have launched a rally “against the imperialist policies of the USA and in support of the people of North Korea” in Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk. Read Full Article at RT.com

The head of Russia’s Federation of Jewish Communities has told reporters that over the past years manifestations of anti-Semitism in the country have been at a minimal level and boiled down to day-to-day cases. Read Full Article at RT.com

The government has approved a state program aiming to resettle about 2,000 foreign citizens of Russian extraction in two regions of central Russia. The program accords priority to educated professionals as well as large families. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian Communist Party MPs have drafted a bill according to which part of the tax levied on the extraction of natural resources should be distributed between working citizens and pensioners, as with recent basic income experiments in other nations. Read

A lawmaker from the leftist opposition party Fair Russia has proposed developing Siberian land by building rehab clinics where addicts could receive treatment through work, hunting and fishing amid the natural isolation from the outside world. Read Full Article at

Presidential candidate Andrey Semyonov has secured the backing of almost a fifth of respondents in a recent poll – despite the fact he was invented by pollsters who wanted to check the extent of people’s trust in Vladimir Putin. Read