According to a recent public opinion poll conducted by state-run VTSIOM, Russians have become slightly more optimistic, though the largest number of respondents expects the situation in the country to get worse. Read Full Article at

The world’s oldest international body of lawmakers – the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) – has accepted Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu as new members, and elected Russian Upper House chair Valentina Matviyenko as the president of its 137th assembly. Read Full Article

The victory of the ruling CDU/CSU bloc in Germany’s parliamentary polls and the strong performance of the AfD can be explained by the economic and migrant crisis in Europe, which cannot be disguised by false claims of Russian interference, senior

State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin says that laws regulating relations between humans and robots must be passed in the near future, as part of wider legislative reforms caused by the rapid development of digital technology. Read Full Article at

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says his colleagues expect the US to intensify activities aimed at destabilizing Russia as the 2018 presidential election nears, in particular by increasing funding of various protests. Read Full Article at

A member of the upper house’s Committee for Budget and Financial Markets has told reporters that Russia may soon introduce a bill that would allow convicts who serve their sentences behind bars to work in towns and villages near prisons.

The head of Russian state internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has told reporters that Facebook must fulfill the demand to store personal data of Russian citizens on Russian territory or face forceful blocking as early as in 2018. Read Full Article at

The Russian State Duma has passed a statement denouncing the new Ukrainian ban on teaching in Russian and other minority languages as discrimination and a violation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Read Full Article at

The upper house Commission for Protection of Russia’s National Sovereignty has developed a legal definition of outside interference in Russian affairs in order to systematize all such cases and prepare various scenarios of response to unfriendly actions. Read Full Article

The Russian Central Bank and Finance Ministry have prepared a bill that would ban senior executives of insolvent insurance companies being rescued by the state from receiving large compensation payouts, known as ‘golden parachutes’. Read Full Article at