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Former Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev has pleaded not guilty to extorting a $2 million bribe, claiming that the case against him is the result of a set-up by security services on the basis of false accusations. Read Full Article

Senior Crimean officials have said that despite the attempts of Ukrainian authorities to isolate the peninsular and damage its tourist-oriented economy, the flow of visitors has remained constant with many of them coming from Ukraine. Read Full Article at RT.com

Low wages and living standards in general have topped the list of problems that average Russians see as the most important in their lives. Other urgent problems they mentioned concerned the economy and the social policies of the government. Read

The deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma has criticized Poland’s foreign minister for his statement that the USSR and Nazi Germany were equally responsible for the start of WWII, noting that this position totally matched that used by Nazi

Moscow City Court has partially upheld an earlier verdict and ordered the removal of parts of an internet video released by opposition figure Aleksey Navalny and his allies that targets Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and businessman Alisher Usmanov. Read Full

A group of activists who earlier sought to install a monument to Stalin in the Russian city of Novosibirsk have complained to the authorities that a monument to Tsar Nicolas II in the city violates rules on protecting historical sites.

A court in Moscow has sentenced four people to prison terms after convicting them of extremism for participation in a banned extreme left group, “destabilizing the political situation in the country� and preparations for forceful change of the regime. Read

The head of the Leftist Front group, who has just finished serving his sentence for organizing mass riots, has called on other leftist politicians to unite and propose a single candidate at the forthcoming 2018 Russian presidential polls. Read Full

Russia’s Lower House has approved a bill that would create a nationwide registry containing the names of civil servants who were fired due to “loss of trust� connected with corruption. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s Presidential Council for Human Rights has prepared a concept for an amnesty that would cancel the punishment for those found guilty of violating civil law for the first time ever, potentially affecting millions of citizens. Read Full Article at