Russia

A number of regional governors, including some political veterans, have resigned offering little explanation all over Russia in recent weeks. Mass media associate the reshuffle with the preparations to the 2018 presidential elections. Read Full Article at RT.com

MPs representing the Communist Party of the Russian Federation have drafted a bill proposing a major amnesty in relation to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, citing a boost to the authority of state power as the main reason.

Russian anti-corruption blogger-turned-opposition politician Aleksey Navalny was detained by police in Moscow as he headed to the city of Nizhny Novgorod to take part in an unlicensed street rally. Read Full Article at RT.com

Foreigners investing large amounts of money in the Russian Far East should be offered citizenship under simplified procedures, the ministry in charge of developing the region has suggested. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has asked deputy PM Olga Golodets to make a full list of government officials who agree to have a flu shot this year, after Golodets announced the start of a new vaccination campaign. Read Full

Russian blogger turned opposition figure Aleksey Navalny has been found guilty of repeatedly violating the law by organizing unauthorized public events, meetings or protests. He is now to be placed under administrative arrest for 20 days. Read Full Article at

Liberal party Yabloko has launched a petition calling for the return of direct election for all Russian state officials – from senators and governors, to mayors and heads of municipal districts – with stronger public control over their work. Read

Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, convicted in the US in violation of standard international legal procedures, has said that prison authorities are discriminating against him by denying visits and infringing his right to practice the Russian Orthodox faith. Read Full Article

The deputy chair of the lower house Security Committee has criticized the US approach to firearms licensing, saying that tougher gun laws in Russia could help to prevent mass shootings and other weapons-related tragedies. Read Full Article at RT.com

The Russian Supreme Court Presidium has refused to overturn the prison sentence of a convicted rioter, despite the fact that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found violations in the investigation and ordered that the convict be compensated. Read