Russia

The deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma has told reporters that Moscow won’t unfreeze one-third of its annual payments to the Council of Europe unless this body’s Parliamentary Assembly adopts a regulation that would rule out discrimination against national

A Russian ruling party MP known for controversial pro-Christian initiatives has prepared a bill introducing fines for, and out-of-court blocking of websites that knowingly distribute fake news. Read Full Article at RT.com

The deputy head of the Crimean government has told reporters that European Union’s decision not to recognize the latest polls in the republic was tantamount to neglect of basic human rights, such as the right to free elections. Read Full

With more witnesses testifying in the trial against former economy minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, the media have covered some unusual and downright weird details surrounding Russia’s most high-profile corruption probe in years. Read Full Article at RT.com

In the latest unified Election Day, voters across Russia elected 36,000 representatives, including heads of 16 regions. All winning regional leaders represent United Russia, but opposition has strengthened its positions in many municipal councils. Read Full Article at RT.com

The Russian government has reportedly rejected a Liberal Democrat bill ordering the burial of Vladimir Lenin’s remains, because the sponsors of the motion did not mention the sources of funding for the re-interment. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian MPs and diplomats have expressed cautious optimism to the US State Department’s desire to end the tit-for-tat policy and begin improving relations. Read Full Article at RT.com

The head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has reported additional measures aimed at preventing possible vote rigging on the next Single Elections day, September 10. Read Full Article at RT.com

The Russian president has proposed expanding a state program of free land handover to foreign citizens with ancestors born on Russian territory, noting that successful candidates should have a desire to work and create strong families. Read Full Article at

Russian Human Rights Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova is proposing a unified international database with human rights laws and examples of their application in various nations, as well as a single collection of laws regulating ombudsmen’s activities. Read Full Article at RT.com