President Vladimir Putin has pardoned Russian citizen Oksana Sevastidi, who was sentenced to seven years behind bars in 2016 for passing information about the Russian military to her Georgian friend who worked for intelligence.
Russian lower house Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has supported a motion seeking to set the date of 2018 presidential elections as March 18 – the day after the fourth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.
The Russian government has approved a bill introducing criminal punishment for anyone propagating suicide among young people or promoting dangerous hobbies that might end in death, such as riding on the outside of suburban trains.
The blockade imposed by right-wing Ukrainian radicals on cargo trains coming from Russia is more proof that the current Kiev government is neither stable nor recognized by its own citizens, a senior Russian senator has said.
About 33 percent of Russians support having a female president, but the percentage of opponents of this idea has increased over the past year, independent polling center Levada reports.
The head of Russia’s Security Council has said that the overall number of cyberattacks on Russian state bodies and companies was over 52 million in 2016, more than three times the number registered in the previous year.
The press secretary of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Aleksey Navalny’s investigation about her boss is hardly worth of any attention as it’s obviously a propaganda stunt.
The head of Russia’s Investigative Committee said that in 2016, property worth 18 billion rubles ($310 million at the current exchange rate) was confiscated by the committee from corruption cases.
The popularity rating of the centrist conservative United Russia party has reached this year’s high so far of 51.1 percent, with nationalist party LDPR and Communists taking second and third places respectively, according to VTSIOM.
Seventy-two-year old Communist Party leader Gennadiy Zyuganov has decided not to take part in Russia’s 2018 presidential election. His party will now have to find a replacement, most likely from a list of candidates proposed by regional branches