Russia’s federal agency for investigating high-profile crimes has opened a criminal case into the recent shelling of Donetsk residential areas by the Ukrainian military, resulting in casualties among civilians.
The Russian lower house has ratified the convention on the confiscation of illegal funds and on countering the sponsorship of terrorism, introduced by the Council of Europe.
Russian animal activists are picketing near the State Duma building, demanding that MPs speed up approval of a bill targeting cruelty to animals, which has been in the works for 16 years.
Several Russian officials and politicians, including the foreign ministry spokesperson, criticized a documentary about the ‘Forest Brothers’ – pro-Nazi guerillas from the Baltic nations – recently released by NATO.
Russia’s lower house has approved a bill that defines which of the country’s informational infrastructure is to be considered critical, while setting a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment for hackers that attack it.
Russia’s federal prison agency wants to change the suspended sentence for anti-corruption blogger-turned-opposition activist Aleksey Navalny to actual time in prison, apparently because of repeated violations of public order during recent protests.
Russian MPs have decided to develop a procedure of “public renouncement of citizenship” that could replace an official document from nations, such as Ukraine, that use red tape to prevent their citizens from naturalizing as Russians.
Russian authorities are considering replacing the permanent representative with NATO with a temporary one due to the bloc’s unwillingness to hold a constructive dialogue, a popular Russian daily reports.
Russian MPs plan a bill making it obligatory to treat HIV-infected children, after a mother in Siberia denied the existence of the disease and refused to let doctors help her daughter, eventually causing the child’s death from AIDS.
The Russian Lower House has approved in the second reading a bill that introduces a 10-year ban on work in state agencies and municipal organizations for people who evade the military draft without a valid excuse.