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
The Russian military presence in Central Asia is crucial for regional stability, according to President Vladimir Putin, but Moscow is ready to leave at the first request after it helps to strengthen the Kyrgyzstan army to be capable of maintaining security on its own.
The head of the Russian Upper House has dismissed the unfounded allegations of clandestine Russian attempts to influence foreign elections as ‘absurd,’ adding that claims like this are an insult to the American people, who freely made their choice.
Several Russian officials have supported the idea of reworking, and possibly repealing, the law that orders prison sentences for repeated violations of rules and order at public rallies and marches.
In reply to statements that Kiev has a plan to regain control over Donbass and Crimea, Russian Senator Aleksey Pushkov stated that the scenario was absolutely impossible.
The defense team of Russian citizen Viktor Bout has appealed his sentence with the US Supreme Court, claiming that prosecutors previously concealed evidence that could have affected the initial court ruling.
Russia’s top court has vacated the sentence of Ildar Dadin – the first person jailed under a recently adopted law which harshens the penalty for repeated violations of the rules for public rallies and marches.
A source in the Russian Presidential Administration has denied rumors that early elections will be held, adding that the official announcement of the beginning of the election campaign will be made in accordance with the law.
A Russian ruling party lawmaker has drafted a bill allowing Russian citizenship to be granted to children with one Russian parent without the consent of their foreign parent, even when the family in question permanently resides abroad.