The Russian Defense Ministry aims to boost combat readiness through new plans for major reform in reserve officer training, which would see military departments in universities replaced by dedicated centers offering improved training for various specialists.
Russian opposition party LDPR is proposing a rapid change to a two-party system consisting of a ‘conservative party’ created out of current parliamentary majority party United Russia, and a united ‘social democratic’ opposition.
A court in Moscow has extended by one year the probation period in the sentence given to Aleksey Navalny for repeated violations of public order and refusals to comply with police officers.
A large number of Russians believe the new US sanctions against their country will not have a significant effect, although the share of those who are unhappy with the actions of US President Donald Trump has again increased.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the first public indication that he will run for a new term in the 2018 elections, in comments made during a visit to Eastern Siberia.
Over 83 percent of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin’s work as president, while the electoral rating of pro-Putin party United Russia stands at over 50 percent, according to state-run pollster VTSIOM.
A senior Russian lawmaker told reporters that US President Donald Trump had “shown his real face” in signing a fresh sanctions bill against Russia, adding that PM Dmitry Medvedev was right when he called the current state of relations a trade war.
Russian MPs have criticized Moldovan authorities for their decision to declare Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non grata, and warned about possible reciprocal measures.
The head of the Russian Communist Party has said that Vladimir Putin promised him that as long as he remains president, Vladimir Lenin’s body will stay in the mausoleum in Red Square.
The head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission has said the so-called ‘municipal filter’ – through which candidates for regional leadership posts must be backed by local lawmakers – should be canceled as a threat to political competition.