The Russian parliament is set to commission legal research into sanctions imposed on the country by western nations, and is seeking proposals regarding the development of strategies to counter them.
On the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution the Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov announced that all regional branches support his 2018 bid for the presidency. He added that this required confirmation from a party convention.
Police in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg have detained a man who attempted to set fire to a monument honoring one of the most famous natives of the city – the first president of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin.
The deputy speaker of the Crimean parliament has backed the idea of repealing the 1954 decree that made the peninsula part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, but noted that this would be unlikely to end “political games” over the issue.
The number of protests across Russia has increased since the beginning of the year, with some three-quarters of rallies being on socio-economic issues. Just over a quarter were purely political events, according to a report by a pro-market think tank.
Russian envoy slammed Polish bill targeting WWII sites as ‘war against memory’
Russian anti-corruption-blogger-turned-opposition-figure Aleksey Navalny has filed a lawsuit against Vladimir Putin. The suit claims that the president had allegedly permitted regional authorities to forbid public rallies arbitrarily.
Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have endorsed an address critical of international monopolies. Such entities often hurt the interests of nation states and citizens, the bloc said, calling upon other nations to resist.
The Russian Communist Party has accused the Kremlin of deliberately distracting public attention from the upcoming centenary of the Bolshevik revolution. The Communists said less than a third of the general public are aware of the approaching centenary.
Elena Berkova, who gained nationwide notoriety after taking part in a popular reality show, has announced her presidential ambitions. If elected, she promises to introduce sex exams in schools, tax the poor and make sexual harassment punishable by death.