The Russian Presidential Foundation for Civil Society Development has distributed state grants for 2017 among about 1,000 NGOs, with the Russian Red Cross and the Golden Mask theater festival being allocated the largest sums.
Foreigners from 18 countries can now visit the Russian Far East using electronic visas which are issued online and take three days to receive, the Ministry for the Development of Eastern Regions reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill banning the use of any technology or software that allows access to websites that have been officially blocked on Russian territory, specifically targeting so-called web anonymizers.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has said Moscow will take reciprocal measures if Poland removes monuments to Soviet Army soldiers in line with a recently passed law.
MPs from parliamentary majority party United Russia have drafted a motion that, if passed, would limit the size of membership fees and oblige political parties to disclose the names of those paying such fees, in an effort to boost transparency.
The chairman of Russia’s Security Council has invited BRICS nations to participate in an international database for countering terrorism – a project launched by the Federal Security Service in order to target terrorists and their sponsors.
The head of the Chechen Republic has announced he would be ready to resign and move to Jerusalem to serve in the security force that guards the Al-Aqsa mosque “for the rest of his life.”
Russia’s National Guard will soon have special units to work on research and development in IT and weapons, as well as the promotion of the agency’s image in the media.
Russia's human rights ombudsman says excluding women from universal military conscription is a violation, and has promised to address the issue in the near future.
One Russian senator was so disturbed by viral reports featuring dirty kitchen conditions at a McDonald’s restaurants in the US that he proposed imposing “sanitary sanctions” on the fast food chain.