The Russian president’s press secretary says top Kremlin officials are keeping track on developments around a rally planned by supporters of anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny, but warned them against launching unlicensed protests.
Just under 70 percent of Russian citizens currently report various degrees of readiness to participate in the upcoming presidential elections, while only 7 percent of respondents say they have no plans to vote.
If Russia’s powers in PACE are not restored in full, Moscow may resign its membership in the Council of Europe, according to deputy head of the upper house’s International Relations Committee.
The politics conducted by Western countries after the collapse of the USSR has laid the foundations for the current security crisis in Europe, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko told an OSCE conference.
The latest poll conducted by state-run VTSIOM shows most Russian citizens currently prefer to live in a republic and strongly oppose the very idea of restoring the monarchy.
The head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) has promised that if elected president in 2018 he will rename the city of Volgograd as Stalingrad – but noted this would be to honor the World War II battle in the city, not the Soviet dictator.
Russian upper house MPs have proposed reworking a bill that, if passed, would list any events in which lawmakers meet their electorate as public rallies, claiming that the move would damage democracy and increase red tape.
Vitaly Milonov, a centrist-conservative lawmaker best known for his campaign targeting “gay propaganda” has proposed to check if Russian freemason lodges comply with the law that restricts political activities of foreign and international groups.
Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny was smeared with green antiseptic dye during his visit to the city of Barnaul. Police have launched a probe into the attack, but no one has claimed responsibility.
Grigory Yavlinsky, founder of the liberal Yabloko party, one of Russia’s oldest political groups, has promised that if elected president he will launch a program through which every citizen receives about 1 acre of free land to build a home.