About three quarters of Russians would support the increase of minimum legal age of alcohol purchase from current 18 to 21 years, the state-run VTSIOM public opinion research center reports.
The war in Syria, the US presidential elections, and various sports events were the most important happenings of 2016, according to a Russian public opinion poll conducted by the VTSIOM agency.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has given an order to rename the republic’s main children’s hospital after famous Russian doctor and charity activist Elizaveta Glinka, also known as Doctor Liza, who died in the plane crash off Sochi’s coast on Sunday.
A group of Russian MPs has prepared a bill that would impose fines on those that deface public art objects or disrupt cultural events, such as concerts and exhibitions.
Most Russian citizens do not believe that former Soviet republics can one day reunite on the same principles that bound together the USSR, but still think that some sort of a union state would be a promising project.
President Putin was rather comical during his annual Q&A session with the press, responding to a question about early elections taking place by asking “in which country?” The quip was perhaps a reference to claims that he interfered with the US election.
The Russian parliament is preparing a message to other parliaments around the world, calling on them to officially recognize any “information support” of terrorism, such as justifying their actions in the media, as “passive terrorism.”
A court in Moscow has sentenced a 21-year old former philosophy student Varvara Karaulova to 4.5 years in a penal colony, finding her guilty of attempting to join the Islamic State terrorist group, which is banned in Russia.
Lawyers representing Russian citizen Viktor Bout, currently serving a 25-year sentence in the US, said that they hoped the new White House administration would satisfy a plea to extradite their client to Russia under an international convention.
Russia’s Lower House has passed a bill limiting the use of physical force, weapons, and ‘special means’ at penal colonies that incorporates proposals from Human Rights activists aimed at minimizing the potential damage caused by such corrective actions.