Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected a bid by the opposition Yabloko party to cancel the results of September’s State Duma elections. The court said that the violations the party was pointing to were minor and did not affect the results of the vote.
The latest poll has shown that the proportion of Russians who favor warmer and closer relations with Western nations is growing fast and has almost reached the historical maximum registered in 2000.
Motions filed with Moscow City Court seeking the release of Aleksey Ulyukayev from house arrest have been rejected. The court ordered that the restrictions on the ex-minister, who is charged with taking a $2-million bribe, remain until his trial begins.
An official probe has found no grounds to the claims made by a Russian opposition activist who says he has suffered beatings and threats at a penal colony, a senior prison service official has said.
In response to NATO’s efforts to enlist new member-countries, a member of the defense and security committee for Russia’s Upper House has said that Russia will target any sites it considers to be a threat with nuclear weapons.
Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has branded the group’s resolution on countering the Russian mass media a discriminatory document that contradicts basic international agreements on human rights.
Russia’s deputy interior minister has told the press that in 2017 fingerprinting will become an obligatory procedure for all foreigners arriving in the country.
In recent months the average Russian has begun to think more favorably about the United States, with over half the participants in the latest polls saying they expect President-elect Donald Trump to further improve relations between the two nations.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s plenipotentiary for human rights has told RT that he and his colleagues hope that Donald Trump will end the “illegal” detention of Russian citizens in third nations – a practice that has reached a new peak under Barack Obama.
About 10 security specialists from the United States have applied for work in the unique international anti-terrorism training center that is being constructed in Chechnya, the republic’s leader has told the press.