Two Russian ruling party lawmakers have drafted a bill introducing criminal responsibility for the type of election fraud known as ‘carousel voting.’
Russian lawmakers will launch a dedicated commission to monitor foreign nations’ attempts to influence internal Russian politics and work on proposals to counter and prevent such moves.
Russian MPs have passed a bill ordering a unified list of all ex-officials who lost their posts because of corruption scandals.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported an initiative to introduce an oath for people naturalized as Russian citizens, as well as a proposal to strip citizenship from those convicted of terrorism after claiming citizenship.
A senior Russian senator has said he expects the United States and its NATO allies to attempt to influence the 2018 presidential campaign in Russia, adding that Russian authorities will take preventative measures.
State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has told reporters that Russia will withhold one-third of its 2018 fee to the Council of Europe, due to the CE’s Parliamentary Assembly still barring the Russian delegation from participation in its sessions.
Russians see the United States and Ukraine as the most hostile nations towards them, a recent poll has shown. China, Belarus and Kazakhstan were named as the friendliest countries in the same survey.
Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has said Moscow sees US sanctions as a means of attempting to gain a business advantage, rather than political leverage, adding that Russia has learned to benefit from hostile steps by the West.
Prosecutors in the Chechen Republic have asked a Grozny court to block access to online material deemed insulting to religion, such as provocative cartoons often featured in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The Russian Defense Ministry has prepared a bill ordering all military personnel to abstain from posting any information on the internet, or at least requiring them to inform their superiors about all such activity.