Hundreds of people have joined a rally against a newly passed anti-terrorist package of bills introducing harsher punishment for terrorists and their supporters as well as putting some obligations on Russian internet providers.
The wife of Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence in the US, told reporters that American authorities offered him a mild sentence and asylum if he testified against Igor Sechin, the head of Russian oil major Rosneft.
Russia’s President has submitted an agreement reached with the Syrian Republic to the State Duma for approval that would authorize the placement of a Russian Air Force group in Syria for an unspecified period of time.
The Crimean Republic will remain a part of the Russian Federation “forever,” the head of the region, Sergey Aksyonov, said on Monday in talks with foreign officials.
Lawmakers representing the center-left party Fair Russia have prepared a bill that would cancel the statute of limitations for a broad range of corruption crimes, including wasting state funds and the unlawful instigation of criminal cases.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the successful cooperation between Moscow and Tehran, and has expressed hope that a free trade zone can soon be established between Iran and the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union.
The overwhelming majority of Russians believe it is more important to retain sovereignty over the Kuril Islands than sign a peace treaty with Japan – even if an accord would mean access to new technology and cheap finance.
The head of a Russian business association has proposed a ban on higher education abroad for the children of Russia’s civil servants, claiming the move would help domestic schools and also increase the number of “real patriots” in the country.
Russia’s Central Elections Commission has wrapped up the process of receiving party applications for the September 18 State Duma elections. Seventeen parties have submitted lists of candidates, but the validity of these is yet to be checked.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said recent press allegations about the dismissal of the Russian government are neither new nor trustworthy, adding that Russia has no intention of adjusting its internal policy to please foreign powers.