The head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s legal service has said a recent decision to allow Muslim headwear in Chechen schools should be reversed as it violates federal principles on the secular nature of state-run schools.
The head of the Presidential Human Rights Council said that he and his colleagues have received a number of complaints about police from participants of recent unsanctioned demonstrations and proposed changes to public protest laws.
Almost a quarter of all Russians would allow citizens’ rights to be infringed if this served the interests of the nation, a recent poll has found, although about a half believe that individuals should defend their rights.
The Russian and South Ossetian defense ministers have signed an agreement that allows South Ossetian citizens to serve in the Russian armed forces, and regulates the work of Russian peacekeepers in the republic.
The parliament of the Chechen Republic has passed a bill allowing schoolchildren to dress according to their religious beliefs, meaning the female Muslim hijab headscarf will be permitted in local schools.
Russia’s president has it is wrong for political figures to use anti-corruption campaigns for political advantage rather than actually try to do something about it, while noting that his administration and allies have always been staunchly anti-corruption.
A Russian civil rights commission will investigate the unsanctioned protests that took place in Moscow on Sunday and resulted in the detention of about 600 people, including key organizer Aleksey Navalny.
A quarter of respondents in a recent poll said that the Russian government should recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics, although 30 percent said they would prefer Russia not to take sides in the Ukrainian conflict.
Upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko has called for an anti-terrorist committee to be set up in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, noting that Russia has repeatedly pushed for more unified efforts in fighting the scourge of terrorism.
The Russian government has drafted a bill that, if passed, would oblige auditors to report any operations conducted by their clients that raise suspicion of money laundering or sponsorship of terrorism.