A major Russian NGO specializing in political science predicts that the four political parties currently represented in the lower house will get 80 percent of seats in the forthcoming parliamentary polls.
The Russian Government has approved an initiative to create a register of former officials who have lost their posts due to “loss of trust” in order to prevent them from re-entering state service.
Prosecutors in southern Russia’s Krasnodar Region have launched an investigation into claims of illegal land grabs by major holdings. The claims were made by a group of farmers who have begun a tractor rally to Moscow to draw attention to their cause.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has started a criminal case against the Ukrainian defense minister and several top military commanders over charges of using banned means of warfare in civilian areas in the conflict in Donbass.
Russia’s Public Chamber head Aleksandr Brechalov has called the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to uphold a ban on Russian athletes from the upcoming Paralympics in Rio “a lowly and mean move,” proposing that Russia should now hold its own games.
Crimea’s deputy PM has told reporters that the republic could sue Ukraine in an international court for damages inflicted by 20 years of disastrous misrule that could be compared to looting, which ended in the collapse of the peninsula’s infrastructure.
The Russian Ministry for Far East Development will soon prepare and release 30 model business plans to develop and use the free 1-hectare land plots that are being offered to citizens for free.
Anti-corruption blogger-turned opposition activist Aleksey Navalny has reportedly asked the Supreme Court to cancel his 2013 conviction of embezzlement so as to remove the legislative ban that prevents him from participating in the 2018 presidential race.
A ruling party lawmaker has drafted a bill making female genital mutilation (FGM) a criminal offense in Russia and ordering up to 10 years in prison for those who perform the operation.
The Communications Ministry has prepared a bill that formally defines critical digital infrastructure and allows only Russian companies to own the hardware and databases that control the .ru and .рф domains of the internet, mass media report.