Deputy chairman of the Crimean government Ruslan Balbek has said that Ukraine should immediately be expelled from the UN and OSCE because no respectable international organization can have member nations that launch attacks against foreign civilians.
Russia’s Federal Security Service has uncovered and closed an internet community recruiting fighters for Islamic State and propagating terrorism on the web. It also seized weapons and explosives from the suspects during searches in three Russian regions.
Several Russian lawmakers have expressed extreme indignation over the statements by former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, who proposed in a TV interview that US agents should “covertly” kill Russians and Iranians in Syria.
A district court in the Russian city of Novosibirsk has ruled that a private company’s refusal to hire a gay woman as a sales manager was unlawful and ordered that 1,000 rubles (US$15) compensation be paid in moral damages.
Family members of Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko say they intend to protest his US sentence with various international authorities, while the pilot himself has branded the US justice system as “totalitarian” and accused its jailers of torture.
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.