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.
A district court in the central Russian city of Yaroslavl has sentenced former mayor Evgeny Urlashov to 12.5 years in prison for extorting a multimillion-ruble bribe from a street cleaning company.
Ramzan Kadyrov has said members of the Islamic State terrorist group are not capable of carrying out their threat of a jihad on Russia made in a recent video, adding he suspected that Western special services had a role in making the footage.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree ordering the military forces to celebrate November 25 as Russian Peacekeeper Day, starting this year.
A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, has ordered access be blocked to a Ukrainian website notorious for leaking personal data of various people opposed to the current Kiev regime, allegedly causing harassment, attacks, and even assassinations.
Acting head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has announced he will participate in the mid-September elections for the Chechen leadership, pledging to fulfill any and all tasks set by Moscow.