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July 03, 2015 09:58
View of the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow. (RIA Novosti / Viktor Tolochko)
Foreign Ministry praises law banning undesirable foreign groups in Russia
Russia’s deputy FM has told senators that the recently introduced law allowing automatic bans on groups that pose a threat to national security was a necessary step, adding that many such NGOs were in reality funded by foreign governments.
Opposition activist Aleksey Navalny (RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)
Opposition coalition sues Siberian mayor over claims of $20mn US funding
Russian opposition politician Aleksey Navalny and the RPR-PARNAS party have sued the Novosibirsk mayor for slander after he said they were planning a revolution, bribing voters and that the US Congress had given $20mn for Russian election campaigns.
RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov ‘Confrontational’: Kremlin spokesman slams anti-Russian provisions of fresh US military doctrine
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov says the formulas used in the new US military doctrine were proof of the intent to maintain confrontation for a long time, adding that Russia would take countermeasures in its own similar document.
RIA Novosti / Alexey Kudenko Russians are confident in their military, poll shows
An overwhelming majority of Russian citizens believe that their military forces are capable of repelling any threats, shows the latest poll conducted by the state agency VTSIOM.
RIA Novosti / Abdula Magomedov MPs propose granting police exceptional rights – report
A group of Russian lawmakers has drafted a bill broadening police powers and giving them the “presumption of trust.” Among other things, this would allow them to break into cars and homes without warrants and open gunfire at mass gatherings of people.
Prosecutor General's office in Moscow. (Image from Wikipedia) ‘No legal prospects’ for MP request to review Baltic States’ break with USSR
A request by Russian MPs to review a 1991 decision recognizing the independence of Baltic States has no legal prospects, said the general prosecutor’s spokeswoman, adding that some queries the office recieves are “devoid of common sense altogether.”
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (foreground) at the Ninth International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition in Nizhny Tagi (RIA Novosti / Sergey Mamontov) Russian arms chief pledges to completely replace Ukrainian components by 2018
Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin has told the State Duma that by 2018 Russian defense industry will completely overcome the dependence on Ukrainian-made components as well as from a large number of producers from EU and NATO countries.
Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin (RIA Novosti / Sergey Guneev) Russia won’t go to OSCE parliamentary session in Helsinki – Duma speaker
Sergey Naryshkin says the refusal to participate in the forthcoming OSCE session was meant as a protest against arbitrariness and violations of main principles of democracy and parliamentary politics.
RIA Novosti / Alexey Malgavko Constitutional Court allows early parliamentary elections in 2016
Russia’s Constitutional Court has decided that it is possible to slightly reduce the term of the current State Duma to move the 2016 poll to a single elections day in September. The court noted, however, that this would be an extraordinary measure.
A general view shows the Prosecutor General's office in Moscow. (Reuters / Alexander Natruskin) Russian prosecutor general receives MP request to review recognition of Baltic States
The office of Russia’s Prosecutor General has received a request by two members of the State Duma to review the 1991 decision made by the Soviet Union to recognize the independence of the Baltic States.
RIA Novosti / Maksim Bogodvid Three-quarters of Russians oppose hijab in schools, poll shows
An overwhelming majority of Russian citizens have spoken against the wearing of traditional Muslim headgear by schoolchildren and students and a large part of these people said they preferred hijab not to be used at all.
RIA Novosti / Maksim Blinov Parliament approves amendments to ‘right to be forgotten’ bill
Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has passed in a second reading a bill ordering internet search engines to delete links to information about users, but altered it so that it does not include data that is truthful and up to date.

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