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May 22, 2015 09:24
Reuters/ Kevin Lamarque
Japan admits US pressure behind anti-Russian sanctions – Duma speaker
Upon completing his visit to Tokyo, Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that Japanese politicians acknowledge that their country has joined the anti-Russian campaign under US pressure and understand the importance of future dialogue with Russia.
Reuters / Stringer Russian leftists promise intl action over fresh anti-communist laws in Ukraine
The UN and PACE must officially denounce the latest Ukrainian laws discriminating against Communists and press for the cancelation of these acts as violating the political freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, believes the head of the Communists of Russia.
RIA Novosti / Evgenya Novozhenina Russia ready for dialogue, despite Western media attacks – Putin’s spokesman
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has described attacks by US and UK media on Russia and its president as “loosely made up lies,” but said that Moscow was prepared to work with the West despite this “pinching and nibbling.”
View of the Qolsarif mosque, left, and the Annunciation Cathedral in the Kazan Kremlin (RIA Novosti / 
Maksim Bogodvid) Faith defender: Orthodox politician seeks ombudsman post for traditional religions
A staunchly Christian St. Petersburg MP known for his anti-gay statements has prepared a bill to create the position of ‘ombudsman for believers’ rights’, who would defend followers of Russian Orthodox Church, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Moscow (Reuters / Sergey Pyatakov) Hillary who? Russians skeptical about Clinton as future US president, poll shows
Most Russians know nothing about Hillary Clinton as a politician, a poll shows. Of those who are aware of her political ambitions, most fear that her election could aggravate relations between Russia and US and worsen the overall situation.
Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch ‘NATO expansion threatens Russia’s allies’ – key security official
NATO’s increasing activity is threatening not only Russia but also its partner states, the head of the Russian Security Council has told his colleagues from the CSTO military bloc.
RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko Duma passes bill allowing expulsion of undesirable foreign organizations
Russia’s lower house has given final approval to a bill that, once signed into law, will prohibit the activities of foreign groups if prosecutors recognize them as threatening to Russia’s security or defense potential.
RIA Novosti / Sergey Krasnoukhov Russian lawmakers move to tighten law on abortions, restrict morning-after pills
MPs want to limit state insurance payments for abortions, ban private clinics from performing them and allow women to buy morning-after pills only on prescription after an obligatory health check.
Human rights activist, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alekseyeva 
(RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)
Veteran activist Alekseyeva returns to presidential rights council
Lyudmila Alekseyeva, the head of Russia’s oldest rights NGO, the Moscow Helsinki Group, will return to the Presidential Council for Human Rights to establish better communication between the rights community and the authorities.
The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Banner of Victory over Berlin, 1945 (RIA Novosti / Haldei)
Russian MPs seek 3 yr jail terms for those comparing USSR to Nazi Germany
Lawmakers for the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia have proposed a bill that would punish anyone making public statements equating the USSR with Nazi Germany a criminal offence by up to three years in prison.
Anti-aircraft S-300 missile systems.(RIA Novosti / Alexei Danichev) Russia refuses to join major arms trade treaty citing document’s weakness
Russia will not sign the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on international conventional weapons trade because it does not provide due control over developing countries, the Interior Ministry’s weapons control chief says.
Reuters / Francois Lenoir Europe should overcome US pressure, resume cooperation with Russia - Duma chief
State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin has urged European politicians to stop listening to US propaganda and start working on common Eurasian economic interests with Russia.

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