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July 31, 2014 10:51
Alexander Bastrykin (RIA Novosti / Sergey Karpukhin)
Top Russian investigator protests against ‘deliberate shooting’ by Ukrainian military
The head of Russia’s Investigative Committee claims his agents have become victims of “systematic and deliberate shootings” by the Ukrainian military when they work near the border with the country. 63
Anderlecht's Tom De Sutter (L) and Dennis Praet (R) fight for the ball with Zenit St. Petersburg's Hulk during their Champions League Group C soccer match at Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg (Reuters / Alexander Demianchuk) Foreign soccer players must speak Russian – Duma plan
A leftist lawmaker is preparing a bill to impose new legal restrictions on athletes who receive Russian citizenship in order to represent Russian clubs and national teams. If it is approved all soccer players might be forced to learn Russian. 14
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters / Michael Klimentyev) Far East reporters propose Gold Star award for President Putin
A group of journalists have lodged an official proposal to award Vladimir Putin with the honorary title Hero of Russia for his uncompromising defense of the national interest and support of ethnic Russians as well as for supporting the freedom of speech. 237
RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko Duma mulls new bill to define and punish ‘aggressor nations’
Ruling party lawmakers propose altering Russian legislation to allow for automatic sanctions against foreign countries that the government includes on a special list of ‘aggressor nations’. 119
RIA Novosti / Alexey Kudenko Communist MP wants to ban servicemen from posting photos, videos on internet
State Duma Deputy Vadim Solovyov wants to amend the law on military service banning servicemen from posting photos and videos from their units or exercises, saying this could hurt the nation’s defense and lead to provocations by foreign media. 26
Muslims on a street near the Cathedral Mosque before a prayer on Uraza Bayram, a major Muslim holiday (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov) ‘Moscow needs more mosques!’ – Muftis
A senior spokesperson for Russia’s Council of Muftis has urged Moscow authorities to build more mosques in the city, saying this would prevent the overcrowding of city streets on major holidays. 114

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