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October 24, 2014 13:23
RIA Novosti / Evgeny Biyatov
False witnesses can end up in prison under new bill - report
A Liberal-Democratic party MP is suggesting jailing people for giving false testimony in court claiming that such measure would bring down the number of wrongful sentences in the country.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow's Alexander Garden (RIA Novosti / 
Denis Grishkin) Duma honors Unknown Soldier with new Russian national holiday
The Russian Lower House has approved the bill setting the Day of the Unknown Soldier as an official holiday celebrated on December 3.
RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo Online drugstores to be shut down for selling unregistered substances
In a bid to curb the spread of designer drugs the Russian parliament is readying a bill that would allow the police to close websites that sell psychotropic substances, including yet unregistered drugs, without a court warrant.
A man takes a plunge in Valdaiskoye Lake at Iversky Monastery (RIA Novosti / Konstantin Chalabov) Sites for rites – new religious ceremonies law signed
The Russian President has signed into law the bill defining places where religious ceremonies, including mass prayers and marches can be held without prior notification or agreement from local authorities.
RIA Novosti/Egor Eryomov Bill to allow private military contractors submitted to Russian parliament
A leftist lawmaker has drafted a bill that would allow private military and security companies to operate inside Russia and beyond its borders.
Participants in a Zombi parade ahead of Halloween on Krasny Prospekt in Novosibirsk. (RIA Novosti/Alexandr Kryazhev) Activists say no to horror Halloween in Russia
Public Chamber members want the government to curb Halloween celebrations in Russia, saying that horror-themed parties “induce lowly feelings,” and “turn into orgies.”
Bottles with alcoholic beverages. (RIA Novosti/Alexey Filippov) Vodka 'not a simple solution' - Russian lawmaker
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker has prepared a draft law to legally define vodka and detail the production process, distinguishing real Russian vodka from other similar drinks.
AFP Photo /  Adalberto Roque Duma calls on US to lift Cuba embargo
Russia’s Lower House has approved a motion to the UN General Assembly and international parliamentary groups calling for the end of the economic, financial and trade embargo of Cuba introduced by the USA in 1961.
RIA Novosti / Vadim Zhernov Russia, China prepare to sign unique cybersecurity treaty - report
An unprecedented treaty on cybersecurity cooperation could be signed during Vladimir Putin’s state visit to China in November, a Russian business daily reports.
RIA Novosti / Sergey Kuznecov MP suggests launching patriotic TV channel for young Russians
A ruling party lawmaker has prepared a plan to launch a special government-funded patriotic television channel targeting Russian youngsters.
Members of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry work at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region (Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev) Aussie PM owes Putin an apology over MH17 blame game – senior MP
Conclusions by German intelligence should force the Australian leader to take back his harsh words regarding Russia’s alleged involvement in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, a top Russian MP has said.
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov (RIA Novosti /
Said Tcarnaev)
Crazy horse! Chechen leader asks Germany to say sorry to his nags
The head of the Chechen Republic has ironically called the refusal to pay prize money to his horses “a disgraceful page in Germany’s history” and added that German authorities will have to pay “multi-million compensation” over the scandal.


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