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April 18, 2014 09:15
General view of the plenary room of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Reuters/Vincent Kessler)
Russia: ‘We’ll only return to PACE after sanctions lifted’
Russia’s State Duma has passed a statement detailing conditions of resuming dialogue with PACE, claiming nations who repeatedly violated international law causing thousands of casualties have no moral right to judge Russia or impose sanctions on it. 145
Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko) Uproar as LibDem leader Zhirinovsky attacks pregnant reporter
The flamboyant leader of the populist nationalist party LDPR could be silenced for up to three months by ethics commission over a bizarre incident in which he insulted a pregnant journalist before starting shouting Christian messages. 47
RIA Novosti / Alexey Maishev Communist urge total boycott of US goods
Russian Communists are planning a mass campaign promoting a voluntary boycott of all American goods as proof that Russians cannot be intimidated by sanctions. 130
President Vladimir Putin seen on his annual "Direct Line with Vladimir Putin" call-in live broadcast by Channels One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 as well as Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii radio stations, April 17, 2014 (RIA Novosti / Alexey Nikolsky) Liberal opposition is small, but important part of society - Putin
Opposition is an important part of a democratic society and the authorities should consider minority opinions in both domestic and international policy, President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A hotline session on Thursday. 30
Reuters/Bazuki Muhammad HIV-infected people may face obligatory fingerprinting in Russia
A new bill prepared by a nationalist MP and approved by federal ministries proposes the introduction of obligatory fingerprinting for all people with dangerous diseases, including HIV, and the creation of a national database. 61
RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo Migrants seek Russian military service to oppose ‘aggressive pressure from West’
A public organization is asking Russian authorities to allow military service for immigrants, saying that only unity and common effort could be an effective defense from foreign threats. 65

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