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Russian politics

January 30, 2015 11:07
RIA Novosti/Igor Ageyenko
Leftists propose free land for poor and distinguished Russians
MPs representing leftist opposition party Fair Russia have prepared a bill that, once passed, would allow the government to distribute free land plots to socially vulnerable citizens and those who deserve an award from the state.
Reuters/Jason Redmond Nationalists want compulsory drug tests for Russian schoolchildren
A Liberal Democratic Party MP has drafted a bill allowing school authorities and police to test children for the use of illegal drugs without parental consent.
State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin.(RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko) Duma chief hints at Russia’s exit from Council of Europe
Sergey Naryshkin has confirmed that Russia was leaving the PACE until the end of 2015 and added that next year the country might cease its membership in the Council of Europe.
Artur, son of Russian activist Svetlana Davydova and her husband Anatoly Gorlov, holds up a photo of his mother to the camera, at their home in Vyazma, January 30, 2015 (Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev) 'Mother of 7' arrested in Russia on high treason charges
Svetlana Davydova from western Russia has been detained on charges of high treason. A criminal case has been launched against the woman, who allegedly informed the Ukrainian embassy of the possibility of Russian troops being sent to Ukraine.
Delegates at a plenary meeting held as part of the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko) PACE has evolved into Western ‘ideological tool,’ no reason to stay – Moscow
After leaving the Parliamentary Assembly, which Russian officials believe has lost its credibility as a platform for mature and equal dialogue, Moscow will focus on other global forums and may even reconsider its membership to the Council of Europe.
RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko Upper house blasts rewriting of history, Holocaust denial
Russia’s Federation Council has passed a statement calling upon world politicians to prevent attempts to rewrite history and blame the Soviet Union for the start of WWII.
FILE PHOTO 20FEB90 - A big section of the Berlin Wall is lifted by a crane as East Germany has started to dismantle the wall near the Brandenburg Gate in East Berlin, February 20, 1990. The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall occurs November 9, 1999.(Reuters / STR) Gorbachev blasts lawmakers’ suggestion to denounce Germany unification as ‘rubbish’
Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, whose effort made possible the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990, has criticized a parliamentary resolution denouncing this historic event as an act of aggression.
35th conference of the Union of Communist Parties. (RIA Novosti/Andrei Aleksandrov) Communists propose Russia exit from PACE ‘to stop negative influence’
Two Communist party lawmakers want the parliamentary leaders to recall Russia’s delegation from PACE. They maintain that membership in this organization has only a “negative influence” on the country.
Chief of Staff of Presidential Administration Sergei Ivanov (center) and members of the Russian delegation at a press conference after attending the memorial events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by the Red Army in Oswiecim.(RIA Novosti / Alexei Druzhinin) Top Kremlin official states deeper crisis in Ukraine is against Russian interests
Ukraine currently is a poor, uncontrollable and insolvent nation, which suits US interests but poses a colossal problem to Russia, the head of the Russian Presidential Administration has said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Alexey Nikolsky) Putin: Those who rewrite history attempt to hide own disgrace
The Russian president has blasted attempts to rewrite the history of WWII and hide the crimes of Nazism as inadmissible and immoral, adding that people who do this often try to distract attention from their nations’ collaboration with Hitler.
Center: Alexey Navalny, charged with defrauding French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher, after a session of Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court (RIA Novosti / Grigory Sisoev) Moscow court upholds house arrest for Navalny
The Moscow City Court has ruled that opposition activist Aleksey Navalny should remain under house arrest until his suspended sentence for major embezzlement comes into force.
RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov Duma votes to return ads on cable channels with predominant Russian content
The Russian lower house has passed the bill that removes a ban on advertising on paid cable TV in cases when at least three quarters of the content used by channels is “national product” made using Russian investments.


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