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November 21, 2014 11:21
MP Nikolay Kolomeytsev (Communist Party of Russian Federation) at a State Duma plenary session. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko)
Sever diplomatic relations with Lithuania over president’s interview - Communists
A Communist Party MP suggests Moscow should sever diplomatic relations with Vilnius and to slap additional sanctions on Lithuania after its president called Russia a “terrorist state” in a radio interview.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev) Putin urges tougher measures to counter extremism, color revolutions
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that forces willing to reshape the world often used extremism as a tool in so-called “color revolutions” and urged law enforcement to use international experience to fight such tendencies in Russia.
Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko) ‘Blackmail’: EU trying to force Serbia into Russia sanctions club, says senior MP
The EU’s attempts to coerce Serbia into joining anti-Russian sanctions are nothing but blackmail, says the head of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee.
Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko (RIA Novosti/Alexei Danichev) Top Russian senator blasts Poroshenko’s ‘total war’ threat
The chair of Russia’s upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, has said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s recent statements of readiness for “total war” were irresponsible political bluffing.
General view of the Council of Europe parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg, eastern France (AFP Photo/Frederick Florin) Russian PACE mission ready to return - Duma speaker
Despite remaining disagreements the Russian delegation is ready to restart its full participation in the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, says the State Duma speaker.
RIA Novosti/Igor Zarembo Bill to have all Russians fingerprinted and DNA profiled submitted to parliament
MPs from the populist nationalist party LDPR have prepared and drafted a motion requiring universal fingerprinting and DNA profiling of all Russian citizens for reasons of security.
Protest against abortion "One of Us" in Yekaterinburg. (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn) Christian lobby seeks constitutional ban on abortions in Russia
An assembly gathered by Russian Orthodox Christians has passed a resolution seeking legislative changes to ban all abortions, claiming that human life begins at the moment of conception.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.(RIA Novosti / Alexei Druzhinin) Ukraine pushing Europe to WWIII – nationalist party leader
The head of the populist-nationalist Russian LDPR party has warned that the Kiev regime is repeating Serbia’s steps of 1914 and could lead Europe to the start of a new World War.
Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko Supreme Court puts extremist tag on Ukrainian far right groups
Russia’s top court has branded two major Ukrainian nationalist groups as extremist and banned their activities in the Russian Federation.
Conscript being interviewed by the draft commission at the call-up station in the Groznensky district military commissariat. Russian army recruitment has begun in the Chechen Republic.(RIA Novosti / Said Tcarnaev) Defense ministry holds first conscription in 20 years in Chechnya
A first group of conscripts from Chechnya has recently started service in Russia’s Southern Federal District, making it the first time in decades that the troubled region has started sending its young men to the federal military forces.
From right: Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan during the official portrait ceremony before a Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Minsk, April 29, 2014. (RIA Novosti) ‘We didn’t block EU creation, but they’re blocking us’ – Russian lawmaker
CIS countries should unite in order to resist the vast media and sanction pressure from the West, which is aimed at hampering the integration in Eurasia, a Russian senator says.
RIA Novosti/Alexandr Kryazhev Central Elections Commission rejects idea of compulsory voting
Russia’s top elections body has scrapped suggestions to introduce fines for those who choose not to vote in political polls, saying that such a move could contradict the Constitution.

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