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Russian politics

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April 27, 2015 13:35
Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov (RIA Novosti / Michael Klimentyev)
‘Hollow threats?’ New Ukraine sanctions on Russia doubted by Putin’s press secretary
Dmitry Peskov has commented on the State Rada’s resolution seeking new sanctions on Russian officials saying that the Ukrainian bill is just an empty bluff lacking legal details.
At the central employment agency (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Mordasov) St. Pete MPs propose ‘anti-parasite’ constitution changes
Lawmakers in Russia’s second-largest city seek mandatory community service for those who refuse work even when acceptable jobs are available.
Main Building at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov) Russia to up foreign student quota for more ‘soft power’ leverage
Several ministries have come up with initiative to raise the quota for foreign students in Russian institutes and universities saying that this would help to promote national interests around the world.
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov. (RIA Novosti/Said Tsarnaev) ‘Shoot to kill’: Chechen leader’s row with Interior Ministry heats up
Tensions continue to rise between the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and the Russian Interior Ministry. It follows the killing of a Chechen native by police from another Russian region during arrest. Grozny has accused the ministry of distorting facts.
A view of Red Square during the procession of military vehicles at the parade devoted to the 69th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf) Obama’s absence from V-Day parade won’t bother Russian public - poll
Russians view the upcoming Victory Day as an internal national holiday and won’t be particularly bothered if it isn’t attended by Western leaders such as US President Obama, says the latest research by the VTSIOM public opinion center.
Reuters / Gleb Garanich ‘Ukrainian neo-Nazis switch from theory to practice’ – Russian diplomat
Neo-Nazism is no a longer a theory in Ukraine as its ideas are being implemented into practice, according to a top Russian Foreign Ministry official.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, holds a meeting at Novo-Ogaryovo residence (RIA Novosti / Michael Klimentyev) Putin has no plans to dismiss govt - report
President Vladimir Putin answered in the negative when asked if he planned to dismiss the government in the near future, according to Russian TV anchor Vladimir Solovyov.
RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Ankov Duma approves bill for major prisoner amnesty on Victory Day
The Russian State Duma has given the first nod to an amnesty bill proposed by the president. The lower house rejected the alternatives suggested by Communists and nationalists.
Co-chairman of the Republican Party of Russia – People's Freedom Party, Mikhail Kasyanov, center (RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)
‘Renounce Russian citizenship,’ activists tell pro-US opposition figure
After Mikhail Kasyanov announced plans to ask US Congress to put some Russian journalists on sanctions list, civic order advocates urged him to give up his Russian citizenship and move to the US so that he can better serve its interests.
RIA Novosti / Igor Podgornuy Communists oppose government initiative to raise pension age
Russian Communist Party strongly opposed the plans to up the minimum at which citizens can apply for state pensions and said that such moves should first be tested on government ministers.
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Kudenko Russians want their country to follow independent course, poll shows
Over half of Russian citizens want their homeland to pursue its own way of development and only 17 percent think that Russia should take the same path as Western nations, according to the latest research by independent pollster Levada Center.
RIA Novosti/Alexandr Kryazhev Russia ponders introduction of right-to-be-forgotten web law
A new law allowing internet users to demand their personal data is erased from the web, has been proposed by Russian presidential aide Igor Shchyogolev. He added that online users have the right to be “forgotten” after browsing.

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