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March 31, 2015 15:22
Muslims in Lala-Tulpan Mosque in Ufa during the celebrations of Kurban Bairam, the Festival of Sacrifice. Chairman of Russia's Central Religious Muslim Board Talgat Tadjuddin stands on the right (RIA Novosti / Vadim Braydov)
Russian Muslims denounce ISIS as ‘enemies of Islam’
A major Russian Muslim group has issued a fatwa against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) reviling them as ‘enemies of Islam’ and calling for the punishment of all its members as criminals.
RIA Novosti / Grigoriy Sisoev Activists decry Russians' increasing sympathy for Stalin
The head of the Russian NGO that specializes in the investigation of Stalinist purges has voiced concern over the growing popularity of the late Soviet dictator, as demonstrated by public opinion polls.
Members of the United Nations Security Council in UN headquarters in New York (Reuters / Eduardo Munoz) Putin to head to US for major UN event – report
President Vladimir Putin may travel to New York City to deliver a speech at the opening of the UN General Assembly in September, a Russian newspaper reported, quoting several sources close to the Kremlin.
Babi Yar, a gully in Kiev where nazi occupiers had mass shootings of civilians, mainly Jews, and Soviet POWs in 1941-43 (RIA Novosti/Shurubor) Investigative Committee launches probe into desecration of WWII monuments in Ukraine
Russia’s top law enforcement body has announced that it has started a criminal probe into attacks on WWII monuments and graves that allegedly took place in Ukraine.
The premiere of Richard Wagner's opera Tannhauser directed by Timofei Kulyabin at the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theater. (RIA Novosti/Alexandr Kryazhev) ‘Forced measure’ – theater boss sacked after church row over Tannhauser opera
The Russian Culture Ministry had to replace the general director of Novosibirsk Opera Theater because the recent row with the Orthodox Church over a controversial opera staging led to a conflict in society, a senior Kremlin official has said.
RIA Novosti / Sergey Kazak Crimea will place nuclear weapons on its territory on President’s orders - official
Crimea would support the placement of nuclear weapons on its territory once such a decision is made in Moscow, said the head of the republic, Sergey Aksyonov.
RIA Novosti / Said Tsarnaev Draft dodgers to be banned from top posts in govt, courts
An Upper House lawmaker says very soon Russia will introduce a law banning draft dodgers from becoming government ministers, judges and prosecutors.
A "Termit" anti-ship cruise missile launched from the missile boat "R-123" during tactical exercises of the Russian Baltic Fleet with missile firings in the Baltic Sea. (RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo) To change the situation for the better we must make Russia stronger – Putin to FSB
President Putin has told senior officers of Russia’s domestic security service that despite the constantly increasing foreign pressure, the situation in the country will improve – once it stops giving in to its foes and starts becoming more powerful.
Ilya Ponomarev, member of the Duma committee on economic policies. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko) Prosecutors seek to strip rogue MP of immunity over graft charges
Law enforcers have initiated the procedure of lifting parliamentary immunity for Ilya Ponomaryov, the MP involved in a major corruption scandal who was expelled from a left-leaning Duma party for backing street protests.
The White House (Reuters / Jason Reed) ‘Clearly anti-Russian’ – Moscow blasts latest US national security strategy
The recently approved US National Security Strategy for 2015 has a clear anti-Russian orientation, according to analysis released by Russia’s Security Council (SC).
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Alexey Druzhinin) Whoever is president in 2019 will attend WorldSkills competition - Putin
The Russian president has admitted that another person might take his place after 2018 as he accepted an invitation to the 2019 World Skills International competition, which Russia’s Kazan is bidding to host.
RIA Novosti / Irina Gerashchenko Ruling party MP proposes Russia’s own international tribunal for war criminals
Russia needs to establish its own international court for war crimes as the existing body in The Hague depends on the nations that sponsor the war crimes in Ukraine, a Russian lawmaker said.

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