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December 19, 2014 13:35
Opposition politician Alexei Navalny.(RIA Novosti / Anton Denisov)
Prosecutors seek 10yr jail sentence for opposition figure Navalny
Russian prosecutors have asked that prominent anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny be sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzlement from cosmetics giant Yves Rocher and laundering the money.
Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili Obama administration main source of Ukrainian crisis – Communist MP
A senior Russian Communist Party lawmaker has stated that by signing the ‘Ukrainian Freedom Support Act’ US President Barack Obama has further aggravated the tensions in that country.
Sukhoi 30 MKI aircraft in the final assembly shop of the Irkut Corporation Aviation Plant in Irkutsk (RIA Novosti / Alexandr Kryazhev) Draft deferment sought for defense industry workers
The head of the Russian League of Assistance to Defense Enterprises has drafted a bill that, if passed, will offer a four-year delay of military conscription to those who work in the arms industry and related spheres.
Residents of Yekaterinburg watch TV broadcast of the major news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Pavel Lisitsyn) ‘When you start thinking about ratings they start to fall’ – Putin
For President Putin its real work rather than the photo-op that’s putting him high in the opinion polls.
Valentina Matviyenko (RIA Novosti / Valeriy Melnikov) Upper House plans probe into Central Bank role in ruble crash
Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko has ordered a vote on a parliamentary investigation into the recent activities of the Central Bank and its alleged role in the worst-ever plunge of the ruble rate.
Aftermath of a terrorist attack in Kizlyar, Dagestan on 31.03.2010 / RIA Novosti / Said Tsarnaev ‘Terror has no religion’: MP urges ban on phrase ‘Islamic terrorist’ in mass media
A Russian lawmaker proposes a ban on expressions such as ‘Islamic terrorist’ and ‘Islamist militant’ in the mass media, claiming they give people the wrong impression about Islam and put ordinary believers at risk.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky (RIA Novosti/Sergey Kuznecov) Nationalist party leader wants parliamentary seats cut by a third
The head of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party is suggesting the number of lawmakers in the country is cut by a third because of the financial situation. Those left would have their salaries cut by 30 percent.
RIA Novosti/Svetlana Tarasova Central Russian region bans crisis… from public speech
Authorities in the Central Russia’s Kaluga Region have banned the use of the word ‘crisis’ in public and the measure is already helping to attract investors, according to the local governor.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev) Russian public names Putin ‘Man of the Year’ – fresh poll
An overwhelming majority of Russians named President Vladimir Putin ‘Man of the Year’ when pollsters asked them to choose from among serving Russian politicians.
Former Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov during the Victory Day parade on Red Square. (RIA Novosti/Alexey Kudenko) Communists want parliament to investigate ex-Defense Minister Serdyukov
The Communists caucus in the State Duma wants a parliamentary investigation into former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov whom they suspect of alleged complicity in a multi-million dollar fraud involving state property uncovered in 2012.
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (RIA Novosti/Alexander Astafyev) ‘Dating that will never end in marriage’: Medvedev describes Ukraine’s chances in EU
The program imposed by the EU on Ukraine to diminish its alleged economic dependence on Russia is pushing this unstable country into a full scale crisis, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev writes in a newspaper article.
RIA Novosti/Oleg Zoloto Sakharov monument unveiled in his city of exile
A monument to Andrey Sakharov, the renowned Russian scientist and HR campaigner, the “father of H-bomb” and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been unveiled in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

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