Russia’s luxury tax – a campaign pledge by President Vladimir Putin – is taking shape. Though attaining social equality through taxing the rich has proven tough, the Russian parliament has outlined legislation to sharply raise taxes on luxury cars.
The head of Russia’s National Security Council has arrived in the US on a two-day visit for top-level talks on key stumbling blocks in bilateral relations. He will also deliver President Putin’s response to a letter President Obama sent in April. 21
The Russian Duma has passed a second reading of a religious offense law that has provoked a firestorm of controversy. The legislation has been softened, but still represents a significant ramping up of punishments compared to existing laws. 16
Aleksey Kudrin, addressing the State Duma, stated that the development of Russia’s political system is "lagging behind the challenges of the time and doesn’t provide the mechanisms to build up the country's modernization." 27
A helipad has been built in Moscow’s Kremlin for President Vladimir Putin to commute to his office by air. The move comes amid growing public criticism of the presidential motorcade disrupting the capital’s already notoriously heavy traffic. 69
The leader of the Russian Liberal-Democrats has been declared persona non grata in Kyrgyzstan after claiming the Central Asian country’s treasured alpine lake as repayment for Russia forgiving a $500 million national debt. 12
Putin talks to German TV: FULL TEXT
Recent checks in Russian NGOs are completely in line with the law and have the sole objective of informing the Russian public on these groups’ activities, President Vladimir Putin told the ARD. 16