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October 31, 2014 10:22
Russian Lower House Speaker Sergei Naryshkin (AFP Photo/Sergey Chirikov)
We will never play by US rules – State Duma chief
The State Duma speaker believes the US want to stop mutual dialogue between Russia and Europe, but this will not happen as Russia will keep looking for every opportunity to mend ties with its neighbors.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO (AFP Photo/The Climate Group) St Pete anti-gay crusader urges entry ban on Apple’s Cook
A Russian lawmaker known for his relentless struggle against gay propaganda has suggested slapping an entry ban on Tim Cook over fears that the businessman would “make homosexuality fashionable” and “impose changes in human relations.”
US President Barack Obama walks to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 9, 2009 to address reporters after he won the Nobel Peace Prize. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb) Lawmaker asks Nobel Committee to strip Obama of Peace Prize
A representative of the populist LDPR nationalist party claims in an official letter that the US President should be blamed for thousands of innocent people’s deaths and therefore cannot keep his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
The "Solovetsky Stone" monument in St.Petersburg (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk) Russia remembers victims of Stalinist purges
Today Russia remembers people who fell victim to major repressions in the Soviet era. Memorials are taking place all over the country with the main event being held near the Solovetsky Stone monument in Moscow.
On a Moscow metro station. (RIA Novosti/ Vladimir Fedorenko) Moscow would be world’s safest city without illegal immigration - mayor
To become the safest city in the world Moscow needs to solve the illegal alien problem, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said as he presented the latest “patent” system for the registration of migrant workers.
Contract servicemen, who represent military units of all Russia's federal districts, during comprehensive practical training at the Training Center of the Detached Interior Ministry Troops Rapid Deployment Division. (RIA Novosti/Kirill Kallinikov) Contract soldiers outnumber conscripts in Russian military – Defense Minister
In September, the Russian military had more contract servicemen than conscripts, Sergey Shoigu has said, adding it was proof of the growing prestige of a military career and its popularity among young Russians.
RIA Novosti / Sergey Kuznecov Putin’s rating falls below 50 percent in September - poll
After reaching an all-time high in August President Putin’s approval rating has fallen in September according to the latest research. The Kremlin says it is a natural fluctuation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Sergey Guneev)
Russian leader congratulates Ukrainian WWII veterans, urges common fight against neo-Nazism
President Putin has sent greetings to veterans to mark the 70th anniversary of Ukraine’s liberation from Nazi occupation.
Reuters / Sigit Pamungkas Clients must marry prostitutes or face jail – St Pete deputy
A municipal lawmaker in Russia’s second-largest city has drafted a bill introducing heavy fines for the clients of prostitutes, but they’ll be forgotten if client agrees to marry the sex worker.
RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo MPs suggest lowering Russian voting age
A lawmaker from the populist nationalist LDPR caucus has prepared a bill to allow Russians as young as 16 to take part in elections and referendums, claiming the measure would legalize young people’s participation in politics.
Counting ballots during election to Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada. (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov)
Russia recognizes Ukraine poll despite violations, doubts
It is obvious that the Supreme Rada elections in Ukraine can be considered valid despite a rather harsh and dirty campaign, Russia’s deputy foreign minister has said.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow's Alexander Garden (RIA Novosti / 
Denis Grishkin) Duma honors Unknown Soldier with new Russian national holiday
The Russian Lower House has approved the bill setting the Day of the Unknown Soldier as an official holiday celebrated on December 3.

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