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March 03, 2015 11:14
Head of the State Duma Committee for International Relations Aleksey Pushkov (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko)
US ignores Russia’s offers of talks – Duma foreign relations chief
There is no contact between the Russian and US parliaments as the Congress has repeatedly ignored all initiatives of negotiators aimed at settling various international crises, a senior Russian MP stated in an interview.
A woman and a child walk near the Dnipro river in Kiev. (Reuters/Anatolii Stepanov) Ukraine should observe peace accords or return Russian loans - Communists
Two Communist party MPs say the Russian government should forward an ultimatum to Ukraine and demand the full return of multi-billion-dollar credits if official Kiev fails to observe the ceasefire agreements.
RIA Novosti / Evgenya Novozhenina Putin announces 10% salary cuts in his administration
The Russian president has ordered salary cuts of 10 percent for all members of his administration, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, who is also deputy head of the administration, has told reporters.
Reuters / Charles Platiau NGO launches dedicated anti-corruption social network in Russia
A Russian NGO has announced plans to launch a nationwide social network specially designed to fight bribery and corruption.
RIA Novosti / Diament Russian Jewish community blasts Ukraine and Baltics nations for glorifying Nazi collaborators
Russia’s largest Jewish organization has condemned the authorities of Ukraine, Baltic nations and Moldova over their official line of support to persons and groups known for close cooperation with Nazi Germany and crimes against humanity during WWII.
RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin ‘Opposition is necessary...but we wouldn’t vote for them,’ most Russians hold
Over half of all Russians agree that an opposition is a necessary part of the political system, but very few agreed with the current demands of opposition politicians or said that they would like to see those people in power one day.
Yelena Mizulina, chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children. (RIA Novosti/Vladimir Trefilov) Senior MP urges review of statute of limitation in pedophilia cases
The head of the State Duma Committee for Family, Women and Children has proposed a revision of the existing statute of limitations in criminal cases that involve sex offences against minors.
RIA Novosti/Konstantin Chalabov Leftists call for lifting Russian embargo on food imports
A group of leftist MPs have submitted a bill contesting the 6-month old embargo on alimentary products produced in the countries that apply economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.
A monument to Joseph Stalin. (RIA Novosti/Bolot Botchkarev) Leading NGO opposes plan to rename Russian city 'Stalingrad'
The NGO Memorial, which specializes in documenting the history of the Stalinist purges, has sharply criticized a proposal to erect a monument to Josef Stalin in Moscow and to rename the city of Volgograd as Stalingrad.
Yabloko party leaders Sergei Mitorkhin and Grigory Yavlinsky. (RIA Novosti/Vitaliy Belousov) No Solidarity as opposition split over licensed Spring March in Moscow
Soon after Moscow authorities agreed to a major protest march in the city one of Russia’s oldest political parties, Yabloko, announced it will not be taking part, as holding the event in a remote location “sets a dangerous precedent.”
RIA Novosti / Grigoriy Sisoev Russian MPs support cut in own salaries as anti-crisis measure
Deputies of all parliamentary caucuses have backed a proposal by State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin to cut their recently increased salaries as part of the Russian government’s budget optimization.
RIA Novosti / Evgeny Biyatov Ban on prohibition: Justice Ministry refuses to register anti-alcohol party
Russian authorities have rejected a registration application from the Russian Prohibition Party, but activists vow to continue their fight against the menace of alcohol.

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