Russia has “no mass surveillance in our country,” according to President Vladimir Putin, after he was asked a surprise question by whistleblower Edward Snowden at his Q&A session, adding “our surveillance activities are strictly controlled by the law.”
Over 65,000 people gathered on Friday for a demonstration in central Moscow to support residents of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The mostly Russian-speaking region has become a major stumbling block in Moscow-Kiev relations.
A court in Moscow has found eight people guilty of mass riots and attacks on police officers during street violence in the Russian capital in May 2012. The sentence is expected to be announced on Monday.
Activists from a popular motorists’ group have asked the Moscow mayor to dissolve the city Duma after the Russian Supreme Court recognized as invalid the recently approved bill on increased fines for illegal parking.
A controversial temporary exhibition hall decorated as a luxury Louis Vuitton trunk is being removed from Moscow’s Red Square. It follows a string of angry comments that filled Russian media after the installation was revealed to the public.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin says he has no plans to sanction the construction of new mosques. The majority of worshipers there are not permanent residents of the city, but migrants who should go home once their working contracts expire, he stated.
Moscow is ready to offer a platform for a meeting between the Syrian government and the opposition, Russia’s senior diplomat has said, adding that some opponents of President Bashar Assad have already agreed to participate in such a gathering.
Around 5,000 people took the streets of Moscow on Sunday to participate in an opposition rally, demanding the release of activists jailed after the May 2012 Bolotnaya demonstration and other people they described as “political prisoners.”
The lead-singer of the Scorpions rock band called a young Russian man with incurable cancer and sang to him after 5,000 Facebook users joined together to help the hospice patient’s most cherished dream become reality.