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.
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.
President Putin’s office is composing an answer to US President Obama’s letter on missile defense, nuclear disarmament and transparent interaction. The Kremlin promises to have the answer ready no later than May 20.
The Russian and British intelligence services will resume contacts aborted in 2006 and work together to provide security for the 2014 Winter Games, president Vladimir Putin and UK’s prime minister, David Cameron have agreed.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said there is “strong evidence” proving the Syrian government used chemical weapons in its war against the militant opposition, a position at odds with recent UN findings.