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Russian Officials Allow CNN to Continue Broadcasting
Russia's federal communications watchdog agency Roskomnadzor has signed an order to issue a certificate of registration in Russia for the popular US-based news channel CNN, the agency's spokesperson told the press.
--26-02-2015--
Spaniards May Be Allowed to Adopt Russian Children
The upper house of the Russian parliament has ratified a Russian-Spanish agreement on cooperation over the adoption of Russian children, which will allow Spanish citizens to adopt children from Russia.
--26-02-2015--
CNN to Return to Russian Television Networks
Popular US-based TV channel CNN plans to resume its broadcasting in Russia as soon as possible, a representative from of Turner Broadcasting System International (TBSI) company, told the press on Monday.
--28-01-2015--
Russia to Force Bloggers to Get Journalist Accreditation
Russian parliament is considering legislation to force bloggers whose webpages get 10,000 views a day to get official journalist accreditation from the government, Russian press reports.
--19-03-2014--
Russia to Consider Life Sentences for Funding Terrorism
A bill introducing life imprisonment for anyone convicted of funding terrorism is expected to be submitted to the Russian parliament this week, one of Russian lawmakers told the press.
--17-01-2014--
Russia to Ban Websites Calling for Protests
In the late December the lower house of Russian parliament gave its final approval for a bill to ban websites that call for unauthorized protests.
--14-01-2014--
Russian Officials Now Can Buy Out Expensive Gifts
Russian officials, who were previously banned from accepting expensive presents as part of the countrys anti-corruption campaign, will now have a chance to buy them out under a new government regulation.
--13-01-2014--
Russia Makes Tougher Penalties for Illegal Migrants
On Friday, December 13, Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, tentatively approved legislation to impose tougher penalties on migrants who break registration rules in Russia.
--16-12-2013--
Navalny's Initiative Proposed to Russian Parliament
Deputies from LDPR political party on Friday submitted for consideration in the Russian State Duma the initiave of Alexey Navalny, Russian opposition leader, to set one and a half million rubles ($45,800) the upper limit for service vehicle for Russian officials.
--25-11-2013--
Russian Lawmakers Intend to Punish Separatists
Russian deputies from the ruling party have proposed a draft bill to make it illegal to promote secessionism and sympathize with separatist movements.
--11-11-2013--
Russia Plans to Fingerprint Migrant Workers
According to new migration rules in Russia, residents from former Soviet republics arriving to seek a job will have to carry a foreign passport and possibly have their fingerprints taken when entering Russia.
--08-11-2013--
Russian Lawmakers Plan to Control Occult Healers
On Tuesday, October 31, a Russian opposition lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov has proposed a bill to regulate the country's lucrative occult medicine industry.
--31-10-2013--
Russian Lawmakers to Punish Terrorists' Relatives
On Friday, October 25, Russian legislators unanimously passed a law forcing the relatives of terrorists to pay for the damages caused by their attacks.
--26-10-2013--
Russian Court Rules to Ban Film-Sharing Sites
A court in Moscow has ordered the definitive closure of several websites used for downloading movies, as an another action in the recent introduction of a strict anti-piracy law.
--23-10-2013--
Russian President Approves Bigger Fines for Smoking in Public
On Monday, October 21, Russian President signed off the introduction of stiffer penalties for smoking in public as the government continues its battle for improving health standards in the country.
--22-10-2013--
Russian Lawmakers to Consider Return of NOTA Option to Ballots
Russian Parliament will discuss the latest changes in Russia's electoral system, as a bill returning the none of the above option to ballot papers in legislative, but not presidential, elections, is received for consideration.
--16-10-2013--
Russian Topless Show Accused of Desecration of Russian Flag
A Russian dance trio who tossed Russian flags on the stage during their topless performance is being investigated for desecration, the Investigative Committee said on Wednesday.
--03-10-2013--
Greenpeace Warns Russia Against New Nature-Reserve Bill
On Wednesday, Greenpeace published an official statement calling on Russians to sign an online petition against a new parliament bill that could leave their nations nature reserves defenseless against destruction by unprincipled officials.
--30-09-2013--
Russian Parliament to Consider an Expanded Anti-Piracy Bill
A new bill allowing for websites to be blocked if they contain any copyright-infringing content was introduced in the Russian parliament on Tuesday, expanding an earlier law against film piracy.
--25-09-2013--
Russia Won't Suspend Anti-Gay Law even for Winter Olympics
On Monday, August 12, Russia's Interior Ministry confirmed that the country's controversial anti-gay law will be enforced during the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
--13-08-2013--
Most Russians Want Stricter Immigration Legislation
Three-quarters of Russians say the country needs stricter immigration laws and too large presence of migrants from other countries is bad for the society, a recent opinion poll reveals.
--13-08-2013--
An Online Petition against Anti-Piracy Law Gets 100,000 Signatures
On Saturday, August 10, an online petition against Russias draconian anti-piracy law received 100,000 signatures, which is enough to send it to the government for discussion.
--11-08-2013--
Russian New Anti-Piracy Law Comes into Force Today, Faces Mass Protests
The new anti-piracy legislation comes into force on August 1, it will allow copyright holders to get a Russian court to block access to allegedly pirated content as well as hyperlinks to such content.
--01-08-2013--
Russian Parliament Backs Law Against Insulting Religious Feelings
On Tuesday, June 11, Russian State Duma, the lower house of Russian Parliament, approved a bill that would make insulting religious believers feelings a criminal offense, punishable by up to three years behind bars.
--12-06-2013--
New Anti-Smoking Law Came Into Force in Russia
An anti-smoking law that bans smoking in public places, including in government buildings, healthcare and educational facilities, cultural sites, sports stadiums and on public transport, came into force on Saturday, June 1.
--02-06-2013--
Russian Parliament Plans to Prevent Domestic Law
Lawmakers of Russian State Duma, the lower house of Russian parliament, are drafting a law on measures to combat domestic violence, State Duma Healthcare Committee member Saliya Murzabayeva said on Tuesday.
--31-05-2013--
Russian Politician Proposes Anti-Corruption Education
Special classes on anti-corruption behavior should be introduced in higher educational establishments for future officials, Irina Yarovaya, head of the State Duma Security and Anticorruption Committee, said on Monday.
--28-05-2013--
Jailed Russian Businessmen May Be Released Under an Amnesty
Thousands of jailed Russian businessmen may soon walk out thanks to a proposed economic amnesty, though Russian president calls that idea "raw".
--27-05-2013--
Russian Parliament Passes Contradictory Anti-blasphemy Law
Russian Duma, the lower house of Russian Parliament, has passed a second reading of a religious offense law that has provoked a firestorm of controversy.
--27-05-2013--
Russia to Create List of Banned 'Extremist' Symbols
Russia will compile a list of extremist symbols that are prohibited for use by companies, media and NGOs.
--09-05-2013--
Russian Election Watchdog May Be Closed
Russia's Golos (Voice) Association, an independent election monitoring NGO, was fined 300,000 rubles (around $10,000) for failing to register as a "foreign agent", and can even close in the near future.
--26-04-2013--
Russian Parliament Bans Overseas Accounts for Officials
On Wednesday, April 25, Russian Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, passed in the third and final reading a bill banning public officials, lawmakers and judges from having foreign bank accounts.
--25-04-2013--
Punishment Is Toughened for Street Shooting in Russia
On Wednesday, April 17, the lower house of Russian parliament, the State Duma, approved in the first reading a bill toughening punishment for shooting in public places.
--18-04-2013--
Bill on Mixed Elections Approved in First Reading
On Tuesday, April 16, Russian Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, approved in the first reading a bill returning independent constituencies to the federal parliamentary polls.
--16-04-2013--
Bill on Language Test for Migrants Approved in First Reading
On Wednesday, April 10, Russian Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, approved in the first reading a bill introducing obligatory testing in Russian language, history and laws for labour migrants.
--11-04-2013--
Russian Politicians Ready to Resign over Foreign Assets Ban
On Wednesday, Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Federation Council, said several MPs are ready to resign if a bill banning officials and members of parliament from holding accounts in foreign banks is passed.
--28-03-2013--
Russian Supreme Court Supports Summer Time Law
On Tuesday, Russian Constitutional Court rejected an appeal to cancel the year-round summer time pattern established by the government in 2011.
--27-03-2013--
Russian State Duma Passes Bill against Drunk Driving in 1st Reading
On Wednesday, the Russian State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, passed in the first reading the bill providing for the toughening of responsibility for drunk driving.
--14-03-2013--
Russian Parliament Passes Match-Fixing Bill in 1st Reading
On Tuesday, the Russian State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, passed in the first reading the bill providing for the toughening of punishment for match-fixing.
--13-03-2013--
Russian Lawmakers to Be Forbidden Going Abroad Without Permission
Russian State Duma lawmakers have decided to prohibit their colleagues from travelling abroad during "regional sessions" without a special permission from the Speaker.
--12-03-2013--





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