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Yuri Andropov
15 June 1914 - 9 February 1984


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5 New Parties Registered in Russia
Five new parties have been registered by the Ministry of Justice on Thursday, putting the official total to 70.
--19-05-2013--
Billionaire Prokhorov Quits Business for Politics
Russia-IC looks at Mikhail Prokhorov's new party as it aims to transform the political landscape in Russia, becoming a third power with serious ambitions.
--31-10-2012--
Poems For Pussy Riot: A Political Act In a Poetic Form
Containing nearly a hundred poems from over a hundred authors from different countries, an anthology Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot has just been e-published by Mark Burnhope, Sarah Crewe and Sophie Mayor, with support from English PEN. The contributions celebrate the Russian prisoners of conscience and vary in style, form, and subject.
--02-10-2012--
See How They Run: Madonna May Become a Persona Non Grata In Russia
Madonna was never the one to shun away from scandal - but the aftermath of her Russian tour may baffle even the experienced American performer. Protests, a fine, and even the prospect of becoming a persona non grata in Russia - no Western celebrity ever got embroiled in such "action" in Russia.
--21-08-2012--
Electoral Campaign in Russia: Most Colourful Moments
Big presidential electoral campaign ends today, on Sunday Russia goes to the polls. What was this run-up most notable for? Let's discover the main stages, events and scandals of this pre-election month.
--02-03-2012--
Presidential Elections in Russia - When, Where and How
There only 3 days left till the main political event in Russia - Presidential Elections. No wonder that almost everything in Russia now has some political tones, and it is sometimes difficult to understand all this. We have prepared this article to help you getting a complete picture of main rules and details of Russian election legislation.
--29-02-2012--
Russia's Candidates for Presidency: Our Guide
As less than a month left until Russia's presidential elections and pre-election race is under way, we would like to offer you a brief look at five candidates who made it on the ballot, telling about their career, political views, supporters and chances for winning.
--17-02-2012--
Russian Government Suggests Criminal Sentences for Facilitators of Illegal Immigration
In the recent years large Russian cities have become overly populated by the so-called illegal immigrants. These are usually people from the CIS countries who often come to Russia to work on building sites or as cleaners. The Government has suggested to implement measures that should help to restrict the amount of immigration. However, according to experts, there are more minuses in this proposition.
--30-01-2012--
100 Books a Student Should Read: Russian Government View
As part of his pre-electoral work, the Prime Minister has recently announced a plan to compile a list of 100 books that every Russian student should "read thoughtfully". Although a popular idea, is it really fresh?
--03-02-2012--
Businessmen and Politics
Russian politics and business become more and more interrelated. Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov recently headed the party Pravoe Delo. Why Prokhorov decided to become a politician and to head a party?
--25-11-2011--
Moscow's Cap's Blown Away
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday, on a state visit to China, abruptly sacked veteran Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov after nearly two decades in charge.
--25-11-2011--


News:

Navalny Refuses to Stay Under House Arrest
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has refused to comply with the requirements of his house arrest and removed his electronic tag by cutting it in half.
--12-01-2015--
Navalny Gets Suspended Sentence, His Brother Goes in Jail
On Tuesday, December 30, Russian opposition leader and main Putin critic Alexey Navalny has been been found guilty in a high-profile fraud case. His brother, Oleg Navalny, gets imprisonment.
--30-12-2014--
US Brings New Sanctions Against Russians and Russian Companies
On Monday, April 28, the United States introduced sanctions against seven individual Russians and 17 Russian companies, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
--30-04-2014--
1,000 More Prisoners Can Be Freed in Economic Amnesty
About 1,000 businesspeople could be released this year under an economic amnesty that had initially ended earlier this month, business ombudsmen Boris Titov said on Tuesday.
--17-01-2014--
Russian Lawmakers to Return NOTA Option to Election Ballots
Russian parliamentary deputies are currently considering a measure to restore the against all option on ballots in municipal, regional and parliamentary elections.
--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--
Prokhorov Delegates His Political Party to His Sister
Irina Prokhorova, the older sister of Russian billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov, is set to replace him as head of his opposition party, Prokhorov officially announced on Friday.
--20-12-2013--
St. Petersburg Governor to Step Down Ahead of Early Elections
Georgy Poltavchenko, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, will resign ahead of early elections in which he may not stand, Russian press report.
--17-12-2013--
Russian Court Upholds Fine for Russian Opposition Activist
On Friday, November 22, Moscow City Court threw out an appeal by Ilya Ponomaryov, a Russian protest leader and a co-organizer of recent anti-Kremlin protests, who was ordered to pay 2.7 million rubles ($82,000) to the Skolkovo business hub.
--25-11-2013--
Tycoon Prokhorov Starts Camapaign Against Coming Tax Reform
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has become one of the forthright critics of Kremlin-backed plans to change rules on tax investigations that entrepreneurs say will hamper business and foster corruption.
--21-11-2013--
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--
Russian Top Health Official Appointed as Aide to Prime Minister
Russias top health official, Gennady Onishchenko, known for his controversial import bans and vivid medical advice, has been relieved of his duties and appointed as an aide to Prime Minister.
--24-10-2013--
Kremlin Permitted Navalny's Participation in Mayoral Election - Moscow Mayor
In his latest interview to Russian newspaper, newly-elected Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has admitted he consulted with Russian President about what role his rival, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, should play in the mayoral election.
--21-10-2013--
Russians Name the Most Efficient Minister
Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is rated as the country's most efficient minister, according to a survey released by state-run pollster VTsIOM on Thursday.
--18-10-2013--
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 Cabinet Seeks Ban on Luxury Cars for Officials
An expert group headed by the Russian Open Government minister has advised the Cabinet to consider a bill banning officials from buying cars worth more than 1.5 million rubles ($47,000).
--08-10-2013--
Less and Less Russians Are Positive about Russian President
The number of Russians who have a positive opinion about Russian President dropped by 33 percentage points in the past five years, an opinion poll showed on Friday.
--03-10-2013--
Kremlin Doesn't Welcome Navalny to Senior Job
The Kremlin is not considering the possibility of offering a position in the echelons of power to opposition leader Alexei Navalny until he proves himself as a capable politician, the head of the presidential administration said.
--01-10-2013--
44% of Russians Call Ruling Party "Crooks and Thieves"
Almost half of all Russians, 44 percent, agree with a popular slogan invented by an opposition leader Alexei Navalny that the ruling United Russia political party is made up of crooks and thieves, a recent opinion poll.
--26-09-2013--
Russian Government Approves 2014-2016 Budget
The Russian government on Thursday approved the draft budget for 2014-2016, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
--25-09-2013--
Opposition Leader Roizman Appointed as Yekaterinburg Mayor
Deputies of the Urals city of Yekaterinburg have officially appointed Yevgeny Roizman, the recent mayoral election's winner, as a mayor at the first meeting of the city's freshly elected legislative assembly.
--24-09-2013--
'Gray Cardinal' Surkov Returns to Kremlin
Former Kremlin ideologue Vladislav Surkov, who resigned from the Russian government in May, has been appointed a presidential aide, the Kremlin press service said on Friday.
--24-09-2013--
First of 951 Navalny's Lawsuits to Annul Moscow Election Rejected
A Moscow city court on Friday rejected the first of 952 lawsuits by runner-up mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny seeking to annul the September 8 election over alleged violations.
--23-09-2013--
Mikhail Prokhorov Doesn't Plan to Quit Politics
On Monday, August 26, Russian billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov once again dismissed rumors that he would soon quit politics.
--27-08-2013--
Russian Politics is Not for all Parties - Report
More parties have been banned from regional elections in Russia this year than in 2012, despite the Kremlins attempted liberalization of political legislation, a new study shows.
--16-08-2013--
Almost Half of Russians Don't Believe in Country Improvement
42 percent of Russians say the current federal government can't improve the country, while only 16 percent believe in improvements, down from 45 percent in July 2010 and 21 percent in July 2011, the recent opinion poll reveals.
--14-08-2013--
Disappointment in Russian President Grows from Year to Year
The number of Russians who are disappointed in Russian President has more than doubled since 2000, the first year of his ruling, the latest in a series of nationwide polls reveals.
--13-08-2013--
Russian Businessmen Back Navalny in Moscow Mayoral Race
A group of 37 CEOs and entrepreneurs from Russian internet companies and start-up businesses have announced their supporting opposition leader Alexei Navalnys bid to become mayor of Moscow.
--07-08-2013--
Activists Who Reported Putins Palace Jailed for Extortion
Four environmental activists in southern Russia who once made a sensational report about an illegally built real estate linked to Russian President have been given lengthy jail terms for extorting money from a real estate developer.
--07-08-2013--
Jail Terms for Khodorkovsky and Lebedev Reduced
On Tuesday, August 6, Russias top court ruled to reduce the prison terms for the jailed former head of oil giant Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his former business partner by two months.
--06-08-2013--
Gidon Kremer to Hold a Concert in Support of Russian Opposition
Famous Latvian violinist and conductor Gidon Kremer starts to gather musicians for holding a big concert in support of Russian opposition activists who suffered from political repressions in the recent years.
--23-07-2013--
Billionaire Prokhorov's Party Out of Moscow Region Governor Race
Russian billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorovs Civic Platform political party will not field a candidate for governor of the Moscow Region.
--08-07-2013--
New Version of Anti-corruption Law to Fight Nepotism at Civil Service
Russian State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament indends to pass legal amendments to the law on corruption, which will ban Russian civil servants from signing contracts with companies run by their relatives.
--08-07-2013--
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--
Moscow Officials Announce Early Mayoral Election Date
On Friday, June 7, Moscow City Hall set snap mayoral election to take place on September 8, recently retired mayor Sergey Sobyanin is the first candidate.
--07-06-2013--
Chess Legend Kasparov Doesn't Plan to Return to Russia
Former chess grandmaster and opposition political activist Garry Kasparov has said he will not come back to Russia because his freedom to subsequently leave the country could be curtailed.
--06-06-2013--
Moscow Mayor Announces His Resignation
On Tuesday, June 5, the mayor of Russian capital, Sergey Sobyanin, announced he would resign in order to be elected in early mayoral elections already in September.
--05-06-2013--
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--
Kremlin Mastermind Surkov Quits Cabinet
Russias influential Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov, best known as the architect of Russias sovereign democracy political system, stepped down on Wednesday.
--09-05-2013--
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--
Only One Russian on List of Most Influential People
Only one Russian person was included into the Time's 2013 list of the worlds top 100 most influential people, and he is not the Russian president.
--21-04-2013--
Russia to Introduce Jail Sentences for Insulting Believers' Feelings
A bill introducing big fines or a prison term for public humiliation of religious rites or other insults to believers feelings has been approved in the first reding by the Russian parliaments lower house.
--17-04-2013--
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--
Nabiulina to Become New Central Bank Head
On Tuesday Russian parliament approved former Economics Minister Elvira Nabiulina as the new head of Russia's Central Bank.
--10-04-2013--
Oligarch Politician Prokhorov Calls to Revote Mayoral Elections
Billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov has demanded to cancel results of the mayoral elections in the Moscow Region city of Zhukovsky, where a candidate from his party participated.
--05-04-2013--
Mark Knopfler Cancels Concerts in Russia over NGO Law
On Thursday, famous British guitarist and singer Mark Knopfler canceled his planned shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg, citing toughening of Russian government's stance towards nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
--05-04-2013--
Veteran Human Rights Activist Faces 3 Administrative Cases
Three administrative cases are launched against prominent Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov after his refuse to present documents on the NGOs he heads.
--29-03-2013--
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--
Boris Berezovsky May Be Buried in Russia
Moscow is agreed to consider burying self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky in Russia if there will be such a requst, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
--25-03-2013--
Most Russian Ministers Against US Adoption Ban - Deputy PM
On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said the majority of Russian ministers don't support a ban on US citizens adopting Russian children.
--21-03-2013--
Two Opposition Lawmakers Expelled from their Faction
The Fair Russia party has expelled two of its leading members, the father and son Gudkovs, for participating in street protests and cooperating with non-parliamentary opposition.
--15-03-2013--
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--
Russian Anti-Corruption Lawmaker Denies Owning Luxury Apartment
A Russian lawmaker, Irina Yarovaya, on Monday denied media reports that she had failed to declare ownership of a luxury property in the central Moscow.
--12-03-2013--
Russian Anti-Smoking Bill Is Signed into Law
On Monday, February 25, Russian President has signed into law a harsh ban on smoking in public places.
--25-02-2013--
Russian Lib Dems to Introduce Fines for Using Foreign Words
The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) has submitted a bill imposing fines of up to 50,000 rubles (about $1,700) on officials for using foreign words that have Russian equivalents in public speeches.
--22-02-2013--
Russian Christians, Muslims and Jews to Launch Political Party
The Ten Commandments Party - a secular movement which seeks to establish religious ethical principles in the society - is expected to be registered in Russia.
--20-02-2013--
FIDE Boss Plans to Create Political Chess Party
The head of the FIDE chess federation and former president of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, plans to launch the international chess party to promote chess and unite other political movements.
--14-02-2013--
Russian Officials Oppose Return of Death Sentences
Several top officials in Parliament and Kremlin have rejected the possibility of a return of the death penalty in Russia after Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in an interview that he saw nothing wrong in it.
--13-02-2013--
Russian Parliament Opens Spring Session
On January 15, the State Duma, Russias lower house of parliament, started its spring session with many important and controversial bills to consider within weeks.
--16-01-2013--
Russian Pirate Party Failed to Register over Its Title
Russias Justice Ministry denied registration to the Russian Pirate Party, as the term "piracy" in Russia is linked to a criminal offence.
--15-01-2013--
Thousands Rally Against Anti-adoption Law in Moscow
Thousands of Russians gathered on Sunday in the center of Moscow to protest against a law banning US citizens from adopting Russian children.
--14-01-2013--
Gerard Depardieu May Become Communist?
Russia's Communist Party (KPRF) has invited Gerard Depardieu, French actor of Russian citizenship, to join the political party.
--12-01-2013--
Russia-US Adoption Deal to Last Till 2014
The existing bilateral adoption agreement between Russia and the United States will remain valid until January 2014, Russian President's press service reports.
--11-01-2013--
100,000 Signatures Gathered for Russian Parliament Dissolution
Over 100,000 signatures were collected by an opposition "Novaya Gazeta" newspaper in support of an early dissolution of the lower house of Russian Parliament.
--10-01-2013--
US Adoption Ban Comes into Force in Russia
A controversial law which in particular bans adoption of Russian children by American families came into force on January 1.
--04-01-2013--
Retirement Age Is Raised for Top Officials in Russia
On Wednesday, January 2, Russian President signed a law increasing the retirement age for Russias senior government officials to 70.
--03-01-2013--
Russian Opposition to Hold Protest Action against Anti-US Law
Russian opposition activists plan to hold a rally urging to repeal a new law banning adoptions of Russian children by American citizens and dissolve the Russian Parliament.
--30-12-2012--
Magnitsky List Can Be Extended with Russian Lower House Deputies
Over 40,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website urging to supplement the Magnitsky List with Russian parliamentarians, who supported a new law banning US citizens from adopting Russian children.
--24-12-2012--
Russian Politician Proposes to Jail Journalists for Violence on TV
A Fair Russia fraction MP has proposed a bill that is expected to decrease negative content on Russian TV and to protect people from harmful information.
--12-12-2012--
Russian Lower House to Consider US Citizens Blacklist
Russian State Duma plans to consider the draft law targeting US citizens involved in Human Rights violations - the response to the so-called Magnitsky Act approved by the US Senate last week.
--10-12-2012--
Duma Warns Russian Media Against Apocalypse Hype
A group of Russian deputies have urged national TV networks to show restraint in broadcasting material about "the forthcoming end of the world."
--04-12-2012--
Russian Party Plans to Legalize Prostitution
On Monday, Russias Right Cause party announced its decision to include the legalization of prostitution in its platform if public opinion supports it.
--27-11-2012--
TIME Magazine Nominates Pussy Riot for 2012 Person of the Year
An American weekly news magazine Time has included Russian punk band Pussy Riot in the list of candidates for the 2012 Person of the Year.
--27-11-2012--
Russian Oboronservis Scandal Reveals New Suspects
Russia's ex-Defense Ministry official Yevgeniya Vasilyeva has been placed under house arrest on charges of a large-scale fraud, Russias Investigative Committee press service reports.
--26-11-2012--
Russian Opposition Activist Charged with Fur Hats Stealing
Russian opposition activist, Leonid Razvozzhayev, was accused of an armed robbery in 1997, in addition to the recent charges of mass disorders organization.
--22-11-2012--
Russian Politicians Start Fight for Moscow Region Governorship
After Sergey Shoigu was appointed Defense Minister, the post of the Moscow Region governor has become vacant and various politicians have announced plans to fight for it.
--07-11-2012--
10,000 Claims to Be Made Against Russian Opposition Leader
The United Russia member Vladimir Svirid plans to file 10,000 lawsuits against opposition leader Aleksey Navalny in order to "calm him down".
--07-11-2012--
Russian Defense Minister Got the Ax
On Tuesday Russia President relieved Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov of his duties on Tuesday, and appointed Sergei Shoigu as his replacement.
--06-11-2012--
Russian Communist Party Plans 'Protest Revolution'
The Russian Communist Party (KPRF) has refused to cooperate with other opposition parties, intending to make its own nationwide protest movement of 'proletarians and patriots'.
--30-10-2012--
Treason Definition Now Includes Giving Financial Help and Consultations To an Enemy
With 375 votes against 2 the State Duma adopted additional notes to the treason law. The definition of treason now encompasses the provision of help and consultations to the foreign countries, bodies and representatives thereof, if such parties are known to commit acts undermining Russia's security.
--24-10-2012--
Regional Elections Are Over, No Surprises
Sunday, October 14, has become a big elections day for people in 77 Russia's regions. Its main trends are already obvious - low turnout and a ruling party's triumph.
--17-10-2012--
Russian Parliament Expels Opposition Deputy Gudkov
The Russian Lower House voted for expelling the opposition deputy Gennady Gudkov of his mandate on Friday.
--17-09-2012--
Party Leaders Are not Allowed Singing for Voters
An elections commission in Russias republic of Udmurtiya has prohibited the Liberal Democratic Party from sending voters CDs of songs performed by the partys leader.
--14-09-2012--
Russian Politics Needs Long-Lived Officials
On Tuesday Russian president submitted to parliament a bill allowing top officials to stay in office until they are 70 years old.
--05-09-2012--
Magnitsky List Reaches the UK Embassy In Moscow; 60 Officials Barred From Entering the UK
British Home Secretary Teresa May has sent a list of 60 officials barred from entering the country in connection with Sergei Magnitsky case, The Sunday Times reported. The Russian ambassador in the UK is currently awaiting explanation from the British side.
--03-09-2012--
Russian Trash Metal Legend to Run for Mayor
Elections in Russia never stop to surprise. The leader of Russia's most scandalous metal band plans to run for mayor of Khimki - a Moscow region city.
--28-08-2012--
Russian Orthodox Activists to Register a Party
The religious organization called the Union of Orthodox Citizens plans to register an Orthodox political party.
--24-08-2012--
The Pussy Riot Case: The World Awaits the Verdict
At 3pm Moscow time the Khamovnichesky Court in Moscow will announce the verdict in the Pussy Riot case.
--17-08-2012--
Russian Government Uses Sentiment Measurement Software To Read Blogs
Prizma (Prism), a sentiment tracking software, is gradually being introduced to the Russian Government. It is expected to help the State officials to better monitor and empathise with Social Media.
--16-08-2012--
Priest-turned-actor Heads Supreme Council of the Right Cause Party
A popular Russian actor and former priest, Ivan Okhlobystin, was recently appointed to the Supreme Council of the Right Cause party.
--15-08-2012--
Russians Don't Support Church Meddling in Politics
Three quarters of Russians believe that the church should stay away from political affairs, according to the recent opinion poll conducted by VTsIOM pollster.
--14-08-2012--
Internet Blacklist to Remain Classified to the Public
The new list of banned Internet resources is expected to be closed to the public in order to avoid advertisement for the illegal information.
--14-08-2012--
Russians About Madonna: An Ex-Tart Should Not Teach Morals
Madonna's prayers for Pussy Riot's imminent liberation has fallen on the eager ears of the Orthodox believers, antigay activists, and certain politicians. The verdict: "An ex-tart should not teach morals".
--09-08-2012--
"Two Chechens Attacked a Russian" Headline Breeds Wrong Stereotypes, a Deputy Says
Headlines like "Two Chechens Attacked a Russian" breed wrong stereotypes and strengthen xenophobia, the State Duma deputy claims. A law introducing respective changes to the mass-media code of conduct may come into force this autumn.
--27-07-2012--
Russian Monarchists Can't Decide on a Political Party
Romanov Imperial House is opposed to the idea of Russian Monarchists to create their own political party seeking the revival of the Russian Empire.
--24-07-2012--
Russian Upper House Approves "Blacklists" and "Foreign Agents"
On Wednesday, the Russia's Federation Council approved such controversial bills as Internet blacklists, criminalizing defamation, branding some NGOs foreign agents" and others.
--19-07-2012--
Foreign Financed Media to Become "Foreign Agents"
Deputies of the ruling party are planning to include Russian media sources which have foreign sources of income into the list of "specially checked" organizations.
--17-07-2012--
Russian Lower House to Unmask "Foreign Agents"
The Russian parliament has adopted in the first reading a bill branding non-profit organizations receiving funds from abroad and engaged in political activity as foreign agents.
--11-07-2012--
State Duma Prohibits the Display of Nazi Symbols
The State Duma has upheld the bill prohibiting the display of the Nazi symbols in a bid to curb the nationalist tendencies in the Russian society. At the same time, the display of "extremist organisation's symbols" is also prohibited, and observers fear this may be a way to curb the opposition movement.
--04-07-2012--
Pussy Riot Cellmates Go On Hunger Strike
The second of incarcerated Pussy Riot members has gone on a hunger strike in protest against the restriction of the time she was left to read 7 volumes of court proceedings. The prosecution demanded that the volumes were returned by July 9th. Many regard this as yet another proof of a purely political character of Pussy Riot process.
--04-07-2012--
A Russian Priest: God Has Not Forgiven Pussy Riot
The Russian Orthodox Church priest claims he had a "revelation" that God has not forgiven the punk-band Pussy Riot.
--25-06-2012--
Pussy Riot Case: Arrest May Be Prolonged
The police guard was enforced at the Tagansky Court in Moscow where the judges are expected to prolong the detention of Pussy Riot musicians.
--20-06-2012--
Tough Anti-protest Law is Approved by Russian Parliament
After 11 hours of a marathon session, the Russian lower house has supported toughening the punishment for illegal gatherings in the second and final third readings.
--06-06-2012--
Prokhorov Announces His New Political Party
Russian tycoon and former presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov has announced his plan for creation of his own political party called "The Civil Platform".
--05-06-2012--
Russian Tycoon May Run for Moscow Mayor
Billionaire businessman Mikhail Prokhorov will probably run for Moscow mayor in 2015, Kommersant Daily reports.
--01-06-2012--
Russian Parliament Seeks Biggest Fines for Opposition
On Tuesday Russia's State Duma has approved in the first hearing the scandalous draft that could make enormous fines for taking part in or organizing unsanctioned protests.
--23-05-2012--
New Russian Cabinet Is Announced
Yesterday, on May 21, Russian President has signed the orders on Russias new cabinet, replacing three quarters of its members with new people.
--22-05-2012--
Hyde Park In Moscow: Where To Voice the Public Opinion
Opposition camps in different spots in Moscow city centre may foster a solution to the problem of having an "official" spot where to voice the public opinion. Inspired by London's Hyde Park, Moscow authorities look to designate a similar place to the policially-savvy citizens.
--18-05-2012--
Russian Experts: French Relations With Russia May be Strained
Russian experts share insights into the possible scenarios for relations in international arena following the election of the Socialist F. Hollande as the French President. They warn against potential strain in communication between Paris and Moscow.
--17-05-2012--
Police Drives the Opposition Camp Away; the Camp Moves Parks
On Wednesday morning, Moscow police drove the opposition camp away from Chistye Prudy in pursuance of the Basmanny Court order. The camp has moved places and is now located in a public park near Barrikadnaya metro station.
--16-05-2012--
Russian Republican Party Is Officially Registered
The Russian Justice Ministry has restored registration of the liberal Republican Party of Russia, which will allow the party to participate in elections.
--11-05-2012--
A Control Walkabout of the Russian Opposition
In the aftermath of the President's inauguration, and the arrests of the opposition leaders during the holiday weekend in Moscow, the famous writer Boris Akunin plans a "control walkabout" around the Boulevard Ring - to see, if or not Muscovites can promenade freely in the town centre.
--10-05-2012--
"Old New" President Returns to Kremlin
On Monday, May 7, an inauguration ceremony was held in the Kremlin State Palace, against a background of a battle between protesters and police, as well as mass arrests.
--08-05-2012--
Protest "March of Millions" Is Authorized
Moscow authorities have agreed to permit the May 6 March of Millions protest action, which includes march from Kaluzhskaya Square and a demonstration on Bolotnaya Square.
--04-05-2012--
Human Rights Activists Quit Presidential Council
Several Russian human rights activists have announced their decision to leave the presidential Human Rights Council after elected president's inauguration on May 7
--02-05-2012--
Opposition Mayor Candidate Ends His Hunger Strike
Former Astrakhan mayoral candidate Oleg Shein ended his 40-day protest hunger strike on Tuesday.
--28-04-2012--
Russian Cat to Be a New Politician in the Urals Region
Three-month-old cat in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg plans to launch a political career, aiming for a seat in the legislature of the city.
--24-04-2012--
Concerts of Famous Rock Band DDT Banned in Siberia
The tour of the famous rock band DDT around Siberia has been cut short with scandalous news: in the cities of Kemerovo, Omsk and Tyumen the band's shows are banned "as control of terrorism".
--23-04-2012--
Opposition Applies for the Biggest Protest March
Today Russian political opposition has applied to hold a May 6 "March of Millions" in Moscow to protest the results of parliamentary and presidential elections.
--23-04-2012--
Russian Ruling Party Plans Increasing Penalties for Protesters
Deputies from Russias ruling United Russia party have proposed to toughen punishment for protest organizers and participants.
--18-04-2012--
Russians Don't Believe in Politicians' Religious Feelings
63% of Russians don't believe in politicians genuine religious feelings while participating in traditional Orthodox services.
--13-04-2012--
Hunger Strike in Astrakhan - New Round of Opposition Activity
The days-long hunger strike of former Duma deputy, Oleg Shein against vote rigging, has attracted national attention.
--12-04-2012--
Emergency Minister to Rescue Moscow Region
Russian Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu was appointed by the Parliament as the Moscow Region's next governor.
--09-04-2012--
The Pirate Party of Russia Holds its Congress Online
On Sunday, the Pirate Party of Russia held its third congress to announce plans to seek official registration according to the new law.
--03-04-2012--
Obama's Microphone Gaffe During Talks with Russia
On Monday, during a conversation between American President Barak Obama and Russian Dmitry Medvedev, Obama was overheard while asking his colleague for "space" for the US.
--28-03-2012--
Emigration Urge Among Russians at Its Record Low
Following some political actions and the rise of mass protests, the number of people who want to leave Russia has halved.
--27-03-2012--
How to Name Your New Party?
An online voting is launched for choosing the best name for Mikhail Prokhorov's new political party.
--26-03-2012--
Eighth Political Party to Be Registered in Russia
The Russian Justice Ministry has agreed to register Russias Republican Party - the liberal party which was banned in 2007.
--19-03-2012--
Opposition Plans to Hold a "March of Millions"
Leftist leader Sergei Udaltsov has called people to take part in the new opposition rally, called "march of millions in Moscow on May 5.
--16-03-2012--
All Russian Civil Servants to Report Their Expenses
Russian government has proposed a new anti-corruption bill, which will oblige all state officials and members of parliament to declare their expenses.
--14-03-2012--
Britain Hopes to Improve Relations with Russia
According to the words of the British Prime Minister David Cameron, Britain is going to work with a new elected Russian president in order to overcome difficulties between Moscow and London.
--06-03-2012--
Moscow in a Ring of Protests
On Monday evening, March 5, there were about 16 different political actions in Moscow. The biggest of them was an opposition rally on the Pushkinskaya Square, which ended with hundreds of protesters detained.
--06-03-2012--
99% of Ballots Are Counted, Elections Results Are Established
The Central Election Commission has counted more than 99 per cent of the ballots. The next Russian president is preliminarily declared.
--05-03-2012--
Preliminary Elections Results
Preliminary elections results indicate that ex-Prime Minister is likely to return to power with an astounding support. Despite recorded instances of "caroussels" and minor frauds, their numbers do not suggest a plot to bring once the President back to power, official sources say.
--04-03-2012--
Presidential Elections Now Available Online
For the first time in Russia's history, everyone can monitor the voting at every polling station in the country online.
--02-03-2012--
Muscovites Queue Up to Be Poll Stations Invigilators
The instances of fraud at the December 2011 elections raised the expectations the Russian citizens have of themselves as participants at the elections. Being proactive, many of them came to register as poll stations invigilators for Mikhail Prokhorov's side.
--29-02-2012--
Prokhorov Asks People to Name His New Party
Russian billionaire and presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov has announced an open contest to choose the name of his new political party.
--28-02-2012--
Global Support for Fair Vote for Russia Grows
As March 4th is looming, the support for fair elections in Russia grows stronger and has acquired global scale. We have received a video showing supporters from New York. The video is presented by a Russian expat in America and includes footage from demonstrations against the fraud at elections in Nizhny Novgorod.
--27-02-2012--
Napoleon Is a New Candidate for Russian Presidency?
Moscow Election Committee has decided to hold a dry run prior to the upcoming polls. The list of candidates can surprise potential voters.
--24-02-2012--
Russian Opposition Leaders to Create "Megaparty"
Russian opposition leaders are going to set up a new democratic coalition or "megaparty" to make it the strongest opposition power to the current authorities.
--16-02-2012--
Presidential Elections Can Leave Fans Without Football
Russia's Interior Ministry has ordered the Russian Football Premier League to cancel all Moscow matches that would coincide with March 4, the day of presidential election.
--15-02-2012--
How to Protest in Style: Russian Fashion Latest Fad
The recent demonstrations have attracted attention from Russian celebrities. Even women went to express their political opinion. And since a woman and fashion are inseparable, a new blog is dedicated to the fashion chronicle of the latest events in Moscow.
--09-02-2012--
Yavlinsky is Officially Out of Presidential Race
Russia's Supreme Court turned down an appeal by liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky against the Central Election Commission's refusal to register him as a candidate in the presidential election in March.
--09-02-2012--
Kick Not Thy Ass! Activists Not Amused at Zhirinovsky Beating His Donkey
Russian people are like a donkey: until you give them a good punch-up, they don't get going. To illustrate the thesis, Vladimir Zhirinovsky who is running for presidency began to whip a real donkey. The environmental activists did not get the metaphor.
--08-02-2012--
Political Demonstrations in Moscow: 200,000 Citizens Brave the Cold
Minus 26 did not stop the Muscovites who wanted to express their political opinion. 170,000 people braved the cold to support the candidates at the earlier scheduled demonstrations on February 4.
--04-02-2012--
Latte Art, Russian Way: Would You Like a Putin or a Prokhorov on Your Coffee?
Caffeine coffee houses in Moscow give a wake-up call to the political conscience of their visitors. Now you can vote with your latte: just pick yourself a Putin, a Prokhorov, or a Zhirinovsky. God knows, it may even taste differently...
--03-02-2012--
Russian Orthodox Church Appeals to the Faithful not to Attend the Protest Demonstrations
On the day of his third year anniversary as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill appealed to the faithful not to attend the protest demonstrations, coming up this weekend across Russia.
--02-02-2012--
Putin, Go Away! Banner Appears Opposite the Kremlin
A banner saying Putin, Go Away! was hung atop of the house opposite the Kremlin. Solidarnost' movement acknowledged responsibility for the action. An hour later the banner was taken down by the police.
--01-02-2012--
Russia May Ask Interpol for Help in Getting Evidence from Yelena Baturina
The case of embezzlement, involving the spouse of Moscow's former Mayor and the Bank of Moscow, may get assistance from the Interpol. Russian side has asked Austria to help get the evidence from Yelena Baturina, one of the principal figures in the investigation.
--30-01-2012--
Criminal Sentences for Illegal Immigrants and Their Employers
The Russian Government has announced plans to severe the influx of illegal immigration in Russia by sentencing the immigrants and their employers for breaking the law.
--30-01-2012--
Elections 2012: The Final List of Candidates
The final list of candidates to fight for presidency at the upcoming elections in March 2012 has been announced. Grigory Yavlinsky has been deregistered as a candidate.
--27-01-2012--
Elections 2012: Two Opposition Candidates May Be Withdrawn from the Polls
According to the Central Electoral Committee, two independent candidates who were planning to run for presidency at March 2012 candidates may be withdrawn from the lists due to excessive errors in the signature lists of their supporters.
--23-01-2012--
Three More Candidates Join the Election Campaign
Yesterday, at exactly 6:00 p.m. the Central Election Commission stopped accepting of two million signatures required to enter the presidential race.
--19-01-2012--
Continent Shifts: Chile Claims Its Territory in Antarctica
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera claimed a part of Antarctica a Chilean possession during his visit to the continent. The land on the Southern Pole was discovered by the Russian expedition in 1820.
--16-01-2012--
Liberal Leader Collected All Necessary Signatures
Liberal politician and former leader of the "Yabloko" party, Grigory Yavlinsky, has collected two million signatures needed to enter the presidential election on March 4.
--16-01-2012--
Communist Leader Promises to Free Khodorkovsky
On Wednesday, the leader of the Communist Party of Russia and presidential candidate, Gennady Zyuganov, said he would pardon former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky if elected president.
--12-01-2012--
New Appointments in the Russian Government
The head of presidential administration, the deputy prime minister, the parliamentary speaker of the State Duma and the presidential administration's first deputy head are announced.
--28-12-2011--
New Big Election Protests in Russia
On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters held big rallies in Moscow and other Russian cities to to press demands for new parliamentary elections and wholesale liberalizing reform in Russia.
--26-12-2011--
Michael McFaul Comes to Russia in January 2012 as the New U.S. Ambassador
President Obama's chief advisor on Russia, Michael McFaul has been appointed by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. ambassador to Russia. He will change his predecessor John Byerly in early January 2012.
--22-12-2011--
In the Name of the Country: Mikhail Prokhorov May Marry to Become the President
Brides of all nations, stand up! A potential future President of Russia, a billionaire, and - wait for this - a bachelor, Mikhail Prokhorov is said to seriously consider marrying ahead of the presidential elections in 2012. There is no Father of the Nation without the second half, is there?
--16-12-2011--
Concert-Exhibition in Moscow to Support those Arrested at Public Rallies
December, 17th will see the concert-exhibition Freedom of Choice held at the design factory Flakon in support of people arrested during anti-corruption rallies in Moscow on December, 5th and 6th.
--14-12-2011--
The State Duma Elections 2011: Geotagging Public Manifestations
December 10, 2011 will see a series of public manifestations across Russia against the falsification of the State Duma elections. In the best traditions of Web2.0, the information about demonstrations has been geotagged, and places are put on the map.
--08-12-2011--
The State Duma Elections 2011: 20 Per Cent of Russians Support the Communist Party
According to the preliminary results of the State Duma Elections 2011, almost 20 per cent of Russian citizens gave their support to the Communist Party.
--05-12-2011--
APEC Jubilee Summit Comes to Vladivostok in 2012
The 20th summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation will be held in Vladivostok in 2012. The topics for discussion will include intellectual property rights and goods safety.
--14-11-2011--
Latvians Vote to Make Russian an Offiicial Language
All over the world, Latvian citizens can vote to make Russian a second national language. The deadline for collecting votes is November 30.
--14-11-2011--
IAEA: Iran's Nuclear Program Was Developed with the Help of Soviet Physicists
An anticipated report by the IAEA contains allegations that the nuclear program in Iran was developed with assistance from Soviet nuclear physicists.
--08-11-2011--
G20 Summit Opens at the French Cannes: Internet Copyright Is Discussed
G20 summit in Cannes has opened, marking the historic year for France that has assumed the G20 Presidency. One of the cornerstone problems to be discussed is the Internet Copyright, and Russia makes a strong stance on the issue.
--03-11-2011--
German Students to Protest Against Khodorkovsky Imprisonment
A group of students from Frankfurt-am-Main is planning to visit the Russian embassy in Berlin on October 29, to protest against the imprisonment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
--27-10-2011--
Russian Finance Minister fired on President's Request
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree on Alexei Kudrin's resignation after the Minister of Finance was offered to resign.
--27-09-2011--
Valentina Matvienko Elected the Speaker of the Upper House
Ex-governor of St. Petersburg Valentina Matvienko has been elected Speaker of the Federation Council.
--21-09-2011--
St. Petersburg Receives its New Governor
On Wednesday Georgy Poltavchenko took over the position from the previous head, Valentina Matvienko, who held her position for more than eight years.
--01-09-2011--
A Zoo in Gaddafi Villa in Libya Is Reported to Have Stored Weapons in Boxes with Russian Custom Marks
Army munition and weapons, including machine guns, have been found in place of what was supposed to be a zoo in Saif al-Islam al Gaddafi's villa. Some of the boxes are said to have come from Moscow.
--31-08-2011--
Tennis Player Marat Safin to Fight for State Duma Place
The Russian tennis player and former World No. 1 tennis player Marat Safin, who is taking part in primaries in Nizhny Novgorod Region, will strike to develop sport culture among Russians.
--05-08-2011--
Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel Discuss Libya, Eurozone, and Business Opportunities
On July 19, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel have met in Hannover to discuss the Russian-German stance on the issues of collaborative business development and international involvement.
--19-07-2011--





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