Contents tagged with Duma

  • Kremlin wants to jail Russians for 'spreading fake news about elections'

    The Russian Prosecutor General's Office intends to seek, among other things, criminal liability for persons who disseminate knowingly false information about the elections, RIA Novosti quotes the Deputy head of the Prosecutor General's Office, Alexei Zhafyarov.

    "We used mostly methods of prosecutorial response to restrict spreading knowingly false information, calls for mass public events during the voting and even for mass riots," Zhafyarov said at a meeting of the Federation Council …

  • European Parliament: Russian State Duma elections may mot be recognized

    The European Parliament at the plenary session on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a report on relations with Russia, in which it calls on EU countries not to recognize the Russian State Duma as legitimate if the three-day elections on September 17, 18 and 19 are rigged.

    494 MEPs voted in favor of the document, prepared by the EP Committee on International Affairs for the European Commission and the European Council, with 103 votes "against" and 72 abstentions.

    " The current Russian regime is …

  • Russia to allow Donbas residents to vote in State Duma elections

    Russia wants to allow residents of the territories of the Donbas, which are not under Ukraine's control, to vote in the elections to the State Duma in autumn 2021, reported the press service of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation.

    The Russian officials specified that these holders of the Russian passports will have an opportunity to vote at their chosen polling station if they were registered.

    Also, the CEC of the Russian Federation said that it will be possible …

  • Putin announces overhaul of Russian legislation

    Amendments to the Russian Constitution, approved at the popular vote, come into force, announced on Friday, July 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to the decree signed by Putin and posted on the website of legal information, Russia will start living under the new Basic Law from July 4.

    The Russian Federal Security Service ((FSB) is tasked with ensuring that the amended Constitution is published on the pravo.gov.ru website, the document reads.

    The amendments come into force " …

  • Russian MPs and ministers could be banned from keeping money abroad

    New amendments to the Russian Constitution could ban Russian ministers and members of government from having accounts with offshore banks, said Pavel Krasheninnikov, Chairperson of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation, as cited by TASS.

    “The president of government, the vice presidents of government, federal ministers and other leaders of federal organs of executive government will be banned from having accounts (deposits), and from keeping cash funds and valuables in …

  • Russia’s State Duma discovers ‘foreign-funded protest training camps’

    The Russian State Duma committee for investigating foreign interference in Russia’s internal affairs announced that it has discovered “camps” within Russia in which foreign financing is used to train protest organizers, Kommersant reports.

    The parliamentarians did not clarify what kind of “camps” they are, or give any indication of where these fifth column training centers are located or how they are financed. However, one commission member, Adalbi Shkhagoshev, did clarify that they had …

  • Russia threatens Belarus with economic crisis for refusing to integrate

    Refusing to enter into a union with Russia will drive Belarus into an economic crisis, said Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chair of the State Duma committee for the CIS, Eurasian integration and relations with Russian nationals abroad. The Russian politician was commenting on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision not to sign any documents to deepen integration with Russia that might deprive Minsk of its sovereignty.

    Russia wants Belarus to transition to a full-fledged union state …

  • Kremlin to rewrite Russian constitution to keep Putin in power

    Russia’s senior leaders are continuing to prepare the population for an extensive revision of the constitution that will reshape the country’s institutes of government authority for the first time in 30 years.

    The idea of changing the constitution, outlined in autumn last year by Constitutional Court Chairperson Valery Zorkin, was entrusted to State Duma Chairperson Vyacheslav Volodin to promote.

    For the second time in half a year, Volodin, former deputy head of the presidential …

  • Russian Duma calls for sanctions against Ukraine over the entry ban of Russia's Eurovision candidate

    In his interview with Lenta.ru, State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbek called for restrictive measures against Ukraine after Kyiv’s decision to ban singer Yuliya Samoylova from entering the country. She was to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017.  

    “The incident involving Samoylova speaks to the need of reciprocal action against Kyiv. It is necessary to consider a number of sanctions against the Ukrainian state,” said the parliamentarian, stressing that the situation is “an insult to Russian pride.” …

  • Russia wants to check on activities of 'Radio Liberty' and 'Voice of America'

    Konstantin Zatulin, the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma for the CIS, has asked the State Duma to check that the activities of “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America” are in compliance with Russian law, as reported by Interfax news agency.

    "I propose that we give official instruction to the Information Policy Committee to check that the activities of companies such as “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America”, which have Russian service, are in compliance with the …