Russian lawmakers back bill to simplify early release of seriously ill prisoners

Russian lawmakers back bill to simplify early release of seriously ill prisoners

The Russian Upper House Committee for Constitutional Law has approved a bill that aims to simplify the procedure for the early release of prisoners suffering from serious illnesses. Once the new bill is passed into law, the Russian government will specify the formal procedure under which convicts should apply for the cancellation of their punishment […]

A NATO Spy Stole Top Russian Military Secrets?

A NATO Spy Stole Top Russian Military Secrets?

In the eighty-eighth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Kommersant, Izvestia, and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Professor Kovacevic discusses the recent policy changes at the Russian Central Bank: instead of buying the U.S. Treasury bonds as in the past, the Russian government is now […]

Top Russian senator urges major prison reform after new torture scandal

Top Russian senator urges major prison reform after new torture scandal

The Russian Upper House speaker has proposed reforming the Federal Service for Execution of Punishment after a leaked video revealed the cruel beating of an inmate by about a dozen prison administration officers. Russian Upper House speaker Valentina Matviyenko called the beating of an inmate by prison staff “an abominable crime that cannot be justified.” […]

Former Ukrainian DM charged with inciting terrorism over calls to bomb Russian trains

Former Ukrainian DM charged with inciting terrorism over calls to bomb Russian trains

Russian investigators have charged former Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoly Gritsenko with inciting terrorist activities after he urged his supporters to bomb Russian trains during a televised interview in 2014. The press service of the Russian Investigative Committee – the federal agency dealing with especially important crime – reported on Wednesday that a new criminal case […]

Kadyrov blasts US charges against Russian gun activist as groundless

Kadyrov blasts US charges against Russian gun activist as groundless

Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, has expressed his bewilderment over the US’ charges against Russian gun activist Maria Butina, who, he says, has done nothing illegal, yet finds herself in an American jail. “For several days in a row I see and hear the name Maria Butina everywhere. They write that she […]

Trump Putin: Russian leader attacks US critics of summit

Trump Putin: Russian leader attacks US critics of summit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Russian President Vladimir Putin has rounded on US critics of his first bilateral summit with President Donald Trump. Certain forces in the US wanted to sacrifice US-Russian ties for their “narrow party interests”, he told a meeting of Russian diplomats in Moscow. “They are feeding millions of their […]

Wreck of Russian warship Dmitrii Donskoi, sunk in 1905, found; may contain 5,500 boxes of gold bars and coins worth $133 billion

Wreck of Russian warship Dmitrii Donskoi, sunk in 1905, found; may contain 5,500 boxes of gold bars and coins worth $133 billion

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Russian military schools to offer free education to young Syrians

Russian military schools to offer free education to young Syrians

The Russian government has issued a decree allowing young Syrians to study in Russian military schools for free if they have sufficient knowledge of Russian and pass the necessary exams. New Syrian cadets “will be accepted in military schools after a competition, within the limits allowed by the Russian law and in line with the […]

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