Russian President Vladimir Putin has “encouraged” the Supreme Court to review how courts deal with parole cases and instructed his council for civil society and human rights to submit by October 15 proposals on an upcoming amnesty related to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution.
The idea of reviving the option of voting “against all” floated recently by senate speaker Valentina Matviyenko is receiving wide support among Russian federal and regional lawmakers.
(Kommersant, Rossiiskaya Gazeta)
A Russian court has ruled to put a group of 22 foreign and Russian Greenpeace activists behind bars for two months over their protest at an offshore oil drilling platform in the Arctic last week.
Greenpeace International’s ice breaker, the Arctic Sunrise, seized by Russian authorities during a protest at an offshore oil platform in the Arctic, could become Russian property if the charges against Greenpeace activists are deemed legitimate by Russian courts.
The UN Security Council could vote as early as Friday on a draft resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons following an announcement that Russia and the United States have agreed on a draft resolution that would not prescribe military action to enforce Syria’s compliance with a US-Russian plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.
Outgoing Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili assailed Russia as "the last authoritarian empire in the world" during a speech to the UN General Assembly, and predicted that President Vladimir Putin would disappear from Russian politics – a speech that prompted the Russian delegation to walk out in protest.
(Rossiiskaya Gazeta, The Moscow Times)
The Russian stock exchange will start trading in gold and silver on October 14.
The government of Moscow Region is planning to invest 204 billion rubles ($6.3 billion) in the construction of a light rail transportation network connecting three major international airports and the most populated districts of the Russian capital.
Russian President Vladimir Putin complimented troops for their teamwork after the conclusion of an extensive Russian-Belarusian military exercise that he called an integral step in ensuring the two nations' defense capabilities.
The Russian government has prepared a long-anticipated draft document on the reform of the Russian space industry. The document will be submitted for consideration by President Vladimir Putin by October 1.
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