A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
* Russia’s Supreme Court turned down a lawsuit from 12 voters against the outcome of the presidential elections that saw Prime Minister Vladimir Putin win by a landslide on March 4, the court’s web site said
* Activists from a fundamentalist Russian Orthodox organization held a protest before the opening ceremony of an international gay and lesbian film festival in Moscow, the Ridus information agency reported
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Any anti-ISIL operation in Iraq cannot be effective unless the Islamic State is attacked in Syria. But the final statement of the Paris Conference did not mention Syria as a precaution against disunity in the coalition and with due regard for the Russian position. Professor of the Chair of Modern East Department of History, Political Science and Law in RSUH