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Russian Defense Minister calls for ‘symmetrical response’ to NATO activities near Western borders

An increase in NATO activities forces Russia to undertake symmetrical measures to negate the emerging threats, Sergey Shoigu said at the outside session of the Defense Ministry’s collegium. Read Full Article at RT.com

Head of Duma Family Committee proposes Father’s Day holiday in Russia

The head of the lower house Committee for Women, Family and Children has proposed that Russia institutes a separate holiday honoring fathers, in addition to Mothers’ Day, which was introduced 20 years ago. Read Full Article at RT.com

Almost 80% of Russians want death penalty to fight corruption, Twitter poll shows

Some 79 percent of Russians want their country to use Chinese means to fight corruption, with the death penalty for large-scale bribery, according to a Twitter poll conducted by the head of the Defense Ministry’s public council. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian navy unveils plan for specialized military police

Russian Defense ministry has revealed plans to set up dedicated navy police that would replace marines in maintaining order on ships and coast facilities and preventing provocations in foreign ports. Read Full Article at RT.com

Over half of all Russians want Vladimir Putin to remain president after 2024, poll shows

Over half of respondents in a Russian poll said that they would prefer Vladimir Putin to remain in power after his current term expires in 2024, regardless of the direct constitutional ban on such move. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia rejects US demands to free convicts as propaganda and double standards

US authorities have no moral right to demand the release of convicted inmates, because Washington itself has been convicting Russian citizens in violation international law, Russian diplomats have stated. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian security service to reconsider definition of spy hardware after string of scandals

Russia’s Federal Security Service has announced that it would rewrite all laws mentioning “spy hardware” after many people had found themselves on trial for ordering what they thought were common toys from foreign internet shops. Read Full Article at RT

Sanctions only unite Crimeans before the face of foreign aggression, Russian lawmaker claims

The tightening of anti-Russian sanctions will only boost the popularity of patriotic ideology while the new generation will grow up knowing that the West cannot be trusted, says a Crimean deputy of the State Duma. Read Full Article at RT.com

Interest in football soars across Russia after national team’s record victory – survey

Interest in football amongst Russians has soared after the national team beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the first game of the 2018 World Cup, new research has shown. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Prove that you are independent’: Russian MP Poklonskaya invites Trump to Crimea

Ex-chief Crimean prosecutor and now-Russian MP Natalia Poklonskaya invited President Trump to visit Crimea to see how true his alleged statement – that Crimea is Russian – is. Read Full Article at RT.com

Fines for insulting Russian national football team if new bill becomes law

Russian MPs have prepared a bill introducing fines for public statements insulting the players or coach of the Russian national football team, saying that moral climate was an important condition for sports victories. Read Full Article at RT.com

Court orders retrial for Russian rights activist, child porn probe resumed

A court in the North Russian region of Karelia has canceled the sentence for human rights activist Yuri Dmitriyev, recently acquitted of making child porn and ordered a new investigation into the case. Read Full Article at RT.com

Moscow warns against premature steps in universal nuclear disarmament

Any steps aimed at reducing the quantity of nuclear warheads and their carriers must be taken in conjunction with global nuclear disarmament under strict international control, deputy Russian foreign minister has said. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian government approves raising of retirement age starting 2019

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has announced a plan to raise retirement age by eight years for women by 2034 and by five years for men by 2028, adding that this was an unavoidable measure due to the increasing numbers of pensioners. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russians name laziness and alcoholism as main drawbacks of their nation

Average Russians see hospitality, love for work and sincerity as the main positive traits of their people and name laziness and love for liquor as the negative ones, a new poll has shown. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian region opens monument to two nurses killed in Syria terrorist attack on hospital

A monument to two Russian military nurses, killed in a terrorist attack on a hospital in Syria, was unveiled on Thursday in the Far East city of Birobidzhan. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia's security agencies to recruit bloggers for anti-terrorism campaign

Russia’s Security Council has revealed a plan to use bloggers and various civil society groups to help fight terrorist and extremist information spreading on the internet. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia repays almost all compensations ordered by European HR court – deputy minister

Russia has fulfilled almost all compensation recommendations ordered by the European Court of Human Rights over the past 20 years, and the overall sum was about $235 million, deputy justice minister Mikhail Galperin has said. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia says Gulag records are ‘kept forever’ amid reports of secretly evaporating archives

Gulag documents are “kept forever” in accordance with strict regulations, the Russian deputy minister of internal affairs said. The statement comes amid reports that prisoner records are being destroyed under a secret order. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian Foreign Ministry blames West for provoking Ukraine into new Donbass war

Russian diplomats say the non-stop outbursts of violence in Donbass confirm that Ukraine has no intention of honoring the Minsk Accords, and accuse the US and their allies of supporting Kiev’s course towards war. Read Full Article at RT.com

MMA veteran Jeff Monson reveals plans for political career in Russia

Distinguished MMA fighter, and new Russian citizen, Jeff Monson has revealed that he intends to join a municipal legislature, with future ambitions in the federal parliament. Read Full Article at RT.com

Patriotism in Russia at highest level in 18 years – poll

The share of Russians who describe themselves as patriots is now at 92 percent, the highest number in 18 years, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the state-run agency VTSIOM. Read Full Article at RT.com

Communists seek nationwide referendum as Russian cabinet is set to raise retirement age

Russian Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov has described the proposal to raise the retirement age in Russia as “insanity” and says the issue should be decided by a nationwide referendum. Read Full Article at RT.com

Putin ‘nervous’ about terrorists on Telegram, but no plan to crack down on YouTube & social networks

Vladimir Putin insists Russia has no intention of restricting social media, but admitted he was “nervous” about security concerns posed by Telegram and other hard-to-monitor channels of online communication. Read Full Article at RT.com

Budget amendments give Russia additional $1.57 billion for new weapons development

Amendments to the 2018 federal budget passed by the State Duma in the first reading on Thursday increase the financing of new weapons development by about $1.57 billion, a senior Russian MP has revealed. Read Full Article at RT.com

Putin pledges help to unrecognized Donbass republics, warns Ukraine against attack

Vladimir Putin has said that any aggravation of the military conflict in Ukraine would «inflict a tremendous damage» to the country's statehood and added that Russian support for the Donbass republics will continue. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia dismisses OSCE criticism of latest presidential election

A member of the Russian Central Election Commission has dismissed the final report of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on the 2018 presidential election as unbalanced and largely biased. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia issues reciprocal entry bans for ‘especially Russophobic’ Estonians

The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued an entry ban on a number of Estonian citizens known for their fringe anti-Russian stance in reply to Estonia’s entry ban on 49 Russian citizens mentioned on the so-called Magnitsky List. Read Full Article at RT.com

Lawmakers want to scrap teens’ patient confidentiality in bid to fight STDs and unwanted pregnancy

Russian MPs have drafted a bill that, if passed, would cancel doctor-patient privilege for people under 18, claiming that such a move would better enable parents to fight post-puberty problems and substance abuse. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian Defense Minister invites CIS allies to take part in Syria settlement

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has told his colleagues from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) bloc that their nations are welcome to participate in restoring peaceful life in Syria. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian Duma introduces hefty fines for promoting banned anonymity on internet

Russian lawmakers have passed a bill that introduces fines for search engines that give users prompts on using the so called anonymizers – computer programs that allow bypassing government restrictions to access banned web sites. Read Full Article at RT.com

Flight safety in CIS worsening, according to aviation authority report

More aircraft disasters and fatalities occurred in Russia than in any other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) nation last year, according to a report by the bloc’s top civil aviation authority. Read Full Article at RT.com

Putin proposes special status for Donbass republics within Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that, in order to stop internal conflict in Ukraine, Kiev authorities could grant special status with broader powers to the republics of Donbass, just as Russia had done with Chechnya. Read Full Article at RT.com

World nations understand futility of one-sided anti-Russian sanctions, Duma speaker says

The Russian lower house speaker has praised public diplomacy for de-escalating confrontation in international relations, and noted that more nations were understanding the uselessness of one-sided anti-Russian sanctions. Read Full Article at RT.com

Interior minister says up to 2 million Russians involved in illegal drug trade

The Russian Interior Minister has told reporters that the state anti-drug policy had yielded some good results over the past years, but added that the number of people involved in the illegal drug trade remains high. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russian city names street after fighter pilot killed in anti-terrorism operation in Syria

Authorities in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok have named a street after Major Roman Filipov – the air force pilot who was killed while fighting Islamic State terrorists in Syria’s Idlib province in February. Read Full Article at RT.com

Over half of Russians describe efforts to curb corruption as successful – poll

Around 55 percent of Russians believe the authorities are waging a successful war against corruption, with 47 percent saying that arrests of senior officials for bribery are the best proof of this. Read Full Article at RT.com

Kadyrov vows to rescue 94 Russian children from prison in Iraq

The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has revealed plans to return to Russia almost 100 children whose mothers had been jailed in Iraq over alleged participation with the Islamic State terrorist group. Read Full Article at RT.com

Former economy minister Ulyukayev jailed for 8 years over $2 million bribe begins sentence

Former Russian Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev, jailed for 8 years after extorting a $2 million bribe, has begun his sentence at a penal colony, the TASS news agency reported on Thursday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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