An online petition to make Russian lawmakers who voted in favor of the US adoptions ban accountable under the Magnitsky Act has gained the required number of signatures to be considered by the US administration.
Vladimir Kogan, the head of the Russian State Construction Corporation, and his five deputies submitted letters of resignation after the Ministry of Regional Development attempted to take control of corporation’s responsibilities.
The Russian State Duma passed in the first reading a bill prohibiting all state officials to have property or bank accounts abroad Russia.
The lower chamber of the Russian federal legislature, the State Duma, approved in the third and final reading on Friday a bill prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by Americans.
(Kommersant, The Moscow Times)
President Vladimir Putin says the visa requirement is a restraining factor in Russia-EU relations.
(Vedomosti, The Moscow Times)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in India for an official visit.
Differences between Russia and the European Union peaked following the Russia-EU summit in Brussels last week.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
State policy hampers development of Siberia's Klondike. It looks like any one of remote eastern Siberia's low-lying, peat-colored hills: only the thin trenches that scar Sukhoi Log hint at the work of generations of geologists to measure the riches beneath.
(The Moscow Times)
A Mil Mi-8 helicopter was downed last Friday shortly after it took off from Pibor in South Sudan’s eastern state of Jonglei. Five people, including four Russian crewmembers, on board the aircraft were killed.
The Defense Ministry has postponed from 2013 to 2016 the construction of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered from France last year.
(The Moscow Times)
Over 60 percent of Egyptians voted for the country’s new Constitution in a referendum that ended on Saturday.
At least 143 people, including 78 police, were injured in central New Delhi, on Sunday at protests in support of a gang-rape victim.
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