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  • Why we will never know who killed Boris Nemtsov

    Russia | The Guardian
    Luke Harding
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Critics of Vladimir Putin have an uncanny habit of ending up dead. Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is the latest to be gunned down in mysterious circumstances – and the Kremlin is already blurring the detailsIn the 72 hours since Boris Nemtsov was murdered, the Kremlin has floated numerous explanations for his death. Vladimir Putin has called his killing a “provocation”. It’s a strange word. What Putin means is that whoever murdered Nemtsov did so to discredit the state. Since the state is the primary victim here, the state can’t be responsible, this logic runs.Others have…
  • Ukraine death toll tops 6000 UN

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    2 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since last April has now topped 6,000, despite successive ceasefires, a UN spokesperson said on Monday, citing the latest report from the UN Office for ...
  • Boris Nemtsov murder: Ukrainian girlfriend flies to Kiev from Russia

    Russia | The Guardian
    Alec Luhn Moscow
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Anna Duritskaya had said that she was being held under police guard in a friend’s apartment in MoscowThe Ukrainian girlfriend of murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who is the only known witness to his killing on Friday night, has reportedly flown to Kiev after being held for questioning by authorities in Moscow.Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebiinis said Anna Duritskaya had flown to Kiev after the Ukrainian embassy in Russia “provided all the necessary assistance for her return to her home country,” Interfax news agency reported. Continue reading...
  • Gazprom to Limit Gas Supplies to Ukraine to Pre-Paid Volumes - Minister

    Sputnik International
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Russia's Gazprom will supply only pre-paid volumes of natural gas to Ukraine, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Monday.
  • По дороге в Прагу

    Легкая атлетика России
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    На олимпийской базе в Новогорске прошло собрание сборной России по легкой атлетике перед отъездом на чемпионат Европы в Прагу. В собрание участвовали министр спорта РФ Виталий Мутко, его заместитель Юрий Нагорных, а также директор ЦСП Минспорта России Александр Кравцов.
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Boris Nemtsov murder: Ukrainian girlfriend flies to Kiev from Russia

    Alec Luhn Moscow
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Anna Duritskaya had said that she was being held under police guard in a friend’s apartment in MoscowThe Ukrainian girlfriend of murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who is the only known witness to his killing on Friday night, has reportedly flown to Kiev after being held for questioning by authorities in Moscow.Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebiinis said Anna Duritskaya had flown to Kiev after the Ukrainian embassy in Russia “provided all the necessary assistance for her return to her home country,” Interfax news agency reported. Continue reading...
  • John Major to attend Boris Nemtsov's funeral

    Ben Quinn
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Former British prime minister to fly to service in Moscow on Tuesday as official representative of UKThe former British prime minister, John Major, is to to represent the UK on Tuesday at the funeral of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was gunned down last week. Major will travel to Moscow as the UK’s representative at the request of the prime minister, David Cameron, the Foreign Office said in a statement.Nemtsov’s remains are expected to be buried at the city’s Troyekurovskoye cemetery – the location of the grave of the murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya –…
  • Obama: Nemtsov killing 'sign of worsening climate in Russia'

    Reuters in Washington
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    US president calls for full investigation into murder and says civil rights and liberties in Russia ‘in worse shape than 10 years ago’Barack Obama said on Monday that the killing of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov is a sign of a worsening climate in Russia where civil rights and media freedoms have been rolled back in the last several years. Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin on Friday night in a gangland-style murder. “This is an indication of a climate at least inside of Russia in which civil society, independent journalists, people trying to communicate on the internet, have…
  • Why we will never know who killed Boris Nemtsov

    Luke Harding
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Critics of Vladimir Putin have an uncanny habit of ending up dead. Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is the latest to be gunned down in mysterious circumstances – and the Kremlin is already blurring the detailsIn the 72 hours since Boris Nemtsov was murdered, the Kremlin has floated numerous explanations for his death. Vladimir Putin has called his killing a “provocation”. It’s a strange word. What Putin means is that whoever murdered Nemtsov did so to discredit the state. Since the state is the primary victim here, the state can’t be responsible, this logic runs.Others have…
  • The Guardian view on Russian propaganda: the truth is out there | Editorial

    Editorial
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    Comment is free but facts are sacred. The fact is that opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered in Putin’s MoscowNietzsche said it first: “There are no facts, only interpretations.” But Vladimir Putin has perfected it into a political strategy. Within hours of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s murder on Friday, multiple explanations of what had gone on had been supplied to media organisations. It was because Nemtsov had forced his girlfriend to have an abortion. It was connected to Ukrainian nationalism. It was something to do with his business interests or his take on Charlie…
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • По дороге в Прагу

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    На олимпийской базе в Новогорске прошло собрание сборной России по легкой атлетике перед отъездом на чемпионат Европы в Прагу. В собрание участвовали министр спорта РФ Виталий Мутко, его заместитель Юрий Нагорных, а также директор ЦСП Минспорта России Александр Кравцов.
  • Рекорд Лутковской и результаты выходных

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Rusathletics.com предлагает ознакомиться с наиболее интересными результатами, которые были показаны в минувшие выходные.
  • Мозаика

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Уитинг побеждает в Новой Зеландии, Гензебе Дибаба сосредоточится на дистанции 5000 метров, Маслак рассчитывает увезти из Праги две медали, Коэ выступает за помощь России.
  • Александр Иванов – выиграл чемпионат России!

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    Действующий чемпион мира, серебряный медалист европейского первенства в ходьбе на 20 километров Александр Иванов выиграл чемпионат страны, который проходит в Сочи.
  • Эльмира Алембекова – чемпионка страны!

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:17 am
    Действующая чемпионка Европы в ходьбе на 20 километров Эльмира Алембекова выиграла чемпионат России, который стартовал сегодня в Сочи.
 
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    English Russia

  • Photos of Active Russian Destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov

    tim
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    An "Udaloy"-class Russian destroyer "Marshal Shaposhnikov" was laid down in 1985. It serves in Russian navy in the Pacific Fleet. This ship participated in a few operations in Arden bay - the home of Somali pirates. If you remember the … Read more...
  • People of the Soviet Union

    tim
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    A pretty large set of photos of Soviet people at work. The collection of photos of famous USSR photographer Semion Friedland. He worked as a journalist in Russian "TIME" analogue - the "OGONIOK" magazine.  People that present on those photos … Read more...
  • German Nazi plane on Moscow Square in 1941

    tim
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:23 pm
    In July 1941, one month after the Nazi Germany has attacked Soviet State, there was an unusual exhibition on one of the Moscow squares - a  german Junkers Ju 88A-5. It was a scout plane that has got deep into … Read more...
  • Inside of Russian Army Rocket Regiment

    tim
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    On 20th February the Governor of one Russian region was visiting the 39th Russian Rocket Regiment. The press was coming along with a governor and so did Nikolay, the photographer. Now, thanks to Nikolay we can see what's inside the … Read more...
  • Preschool Kids Weapons Education

    tim
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    In one of the preschool facilities of St. Petersburg the soldier has started a class of how to use the weapons for kids. He has brought the weapons, including AK-47s, grenade launchers and hand grenades. The man says that "Kids … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Ukrainian-Russian Relations in Historical Perspective and Putin as Improviser

    Sean
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Guests: Faith Hillis, Assistant Professor of Russian History at the University of Chicago and author of Children of Rus’: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation. Her most recent article is “Intimacy and Antipathy: Ukrainian-Russian Relations in Historical Perspective” published in Kritika. Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia. His most recent article is “Putin the Improviser” in the Wall Street Journal. The post…
  • Podcast: The Fate of Minsk II and Gender, Sex, and Putin

    Sean
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Guests: Balazs Jarabik, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on Ukraine and Eastern Europe. His most recent article is “What Did Minsk II Actually Achieve?” Valerie Sperling, professor of Political Science at Clark University and author of Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia (Oxford, 2014). The post Podcast: The Fate of Minsk II and Gender, Sex, and Putin appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
  • Podcast: War in the Donbas and Mr. Putin

    Sean
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Here’s the first of a new weekly podcast covering Eurasian politics, society, and history. Guests: Christopher Miller, Mashable‘s Senior Correspondent covering world news, particularly the post-Soviet space and especially Ukraine. You can read Chris’ reporting from Ukraine here. Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. She is also the co-author with Clifford Gaddy of the recently released second edition of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin. You can read my review…
  • Putin’s World

    Sean
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I wrote a review of Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy’s newly expanded edition of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin for OpenDemocracy. Here’s an excerpt: German Chancellor Angela Merkel famously said that President Vladimir Putin lives ‘in another world.’ Putin was delusional, out of touch with reality, and perhaps even crazy. Some observers have since argued that Putin believes his own propaganda. But to think that Putin is delusional or even crazy is more a projection of our assumptions, our fears and our world onto Putin. In fact, argue Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy…
  • Moscow’s INION Library Burns

    Sean
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    I learned this morning from my Facebook feed that the Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) caught on fire destroying the third floor and causing the roof to cave in. There are conflicting reports on whether any of INION’s library perished in the flames. Vladimir Fortov, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Kommersant that 15 percent of the materials in INION were damaged. However, the institute’s director Yuri Pivovarov told TASS that “The depositories were not harmed—the building was damaged and the employees of the institute have…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • Getting beds delivered in France

    Tim Newman
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    Well, our beds got delivered.  Yup, a couple of professional, uniformed, well-groomed young men turned up in a Compagnie du Lit transporter – the one we’d heard so much about last time – and installed our beds without a hitch. Heh.  Only joking. What happened was a couple of Algerians turned up in a rented Europcar van, one of whom was in a foul mood.  Within 10 seconds of trying to get a giant mattress in the elevator, he started screaming that the elevator was shit, and the stubborn mattress corner that wouldn’t quite fit he tried to persuade in by booting it as…
  • On the killing of Boris Nemtsov

    Tim Newman
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    I received the news that Boris Nemtsov had been murdered as I was leaving the cinema.  When I jumped to the news sites to confirm the story, my first thoughts were that this is another Kirov.  Sergey Kirov was a popular leader in the post-Lenin Soviet Union, and was shot and killed by unknown assassins in 1934.  Speculation abounds that Stalin ordered the hit, but despite the obvious threat that Kirov posed to Stalin’s leadership, there is no evidence which supports his involvement. What we do know is that Stalin siezed the opportunity to launch a nationwide campaign of repression…
  • Orgies and Pimping in France

    Tim Newman
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    How very French: Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who denies charges of pimping, has told a court in northern France that he took part in only a few rare sex parties. He said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his “licentious evenings”. There had only been 12 in three years, he said. … Although using prostitutes is not illegal in France, supplying them or assisting in supplying them is. Prosecutors have been quoted as saying Mr Strauss-Kahn, 65, played a pivotal role in facilitating the orgies, describing him as the “party king”. Mr…
  • Sympathy Level: Zero

    Tim Newman
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    I hope HSBC gets fined out of existence: Britain’s biggest bank helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, the BBC has learned. Panorama has seen thousands of accounts from HSBC’s private bank in Switzerland leaked by a whistleblower in 2007. They show bankers helped clients evade tax and offered deals to help tax dodgers stay ahead of the law. HSBC admitted that some individuals took advantage of bank secrecy to hold undeclared accounts. But it said it has now “fundamentally changed”. Not that I have anything against British citizens opening…
  • Buying Beds in France

    Tim Newman
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:36 am
    We are in the process of buying an apartment in the French Alps, and in anticipation of getting the keys sometime in late February I visited an outlet of one of France’s largest bed suppliers.  The conversation went something like this: Me: Hello, I’ve chosen two very nice beds for a total of 3,000 Euro and I would like to place the order right now. But can they be delivered in 3 weeks? Salesman: 3 weeks?! Merde, that is too short! We don’t have the stock! Me: Okay. So when? Salesman: I don’t know. Maybe 5 or 8 weeks. Me: Okay. Not ideal, but this is France and not…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • Sadness and Shame; politicizing death…

    kKeeton
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Update: Image above is the woman who helped set Nemtsov up. She is a paid prostitute from Ukraine and it looks like she was flown in unsuspecting for this job. This is the honey used to trap... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quote of the day (Feb. 27th, 2015)…

    kKeeton
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today: “For a quarter of century the key principles of the United Nations had been systematically violated. The US and other Western nations neglected the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Crumb Bars: Russian Style…

    kKeeton
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 am
    Russian style? You will find that crumb bars are made all over the world. They are made from just about anything, but they come to life when you add cheese to the ingredients and that is what we will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WTR against the DHS…

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Last night at around 2am my time, I posted this article about the attack from the DHS in America. So this morning I am sipping on a cup of coffee and doing some thinking’s about the continual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It seems that a land of freedom has become land of the scaredom’s…

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    On this side of the world, the discussion of WWII is common place at any time. The effect of WWII is a 100 times more pronounced on this side of the world than in the memories of Americans. While... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Last Ditch

  • A libertarian says "think of the children" in calling for less law

    Tom
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    Discussions of "sexting" in the media and on websites advising young people and their parents, focus on the risks to teenagers of being coerced, blackmailed or subjected to "revenge porn". There is another, perhaps worse, risk from the criminal justice system. Firstly, the law on this subject is very badly drawn, having been enacted in the course of a moral panic about child pornography. Secondly, Britain has the lowest age of criminal responsibility in Europe: just ten years old. It is a criminal offence to create, publish or possess pornographic images of a minor. There is no carve-out, as…
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    an expat journal

  • Close encounters with Christ

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    As I was reading in chapter 20 of the book of John, I noticed that there are three types of encounters with Christ;Jesus appears to Mary and He gives her a Message. Jesus appears to the disciples and gives them a Mission.Jesus appears to Thomas and gives him a Mandate.Let's take a look at each one:John 20:11-18Jesus meets Mary Magdalene early in the morning in the tomb as she's standing there lost in grief. He shows Himself to her, but she doesn't recognize Him, so He calls her by name, thrilled at the sight of Him she wants to hold on and not let Him go...but He wants her to serve Him. She…
  • Taking inventory with one word in mind...

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Do I feel passionate about my relationship with God? Am I living a wholehearted life? What things do I feel like I need to change about my spiritual life? What areas of my life are suffering due to complacency? These are a few of the questions that I'm asking myself. At the end and beginning of each year is a great time to take stock of one's life. An inventory if you will. Start with the most important relationships and move out from there. Personally, I start with God...How have I treated God over the past year? What type of relationship do I have with Him? Is He first in my daily…
  • Easy Toffee aka 'Christmas Crack'

    26 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Normally this recipe is made with saltines on the bottom layer. Since I'm gluten free I couldn't use the regular crackers and I haven't seen any gluten free alternatives here in Belize. However, I recently found a gluten free Rice Biscuit Cereal and decided to see if they would work in this recipe and they did!Oh my goodness does this treat live up to it's nickname. I couldn't stop eating it until it was all gone! I have to add this to my Christmas treats for next year!!!Easy Gluten Free ToffeeIngredients:3 cups Gluten Free Rice Biscuit Cereal (or Rice Chex)1/2 cup butter1 cup brown sugar,…
  • Merry Christmas!

    25 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Blessings to you!
  • From start to finish...

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Personally, I think Tom is one of the most creative people on the planet...but, perhaps, I might be biased! He was asked to do some artwork for the set of Divaz Next Door which is a local talk show on PlusTV, a Christian TV station, here in Belize. Here are some photos that I put together showing the evolution of his artwork!His initial conceptHe wasn't happy with the direction of this one...So he changed direction.Cirilo's preparing the setThe table was custom made by Pastor Scott Stirm and his son Shane.all set and ready to go!And it's show time! We had an informative talk with Mrs…
 
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    English Russia

  • Photos of Active Russian Destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov

    tim
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    An "Udaloy"-class Russian destroyer "Marshal Shaposhnikov" was laid down in 1985. It serves in Russian navy in the Pacific Fleet. This ship participated in a few operations in Arden bay - the home of Somali pirates. If you remember the … Read more...
  • People of the Soviet Union

    tim
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    A pretty large set of photos of Soviet people at work. The collection of photos of famous USSR photographer Semion Friedland. He worked as a journalist in Russian "TIME" analogue - the "OGONIOK" magazine.  People that present on those photos … Read more...
  • German Nazi plane on Moscow Square in 1941

    tim
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:23 pm
    In July 1941, one month after the Nazi Germany has attacked Soviet State, there was an unusual exhibition on one of the Moscow squares - a  german Junkers Ju 88A-5. It was a scout plane that has got deep into … Read more...
  • Inside of Russian Army Rocket Regiment

    tim
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    On 20th February the Governor of one Russian region was visiting the 39th Russian Rocket Regiment. The press was coming along with a governor and so did Nikolay, the photographer. Now, thanks to Nikolay we can see what's inside the … Read more...
  • Preschool Kids Weapons Education

    tim
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    In one of the preschool facilities of St. Petersburg the soldier has started a class of how to use the weapons for kids. He has brought the weapons, including AK-47s, grenade launchers and hand grenades. The man says that "Kids … Read more...
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • Boris Nemtsov, 1959–2015

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    MOSCOW — This is probably the most difficult piece in my life. Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov was a rarity in politics. Having raced up the political power ladder—member of Parliament at 30, regional governor at 32, senator at 34, first deputy prime minister at 38, leader of the parliamentary opposition at 40—he always maintained his honesty, his character, and his principles, never betraying his ideals or his friends. He was the face of a different, freer, more hopeful, and more European Russia. A committed democrat and modernizer, who propelled his Nizhny Novgorod region to one of the…
  • Mr. Putin’s Word is Void of Value

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    MOSCOW — “Mr. Putin does not want to annex eastern Ukraine. I am sure of it. He told me so,” French President François Hollande affirmed in a recent radio interview. Whether this was an unfortunate turn of phrase or genuine naïveté, Western leaders should be reminded of what Russian citizens have long known—that Vladimir Putin’s promises are rarely worth the paper they are written on. Here is but a short selection of prominent “he-told-me-so’s” from the Kremlin leader. “To take away the people’s right to elect their regional leaders would be wrong… and would…
  • US Investigation Topples Kremlin Propaganda Chief

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    MOSCOW — On December 19th, Gazprom Media, the Kremlin-controlled information empire, unexpectedly announced the resignation of its chairman, Mikhail Lesin, “for family reasons.” Lesin himself declined to comment. Vladimir Putin’s former press minister, who oversaw the destruction of three independent nationwide television networks in the early 2000s, was brought back to run a key component in the Kremlin’s propaganda machine in late 2013, just before the Ukrainian revolution and Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Over the past year, media outlets under Lesin’s control—including NTV…
  • Party Crashers: Kremlin SWAT Teams Attack Opposition Meetings

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    CHELYABINSK, Russia — When, about an hour into the roundtable discussion on elections hosted by the Open Russia movement in this city in the Southern Urals on December 17th, SWAT teams and officers of the Emergencies Ministry stormed the room and ordered a forced evacuation, the speakers could not hide their smiles. Ten days earlier, exactly the same scenario—forced evacuation after an anonymous “bomb threat”—was used by the authorities in St. Petersburg in an attempt to sabotage the Open Russia conference there. That forum was also centered on the topic of Russia’s parliamentary…
  • Europe: Deny the Vote to Putin’s Outlaw Regime

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Earlier this month, the leaders of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)—the oldest and largest pan-European organization that brings together national lawmakers from across the continent—visited Moscow for talks with State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin. The principal topic of discussion was the restoration of voting rights for Russian delegates, which were suspended in April following the annexation of Crimea. The talks brought good news for the Kremlin. According to Andreas Gross, a Swiss lawmaker and the Assembly’s rapporteur on Russia, most leaders of the…
 
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