Contents tagged with Duma

  • Putin announces overhaul of Russian legislation

    Amendments to the Russian Constitution, approved at the popular vote, come into force, announced on Friday, July 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to the decree signed by Putin and posted on the website of legal information, Russia will start living under the new Basic Law from July 4.

    The Russian Federal Security Service ((FSB) is tasked with ensuring that the amended Constitution is published on the website, the document reads.

    The amendments come into force " …

  • Russian MPs and ministers could be banned from keeping money abroad

    New amendments to the Russian Constitution could ban Russian ministers and members of government from having accounts with offshore banks, said Pavel Krasheninnikov, Chairperson of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation, as cited by TASS.

    “The president of government, the vice presidents of government, federal ministers and other leaders of federal organs of executive government will be banned from having accounts (deposits), and from keeping cash funds and valuables in …

  • Russia’s State Duma discovers ‘foreign-funded protest training camps’

    The Russian State Duma committee for investigating foreign interference in Russia’s internal affairs announced that it has discovered “camps” within Russia in which foreign financing is used to train protest organizers, Kommersant reports.

    The parliamentarians did not clarify what kind of “camps” they are, or give any indication of where these fifth column training centers are located or how they are financed. However, one commission member, Adalbi Shkhagoshev, did clarify that they had …

  • Russia threatens Belarus with economic crisis for refusing to integrate

    Refusing to enter into a union with Russia will drive Belarus into an economic crisis, said Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chair of the State Duma committee for the CIS, Eurasian integration and relations with Russian nationals abroad. The Russian politician was commenting on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision not to sign any documents to deepen integration with Russia that might deprive Minsk of its sovereignty.

    Russia wants Belarus to transition to a full-fledged union state …

  • Kremlin to rewrite Russian constitution to keep Putin in power

    Russia’s senior leaders are continuing to prepare the population for an extensive revision of the constitution that will reshape the country’s institutes of government authority for the first time in 30 years.

    The idea of changing the constitution, outlined in autumn last year by Constitutional Court Chairperson Valery Zorkin, was entrusted to State Duma Chairperson Vyacheslav Volodin to promote.

    For the second time in half a year, Volodin, former deputy head of the presidential …

  • Russian Duma calls for sanctions against Ukraine over the entry ban of Russia's Eurovision candidate

    In his interview with, State Duma Deputy Ruslan Balbek called for restrictive measures against Ukraine after Kyiv’s decision to ban singer Yuliya Samoylova from entering the country. She was to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017.  

    “The incident involving Samoylova speaks to the need of reciprocal action against Kyiv. It is necessary to consider a number of sanctions against the Ukrainian state,” said the parliamentarian, stressing that the situation is “an insult to Russian pride.” …

  • Russia wants to check on activities of 'Radio Liberty' and 'Voice of America'

    Konstantin Zatulin, the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma for the CIS, has asked the State Duma to check that the activities of “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America” are in compliance with Russian law, as reported by Interfax news agency.

    "I propose that we give official instruction to the Information Policy Committee to check that the activities of companies such as “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America”, which have Russian service, are in compliance with the …

  • Russian State Duma has adopted a law on decriminalization of domestic violence

    On January 27, the State Duma of Russia passed a law on the decriminalization of domestic violence on the third and final reading. 380 deputies voted for and only three opposed it.

    According to the bill, one-time blows inflicted by close relatives are no longer criminal offenses, but will now be administrative offenses. Criminal responsibility will only ensue from repeated beatings. Supporters of these changes in the legislation believe that they will protect traditional family values. …

  • Former Russian Communist Duma deputy testified against Yanukovych

    The Former State Duma deputy of the Communist Party, Denis Voronenkov, testified against the former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant.

    In his testimony, Voronenkov partially confirmed information that was provided by another former State Duma deputy, Ilya Ponomarev.

    The interlocutor of the publication reported that Voronenkov took the initiative and contacted the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, …

  • Switzerland imposed sanctions against Russian deputies elected in the Crimea

    Switzerland has expanded its list of people who will not be able to bypass the US and EU sanctions imposed because of aggression by the Russian Federation in Ukraine, according to the Swiss state secretariat for economic affairs.

    The names of six people who were recently elected as deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the Crimea and Sevastopol were added to the list.

    “On November 17, 2016, the Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research (EAER) amended the list …