Contents tagged with State Duma

  • Visa and MasterCard may leave Russia

    The newly proposed provisions of Russia’s law “On the national payment system” could result in the international payment system (IPS) wrapping up its activity in Russia, and Russian citizens being unable to use their cards abroad, writes Kommersant. Within Russia, cards belonging to foreign credit institutions may no longer be accepted. Russia’s State Duma will consider the second reading of the law on 23 July.

    The amendments themselves are supposedly meant to maintain the continuity of card …

  • Russia considers introducing sanctions against Georgia

    The draft bill of the Russian State Duma on measures in connection with "anti-Russian provocations in Georgia" has been published in the database of the lower house of Parliament.

    Russian Deputies urge the government to consider whether special economic measures should be applied against Georgia and then submit recommendations to President Vladimir Putin.

    Russian Deputies called protests in Georgia "open attacks of radical forces." According to them, the actions lead to deterioration of …

  • Russia officially withdraws from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    On Wednesday, July 3, Russia officially withdrew from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that makes it the president’s prerogative to decide whether to resume participation in the agreement. The law was passed by Russia’s State Duma on 18 June and ratified by the Federation Council on 26 June.

    The INF treaty was signed by the US and USSR in 1987, and sought to eliminate an entire class of missiles. The document prohibits the …

  • Russia plans to return to PACE meetings with MPs from Crimea

    The Russian delegation plans to resume participation in sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as early as the session in June. The chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin stated this to journalists, as reported Dozhd.

    According to him, if on the first day of the June 24 PACE session a resolution is adopted to restore the participation rights of the delegation from the Russian Federation, Moscow will immediately send in its notice …

  • Russia to negotiate its participation in PACE summer session

    On June 10, The Russian State Duma will consult with the leadership of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe about sending a Russian delegation to the June session of the assembly, as reported by Interfax. Following the talks, an application to participate in the session could be sent, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said.

    During the consultation, the issue of ensuring equal rights to the delegations will be discussed. “It is important for us to discuss how equal membership …

  • Russia wants to estimate ‘damage to the Crimea’ between 1991 to 2014

    A tender for the so-called study to "assess the damage" caused to the Crimea during the period from 1991 to 2014, when the annexed Peninsula was under the control of Ukraine, was published on the Russian Procurement webpage, reports Krym.Realii.

    The initial cost of the study is 10 million Russian rubles (more than 150 thousand dollars).

    The commissioner of the study is the State Duma of Russia (Russian Parliament). The purpose of the study is "a comparison of socio-economic and legislative …

  • Similar to Donbas Kremlin could start issuing Russian passports in Transnistria

    The State Duma deputy, Alexander Yaroshuk, told the TSV television channel that a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship might be organized for Transnistria in the near future.

    The parliamentarian stressed that in the lower house of parliament "they clearly understand the problems of the unrecognized republics." At the same time, amendments were made to all laws for the successful implementation of the initiative, “which had to be amended.”

    “Now there is the political will …

  • Russian Parliament suggests doubling weapons sales to the public

    The State Duma of Russia introduced a bill softening restrictions on the possession of weapons.

    According to the Parliamentary Gazette, the amendment proposes to double the limit of the small weapons in the hands of one person.

    This includes hunting rifles, sport rifles and smoothbore long-barreled weapons. At the moment Russians are allowed to have no more than 5 units in each category, and the deputies suggest raising this allowance to 10 units.

    The authors of the project, led by the …

  • Russian parliament introduces bill which would prohibit dissemination of information conducive to anti-Russian sanctions

    The Russian State Duma introduced a draft bill that would ban media and Internet sources from disseminating information that could lead to sanctions being introduced against Russia, reported RIA Novosti.

    It was clarified that the draft bill was introduced to meet the “increasingly relevant need to counter sanctions.”

    “It seems appropriate to impose a direct legislative ban on information that could lead to sanctions, on information related to sanction violations and on information related to …

  • Russia adopts law on autonomous internet

    On April 16, the State Duma of the Russian Federation, in the third and final reading, has adopted a law on ensuring the stable operation of the Russian Internet segment in the event of a disconnection from the global infrastructure, more commonly known as the Runet Isolation Law, writes TASS.

    This law will come into force on November 1, 2019.

    According to the Bell publication, the purpose of the law is “to counter the threat to the stability, security and integrity of the Internet in Russia.” …