• Crimean Tatars boycotted Russian Duma elections

    Many Crimean Tatars did not come to the polls on voting day in Russia on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The turnout at the precinct on their part was minimal as it was in 2014 during the referendum on the status of the Crimea, Radio Svoboda reported.

    Refusal to participate is not indifference or inaction but a conscious protest against "lies that continue to inspire people on TV by different leaders, their deputies, officials and candidates,” stated the representatives of the Tatar population of …

  • OSCE: Russian elections marred by restrictions on basic rights

    The OSCE has stated that the Russian Duma elections were marred by restrictions on basic rights and democratic commitments, Reuters reported.

    Putin’s political allies won a landslide victory during Sunday’s elections, and while monitors did notice some improvements over previous elections, tampering and fraud are still believed to have padded the vote numbers for United Russia, the Communist Party, the nationalist LDPR, and A Just Russia, all pro-Putin political parties.

    According to Finnish …

  • Source close to the Russian Finance Ministry says the monetary reserve fund will be exhausted by the end of the year

    A source close to the Ministry of Finance told Russian TASS news agency that the monetary reserve fund could be dried up by next year.

    “The Reserve Fund of the Russian Federation can be spent as early as this year. There will be some money for the next year but these funds will be spent if privatization doesn’t occur as planned,” the source said.

    According to the expert, it is likely that the Reserve Fund will be fully exhausted in early 2017.

    A representative of the agency also fears that …

  • Putin: Russia is ready to be a mediator in eastern Ukraine

    Russia is ready to be a mediator in settling the conflict in the Donbas and a guarantor of possible agreements, the President of the Russian Federation stated.

    "The only thing we can do is to create conditions for the negotiation process and take part in it as mediators and guarantors of the agreements reached,” Putin said in Bishkek, Russian Interfax news agency reported. "That is what we want and will do if our partners in Kyiv want."

    Everything else, according to the President of Russian …

  • IOC urges Russia to stop cyber attacks against WADA

    The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, called on Russia to stop hackers who are revealing the information about the use of illicit drugs by athletes from other countries, as reported by the Associated Press.

    According to Bach, the Committee will help the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to raise the problem of hacker attacks with Russian authorities.

    The Anti-Doping Agency said that the database hacking is a revenge for the publication of the investigation …