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  • U.S. sanctions target pro-life woman with no Crimea links

    04/05/2014 6:52:02 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4-6-14 | GREG COROMBOS
    A Russian lawmaker known for her outspoken support for traditional marriage and the unborn is among the officials listed in new U.S. sanctions against individuals for their alleged contribution to Russia’s unlawful grab of Ukrainian territory. Weeks ago, President Obama announced sanctions aimed at several individuals for their alleged roles in facilitating Russia’s actions. But Yelena Mizulina’s seems out of place on the list. Mizulina is chairwoman of the Russian Duma’s Committee on Family, Women and Children’s Affairs. She was also the lead sponsor of legislation banning Americans from adopting Russian orphans, fearing the children could suffer harm if adopted...
  • State Duma adopts documents on Crimea’s joining the Russian Federation

    03/20/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/20/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian State Duma has adopted in first reading and a whole the federal constitutional law on Crimea’s admission to the Russian Federation and on creating new sub-federal entities — the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol. In the final reading, 445 parliamentarians casted affirmative votes and one deputy voted against the bill submitted by the president. The only lawmaker that did not support the document was member of A Just Russia party Ilya Ponomaryov. The lawmakers have also ratified the interstate treaty on the admission of Crimea into Russia. The treaty,...
  • Putin submits Treaty on Crimea’s accession, new constitutional amendment to State Duma

    03/19/2014 9:12:30 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/19/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, a treaty of Crimea’s reunification with Russia and a constitutional amendment on setting up two new constituent territories of the Russian Federation, officials at the parliamentary department for public relations said. Earlier, President Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstnatinov and Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaly signed a treaty which stipulates that the Republic of Crimea has been acknowledged as reunified with the Russian Federation. Since the date of Crimea's accession...
  • State Duma to hold extra session March 20 to ratify re-unification treaty with Crimea

    03/19/2014 9:04:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/19/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The State Duma, upper house of Russian Parliament, will convene for an extraordinary session on Thursday, March 20, to ratify the re-unification treaty with Crimea, First Deputy Duma Speaker Ivan Melnikov said. “There is the judgment of the Constitutional Court (which recognized the treaty as conforming to the Russian Constitution),” Melnikov told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday, March 19. “In this connection, the State Duma today will debate the draft resolution on holding an unscheduled plenary meeting at 16:00 tomorrow, March 20, to discuss the ratification of the treaty and the adoption of a constitutional law on the...
  • Russian lawmakers ask President Obama to impose sanctions on them all

    03/18/2014 11:59:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 66 replies
    RussiaToday ^ | 3-18-2014 | RT
    The State Duma has passed a motion suggesting that the US and EU extend the freshly introduced sanctions to all Russian MPs rather than a limited group of officials, defying western pressure just hours before Russia and Crimea signed a federation treaty. The motion was supported by a unanimous vote on Tuesday morning. It was prepared the day before by all four parliamentary parties after representatives of the United States and the European Union said they were slapping sanctions, such as visa bans and asset freezes, on a number of Russian officials who are seen as “key ideologists and architects”...
  • Russia Passes Bill Banning Gay Propaganda 436-0 in Lower House

    06/13/2013 7:40:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/13/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Russian Duma, or the lower house of parliament, passed a law banning homosexual propaganda by an overwhelming 436-0 vote on Tuesday, leading to clashes between gay activists and their opponents. "Traditional sexual relations are relations between a man and a woman, which ... are a condition for the preservation and development of the multi-ethnic Russian people," lawmaker Yelena Mizulina said on Tuesday before the Duma. "It is precisely these relations that need special protection by the state." The bill, which must still pass the upper parliament and be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, reflects the country's strong stance...
  • Israel Prevents Environmental Catastrophe in Samaria

    02/04/2013 12:13:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/13 | David Lev
    The Civil Authority and the IDF has cleared out 20,000 cubic tons of trash from an illegal Arab dump in Samaria, after ongoing appeals from an environmental organization. The Yarok Achshav (“Green Now”) group expressed its satisfaction at the resolution of the issue, preventing further damage to the environment by Arabs in the area. The site of the dump, near the Arab village of Kafr Duma, was situated right atop a well that tapped directly in into the large aquifer that runs under Samaria. As such, there was a strong danger that the groundwater throughout the entire region would have...
  • Russian parliament tentatively approves arms pact (Duma Disses Obama, delays START vote...)

    12/24/2010 9:03:54 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | DECEMBER 24, 2010 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW – Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday gave preliminary approval to a U.S.-Russian arms treaty, but decided to delay the final vote until next month. The Kremlin-controlled State Duma voted 350-58 to approve the New START treaty in the first of three required readings. The legislators said they would proceed further after returning from the New Year's vacation that lasts until Jan. 11. Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the State Duma's foreign affairs committee, said the full ratification could only happen next month "at the earliest." The New START treaty, which was ratified Wednesday by the U.S. Senate,...
  • One Way to Disarm(Death of Russia Military Complex)

    06/09/2010 8:49:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 123+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 6/9/2010 | Alexander Golts
    A distinctive feature of the Russian power vertical is that leaders do not bother determining what government officials have already said on a particular subject before preparing their own remarks. At a meeting on security agency budgets on May 24, President Dmitry Medvedev set the goal of modernizing at least 30 percent of Russia’s weaponry by 2015. The president was apparently unaware of the previous arms program, announced by then-Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov three years ago. In 2007, Ivanov told State Duma deputies that the program would rearm 45 percent of the military by 2015. It failed miserably. In addition,...
  • All you Brainy traders and MBA's.

    06/04/2008 8:20:52 AM PDT · by ABJ · 89 replies · 165+ views
    4th JUNE 2008 | ABJ
    Oil is going to reach $150 USD per barrel by winter. Gasoline will hit $6 USD per gallon in the USA. What are we going to do then?
  • WILL ROLE OF PARTY LEADER HELP PUTIN HOLD HIS OWN IN THE RULING DIARCHY?

    03/29/2008 8:33:18 PM PDT · by hanfei · 2 replies · 267+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | March 28, 2008 | Jonas Bernstein
    Two Russian newspapers, Nezavisimaya gazeta and Moskovsky korrespondent, reported today, March 28, that Vladimir Putin will be named head of United Russia at a party congress that will be held in April. Noting that Putin used the occasion of a United Russia congress last October to announce that he would head the party’s federal list of candidates in the December 2007 State Duma election, and then used the occasion of a United Russia congress in December to accept Dmitry Medvedev’s invitation to serve as prime minister under a future Medvedev presidency, Nezavisimaya gazeta reported that Putin will use a United...
  • Russia: Election monitor accuses Kremlin of blocking mission (election-fixing by KGB boys?)

    11/16/2007 7:07:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 111+ views
    Times of London ^ | Tony Halpin
    From Times Online November 16, 2007 Election monitor accuses Kremlin of blocking mission Goran Lennmarker, of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, left, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, met today to discuss limits on election observers Tony Halpin, of The Times, in Moscow The credibility of parliamentary elections in Russia was plunged into doubt today when the main European democratic watchdog cancelled its observer mission. In an unprecedented move, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) abandoned attempts to monitor the election and accused the Kremlin of obstructing its mission. “Despite repeated attempts to...
  • Prime suspect in Litvinenko case to run for Russian parliament(OJ Simpson of Russia enter politics)

    09/16/2007 8:57:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 89+ views
    Earth Times ^ | 09/16/07
    Prime suspect in Litvinenko case to run for Russian parliament Posted on : 2007-09-16 | Author : DPA News Category : Europe Moscow - Andrei Lugovi, the prime suspect in the murder case of Kremlin opponent Alexander Litvinenko, is to run for Russian parliament (Duma) as number 2 on the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) list, Duma Deputy Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky announced Sunday. According to the Interfax news agency, Lugovoi agreed to run in the election with the LDPR, led by the nationalist Zhirinovsky. Former Russian secret service agent Lugovoi is accused by Britain's Scotland Yard of administering a lethal dose...
  • Madonna Could be Sent into Space in 2009 - Russian Space Agency

    09/13/2006 10:02:30 PM PDT · by anymouse · 53 replies · 2,812+ views
    RIA Novosti (Russia) ^ | 13/ 09/ 2006
    The Russian Space Agency has no objections to Madonna's plans for a space flight, but the American pop diva could make a space trip no earlier than 2009, the agency's spokesperson said Wednesday. Alexei Mitrofanov, a flamboyant lawmaker from the ultra-nationalist LDPR party, earlier proposed that Madonna's desire to make the trip, which she expressed during her two-day visit to Russia, be fulfilled - a proposal that met with rejection by Russian lawmakers. "We are aware of today's debates in the State Duma [the lower house of the Russian parliament] as to the proposed flight by Madonna to the International...
  • A new "Purge" in Russia - High ranking officials fired for corruption

    05/12/2006 10:01:52 PM PDT · by Romanov · 28 replies · 668+ views
    News Ru ^ | 12 May 2006 | Unknown
    A “Purge” has been conducted on the FSB, MVD Prosecutor’s Office, Customs and the Federation Council. On Friday the Prime Minister was directed by the Russian president to order the forced retirements and firing of high ranking members of the FSB, MVD Prosecutor’s and Custom’s office and the Federal Customs Service. Federation Council members were also told to step down. These “retirements” were conducted in accordance with the government’s anti-corruption campaign. A government source told “Interfax” that this action was not a witch hunt, but was conducted in order to counteract the criminal elements that have taken hold in the...
  • Putin subverting US Government! (HOT)

    04/21/2006 6:38:28 AM PDT · by b2stealth · 41 replies · 9,172+ views
    National PR-ity // Moscow drafts a plan to influence the United States The Kremlin has taken up the promotion of Russian interests in the United States head-on. The key role will be given to the Russian-U.S. Council for Business Cooperation (RUCBC) whose supervisory board will include high-ranking officials from the Russian president’s administration, ministers and prominent public figures. The Russian government asked the Finance Ministry to find sources to finance the NGO. However, it has already been suggested that big business contribute for the council’s activities. The first donation is expected to amount to $50 million. Work has in progress...
  • Russian Duma to discuss Saakashvili "threat"

    04/09/2006 3:17:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 384+ views
    Messenger ^ | April 7, 2006 | Keti Sikharulidze
    The Russian State Duma Council has postponed discussions on the draft-statement commenting on the policy of Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili. Aleksei Mitrofanov from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and author of the statement requested that the statement be discussed on Thursday April 6, but the speaker of the Russian Parliament, Boris Grizlov turned down his request, saying that it would be on the agenda at the next week's session. In the statement Mitrofanov expressed concerns over the military preparations that have been evident since Saakashvili's rise to power. "It appears that Georgia in fact is completing preparations for an invasion...
  • Secret services behind French riots - Zhirinovsky

    11/08/2005 4:05:09 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 37 replies · 1,314+ views
    Interfax ^ | 11/7/05
    MOSCOW. Nov 7 (Interfax) - The current developments in France result from new political methods and the actions of the secret services, State Duma Vice-Speaker and leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky told Interfax on Monday. "These are new political methods. The current situation in France was planned in advance - secret services are behind the riots, their goal is to bring a pro-American leader to power in 2007," he said. Zhirinovsky does not think similar riots possible in Russia. People from former French colonies are taking part in the French unrest, he said. In fact, this...
  • RUSSIAN MPs SEE ANY FALSIFICATION OF WWII RESULTS AS INADMISSIBLE

    05/28/2005 11:44:23 AM PDT · by lizol · 16 replies · 702+ views
    .europesun.com ^ | 28/05/2005 | RIA Novosti
    RUSSIAN MPs SEE ANY FALSIFICATION OF WWII RESULTS AS INADMISSIBLE MOSCOW, May 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's lower parliamentary chamber, State Duma, adopted Friday a resolution on the inadmissibility of falsifying the results of WWII. Russian MPs are protesting against the increased number of pronouncements by their Baltic and Polish counterparts distorting history and offering their own "corrected" versions of the causes and results of the Second World War, says the resolution. "The most regretful fact is that these statements have appeared now when the world is observing the 60th anniversary of the historic victory over Nazism, with a crucial...
  • Russia: A String of Auctions Gets Canceled(blocks foreign companies from bidding)

    04/10/2005 8:16:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 417+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | 04/08/05 | Alex Fak
    A String of Auctions Gets Canceled By Alex Fak Staff Writer A string of auctions for oil and gas development licenses have been canceled to prevent foreign companies from bidding, an official in the Natural Resources Ministry said.The cancellations appear to constitute a de facto widening of the ban on bids by non-Russian-controlled companies, contradicting recent assurances from Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev and other ministers. The latest cases also highlight uncertainties faced by foreign natural resource companies as the State Duma prepares to debate a long-anticipated bill on restricting foreigners' access to subsoil resources.Among the auctions canceled are those...
  • Duma rejects restrictions on John Paul II coverage

    04/06/2005 1:54:59 PM PDT · by lizol · 22 replies · 499+ views
    Interfax ^ | Apr 6 2005
    Duma rejects restrictions on John Paul II coverage MOSCOW. April 6 (Interfax) - The Russian Duma has rejected an initiative put forward by Alexei Mitrofanov a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, who called for restricting media coverage in Russia following the death of Pope John Paul II. The suggestion was supported by 98 members of parliament, with the required minimum of 226 votes, an Interfax correspondent reported.
  • MPs to give up some privileges (Russia cuts government)

    02/05/2005 9:16:18 PM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 163+ views
    Russia Journal ^ | February 03, 2005
    MOSCOW - In the near future, the State Duma will limit some of the existing privileges of the deputies. The respective amendments to the law on the status of MPs have been suggested. Oleg Kovalyov, chairman of the committee for parliamentary procedures, told reporters yesterday that the new bill had already been approved by the government, and it would soon be submitted to the lower house and debated by the lawmakers. According to Kovalyov, it is planned to introduce some limits for the deputies relating to the cost of housing, transport and telecommunication services. Specifically, the deputies will have to...
  • Russia: Pianist punished for prison song(gansta-rap of old Soviet Union?)

    02/04/2005 7:05:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Pianist punished for prison song Chopin 'was not conducive to Russian MPs' digestion' The Russian parliament's lower chamber, the Duma, has barred a pianist from performing in the canteen after she played a tune with criminal undertones. Pianist Olga Skiba was initially hired to delight MPs with the sounds of Mozart and Chopin - but was flooded with requests for popular melodies. She was suspended for three weeks after she played the 80-year-old tune Murka. It tells a story of a gangster killing his girlfriend for being an undercover agent of the Bolshevik secret police. Murka is considered a classic...
  • Communist Party to initiate vote of no-confidence in govt (Russia)

    01/19/2005 5:02:24 PM PST · by jb6 · 7 replies · 320+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | 17.01.2005, 22.06
    MOSCOW, January 17 (Itar-Tass) -- The Russian Communist party on Monday ordered its faction in the State Duma to initiate a vote of no-confidence in the government. The decision was approved by the party’s leadership at its meeting behind closed doors where the monetisation of in-kind benefits was discussed. The party is also dissatisfied with the housing and utility, education, and healthcare reforms. In order to include the issue in the agenda of a plenary session of the lower house of parliament, it needs the support of at least 90 deputies. The Motherland and Liberal Democratic factions have already offered...
  • Duma recognizes election results in Belarus

    10/24/2004 12:31:03 PM PDT · by Lukasz · 28 replies · 345+ views
    www.rbcnews.com ^ | 22.10.2004
    RBC, 22.10.2004, Moscow 19:13:43.The lower house of Russian parliament has recognized the recent parliamentary elections and a referendum in Belarus as open and democratic. Russian deputies have adopted a corresponding statement today prepared by lawmakers who observed the voting. The State Duma said in its statement that negative assessments of the elections by some US and European politicians as well as threats to impose discriminatory measures could be regarded as attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the independent state and violation of the norms of international law.
  • WSJ: KGB Democracy

    09/17/2004 6:05:53 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 398+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 17, 2004 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI
    ...After NTV fell to the Kremlin, many journalists censored themselves. Regional governors hailed Monday's constitutional overhaul, well aware that their welfare (financial as much as political) depends on Mr. Putin now.... The passive response to Mr. Putin's restoration makes many people pessimistic about Russian civil society.... A rise in capital flight suggests anxiety about the direction of Kremlin policy. Exchange kiosks reported heavy buying of dollars, the safe currency, after Mr. Putin's speech Monday. Repealing the Yeltsin-era decentralization, which managed to keep Russia unified after 1991, will certainly invite problems in months to come from frustrated regions far from Moscow...
  • Putin Pushes

    09/15/2004 5:27:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 13 replies · 439+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 15, 2004 | Editorial
    ...It should be clear by now that the Russian leader will use any pretext to steadily restore one man -- or single party -- rule in Russia. Opposition politicians, businessmen and journalists hounded into silence, or worse, have learned this the hard way.... Assuming (safely) that Mr. Putin gets his way, Russia would do away with freely elected regional governors, the last bastion of power beyond the Kremlin's direct control. Regional assemblies, now in the hands of parties allied with Mr. Putin, will pick governors with Kremlin guidance. Mr. Putin also proposes to cancel the direct vote for half the...
  • Opponents Call Putin's Overhaul Plan a Step Back

    09/14/2004 6:23:11 AM PDT · by OESY · 292+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 14, 2004 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    MOSCOW, Sept. 13 - President Vladimir V. Putin ordered a stunning overhaul of Russia's political system on Monday in what he called an effort to unite the country against terrorism. If enacted, as expected, the proposals would strengthen his already pervasive control over the legislative branch and regional governments. Mr. Putin, meeting in special session with cabinet ministers and regional government leaders, outlined what would be the most sweeping political overhaul - and his most striking single step to consolidate power - in Russia in more than a decade. Critics immediately said it would violate the Constitution and stifle what...
  • ZOT!! I'm Worried About the Freepers

    05/27/2004 2:42:41 PM PDT · by aces and sevens · 215 replies · 846+ views
    Bush has a fork in him. Look at the polls. You see them. What makes you think it's gonna get any better for the appointed one? Only the dedicated neo-cons support this clown. Your boy is toast. I hope you guys won't do anything rash after he loses horribly on November 2. President Kerry will make this country much better. Just keep that in mind and you'll be fine. Better yet, jump on the Kerry bandwagon and support a return to peace and prosperity. Come on guys, I'm on your side.
  • Russia: Duma seeks to toughen punishment for terrorism

    02/18/2004 11:38:02 AM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 116+ views
    Interfax ^ | Februari 18 2004
    MOSCOW. Feb 18 (Interfax) - The State Duma has passed in the first reading a bill that would amend the Criminal Code so that convicted terrorists can be punished with life imprisonment. In a 432-0 vote, the parliamentarians unanimously supported a legislative initiative put forward by United Russia deputies Pavel Krasheninnikov, Lyubov Sliska, Vladimir Pekhtin, Vladimir Vasilyev, Alexander Zhukov and Vladimir Katrenko on Wednesday. The bill suggests increasing the imprisonment term for terrorism without aggravating circumstances to 8-12 years in jail (the existing code envisions 5-10 years in prison); terrorism with aggravating circumstances to 10-20 years in jail (currently 8-15...
  • Duma to reject longer term for Putin

    02/17/2004 5:43:23 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 120+ views
    UPI ^ | 2-17-04
    MOSCOW, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Russia's State Duma is expected Wednesday to reject a proposal to extend President Vladimir Putin's term of office from four years to seven. Boris Gryzlov, speaker of the Duma, the main chamber of the Russian parliament, told Channel One TV in Moscow Tuesday his One Russia party would not allow the proposal to be approved. Channel One TV, monitored by the BBC, said the Duma was expected to reject the proposal during a Wednesday plenary session. "The One Russia faction will not approve amendments to the constitution," Gryzlov said. "... The committees that deal with...
  • Putin's Crowning Glory

    12/09/2003 4:56:55 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 253+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 9, 2003 | GEOFFREY T. SMITH
    <p>MOSCOW -- The allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin won a historic victory in elections at the weekend, giving the Kremlin effective control of the Duma, or lower house of parliament, for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union. Mr. Putin's allies in the United Russia party gained most at the expense of the Communist Party, which continued to wither. But the elections also contained two much less savory aspects: a huge protest vote from those who have yet to benefit from his rule, and a collapse in support for the only parties committed to Western-style liberalism.</p>
  • European Human Rights Group Condemns Russian Elections (4th Reich Whining)

    12/08/2003 12:02:09 PM PST · by Pubbie · 22 replies · 143+ views
    CBS ^ | Dec. 8, 2003 | CBS
    Europe's top security and human rights watchdog has condemned recent elections in Russia as a retreat from the democratic reforms adopted after the fall of the Soviet Union. In this news analysis, CBS News' Beth Knobel explains why. Russia's political landscape looks radically different after Sunday's election for the lower house of parliament, the State Duma. The liberals are out. The nationalists are in. And the big winner was United Russia, the political party backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin isn't actually a member of any political bloc, but he openly campaigned for United Russia. And United Russia made...
  • Russia Votes, Putin Expected to Tighten Grip

    12/06/2003 6:51:50 PM PST · by yonif · 3 replies · 142+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Dec 6 2003 | Reuters
    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) - Russia began voting on Sunday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by a train bombing near Chechnya (news - web sites) that appeared unlikely to stop parties backing President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) from making gains. Polling stations in the far eastern Arctic region of Chukotka opened at 3 p.m. EST Saturday as many Muscovites, 5,600 miles away, were enjoying a Saturday night drink. In the Pacific Ocean port city of Vladivostok, residents queued at polling stations in the first heavy snowfall of the year, hoping the new parliament might improve living standards in a...
  • Russia passes “bankrupt nation” budget (or, Duma members whine they not spend like West)

    10/17/2003 11:07:44 AM PDT · by RussianConservative · 4 replies · 270+ views
    russian journal | October 16, 2003
    MOSCOW - Duma passed the bill “On the federal budget for 2004” on the second reading on Wednesday. It was passed by a vote of 236 to 157, with one abstention. It was State Duma Chairman Gennady Seleznyov who abstained. Unlike the first reading, where the main macroeconomic parameters of the budget were determined, the deputies decided on budget spending items on Wednesday. Spending is set at RUR 2.659 trillion (about $88.28bn according to the current exchange rate), and revenues are projected to be RUR 2.743 trillion (about $91bn). The surplus is set at RUR 83.403bn (about $2.77bn). The Finance...
  • Russia's Lower House OKs U.S. Arms Deal

    05/14/2003 10:50:34 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 198+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 14 2003 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV/AP
    MOSCOW - Reaching out to improve relations with the United States, Russia's lower house of parliament ratified a landmark nuclear arms control treaty Wednesday that slashes the nuclear arsenals of both countries by two-thirds. The Duma voted 294-134 in favor of the so-called Moscow Treaty after a closed-door debate. President Vladimir Putin called the vote a "convincing ratification," Russian news agencies reported. Putin had urged lawmakers to ratify the treaty, calling it an "important document in the sphere of strategic stability." The U.S. Senate approved the accord in March, but the Duma delayed the vote amid Russian opposition to the...
  • Russian Duma to vote on Iraq on 12 February

    02/11/2003 1:43:18 PM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 102+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | Februari 11 2003
    Moscow, 11 February: The Russian State Duma is expected to adopt on 12 February a statement on the Iraq situation. Dmitriy Rogozin, chairman of the Committee on International Affairs in the State Duma, told journalists this on Tuesday [11 February], a RIA-Novosti correspondent reports. The plan, he said, is to debate two versions of the document. One has been drawn up by Duma deputy speaker Vladimir Zhirinovskiy, of the LDPR [Liberal Democratic Party of Russia]. It proposes that "any decision of the UN Security Council on the use of force against Iraq should be vetoed", Rogozin said. The other is...
  • £2-a-month sop to Stalin's Russian victims

    01/27/2003 5:26:05 PM PST · by MadIvan · 3 replies · 229+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2003 | Julius Strauss
    After 12 years of stalling, the Russian Duma has finally passed a law to compensate the sons and daughters of victims of Stalin's purges. Each will receive the equivalent of £2 a month, one free train ticket a year, 50 per cent off the cost of medicines and free false teeth. The award, paltry even by Russian standards, is the latest sorry chapter in a compensation process that has been blocked by Communists and Right-wingers alike. In Russia there has been a concerted effort to brush over the crimes of the Communist era. Officials refuse to countenance talk of atrocities...
  • Russian Duma

    08/25/2002 11:21:31 AM PDT · by CDHart · 6 replies · 164+ views
    There is supposed to be an article floating around that outlines how the Russian Duma recently passed a resolution requesting that HAARP not be activated at the first of the year. Has anyone seen it? If so, could someone please send it to me? Thanks!
  • Russia s Expulsion of Bishop Assailed by Vatican: "Grave Violation" of Religious Rights

    04/21/2002 5:34:47 PM PDT · by history_matters · 87 replies · 261+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | 2002-04-21 | Zenit.org
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican protested to Russian authorities over the expulsion of Bishop Jerzy Mazur of the Catholic Diocese of St. Joseph of Irkutsk, in Eastern Siberia. On Friday night, when the Polish-born bishop arrived in Moscow´s Sheremetievo-2 airport "he was expelled from the territory of the Russian Federation and forced to take a flight to Krakow, from where he came," says a statement issued Saturday by the Vatican Press Office. The bishop "was given no reasons for the measure," the statement adds. The Vatican "State Secretariat and the pontifical representation in Moscow appealed immediately...