MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. Russia’s human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova welcomes the idea of liberalizing Article 282 of the Criminal Code (Incitement of Hatred and Humiliation of Human Dignity) in order to ease punishment for likes and reposts in social networks. "I support the idea of liberalizing this article. I believe it is important to avoid artificially Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presence at Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl’s wedding due on Saturday, August 18, has no political side to it, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman told the Austria Press Agency. "It will be a private celebration and a private visit in the first place. It by no means entails changes in Austria’s foreign Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. The bodies of three mountaineers killed in a Mi-8 helicopter crash landing in Tajikistan, have been transported to Moscow by Tajikistan’s Somon Air, the air carrier’s press service informed TASS on Friday. "The Somon Air national air carrier has sent the Russian climbers’ bodies to Moscow aboard the flight, which departed from Dushanbe at 08:00 Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. A Ukrainian court has handed down a three-year suspended sentence to Russian volunteer Yelena Odnovol, who is to be released from pretrial detention facility on Friday, Russian ombudsperson Yelena Moskalkova told TASS. "I have just had a phone conversation with [Ukrainian ombudsperson] Lyudmila Denisova. She said that the court handed down a Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. A Ukrainian court has handed down a three-year suspended sentence to Russian volunteer Yelena Odnovol, who is to be released from pretrial detention facility on Friday, Russian ombudsperson Yelena Moskalkova told TASS. "I have just had a phone conversation with [Ukrainian ombudsperson] Lyudmila Denisova. She said that the court handed down a Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 6. /TASS/. French singer Mireille Mathieu will take part in the Spasskaya Tower international military tattoo, which will run from August 24 to September 2, for the 10th time, said Lieutenant General Sergei Khlebnikov, Moscow Kremlin’s Commandant and member of the festival’s Public Council, on Thursday. "Mireille Mathieu will come. We met and discussed the Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. Russia has called for investigating an act of vandalism at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers and prisoners of war in Gdansk, Poland, without delay and bringing those responsible to justice, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in in a statement on Thursday. "We insist on a prompt investigation into a scandalous incident and punishment for those Continue Reading
Viktor Yanukovich © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS KIEV, August 16. /TASS/. A prosecutor of the Ukrainian Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office has asked the court to sentence former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to 15 years in prison. "The prosecutors ask to sentence former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, charged with treason, to 15 years of imprisonment," prosecutor Continue Reading
© Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian presidential press service/TASS MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has prepared a present for Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Wolfgang Meilinger, whose wedding he will attend on Saturday, August 18, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. "I cannot say anything at this point. We will let Continue Reading
SAMARA, August 16. /TASS/. Participants in the Arctic expedition on amphibious planes covered more than 20,000 km along the Polar Circle and returned safely to the Samara Region, the regional government’s press service told TASS on Wednesday. "Members of the Arctic air expedition, which kicked off from here on July 3, have returned to the air field in the Krasny Yar Continue Reading
The Central House of Artists in Moscow © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. British street artist Banksy has been surprised to learn that his solo exhibition is currently underway in Moscow. The artist wrote it on Wednesday in his Instagram account, uploading a screenshot in which he corresponds with a fan, who tells him about the exhibition. Looking at Continue Reading
© Alexandr Ryumin/TASS NOVOSIBIRSK, August 15. /TASS/. The law on extremism must be adjusted to apply the notion of extremism only to real threats of violence, and not social media jokes, Chairman of Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov told a visiting session of the council in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on Wednesday. "The Continue Reading
SVETLOGORSK, August 15. /TASS/. The Thai boys trapped in a cave for two weeks before being rescued on July 10 have received an invitation for a holiday at Russia’s famous international children’s center Artek on the Black Sea, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Wednesday. "In order to help the children rehabilitate and as a reward for the will Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov finds statements about Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov being denied pardon inappropriate, as they did not receive a formal request from him. "As you know, there exists a legal framework, and to use the phrase "deny pardon" would probably be incorrect from a legal viewpoint, as there was no request for pardon Continue Reading
KIEV, August 15. /TASS/. The Russian presidential administration has replied to a pardon request, filed by the mother of convicted Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, his sister Natalya Kaplan has told Ukraine’s Hromadske. Kaplan also released a copy of the document, whose authenticity is yet to be confirmed by the presidential administration. According to the document, "the Continue Reading
Russian President Vladimir Putin © Mikhail Metzel/TASS PARIS, August 15. /TASS/. The top management of the France-2 TV channel has admitted a mistake in its news report, which alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "hunting tigers" during his summer vacation, the Valeurs actuelles magazine reported on Tuesday. The report on how world leaders spend their summer Continue Reading
Eduard Uspensky © Artyom Korotayev/TASS MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Soviet writer Eduard Uspensky, who created the world-famous Cheburashka character, died in Moscow aged 80, his daughter Irina told TASS on Tuesday. "Regretfully, Eduard Nikolayevich has passed away," she said. According to earlier reports, Uspensky was diagnosed with cancer. A medical source told TASS on Continue Reading
TASS, August 14. 40 volunteers were chosen to participate in Arctic project after they took a training course in the Yamalo-Nenets Region, head of the Green Arctic ecology social organization Alexei Rudkovsky told TASS. "Our project’s objective is to attract people to volunteer programs," he said. "We have received more than 100 applications from Russia’s 16 cities for Continue Reading
Alexei Ulyukayev © Mikhail Pochuev/TASS MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. The Moscow City Court’s Presidium has refused to revise the sentence to former Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev who was handed a prison term of eight years on bribe0taking charges, the court’s press service told TASS on Tuesday. "The court has ruled to turn down the cassation appeal of Continue Reading