» 09/07/2011, 00.00
A former Orthodox priest among challengers to Putin and Medvedev for the Kremlin
In past few days billionaire Prokhorov and director and former Orthodox priest Ioann Okhlobystin have joined the presidential race . The Church keeps its distance, but on the Internet he is already a star.
Putin’s expected landslide marred by suspected electoral fraud
With 97 per cent of the vote counted, United Russia led by the Russian president wins big with 64.1 per cent of the vote. Four parties will be represented in Russia’s State Duma but only one will be really in the opposition. Turnout is high, reaching 99 per cent in Chechnya, but many international observers denounce illegalities, including a raffle for TVs in some polling stations.
28/10/2009 RUSSIA - IRAQ
Iraq, private Russian security guards instead of the foreign armies
Former Russian military troops guarantee the investment interests of the former Soviets in Baghdad. They boast of being "very diplomatic", unlike the Americans. But carry more weapons into the country.
Aleksij II blesses new Russian president
Medvedev’s oath as the third head of the Russian Federation is blessed in a function presided by the patriarch of Moscow. The new president talks about further developing the “trust-based” relationship between state and Church. The Kremlin uses the occasion to present itself as the defender of traditional moral values as the Patriarchate carves for itself a special place amongst religions.
20/09/2016 11:24:00 RUSSIA
New Duma upholds status quo, but puts future at risk
Putin's party, United Russia, gets 76% of the seats and now will unilaterally carry out constitutional reforms. But experts say this is not the goal: the vote gave further legitimacy to regime ahead of the presidential vote in 2018. Experts: "The system as it is cannot last long. Today in Russia, Parliament is not the place to resolve conflicts, as in other democracies".
25/08/2008 RUSSIA – GEORGIA
Russian parliament set to vote support for status of Georgian separatist provinces
Senate has unanimously approved independence proposal for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, results from Duma still to come. The vote is non binding for Kremlin decisions, as relations with the West precipitate.
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