The Ukrainian acting president has called for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country after the body of a local politician from his own party was found showing signs of torture.
The State Duma ethics committee has recommended that hothead politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky make a public apology to the journalists he insulted last week, and distribute information about his ethics violations to the media.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a telephone call that Washington will impose more sanctions on Russia if it does not help de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, a senior U.S. official said.
Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia’s largest social networking website, fled the country on Tuesday, a day after he said he was forced out as the company’s CEO for refusing to share users’ personal data with Russian law enforcement agencies.
China has urged Russia and Central Asian partners in a six-nation security alliance to tighten control over the Internet and take other steps to prevent "external forces" from fomenting revolution in member states.
The State Duma's ethics committee will investigate Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky after the firebrand politician directed a particularly crude and offensive outburst at reporters on Friday.
The Finance Ministry plans to allow Russian banks to comply with FATCA, a U.S. law cracking down on tax avoidance, by farming out responsibility for levying tax on their U.S. clients to foreign financial institutions.
The world's financial leaders are likely to discuss possible risks to Europe's economy from the crisis in Ukraine, but there are no plans to mention it in the final document from their Washington meeting, two G20 officials said.
Amid the "great Crimean conquest," Russians view Putin as a hero who rectified a historical injustice, stood up to the West and saved Russians from Ukrainian nationalists. But the annexation will backfire once the sanctions and global isolation hit the economy and once Ukraine joins NATO.
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