Russian State Duma

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Will Crimea become offshore zone?

Head of the State Duma’s Committee for Financial Markets Anatoly Aksakov proposed to set up an offshore zone on the Crimean peninsula. At the same time, he noted that it will not happen in the near future. Aksakov …

Bill on pension reform adopted in Russia

The Russian State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, has adopted the bill on pension reform in the third and final reading. According to the bill, the age of 65 years would be set as retirement age for men, and 60 years for …

Russian women's retirement age softened

Russia's State Duma adopted amendments proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to raise the retirement age for women by five years instead of eight under pension-reform legislation that has prompted large protests. The …

Milli Majlis celebrates 100th anniversary

A solemn ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani parliament has been held at Milli Majlis in Baku today. It was attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The head of state is making a speech at the …

Law is not attempt to erase languages

Last week, Russia's State Duma has passed a bill on studying native languages of Russian peoples in the third and final reading. According to the bill, federal standards of primary school education in Russia now provide an option to …

Russia's VAT rate hike bill passed in second reading

Russia’s State Duma passed the bill on raising value-added tax (VAT) to 20% from 18%, starting from 2019, in the second reading today.  The insurance contributions are currently paid in full at a rate of 30% for an …

Russia's pension reform to be adopted in first reading

Accounts Chamber of Russia has found several shortcomings in the government’s bill on raising the retirement age, while having no conceptual remarks to the document, according to the letter to the Chairman of the Duma Committee on …