Russian State Duma

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Independent Runet not to follow Chinese path

The Russian State Duma has passed the first reading of legislation that is designed to ensure the operation of the Internet in Russia if access to servers located abroad is cut off.  The legislation is co-authored by chair of the …

China, Iran, and India to be included in new INF

The Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense, Vladimir Shamanov, said today that the new INF Treaty could become multilateral, with the participation of those countries that were able to gain access to the rocket technologies after …

Crimea shown as Russian region on Google Maps

Crimea is shown as a Russian region on Google Maps now, the Russian State Duma's information policy committee chair Leonid Levin said. "When accessing the maps from Russia, Crimea is shown as a Russian …

Russia refuses to resume cooperation with PACE

Russian lawmakers voted against sending a delegation to the Council of Europe (CoE) and to not resume funding of the body. "As a result of the lengthy anti-Russian campaign, the activities of Russia in the Council of Europe were …

Sobotka supports Nord Stream-2

President of Austria’s National Council Wolfgang Sobotka said that Vienna is interested in the Nord Stream-2 project. "We are interested in the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project in order to strengthen …

State Duma supports easing of Criminal Code

The first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on State Construction and Legislation, Vyacheslav Lysakov, supported President Vladimir Putin’s bill on the termination of criminal cases after the damages are payed. The …

Self-employed persons legalized in Russia

Self-employed citizens switching to the experimental tax regime will be exempt from paying personal income tax and value added tax (VAT), except for the situation when goods are imported into Russia, according to the set of laws on the …

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 …