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Putin IV inauguration reduced opulence

The Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov informed that the inauguration ceremony is planned to begin at noon Moscow time in the Grand Kremlin Palace, where Vladimir Putin will arrive from his office in building 1 located on the same Kremlin territory, according to TASS news agency.

Russian media reports Kremlin decided to skip the traditional opulent reception, and procession in the streets of Moscow. The ceremony would be more ‘simple and humble’ than previous three times.

Hundreds of guests assisting the ceremony will assemble in the St Andrew’s hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace and the stand-bearers of the Kremlin’s silent drill platoon will bring into the hall the National Flag of Russia and the Standard of the Russian President and the Emblem of the President and the Constitution, on which Putin will hold his hand while taking the oath the fourth time.

The Judge presiding the Constitution Court, Dr. Valery Zorkin, will place the Constitution and the Sign of the President on the rostrum.

The Commandant of the Kremlin, Lt-Gen Sergei Khlebnikov, will meet Putin at the entrance of the Palace. After his salute Putin will walk up the ceremonial staircase and pass through the Halls of the Orders of St George and St Alexander Nevsky to the St Andrew’s Hall accompanied by the sounds of the welcoming march and  fanfare.

At arrival to the ceremony Judge Zorkin will hand to him the insignia of the Presidential Power, including the Presidential Emblem of the Golden Cross of St George, depicting the double-headed eagle, the ‘Virtue, Honesty and Glory’ slogan attached to a golden chain.

Putin will pronounce the oath holding his right hand on the Constitution. The text reads: “I hereby take the oath to respect and safeguard the rights and freedoms of man and citizen, to observe and to protect the Constitution of the Russian Federation, to defend the sovereignty, security and integrity of the state, and to serve the people in earnest in the course my tenure of the presidential office.”

Judge Zorkin, who conducts the ceremony the fourth time as well, will make announcement that the President-Elect has become the President, afterwards Putin is expected to deliver a brief speech.

he Russian authorities designed a special inauguration ceremony by the time of Boris Yeltsin’s election for a second term of office in 1996. The procedure has been gradually simplified, and stylistically modernised, but its fundamental elements remain intact.

Putin leads with 73% of votes

According to partial results made public by the electoral commission the incumbent President Vladimir Putin is leading with 73% of votes:
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First-time Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin is running second with 15 percent, while veteran nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who first ran against Boris Yeltsin in 1991, rounds out the top three with about seven percent.

None of the other five candidates is on track to receive more than two percent of the vote.

The early results are in line with exit-polls conducted by Russian polling agencies FOM, which predicted Putin would take 77% of the vote, and VCIOM, which forecast a final share of 73.9% for the current president.

Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian Central Election Commission, has said that there were no major violations during the vote, and that only “minor and local complaints” were received. She also phased Russian system of voting, and calculating the votes “without analogy” in the world.

Meanwhile social media discusses ballots stuffing, carousels, and desert polling stations

doubting the official figures.

Russian diplomats to leave UK on 20th of March

Russian ambassador to UK confirms expelled diplomats will leave on March 20, 2018.

The UK this accused Russian government of a chemical-weapons with attack on British soil targeting Sergei Skripal, a former double agent. Any evidence in support of the accusation has yet to be made public. British officials claim that the nerve agent Novichok used against Sripals was invented in the Soviet Union and that Kremlin was culpable either for carrying out the attack or for losing control of this weapon of mass destruction.

Lavrov expects samples of poison from UK

Moscow will not respond to the UK request about a clandestine USSR chemical weapon allegedly ‘Novichok’ used in an ex-double agent’s poisoning until a sample of the element is provided, the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.

 

Moscow considers U.S. anti-Russian sanctions “unlawful”

Moscow considers sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine unlawful, Russia’s RIA news agency reports, referring to the Kremlin spokesman. The measures extended for one year were announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, in a letter dated March 2 and published on the White House website, in which he underlining that the sanctions against Russia were imposed for its role in the Ukrainian crisis and annexation of Crimea, and they should remain in place beyond March 6.

Dmitry Peskov (pictured), spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said Russia has never been the initiator of these sanctions.

“We consider them as unlawful and harmful not only for the people of our two countries but for the whole world,” Peskov said.

 

 

Russia labels American outlets as ‘foreign agents’

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on  new measures allowing authorities to list media outlets as “foreign agents” in response to what Kremlin says is unacceptable Washington pressure on Russian media abroad.

The law passed through both Russian houses of parliament in the last two weeks. It will allow Moscow to force foreign media to brand news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and oblige them disclose their funding sources.

A copy of the law was published on the Russian government’s online legislation database on Saturday, saying it entered into force from the day of its publication.

Russia’s move against American media is part of the fallout from allegations that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

US intelligence officials have accused Kremlin of using Russian media organizations it finances to influence voters, and Washington has since required Russian state broadcaster RT (Russia Today) to register a U.S.-based affiliate company as a “foreign agent”.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied meddling in the election and said the restrictions on Russian broadcasters in the United States are an attack on freedom of speech.

The Russian Justice Ministry last week published a list of nine American news outlets which could fall under new rules.

It said it had written to the government-sponsored Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), along with seven separate Russian or local-language news outlets run by RFE/RL.

A released Russian activist escapes in Prague

A Russian activist Ivan Nepomnyashchy (Nepomnyashchikh), convicted for 2.5 years in framework of ‘Bolotnaya’ trials and released from the colony in late August,  left Russia, according to Russian media. On September 7 Ivan flew to Prague, and later plans to move to the USA to study.
An engineer and activist, Ivan (33), is one of involved in a large-scale case in aftermath of the events at the Bolotnaya square of Moscow on May 6, 2012. He was accused of involvement in mass riots and the use of violence against a policeman and was convicted in December 2015.

The case of activists accused of clashing with riot police during a rally against Vladimir Putin permanent rule has been  dubbed a political show by Kremlin critics.

The “Bolotnaya case”, which takes its name from the square in central Moscow where the clashes took place, has drawn stinging criticism from local rights groups, which accuse Putin of crushing dissent since returning for a third term as president.

“We have been discussing with Ivan, even when he was serving his sentence, this option,” said his lawyer Irina Biryukova,  describing the motives of the activists to leave Russia.  “The last three days have been like penal servitude. Constantly in touch, almost every step discussed. From the moment of arrival at the airport before departure, we were always in touch. “
Earlier it was reported that on April 24 Ivan and the other two prisoners were beaten while transferring to jail for disobedience to the staff of the colony. Two days later, the authorities recognized the use of force, but denied the beating.
After this incident, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Russia to conduct a medical examination of the convict. The commission of local doctors inspected Ivan and found no injuries, but human rights activists told that the doctors had carried out a ‘strange’ physical examination without looking at the convict’s feet, severely damaged.
The term of Ivan stay in prison was prolonged several times. He left there in May and a month later got there again. On June 16, the term of stay in the punishment cell was extended one more time.
On December 24, 2015, the human rights center Memorial recognized Ivan as a political prisoner.
On May 6, 2012 during a sanctioned rally there were clashes of demonstrators and policemen. In the case of mass riots, a total of 35 people were held, about 20 of them were convicted and had already served their sentence.
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