Putin rap: Kremlin should ‘take charge’ of music not shut it down, president says | World news

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has said the Kremlin should play a leading role in Russian rap music and youth culture, rather than trying to shut it down. His comments on Saturday follow a spate of concert cancellations by venue owners and local authorities across Russia and the brief arrest of a popular rap artist, Husky. […]

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Putin’s take on rap, drugs, sex & protest: Don’t ban rappers, it’s the drugs we should worry about

Don’t ban rappers, it’s the drugs we should worry about — RT Russia News

Banning rappers is a bad idea, and the state should fight drug culture rather than youth culture, Vladimir Putin has said, weighing in on the scandal over some Russian rap gigs, canceled for their links to narcotics and violence. The Russian president on Saturday warned against attempts to ban and prosecute rappers, describing such measures […]

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TASS: Emergencies - Eight people die in residential house fire in Siberia, criminal case opened

TASS: World – Russian parliamentary delegation to visit Moldova on December 20-21

CHISINAU, December 15. /TASS/. A delegation of Russian MPs headed by Deputy Speaker of the State Duma (lower house of parliament) Pyotr Tolstoy will come to Moldova on a working visit on December 20-21, Moldovan President Igor Dodon wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday after a meeting with Russian Ambassador Oleg Vasnetsov. “Representatives of […]

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Ukrainian priests rile Moscow with moves to set up independent Orthodox Church | World news

Ukrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturday to work toward founding an independent church, in what the authorities in Kiev hope will be a further step out of Russia’s orbit. Ties between the former Soviet neighbours have broken down since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 following a pro-western uprising in Kiev, and this […]

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TASS: Military & Defense - Pentagon chief avoids dialogue on INF Treaty with Russian defense minister

TASS: Military & Defense – Pentagon chief avoids dialogue on INF Treaty with Russian defense minister

Pentagon Chief James Mattis © Nikolay Lazarenko/TASS MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu suggested discussing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) issue with Pentagon chief James Mattis but the Pentagon failed to give even a formal response, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Saturday. According […]

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TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy

TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy

© Alexei Nikolskly/Russian president’s press service/TASS MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/ A record-breaking number of journalists – 1,702 – have been accredited to highlight Russian President Vladimir Putin’s traditional annual news conference due to take place on December 20, according to the Kremlin website which posted the list of accredited journalists on Friday. Putin’s press secretary Dmitry […]

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Russia’s own internet? Legislators plan to protect the country's web from foreign interference

Russia’s own internet? Legislators plan to protect the country’s web from foreign interference — RT Russia News

Russian lawmakers have introduced legislation designed to reduce the country’s internet resources’ dependence on foreign infrastructure. The bill also envisions emergency measures in case the nation gets cut off the worldwide web. The legislation, submitted to the State Duma on Tuesday, has been drafted in the wake of the “aggressive nature of US cyber security […]

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Number of prisoners in Russia hits record low

Number of prisoners in Russia hits record low — RT Russia News

Russia enjoys a record-low number of inmates, thanks to “humanization” of the penal code, deputy chief of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has said, adding that the number of jailed people is expected to shrink further. Read more Over the past few years, the number of inmates in Russia has dropped by nearly 250,000, the […]

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'Of course' Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong

‘Of course’ Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, isn’t buying the president’s defense of his alleged role in hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. “Of course” Trump knew the payments were wrong, a morose Cohen told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that was slated to air […]

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TASS: Emergencies - Eight people die in residential house fire in Siberia, criminal case opened

TASS: Emergencies – Plane hits runway with tail on takeoff in Russia’s Ufa — source

MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. A Ural Airlines plane en route from Ufa to Nizhnevartovsk (Khanty-Mansiysk Region) hit the runway with the tail on takeoff, but continued the flight and then conducted unscheduled landing in Yekaterinburg, an emergency source told TASS on Friday. Dents were left on the plane, but “the covering was not broken,” the […]

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