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Russian lower house drops bill on COVID-19 certificates

Russian lower house drops bill on COVID-19 certificates

The Russian State Duma (lower house) has unanimously decided to withdraw the bill on introducing COVID-19 certificates with QR codes for visiting public places, Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said on his Telegram channel. …

Russia to simplify obtaining Russian citizenship

Russia to simplify obtaining Russian citizenship

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill on Russian citizenship to the State Duma. The document published in the Duma's legislative database broadens the presidential rights to designate categories eligible for fast-track …

Poll: 43% of Russians have no savings

Poll: 43% of Russians have no savings

Many Russians have no savings at all, according to a survey by the SuperJob.ru research center. 43% of Russian residents do not have savings, most often these are citizens having an income of less than 50 thousand rubles a month - …

Journey to Christmas festival kicks off in Moscow

Journey to Christmas festival kicks off in Moscow

The Journey to Christmas festival has begun in Moscow, presenting Christmas trees decorated in different styles, according to the official website of the Mayor of the Russian capital, Sergei Sobyanin. "The traditional winter …

Russia launches homemade TikTok alternative

Russia launches homemade TikTok alternative

State-owned media conglomerate Gazprom Media has launched "Yappy," a Russian alternative to TikTokplay.google.com Russia’s leading media conglomerate has launched a domestic rival to the hugely popular video-sharing app …

Russian government determines poverty level

Russian government determines poverty level

The Russian government has approved the procedure for determining the poverty level, the press service of the Ministry of Labor reports. "The government has approved the procedure for determining the poverty level in Russia as a …

Weekend fairs kick off in Krasnodar

Weekend fairs kick off in Krasnodar

More than 600 agricultural producers take part in weekend fairs in Krasnodar, the press service of the city administration reports. Local farmers, owners of personal subsidiary plots and their representatives sell about 90 tons of …

Putin ordered to increase the cost of living and minimum wages

Putin ordered to increase the cost of living and minimum wages

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to increase the cost of living and the minimum wage in 2022. The Russian president emphasized that "the social sphere is central in our state policy and one of the key priorities of the …

Kremlin: no tougher COVID-19 restrictions planned in Russia yet

Kremlin: no tougher COVID-19 restrictions planned in Russia yet

Russia is not planning to impose tighter coronavirus restrictions so far, however, no one can predict the development of the epidemiological situation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. "Currently, there are no [such …

‘Smart’ cargo parachute tests completed in Russia

‘Smart’ cargo parachute tests completed in Russia

Rostec’s press service on Wednesday announced the completion of factory tests for a transport parachute system by the Technodinamika Holding (part of the Rostec state corporation), which can, with the aid of a navigation system, …

Russians explain Russia’s influence in the world

Russians explain Russia’s influence in the world

Two-thirds (67%) of the people who took part in a recent poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center believe that Russia’s influence on the global stage is based on military might. The respondents also noted the Russian …

Russian PM arrives on Iturup island

Russian PM arrives on Iturup island

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin arrived on the island of Iturup, which is one of the South Kuril Islands claimed by Japan, Kyodo news reported on 26 July.  Mishustin noted he has recently discussed …

Yessentuki gets ready for the All-Russian population census

Yessentuki gets ready for the All-Russian population census

In Yessentuki, a meeting of the profile commission took place, during which the readiness of the city for the All-Russian population census was discussed. Earlier it was reported that the census will be held on October 1-31 in digital …

Rospotrebnadzor says Covid-19 situation stabilising

Rospotrebnadzor says Covid-19 situation stabilising

Moscow's mayor said the COVID-19 situation was gradually stabilising after a surge in infections blamed on the more contagious Delta variant, but the new daily case tally remained high nationwide on Thursday. The coronavirus task …