• BREAKING! Putin Prepares Russia For Post-Putin Era: We Need Stronger Parliament And Weaker President
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    BREAKING! Putin Prepares Russia For Post-Putin Era: We Need Stronger Parliament And Weaker President

    Russia is a huge country, and every region has its specifics, problems and experience. Of course, this must be taken into account. I believe it is necessary to cardinally increase the role of governors in decision-making at the federal level. As you know, back in 2000 the State Council was restored at my initiative, where the heads of all regions participate. Over the past period the State Council has proven its high effectiveness; its working groups provide for the professional, comprehensive and qualified examination of issues that are most important for people and Russia. I believe it would be appropriate to fix the status and role of the State Council…

  • Putin: Constitutional Changes Will Ban Russians With Dual Citizenship & Foreign Residence From Power
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    Putin: Constitutional Changes Will Ban Russians With Dual Citizenship & Foreign Residence From Power

    We can move towards this goal only with the active participation of society, our citizens and, of course, intense and productive work of all branches and levels of government, the potential of which should be expanded. In this regard, I would like to spend a moment discussing state structure and domestic policy, which are defined by the Fundamental Law of our country – the Constitution of the Russian Federation. I keep getting these questions all the time, including at the most recent annual news conference. Clearly, we cannot but agree with those who say that the Constitution was adopted over 25 years ago amidst a severe internal political crisis and…

  • BREAKING! Russian Government Resigns After President Putin’s Proposes Changes to the Constitution!
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    BREAKING! Russian Government Resigns After President Putin’s Proposes Changes to the Constitution!

    These are the scenes we just received. Thank you very much. Dear colleagues, good afternoon, we saw each other but now face-to-face. Mr Medvedev and I have discussed in detail the questions that I raised in the Address to the Federal Assembly. As you see, there are many issues, and to successfully complete what we planned in the past and what has been offered to our society today, we must certainly do a lot, in part, to properly organize our work. Mr. President and collugues, We have all listened to the Presidential Address. As President, Mr Putin mapped out the top priorities of our work in the country this year…

  • What could the 2018 legislative agenda look like?
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    What could the 2018 legislative agenda look like?

    ROBERT COSTA: On tonight’s edition of the Washington Week Extra, the Justice Department rolls back an Obama-era policy that helps states legalize recreational marijuana. Congress returns to work with a narrow Republican majority and a long list of legislative priorities, and a looming deadline to avoid a government shutdown. And President Trump kicks off the new year unleashing a tweet storm aimed at North Korea, and anti-government protests rock Iran. I’m Robert Costa. We discuss it all, next. ANNOUNCER: This is the Washington Week Extra. Once again, from Washington, moderator Robert Costa. ROBERT COSTA: Good evening. It will be a working weekend for President Trump and Republican leaders who are…

  • Meet Olya Misik, the teenager defying Putin’s rule | FT
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    Meet Olya Misik, the teenager defying Putin’s rule | FT

    Moscow has been rocked this summer by the biggest and most sustained mass protests since 2012 when Vladimir Putin returned to the Russian presidency. Opposition candidates have been banned from running in Moscow’s local elections in September. And while the city council has little in the way of real authority, such blatant abuse of power has turned these polls into an unlikely political crisis. Olya Misik, a 17-year-old journalism student, has caught international attention this summer. She has become a symbol of the movement after reading articles from the Russian constitution to the heavily armed riot police deployed to break up the rallies. Does it surprise you that Mr Putin…

  • The Middle East’s cold war, explained
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    The Middle East’s cold war, explained

    The Middle East is one of the most complex regions in the world: Currently there are 4 failing states and 3 wars, with major powers increasingly taking opposite sides. Countless armed militias and terrorist groups are spreading violence across borders. The region has seen conflict after conflict going back well into the 20th century. But among all the uprisings, civil wars, and insurgencies, two countries always seem to be involved: Saudi Arabia and Iran. They’re bitter rivals, and their feud is the key to understanding conflicts in the Middle East. The Saudis and Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by supporting opposing sides…

  • Can TRUMP be ‘FIRED’?: IMPEACHMENT in US politics – VisualPolitik EN
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    Can TRUMP be ‘FIRED’?: IMPEACHMENT in US politics – VisualPolitik EN

    We’ve all heard about the impeachment process against Donald Trump. However, how many really understand what this means, what impeachment actually consists of and the history of this process in the United States? I can already tell you that this process is much, much more complex than a mere debate about the President’s impeachment. You see, the American Constitution defines impeachment as a tool to be used only in extremely exceptional cases. With it, the legislative power can practically reverse the people’s will. A will expressed through the election of the president. Therefore, under very serious circumstances, an impeachment implies the overriding of the democratic electoral regime. We’re talking about…

  • Putin: Lenin Was Not a Statesman, He Was a Bolshevik Revolutionary Who Made Anti-Russian Mistakes
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    Putin: Lenin Was Not a Statesman, He Was a Bolshevik Revolutionary Who Made Anti-Russian Mistakes

    Mr President, I have two questions on the recent meeting of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. You spoke out about Vladimir Ulyanov as never before. You even brought up his nicknames, such as “Old Man” and “Lenin.” A pseudonym. You said nicknames. As a matter of fact, it is all one and the same. Party nicknames. You accused him of breaking down a 1,000-year-old state. When you were saying this, your facial expression was close to rage, it seemed to me. Will anything come out of your comment? What would be a logical follow-up to these words? Removing Lenin’s body from the Mausoleum, at long last? I…