17:50 [Tass] (E)
The ruble and indices on Moscow Exchange accelerated growth after Mikhail Mishustin was appointed to the post of Prime Minister of Russia. Thus, the dollar slowed down growth to 61.55 rubles (+0.21%), and the euro - to 68.73 rubles. (+0.3%).
18:39 [RT] (E)
They say life comes at you fast. A seemingly routine ‘state-of-the-nation’ address by Vladimir Putin unexpectedly turned into one of the most memorable afternoons in recent Russian political history. On Wednesday, Russia’s government resigned. Dmitry Medvedev departed the political frontline, and Vladimir Putin effectively confirmed that he will leave the presidency at the end of his present term, suggesting Mikhail Mishustin as the new Russian prime minister.
13:06 [TASS] (E)
The Russian Communist Party’s parliamentary faction will abstain from voting on the president’s candidate for prime minister, Federal Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin, party leader Gennady Zyuganov said, following a faction meeting that involved the candidate. "We will abstain from voting but will see what kind of program and what kind of team Mishustin and the president will come up with," he stated.
0:44 [RT] (E)
The constitution should take priority over international law if the latter violates the rights of Russian citizens or violates Russia’s constitutional principles, President Vladimir Putin has proposed. Amendments to the constitution could be put to a popular vote to ensure “the development of Russia as a welfare and rule-of-law state,” the Russian leader said in his annual state of the nation address.
20:57 [Tass] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested holding a plebiscite on the entire package of constitutional amendments he has proposed. "Given that the proposed reforms concern significant changes to the political system, the work of the legislative, executive and judicial authorities, I believe it is necessary to hold a plebiscite on the entire package of the proposed amendments to the Russian Constitution," Putin said in his annual State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly.
20:55 [Tass] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has delivered his annual State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday. The address to the Federal Assembly is one of the most important annual events in the president’s schedule. The document, which outlines the goals and tasks for the country, becomes a guideline for the government and the parliament to follow. Here are the highlights from this year`s Presidential Address:
20:52 [TASS] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday, proposed to provide monthly payments for children aged 3-7 starting on January 1, 2020. According to the President, these payments will be received by families whose incomes do not exceed one living wage per person, and the procedure for receiving these funds will be as simple as possible. "When the child turns three, the payments are terminated, so the family can immediately land in a difficult financial situation. That is what actually happens, and it cannot be allowed.
19:28 [Tass] (E)
Konstantin Kosachev believes that a more responsible option for Brussels would have been to invite US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with the aim "to explain to him that following these adventurous actions, Washington has placed its European and regional allies in a predicament"...Moreover, according to the senator, as an option, the European Union could have "dispatched Josep Borrell to Tehran today in case the EU is so eager to assume the role of a peacekeeper."
19:24 [Tass] (E)
Putin and Merkel intend to discuss international agenda during bilateral talks. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive in Russia on a working visit on January 11 on the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin’s press office reported on Monday.
17:40 [Tehran Times] (E)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards` Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani violates the norms of international law during a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed on Friday.
12:44 [Press TV] (E)
Afghanistan`s second vice president has hailed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani as a "prominent figure" in the battle against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, saying his assassination has complicated the situation in the region.
21:39 [Tass] (E)
Crimea’s Head Sergei Aksyonov has described the torchlight march to mark the 111th birth anniversary of leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, outlawed in Russia) Stepan Bandera held in Kiev on January 1 as an insult to the memories of millions of victims of Nazism. "Nazis’ torchlight processions have once again been held in Ukraine. This is another slap in the face of millions of people, another insult to the memories of millions of victims of Nazism," he wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. "If the neighboring country, as its leaders say, is moving towards Europe, that is Europe, or, rather, Germany of the 1930s."
23:00 [TASS] (E)
The Crimean Bridge is the largest structure in Russia and Europe that connects the Kerch Peninsula (Crimea) with the Krasnodar Region (the Taman Peninsula). The European Union is again demonstrating double standards when it protests against opening the Crimean Bridge for railway traffic, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said in an interview with TASS on Monday.
2:13 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The President of Russia has widened the framework of the narrow, politicised view of the history of World War II. In the fourth month after commemorative events took place on September 1st in Poland on the occasion of the beginning of World War II, it became finally clear why the Poles did not invite the President of Russia to them. Warsaw does not want to hear the truth about World War II from the lips of the Russian President. The Polish authorities preferred and still prefer a narrow, politicised view when reporting about the events of 80 years ago.
19:58 [One World] (E)
President Putin inaugurated the Crimean rail bridge on Monday, which was a monumental event signifying the completion of Russia`s physical connectivity initiative with the peninsula. Construction on this modern marvel began shortly after its reunification with the mainland following the democratic referendum of early 2014 that was conducted in the aftermath of the EuroMaidan coup in Ukraine. The bridge`s road component was opened a year and a half ago in May 2018, but it`s only just now that its rail counterpart entered into operation. This latest development is significant because it will greatly contribute to rejuvenating the region`s economy after it languished in neglect for nearly two and a half decades under Ukrainian rule.
18:23 [Tass] (E)
Western countries blame Moscow for a challenging situation in Ukraine but deal a heavy blow to Kiev themselves, Russian President Vladimir Putin....Among these blows, Putin named the EU requirements on exporting round timber from the Carpathian Mountains, which could leave the region without forest, as well as the International Monetary Fund’s recommendations to cancel gas discounts for citizens and plans on creating the land market. "Now they demand that they start selling land," the Russian leader said. "For Ukrainians land is of vital importance. I can understand this, these are golden lands. Certainly, the opposition immediately took advantage of this and started delivering domestic political blows against [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky." "They blame us for Ukrainian problems and they allegedly want to help but in fact what they really want is that Ukraine should replenish its budget at Russia’s expense," the president stressed.
18:23 [Tass] (E)
The meeting is held at the Russian parliament on the initiative of the British side. Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev hopes that a visit by representatives of the UK House of Lords to Moscow will help recover interparliamentary relations between Russia and the UK, as both countries have many areas of cooperation and mutual interest. "As far as I can see, you treat your visit here as a personal initiative, and not as a visit of a delegation of the House of Lords. We understand this.
18:09 [Tass] (E)
UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow informed that he would leave Russia on January 3, 2020 after serving a four-year term as head of the UK diplomatic mission in Moscow. "It’s been four rollercoaster years. I can’t say I wouldn’t miss any of it, there were some bits that I would happily not do again, but on the whole, we are here in Russia because we like Russia," he said during the Christmas reception held at his residence. "And if I was offered another four years again tomorrow I would say yes without any question or hesitation."
6:09 [Stalker Zone] (E)
On November 21st it became known that the head of the regional headquarters of A. Navalny in St. Petersburg was a former municipal deputy candidate for the Smolninsky municipality Irina Fatyanova. But special attention to Fatyanova is attracted not even because of her attempt to be elected as a deputy, but by the substantial experience of working for a foreign state structure – the Israeli Cultural Center at the Embassy of Israel in the Russian Federation. By the way, this organisation is structurally subordinate to the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.
3:05 [TASS] (E)
The Russian president’s press office asked journalists who would be covering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference on December 19 not to bring big banners with them. The use of various banners, flags and soft toys by journalists to get the attention of the president or his spokesman Dmitry Peskov has become a tradition during Putin’s annual press conferences. "Attention to correspondents working in the hall. We kindly ask you not to use banners exceeding the A4 format (210mm by 297mm), because it hampers the work of photographers and cameramen," the Kremlin press service said in a letter to journalists accredited for the conference.
22:20 [TASS] (E)
The question is whether he will succeed in this, the Russian PM said.
15:16 [TASS] (E)
On March 1, 2015, Kiev banned Russian citizens from entering Ukrainian territory on their domestic Russian passports "for security concerns". The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers plans to bar Ukrainian citizens from crossing the Russian border on their domestic passport starting from March 1, 2020, Director of the Consular Service Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Sergei Pogoreltsev said in a comment to the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN. "The government is going to terminate the possibility of crossing the border with the Russian Federation for Ukrainian citizens on their domestic Ukrainian passports and birth certificates," he said.
14:32 [TASS] (E)
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that responding to Georgia’s actions in 2008 and raising the retirement age were the toughest decisions of his career, as he himself said in an interview with Russian TV channels on Thursday.
10:29 [Stalker Zone] (E)
“Gavrilov event” on June 20th, the McCain Institute conference in Tbilisi on September 10th, some ideas on the port of Anaklia, and protests on November 17th and 25th are all components of one big scenario, the purpose of which is so alarming that it is difficult to imagine.
14:55 [Zero Hedge] (E)
When it comes to protecting children, families and Russian traditions, Vladimir Putin has few rivals in the developed world. But will Russia be able to holdout forever against the globalists’ ultra-liberal agenda now threatening the planet?...
“You said the word mother ‘can’t be replaced.’ It turns out, perhaps, it can,” Putin reminded delegates at a meeting of the Council for Interethnic Relations, a Kremlin advisory group. “In some countries, they now have ‘parent number one’ and ‘parent number two.’ I hope we never have that (in Russia).”...“We have no problem with LGBT persons,” Putin said in an interview with the Financial Times. “God forbid, let them live as they wish. But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can play five or six gender roles.”
12:08 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Henry Kamens...I told how her mother should be aware of any upcoming meetings under the usual guise of US support for Georgia’s integration into Europe Atlantic Institutions, doublespeak for NATO and NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy, and how any high level meetings were connected with larger issues, and how such “get together-s” – official or unofficial include the wider region.
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