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Russia | Russia 2.5 million petitions against the reform of retirement pensions delivered to the Duma

On July 5, it took a whole van to deposit the dozens of cartons containing two and a half million petitions against the draft bill to increase the retirement age, petitions that were collected by the Russian Labour Confederation (KTR).

Taking advantage of the opening of the Football World Cup, Prime Minister Medvedev had announced his intention to increase the age for retirement from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women. The vote on the draft bill is scheduled to take place in the Duma on July 19.

Russia | Nostalgia for the Soviet mud cure won’t stop the cull of Russian pensioners

by John Helmer

Early this month (June. – edit.) a Chinese reporter asked President Vladimir Putin for an intimate detail of his life noone had requested (or been given) before. Asked how much time he spends on exercise each day, Putin replied: “Every day I spend about 2–2.5 hours doing sports. I go to the gym, I swim, sometimes I get out on the mat, if I have sparring partners, and sometimes I play hockey.”

Russia | Russia: First Victory Against the Outlawing of the MPRA Union

The International workers committee against war and exploitation has good news to announce. The Supreme Court of the Federation of Russia has nullified the absurd decision taken by the Saint Petersburg tribunal, which last January delegalized the Inter-Regional Workers Association (MPRA) union, an independent trade union that organizes several thousands of members, especially in the car-making factories of multinational corporations.

Russia | Blocking of Telegram and legal restrictions on social networks will limit freedom of expression in Russia, says OSCE Representative Désir

VIENNA, 13 April 2018 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed his concern about a court’s decision to block the Telegram messaging and social networking application in the Russian Federation.

“The decision to block Telegram is deeply worrying as it hampers the important role of internet intermediaries in facilitating the exercise of the right to freedom of expression. In recent years, Telegram has also become an important channel for the dissemination of information by various media outlets,” Désir said. “I call on the Russian authorities to reconsider this restrictive measure and to promote a free, independent and diverse communications environment.”

Russia | Broken fire alarm in likely faulty building: Investigators share first Kemerovo tragedy findings

The preliminary results of the investigation into the fire that claimed 64 lives indicate that not only did the staff do nothing to fix the broken firefighting system, but the building might not have been suitable for a mall.