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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a private, non-profit information service funded by the U.S. Congress, broadcasting to the countries of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Middle East and Russia.

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Government bill raising the retirement age in Russia, on Thursday passed the first reading in the State Duma. At the meeting, the representative of "United Russia" said that the ruling party will support pension reform. The intention to vote against raising the retirement age reported in the Communist party, Fair Russia and the LDPR. In the end, the bill was supported by only "United Russia", which has a parliamentary majority. For the resolution voted by 327 deputies, against – 102 . The Russian government has proposed to raise the age of retirement to 65 years for men and 63 years for women. Pension reform has already sparked protests in dozens of Russian cities. The building of the state Duma have passed the pickets with the requirement not to pass the...

The Israeli Parliament adopted the law "On the Jewish character of the state", officially defining the country as "the national homeland of the Jewish people." The law says that "the implementation of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique only to the Jewish people," has caused hot debate within Israeli society and outside it. The draft of this legislation, the first such since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, appeared in 2011, but opponents of the law in Parliament still managed to slow down its adoption. A new bill proposed by MPs from the ruling right-wing party Likud, was supported by the government of Israel in 2014. As reported on the website of the Knesset, on the morning of July 19, 62 deputies voted in favour, 55...

The Foundation protection of the health and social justice named after Andrey Rylkov prosecuted according to the law "on undesirable organizations", filed a complaint with the European court of human rights. This was reported in the lawyers ' club NCO. "This is the first complaint to the ECHR from the non-profit organization by the law on undesirable organizations, - said the head of the legal service Max Olenichev representing the interests of the Fund rylkova. In the complaint, as he explained, stated that the law on "undesirable organizations does not meet the quality requirements of the law in terms of predictability of its application, and inhibits the Foundation's right to freedom of expression, the dissemination of progressive information and is a...

From 1 July in Russia formally came into force this part of the standard so-called "law of Spring", according to which the operators must keep correspondence and conversations of subscribers. But to meet these requirements legally impossible today: the market is not yet certified equipment. Illiterate preparing to implement the law put the operators in an awkward position: buy certified equipment, and receive a fine for his absence. To begin implementation of the "law of Spring", mobile operators had to install additional equipment to the existing SORM (system of operative-investigative activities). SORM was created in the late 80-ies and since then, there have been several variations of the system: SORM-1 lets you listen to phone conversations, SORM-2 is...

The magistrate of the Tver district of Moscow today imposed a fine Corporation Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in the amount of 100 thousand rubles at the suit of the Ministry of justice of Russia for "failure to state authorities financial information arising from the duties of non-governmental organizations performing functions of a foreign agent" (article 19.7.5-2 of the Code on administrative legal violations). As explained in the court hearing, the lawyer for RFE/RL, the Corporation could not apply in time, as the Ministry of justice of Russia, despite repeated requests, has not explained the exact order of their filling, and the manner of reporting for the media – "foreign agents" entered into force after the expiration of the statutory period of...

Moscow authorities after a disturbance of the Communists prohibited on the red square carnival procession "day of the dead", which was supposed to be a national house of fans of Mexico. To acquaint Russians with this picturesque tradition (the celebration called Día de los Muertos in Latin American countries usually celebrated on November 1-2) the Mexicans had indoors - the building of Gostiny Dvor. Initially, the idea to hold on red square parade, where participants dressed in costumes of skeletons and spirits of death, was extremely pleased with many users of social networks: Tatyana Krasnova What a great hit events in the location! Matvey Alekseev, on the one hand, I really want to get into it, with the camera. On the other, I am frightened by the close...

Russian providers began to receive a commercial offer from the company "MFI-Soft" to implement so-called "package of laws Spring". According to this document, operators must keep all messages for 30 days. The cost of equipment for storage traffic to medium sized providers can cost about 300 million rubles. Experts believe that this will lead to the closure of almost all small providers and will end the monopolization of the market. IT expert, owner of the proxy service TgVPN Vladislav Stolnikov published in his telegram channel sample commercial offers, which started to providers. The company "MFI-Soft", which produces the SORM (System of technical means to ensure the functions of operative-investigative activities. – RS), and "Inspector" who checks the...

Died down the next Day. The next day came a momentary lull, almost from the very morning removed a banner "happy birthday, beloved city!", and in the fifth corner Opochetskaya of the center of additional educational programs, where before it was like "Victory!" now neutral the schedule of sections and groups. The event was held. Similar was the situation the day after the election on 18 March: 19 th all of the many billboards removed. It can be stated that the Executive order on top. And the news are hearing that the President signed a decree on the preparation for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory. There is no doubt that 74th and 75th anniversary will be held with the appropriate state scale. But there are always those who do not go to...

In the Kirovsky district court of Irkutsk held the first hearing on the complaint of human rights activist Natalya Varshney for illegal refusal in excitation of criminal case and the omission of the regional Investigative Committee, where she spoke about the actions of the employees of the TV channel NTV, violated, according to Varshney, the inviolability of its private life. And then the defenders of Irkutsk came out on the pickets with slogans such as "NTV, stop lying!", "IC, enough to cover NTV". – In November 2017 to us for assistance, please contact Aydin Yusifov, living in the city of Usolye-Siberian the Irkutsk region, who was beaten by law enforcement officers (presumably FSB), forcing to accept the so-called provocation of bribery to the employee...

The Powerful rector of the Mining University in St. Petersburg, a dollar billionaire Vladimir Litvinenko is considered one of the friends of Vladimir Putin. Three times he headed Putin's campaign headquarters in his hometown, and in 2018 was one of the chiefs. A small reduction in status can be explained by the fact that in recent years the rector Litvinenko became the hero of several publications dedicated to his relationship with his daughter, living in Poland Olga Litvinenko. From 2007 to 2011 was a member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, participated in the work of Putin's election staff. Seven years ago, after a conflict with his father, fled the country. Her daughter, Esther Maria, remained in Russia. Olga Litvinenko claims that her...

Before 5 may, which in St. Petersburg is planned a rally of supporters of Navalny "He's not king", in the city there is increased attention of the police by the activists. May 3 was arrested by a volunteer of the St. Petersburg headquarters of Navalny Ilya Gantvarg, who is also an activist of the St. Petersburg branch of the movement "Spring" and "Open Russia". He spent the night in the 78th Department of police. He was detained for participation in rally in memory of victims of a fire in a shopping centre in Kemerovo. The demonstrators held black-and-white flags and posters "Petersburg mourns". I must say that Gantvarg subject to the requirement of the police and turned the flag, in addition, he used the other left the field of Mars, where the action took...

Somehow got used to the idea that wars are different now: hybrid, information, often without front lines, without a Declaration of war; with past total war – victims. Revolution, too, have changed: "velvet", "floral", "orange", "spring". And the resistance was changed too. It is not just the number of exits to the street and the number of people participating in these outputs. And formed not only the leaders of the opposition. But this deaf through clenched teeth "fuck you..." to the authorities and that it produces insanity, but not the kitchen in a narrow range, as it was in the USSR, and publicly, in networks, in blogs, in Telegram and YouTube channels, "circulation" which is sometimes higher circulations of major publications. Divan resistance...

Is the third day stupid game of cat-and-mouse game between the Russian Roskomnadzor and Telegram messenger users, even those who are not connected proxy server and too lazy to find out what is VPN, not experience with the app much difficulty. Many have lost access to Telegram in the first hours after the start of the locks on Tuesday, but in the afternoon of the same day the connection came back almost all. As it turned out, the team of Pavel Durov well prepared for the battle and found a way to transfer service for all new ip addresses, causing the Agency Alexander Zharov on the increasingly large-scale actions, which are still only hurt others, while allowed services – from popular science websites and courier services to game servers and online platforms...

Headliner sixty-fourth and sixty-fifth editions of the "Music for Freedom" – the famous American filmmaker David Lynch, a lot of fruitful work in various genres. Rock critic Artemy Troitsky says on the soundtracks to the films of Lynch, about the music he wrote himself and the songs that he composed texts. The first film of Lynch, published in 1977, called "eraserhead" (I would translate more as "Erase head", because there is a term in magnetosomes analog). The music for this film, which was very unusual and made a deep impression on his contemporaries, Lynch wrote with Peter Iverson. It is believed that thus was born a new style called "Industiral ambient" or "dark ambient". Was there one song, which I now present to you: "dark ambient" has absolutely no...

New US sanctions against Russia, the standoff over the war in Syria and the charges associated with the support of Bashar al-Assad and the poisoning in Britain of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal, and much more – all this not only does not force Moscow to change its policy, both internal and external, but also causes her outrage. From all methods of "revenge of the West" that threatens the Russian government, according to forecasts, in the first place seriously hurt ordinary Russian citizens. The constantly increasing pressure on Moscow from Washington and its allies almost catastrophically undermines the work of leading Russian companies and their owners. As suggested by the international rating Agency Fitch Ratings in the first place by limiting their...