Putin gets new powers
For humanitarian purposes, he will determine the groups of foreign citizens and stateless persons entitled to a Russian passport under a simplified procedure.
Deputies of the lower house of the Russian parliament passed a law that empowers Russian President Vladimir Putin with new authority to determine the groups of foreign citizens and stateless persons entitled to a Russian passport under a simplified procedure for humanitarian purposes.
Commenting on the initiative earlier, the head of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, highlighted that the issue in question is particularly acute in Ukraine, “where our former compatriots are kept hostage of political adventurism” of the Kiev ruling elite and the civil war unleashed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbass conflict.
Aqua business on Baikal. Chinese people to drink the unique lake to the lees? What does this have to do with Deripaska?
Following a request from the West-Baikal Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office, the Kirovsky District Court of Irkutsk has suspended the construction of a water bottling plant in Kultuk township, Slyudyanka district, pending the rectification of defects identified in the course of the inspection. The construction has been put on hold; the court has to make the final decision in two months. In the meantime, public activists and environmentalists are ringing alarm bells. An all-Russia public rally to protect Lake Baikal is scheduled to March 24; its program includes collection of signatures against the plant construction by AquaSib company belonging to Chinese investors. A day after the court decision, a fire occurred on Talovskie swamps in Kultuk – it must be noted that the main claims brought against the project owners pertain to these swamps. The CrimeRussia was figuring out what threats does the project pose to the lake and local environment, how was it approved, whether a ‘water competition’ is possible in the region, and what has oligarch Oleg Deripaska to do with this?