The UK authorities are developing new restrictive measures against Russia, which is considered guilty in the poisoning of ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal – Wednesday in the UK Parliament held a session on «Russian corruption and the UK», writes the newspaper «Kommersant».
The participants urged not to delay the arrest on the territory of the country estate purchased by Russian money whose origin cannot be explained. In government Theresa may decided to start with rechecking the previously approved investment visas, involving the issuance of residence permits in exchange for investments. The initiative could raise about seven hundred wealthy Russians.
The Supreme court (SC) denied the citizens of St. Petersburg have the right to hold a meeting in the city centre without permission. He reiterated the position of the Saint Petersburg court, which upheld the decision of Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, to deprive the field of Mars – the traditional venue of the opposition rallies – status «Hyde Park», according to the same publication.
The city administration does not believe it has violated the right to freedom of Assembly as to hold a meeting without permission from the authorities is still on the outskirts. Human rights activists insist that the protesters should have the right to speak in the city centre: «a Victory Parade shall take place on red square, and a March in memory of Boris Nemtsov on a bridge, where he was killed.»
The new York court refused to stop the process associated with the accusations against Riyadh. Relatives of Americans killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, their claims indicate that most of the terrorists who committed the attack on that terrible day were Saudi citizens, and the government of the Kingdom gave them «aid and assistance», wrote on Thursday, «Rossiyskaya Gazeta».
Riyadh, several banks, construction companies and charitable organizations asked the court to reject the claims. The petition noted that the defendants are outside the jurisdiction of the court, but judge George Daniels has ruled that proceedings against the authorities of the Kingdom should be continued.
The head of the Russian audit chamber calls to abandon subsistence: targeted social protection system should be based not on the cost of living index, and the index of consumer budget, said Board of Finance Chairman Tatyana Golikova, «Nezavisimaya Gazeta».
The elimination of the subsistence minimum, according to a senior official, will help the authorities to save money – at the expense of refusal of payment of pensions and allowances to those whose relatives have a car or keeping cattle, rabbits, chickens or horses. Now citizens with incomes below the subsistence minimum will be declared rich and not in need of assistance if their family has excess property.
The Kremlin welcomes the willingness of Austria to mediate in the «Skripal», wrote on Thursday the Pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia.
Any voice, which «will encourage the UK to the adequacy in Skripal, demand» , said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the proposal of Vienna. Earlier, foreign Minister of Austria Karin Kneissl said her country was not going to expel Russian diplomats as «in critical situations it is imperative to keep the channels for dialogue.»