TODAY: Medvedev’s corruption legislation hasn’t affected his own bills; Kremlin releases terror names; rights council releases Magnitsky officials’ names; Nagorno-Karabakh. New restrictions for FSB officials; abortion statistics; second Tupolev makes emergency landing this week; Blueberry Hill, the remix.
Under new rules, FSB officials will be fired for owning real estate abroad
, holding dual citizenship, or joining a political party, with ‘specific restrictions
‘ to be written into individual contracts. ‘The current state of Russia’s presidency is a good example of how the country’s institutions have rotted. It is clear that the current president does not hold the power that is provided to him by the Constitution,
‘ writes Konstantin Sonin. A report on recent measures to require abortion ads to carry health warnings notes this surprising statistic
: ‘In 2007 there were 1.5 million abortions, nearly as many as the number of life births that year (!) according to the Duma’s web site.
A Tupolev Tu-154 is the second plane of its kind
to make an emergency landing this week following engine failure. Three forest fires have been extinguished, but six continue to rage
in the Far East. Moscow’s DJ Smash has made a dance remix that samples Vladimir Putin’s rendition of Blueberry Hill (the track is here
). The DJ, whose real name is Andrei Shirman, insists that the mix is not political
PHOTO: A firefighter waters a peat bog to prevent an outbreak of fire in the Moscow region, some 100 km (62 miles) east of the capital Moscow July 6, 2011. REUTERS/Nikolay Korchekov