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15.07.20 President Putin Signs Law On Oil Spill Prevention
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Federal Law "On Amendments to Article 46 of the Federal Law 'On Environmental Protection' and certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation." The law regulates issues related to oil and oil products spill prevention and response and is aimed at preventing emergency situations such as the diesel fuel spill in Norilsk in the Krasnoyarsk Region. The document sets down requirements in the field of environmental protection in geological exploration, exploration and production of hydrocarbons, as well as in processing (production), transportation, storage, sale of hydrocarbon feedstock and products made from it. According to the federal law, such activities should include measures to prevent and eliminate oil and petroleum product spills and other negative impacts on the environment. Read more 
15.07.20 Russia Seeks Prison Terms For 3 Youth Group Members
Russian authorities on Tuesday demanded prison terms for three members of a youth group charged with creating an extremist organization, in a case that elicited public outrage and has been seen as politically motivated. A prosecutor has asked a Moscow court on Tuesday to sentence three members of a group dubbed New Greatness to six, 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 years in prison, and to hand four more members suspended sentences between four and 6 1/2 years. Members of the group were arrested in 2018 on charges of creating an extremist organization aiming to overthrow the government. Defense lawyers maintained that undercover police agents had written the group’s radical program, effectively fabricating the case against young people with opposition views who were just meeting to discuss politics. Read more 
15.07.20 Spotify Launches In Russia July 15
According to Spotify Vice President for Markets and Subscriber Growth Gustav Gyllenhammar, 250 million people will now have access to the service after its latest expansion, while around 286 million people use it now. Read more 
15.07.20 Raids Target Dozens Of Jehovah’s Families In Single Russian Region
The Moscow Times
Russian authorities said they’ve carried out more than 100 raids in the homes of dozens of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a region that borders Ukraine. The joint searches by investigators, police and National Guard troops led to two criminal cases being opened against 10 worshippers aged between 24-56, investigators in the Voronezh region south of Moscow said in a statement Monday. Read more 
15.07.20 Russian Oligarchs Battle Over Nornickel’s Arctic Oil Spill
Two of Russia’s most powerful and influential business owners are at each other’s throats, so to speak, over a fuel oil spill into pristine Siberian Arctic turf in May. Oleg Deripaska, the executive behind Rusal, one of the largest aluminum producers in the world, is looking for senior management changes at Nornickel, a massive mining company majority owned by Russia’s richest businessman, Vladimir Potanin. Read more 
15.07.20 Russia Lifts Quarantine For Arriving Foreigners Ahead Of Reopening
The Moscow Times
Russia will no longer require foreigners without coronavirus to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival as the country looks to begin reopening to international travel in the midst of the pandemic, according to a decree published Monday. Starting Wednesday, those arriving in Russia will need to present English or Russian-language proof that they have tested negative for the coronavirus in the past 72 hours to be allowed entry, the decree from Russia’s consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said. Read more 
15.07.20 Protesters In Russian Far East Continue Push For Release Of Governor Charged With Murders
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Hundreds of demonstrators have renewed their peaceful protest in Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, demanding the release of the region's governor, Sergei Furgal, who was arrested last week on charges of attempted murder and ordering the killings of two businessmen in 2004-2005. The fifth unsanctioned mass rally since last weekend was held on the central Lenin Square in front of the regional government's building on July 14. Read more 
15.07.20 ‘Occupying The Places Of Memory’
On July 22, the Petrozavodsk City Court will render its verdict in the case against historian Yuri Dmitriev, who’s accused of sexually abusing his foster daughter. State prosecutors have asked the judge to imprison him for 15 years, though Dmitriev’s friends and colleagues insist on his innocence. Human rights activists say the case is political and warn that Dmitriev is being persecuted for investigating mass graves from the Stalinist period. Read more 
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