President Vladimir Putin signs legislation that bars members of "extremist" organisations from running for office, a decision allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny say aims to sideline them from parliamentary election this year.
Meanwhile, the Russian parliament strengthened punishment for lockdown violations, introducing heavy fines and prison terms of up to seven years in cases when a breach results in deaths.
President Vladimir Putin names a little-known new prime minister and proposes a constitutional shake-up as he announces sweeping changes sparking speculation about his future plans.
President Putin's reaction came shortly after the Russian Parliament unanimously backed a resolution urging the government to draw up sanctions on Georgia.
The decision comes after reports that an unknown number of Russian military contractors were killed in a US strike in Syria.
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