Russian authorities used fear to drum up support for constitutional amendments that included a reset of term limits for President Vladimir Putin.
By pushing back the crucial question of who could someday replace him, Vladimir Putin risks era of stagnation similar to 'period zastoya' that precipitated the end of the Soviet Union.
Putin made a meticulous calculation in postponing the date of the parade to about a week before the referendum to 'pump Russians with endorphins and a sense of unity'.
The Russian president is 'willing to put people's health at risk' for political gain and vanity, say observers.
Moscow is seeking to widen its influence beyond economic issues while limiting opportunities for member countries, analysts warn.
'Wagner Group activities continue to exacerbate the conflict and prolong the suffering of the Libyan people,' the British ambassador says.
The new rules will apply to those receiving identity documents for the first time, particularly children and adolescents, or those who change their surnames in the future.
A group of fighters who work at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin have been co-ordinating a massive recruitment effort of Syrian youths to back Khalifa Haftar in Libya.
The Russian leader touted the 'advantages' of restoring the former empire, which controlled the region's countries for decades.
The move shows that Tehran prefers to spend money on trying to demonstrate its military prowess rather than helping its citizens fight the COVID-19 outbreak.