News of the Day: 9 July 2021

RFE/RL: A member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot has been detained again, just days after she completed a 15-day jail sentence for allegedly disobeying police orders. Anna Kuzminykh was arrested at the entrance of her house for unspecified reasons and reportedly needed an ambulance after falling ill, according to the independent news website Mediazona, which she contacted while being apprehended.

The Moscow Times: Wildfires ravaging northeastern Siberia have spread by nearly 70,000 hectares in the past day, marking a 17.5% increase in a single day, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday, citing the regional emergencies ministry. Some 400,000 hectares of forest are now burning in Russia’s republic of Sakha.

The Moscow Times: Russia’s Interior Ministry has prepared a bill calling for major changes in how residence permits are issued to migrant workers. The bill, which is still in development, would replace the existing system of three-year temporary residence permits with a three-tier scheme. It would allow foreign citizens to receive permits for short-term (less than 90 days in one calendar year), long-term (over 90 days in one calendar year without the right to permanent residency), or permanent residency. 

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