Traffic in Moscow (file photo) (AFP)
January 31, 2007 -- President Vladimir Putin has signed a law stripping parliament members of the right to use special license plates giving their cars right of way.
The bill appears aimed at soothing the resentment of ordinary motorists over the special plates, flashing lights and sirens used by lawmakers, bureaucrats and government members which allowed them to ignore some of the rules of the road.
Democracy In Russia
Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)
DO RUSSIANS LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT? During a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington office on November 15, Richard Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Aberdeen, discussed the results of 14 surveys he has conducted since 1992 on Russian public opinion about democracy and the country's development. He discussed the implications of these opinions for relations with the West and for Russia's 2008 presidential election.