Here’s how United Russia is punishing Natalia Poklonskaya, the only party member who voted against raising the retirement age. A timeline of events

On September 20, the State Duma approved the decision to merge the Reported Incomes Monitoring Commission and the Ethics Commission. Otari Arshba, who chaired the latter group, will head the new amalgamation, leaving the former’s chairwoman, Natalia Poklonskaya, without a post on the new commission. For more than two months, Poklonskaya (who served as Crimea’s first post-annexation attorney general before joining the parliament) has been feuding with her own political party. In July, she was the only United Russia deputy to break ranks and vote against unpopular legislation that will raise the country’s retirement age.

The Real Russia. Today. Throwing out Primorye’s election results, detainees’ right to prison, and Russia’s ‘series of unfortunate events’

Russia’s Central Election Commission is urging regional election officials in the Primorsky Krai to invalidate the results of last Sunday’s runoff gubernatorial election. Commissioner Ella Pamfilova justified the recommendation on the grounds that it is impossible to determine the race’s outcome reliably because of significant violations at multiple polling stations. In fact, the commission’s “recommendation” is more like a direct order, given that federal officials also say they will invalidate Primorye’s results themselves, if regional officials refuse to do so. Officials in Primorye have promised to reach a decision by Thursday, September 20.

Russia is throwing out suspicious gubernatorial election results in Primorsky Krai

Russia’s Central Election Commission is urging regional election officials in the Primorsky Krai to invalidate the results of last Sunday’s runoff gubernatorial election. Commissioner Ella Pamfilova justified the recommendation on the grounds that it is impossible to determine the race’s outcome reliably because of significant violations at multiple polling stations. In fact, the commission’s “recommendation” is more like a direct order, given that federal officials also say they will invalidate Primorye’s results themselves, if regional officials refuse to do so. Officials in Primorye have promised to reach a decision by Thursday, September 20.

The Real Russia. Today. Russia loses another warplane in Syria and Israel is caught in the crossfire, Primorye’s race weighs on Putinism’s solvency, and gays aren’t a social group in Sverdlovsk

Moscow has blamed Israel for the destruction of an Ilyushin Il-20 Russian military surveillance plane by Syrian air defense and the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen aboard the aircraft. According to Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, four Israeli F-16s bombed the city of Lattakia on the evening of September 17, without warning Moscow, “creating a dangerous situation for surface ships and aircraft in the area.” The Israeli jets allegedly used the Ilyushin Il-20 as cover against Syrian air defense, resulting in a Syrian S-200 missile striking and destroying the Russian plane. Wreckage of the Ilyushin Il-20 was discovered roughly 17 miles west of Lattakia.

A military expert explains what could have led Syria to shoot down a Russian warplane

Before dawn on September 18, Syrian air-defense forces shot down an Ilyushin Il-20 Russian military surveillance plane over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all five servicemen aboard. Russia’s Defense Ministry later blamed the incident on the Israeli Air Force, which earlier that night carried out airstrikes against multiple targets on the Syrian coast. According to Moscow, the Syrians were aiming for an Israeli F-16 jet and accidentally hit the Russian aircraft. Israel, meanwhile, says its planes were already back in Israeli airspace when the Ilyushin Il-20 was shot down. At Meduza’s request, Gazeta.ru military analyst, air-defense specialist, and former Joint Staff employee Mikhail Khodarenko explains how the Syrians could have destroyed an allied warplane.