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Duma Approves Bill Banning Abortion Ads

MOSCOW, April 9 (RAPSI) – Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has passed in a first reading a Health Ministry sponsored bill banning the advertisement of pregnancy termination by medical services or traditional practices.


Abortion was a common method of birth control in the Soviet era and Russia still had the highest number of abortions per woman of child bearing age in the world in 2004, according to UN data. Abortion is legal up to 12 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions up to 22 weeks for some medical cases, according to a new law passed in 2011.


The government has campaigned against abortion in a bid toincrease the country’s flagging birthrate, which is one factor in the nation’s demographic crisis. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s wife Svetlana has backed the pro-life movement in Russia since 2008 with her Foundation for Social and Cultural Initiatives, according to the World Congress of Families.
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Russia's Anti-Hooligan Law Inspired by Britain - Official

MOSCOW, April 10 (R-Sport) - British law was the template for anti-hooligan legislation currently passing through Russia's lower house of parliament, a lawmaker said on Wednesday.

A bill that stiffens penalties for bad behavior from spectators at large sports events passed its first reading in the State Duma on Tuesday and is expected to sail through its mandatory second and third readings before being signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

"In a lot of our positions we oriented ourselves on the experience of Britain," said Igor Ananskikh who heads a parliamentary committee on physical culture, sports and youth policy.
"In Britain they not only managed to straighten out the situation with fans but introduce wholesale changes," he added.
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Kremlin Backs Law Protecting Religious Sentiment - Spokesman

ULAN-UDE, April 11 (RIA Novosti) – The Kremlin favors the idea of adopting a law protecting the religious feelings of Russian citizens, the Russian presidential spokesman said Thursday.

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, passed the bill in the first reading on Tuesday.

“The Kremlin supports the idea of the law, and the wording of the law is up to the lawyers,” Dmitry Peskov said. “The law is very difficult to enforce but it is absolutely essential in this multi-national and multi-confessional country,” he said.
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New Elections Bill Clears First Reading in State Duma

MOSCOW, April 16 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, passed on Tuesday in the first reading a bill that would significantly alter the current parliamentary electoral procedures.

The bill, submitted to the State Duma by President Vladimir Putin, was backed by 296 lawmakers and opposed by 148, with a minimum of 226 votes necessary for approval.

The proposed legislation reintroduces voting for individual candidates in parliamentary elections and an equal split in the 450-seat chamber between directly-elected legislators and those chosen from party lists.
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State Duma Adopts Street Shooting Bill in First Reading

MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, on Wednesday adopted in the first reading a bill toughening punishment for shooting in public places.

The amendments to the Russian Administrative Offenses Code were proposed by a group of Duma deputies. In line with the draft law, those shooting in inhabited localities and at sites where shooting is not allowed will be fined 50,000 rubles ($1,575), their weapons license suspended, weapons seized, and may also face short jail terms of up to 15 days.
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Federation Council Approves Law on Respecting Convicts

MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti) - The upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, on Wednesday approved a government-submitted law on “administrative arrests,” which requires jail administrators, officials and medics to treat convicts respectfully.

In Russia and other former Soviet republics, “administrative arrests” are short jail terms of up to 15 days.
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Party Asks to Ease Body Cavity Search Procedure for Inmates

MOSCOW, April 18 (RIA Novosti) - A Just Russia party faction in the State Duma requested the Russian Justice Ministry to amend its regulations allowing manual body cavity searches of inmates, a lawmaker told Gazeta.Ru on Thursday.

Valery Gartung, who is among some 40 lawmakers behind the initiative, told the portal that he prepared the request while visiting a penal colony in the Urals city of Kopeisk, the site of a violent prison riot in November 2012.
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Duma to Approve Public Smoking Fines by Mid-July
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State Duma approves a law on reorganization of Academy of Science in the first hearing amidst criticism and protests.
Still of all the laws discussed in the Russian parliament recently this one generated the most dissent: 152 MPs mostly from left parties voted against it and the Duma committee on science recommended its rejection. See also:
http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20130703/...cademy-of.html
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The government and the Russian Academy of Science achieve compromise in the last moment over the highly scandalous law project which passed second hearings in the Duma today:
http://rt.com/politics/russian-acade...ompromise-701/
The Russian scientific community which gave extremely negative reception to the initial version of the law didn't react in a distinct manner yet, apparently overwhelmed by the speed of events.
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Russian Lawmakers Pass Ban on Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples

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Bill Increasing Extremism Penalties Sent to Russia’s Duma
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