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Duma committee approves draft law to protect Russian children from ‘Columbine’ web groups

The Russian Lower House committee for family, women and children has approved a bill ordering urgent action against internet groups – known as ‘Columbine’ communities – promoting child suicide and school attacks. The bill was drafted by State Duma Deputy Speaker Irina Yarovaya (United Russia), who said certain legislative “blank spots” must be removed, particularly by amending the law against ...

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‘Air hooliganism’: Fines for misbehaving on planes to rise tenfold under Duma committee plan

Russia’s Lower House Committee for Legislative Work has upheld a proposal to increase fines for violent behavior on board passenger aircraft and for those refusing to comply with the captain’s orders. If the new bill is passed into law, the maximum fine for disobeying the captain’s orders would increase practically tenfold and become 40,000 roubles or about $ 645. The ...

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Duma gives first nod to bill ordering life sentences for sex crimes against minors

The Russian Lower House has passed, in the first reading, a motion to tighten laws on sex crimes against children – with punishments of up to life in prison and the removal of the statute of limitations in all such cases. Currently sex with minors is punished with up to four years behind bars, but the term can be increased ...

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‘Black lies’: Deputy Duma speaker slams Lithuanian president’s ‘Russian threat’ claims

Deputy speaker of the Russian Lower House has described the Lithuanian president’s warning about looming Russian military aggression as “black lies” and called for an end to irresponsible and false political games. Russian MP Irina Yarovaya issued her comment after Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite alleged in a recent interview with Der Spiegel magazine that the likelihood of a Russian invasion ...

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Head of Duma Family Committee proposes Father’s Day holiday in Russia

The head of the lower house Committee for Women, Family and Children has proposed that Russia institutes a separate holiday honoring fathers, in addition to Mothers’ Day, which was introduced 20 years ago. The draft bill submitted to the State Duma by MP Tamara Pletneva provides that, starting from 2019, Russia would celebrate Father’s Day on the last Saturday of ...

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Russian Duma introduces hefty fines for promoting banned anonymity on internet

Russian lawmakers have passed a bill that introduces fines for search engines that give users prompts on using the so called anonymizers – computer programs that allow bypassing government restrictions to access banned web sites. The freshly passed bill, orders that ordinary citizens who contribute to situations in which search engines show users links to anonymizer pages should be fined ...

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World nations understand futility of one-sided anti-Russian sanctions, Duma speaker says

The Russian lower house speaker has praised public diplomacy for de-escalating confrontation in international relations, and noted that more nations were understanding the uselessness of one-sided anti-Russian sanctions. “In a world where unilateral sanctions policy becomes a dominating tool and in which the relations between nations start to fall apart, parliamentarians can help save some trust and connection between peoples,” ...

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Duma committee scraps bill equating longtime cohabitation to marriage

The Russian Lower House committee for family women and children has spoken against a proposal to equate cohabitation for five years or more to official marriage, saying it would contradict the state policy on family values. The bill was drafted in January this year by senator Anton Belyakov from the central Russian Vladimir region. Belyakov claimed that Russian citizens presently ...

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Duma passes bill on counter-sanctions, gives Russian govt power to impose restrictions

The Russian State Duma has passed a bill aimed at defending “economic interests and security” in response to the latest sanctions introduced by the United States and its allies. The motion was drafted by State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses in mid-April, days after the US Treasury Department released a list of 24 ...

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Duma gives 2nd nod to counter-sanctions, delays criminalizing compliance with foreign restrictions

Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a second reading of a bill of reciprocal sanctions against unfriendly foreign states, but delayed hearings into criminalizing compliance with foreign sanctions. The bill on counter-sanctions was drafted by State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses in mid-April, soon after the United States introduced the latest restrictions ...

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