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Lawmaker proposes fines for selling tobacco and alcohol to pregnant women

A Russian regional lawmaker has proposed the introduction of fines for selling drugs, alcohol and tobacco to pregnant women. The law could also force all women who want to purchase these items to prove they’re not pregnant. Vladimir Petrov of the Leningrad Region legislature has told reporters that he has prepared a package of bills aimed at restricting the use ...

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Russian anti-gay lawmaker wants ‘vice squad’ to target prostitution during 2018 World Cup

A Russian pro-Christian MP says ahead of the 2018 World Cup the police should launch special units manned by “true patriots” and deploy them in cities to fight “asocial persons” including prostitutes and pimps. Vitaly Milonov, widely known as the key sponsor of the Russian law that bans the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relations to minors (also known as the ...

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Teachers shouldn't be armed because 'most are women,' says Alabama lawmaker

A state lawmaker from Alabama knew exactly how to add fuel to an already controversial issue, saying that teachers shouldn’t be armed because… most of them are women. The Twittersphere had a few things to say about that. Republican State Rep. Harry Shiver (64th District) said Alabama lawmakers need to protect “our ladies” by not arming teachers because most of ...

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Russian lawmaker promises to prepare anti-harassment bill

The deputy head of the lower house committee for family affairs has promised to amend existing legislation targeting sex crime with a separate bill. Gender equality at work would be enforced and sexual harassment punished. MP Oksana Pushkina (United Russia) told the RBC news site that in her view sexual harassment was very widespread in society and legislation did not ...

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‘North American Dead End’: Lawmaker proposes new name for US embassy street in Moscow

A lawmaker from the nationalist LDPR has proposed renaming the Moscow street where the US embassy is located as ‘North American Dead End’ – and City Hall says it intends to consider this option. MP Mikhail Degtyaryov, who currently chairs the lower house Committee for Sports, Tourism and Youth, recently came up with the initiative to rename an alley in ...

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Ruling party lawmaker proposes separate agency for homeless people

An MP representing parliamentary majority party United Russia revealed that he is preparing a bill to create an agency that would deal with homeless people and help them reintegrate into society. “The objective of this newly-developed project is to create a unified state agency that would eliminate the problem of homeless people and set up a special center that would ...

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German lawmaker opposes anti-Russian sanctions, urges Ukraine to accept Crimean people’s choice

A regional lawmaker from Germany has called Western sanctions against Russia “counterproductive,” and said accepting the choice that the Crimean people made in 2014 could bring peace to Ukraine. “I think that the sanctions introduced after Crimea held its referendum and was reunited with Russia are counterproductive. This is a way of escalation,” said Helmut Seifen, a member of parliament ...

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Lawmaker proposes 10-year prison terms for promoting violence on the internet

Following a string of school attacks in January, a Lower House MP representing majority party United Russia said his party wants to criminalize any propaganda of violence on the internet and punish it with lengthy prison terms. “Criminal prosecution for those who post negative content on the internet will be introduced. We will make legislative amendments after these incidents in ...

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Russian lawmaker slams NATO Black Sea mission as provocation, display of power

A Russian Lower House MP from Sevastopol, Crimea said that by sending navy ships to the Black Sea, NATO is attempting to artificially aggravate tensions with Russia and impress ordinary voters in the US and Europe. “These are completely undisguised provocative actions. Any activities of NATO ships in the Black Sea are a display of force. All this ‘muscle play’ ...

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Kansas lawmaker ‘regrets’ saying African-Americans ‘respond the worst’ to marijuana due to genetics

State Representative Steve Alford (R-Kansas) has admitted he “was wrong” when he said African-Americans are more susceptible to using marijuana because of their “character makeup” and “genetics.” “I was wrong, I regret my comments and I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I have hurt,” Alford said Monday, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. The firestorm that led to the retraction was ignited by ...

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