Lawmaking in Russia

The lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the Duma, set a new record before the 2013 summer recess by passing as many as 261 new bills. Some of them have caused quite stir, including the laws banning the propaganda of homosexuality, making it a criminal offense to insult religious feelings, sharply increasing fines for traffic violations, and disbanding the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the Duma, set a new record before the 2013 summer recess by passing as many as 261 new bills. Some of them have caused quite stir, including the laws banning the propaganda of homosexuality, making it a criminal offense to insult religious feelings, sharply increasing fines for traffic violations, and disbanding the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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