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Russia: Will Duma approve “anti-Constitutional” religious literature restrictions?

ICC Note:

“Proposed Russian legal amendments that would ban anyone except registered religious organisations from distributing religious literature have received initial backing from the Duma’s Committee on Social and Religious Organisations,” Forum 18 News Service reports.

By Felix Corley
 
3/24/2011 Russia (Forum 18 News Service) – Proposed Russian legal amendments that would ban anyone except registered religious organisations from distributing religious literature have received initial backing from the Duma’s Committee on Social and Religious Organisations, Forum 18 News Service has learned. The Committee has set 30 April as the deadline for comments on the amendments, which also impose fines for this “offence”, and are an initiative of the Duma of Belgorod Region. In May the Committee will review the draft in the light of comments and either pass it to the full Duma or reject it. Some do not think the draft will be adopted, but it has aroused concern from human rights defenders and some religious communities. Similar proposals have regularly been made, but this is the first time to Forum 18’s knowledge that such a proposal has had initial Committee backing. It is unclear how much support this proposal has among senior Russian political figures.

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