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Biz frets over human rights.

Showbizzers enchanted by the biz potential in Russia are worried about two bills passed by lawmakers. One proposes a prison sentence for statements or actions "committed with intent to offend the religious feelings of the faithful"; it follows last year's conviction of three members of Pussy Riot for "hooliganism on grounds of religious hatred." The other bill outlaws distribution to children of "propaganda about nontraditional sexual relations"; any media group that equates gay/lesbian relationships with hereto ones could face heavy fines. "These bills reflect the Russian authorities' determination to dictate what people can and cannot say in all areas of life, from the political to the social," said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia program director at Amnesty Intl. "They are a backward step that should set alarm bells ringing."

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Title Annotation:RUSSIA
Author:Barraclough, Leo
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Jun 18, 2013
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