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Ukraine: New Terms of Office for Governors

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 10, 2007, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine amended the Law on Provincial and Local State Administrations, following the recommendation of the President of Ukraine to establish a five-year term of service for the heads of provincial and local executive authorities, whose position will not be political in the future […]

Russia: Total Ban on Tobacco Advertisement

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 10, 2007, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted the Resolution on Joining the Framework Convention of the World Health Organization on the Fight Against Tobacco and issued a resolution recommending that the State Duma (legislature) pass all necessary implementing laws. The Convention requires the introduction of a total ban […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Cell Phone Ban in Parliament

(Feb. 2, 2008) The members of the Dzhogorku Kenesh, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan, will be forbidden to use cell phones during legislative sessions under an amendment to the rules of procedure. A majority of the members voted for the new provision on January 24, 2008. In addition, the members approved a rule under which they […]

Russia: National Version of Presidential Libraries

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 9, 2008, the Government of the Russian Federation introduced to the legislature a bill on legacy centers for presidents whose term of office has expired. The bill was almost unanimously approved by the State Duma (parliament) of the Russian Federation. According to this newly passed legislation, the federal government will […]

Russia: New Consumer Protection Law

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 10, 2007, newly adopted amendments to the Russian Consumer Protection Law entered into force. The Law includes provisions aimed at introducing the right of a consumer to return an item of inferior quality to the seller and obtain a full refund. The right to almost unlimited return is expanded to […]

Ukraine: Wrong Interpretation of History Is a Crime

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 10, 2007, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine introduced amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine that were supported by the legislature. The new provisions added to the Criminal Code establish criminal responsibility for denying that the 1932-1933 famine was a genocide of the Ukrainian people and for denying the Holocaust […]

Russia: Federal Passport Control System Created

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the State Duma (legislature) of the Russian Federation adopted amendments to the Federal Anti-Money Laundering Law that provide for the creation of a national passport control system. To be established before the end of June 2008, this system is designed to review the validity of passports produced by […]

Lithuania: Telecom Providers Required to Monitor All Customers

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the Parliament of Lithuania adopted amendments to the nation's Law on Electronic Communications, which obligate the providers of regular and mobile telephone services to obtain and preserve information on use of these means of communications by customers. According to the amendments, all phone and mobile companies must locate […]

Russia: New Abortion Restrictions

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 29, 2007, the Russian Federation Health Care and Social Development Ministry issued an executive regulation that establishes a new procedure for providing abortion services. According to the new rules, while abortion remains covered by state health programs, each woman who is planning to undergo this procedure during the first 12 […]

Latvia: Restrictions on Sexual Services

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 26, 2007, the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia adopted a decree proposed by the Riga City Hall on limiting prostitution. Latvia is not a country where prostitution is legalized, but it is also not a place that prohibits the practice. According to the new rules, sexual services can be provided […]