How Russia rejected its latest anti-gay law, and what its failure means


 | America Blog | January 20, 2016

Russia’s latest attempt to expand on its anti-gay legislation was thrown out on technical grounds within minutes of being brought up in committee.

This was, however, a more predictable outcome than it may first appear.

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Moscow’s White House

In the words of former speaker Boris Gryzlov “the Duma is no place for discussion.” Most of the laws discussed there today have zero chance of ever passing.

Vladimir Putin’s personal approval rating may appear to be sky high at 85%, but a closer look complicates that picture, and faith in public institutions in Russia is even less secure. The most recent available polls show the Duma’s rating split about even, with 48% approving of its job and 50% disapproving.

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