February 15, 2014
by William Helbling
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a decree on Thursday banning gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children. The Russian government resolution is purportedly aimed at helping to "improve the procedure for the ...[read more]
July 24, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 24, 2011, the South Korean Ministry of Justice announced the enactment of a law allowing the use of chemical castration on sex offenders convicted of attacking children under the age of 16 years old. Earlier that month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a similar bill calling for ...[read more]
October 16, 2012
by Peter Snyder
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday proposed legislation that would ban tobacco advertisements and public smoking and raise taxes on tobacco products. On his video blog Medvedev acknowledged that 44 million Russians—a third of the entire population—are nicotine dependent, mak... ...[read more]
September 13, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called Wednesday for the release of members of the rock band Pussy Riot, saying that time served has been severe enough and that anymore time in prison would be counterproductive. Medvedev also said, however, that he does not in any way condone the actions ...[read more]
August 2, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 2, 2011, Russian investigators reopened the case against former Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison in Moscow in November 2009. Magnitsky was arrested based on allegations of tax fraud after he implicated Russian police in an embezzlement scandal involving a London-based ...[read more]
July 24, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 24, 2011, the South Korean Ministry of Justice announced the enactment of a law allowing the use of chemical castration on sex offenders convicted of attacking children under the age of 16 years old. Earlier that month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a similar bill calling for ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On July 12, 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a bill calling for the involuntary chemical castration of those convicted of sexual offenses against children. This was the second time that the topic had been raised by Medvedev; he initially proposed requiring the procedure to be ...[read more]
May 20, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On May 20, 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for reforms to the country's legal system that would reinforce the rule of law. Some thought Medvedev's remarks concerning reform and his efforts to eradicate corruption were aimed at distancing him from Vladimir Putin, who ran against and ...[read more]
May 5, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Russia must reform its laws and practices in order to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of disabled persons in the country, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) official said Friday. President Dmitry Medvedev signed a federal law ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with ...[read more]
March 27, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 27, 2010, former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky released a statement during his embezzlement trial which claimed that jury trials in Russia were severely restricted and that entering a plea of "not guilty" plea often leads to retaliatory verdicts and penalties. The statement ...[read more]

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