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Top 5 Weirdest Moves by Russian Lawmakers
June 27, 2013 20:16

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1. Ban on bucks

Liberal Democrat Mikhail Degtyarev suggested a ban on US dollars as an urgent measure to take care of the nation’s savings. According to him, the government will face a stream of discontent investors who will be crying for help in the case of the dollar’s imminent collapse. That’s why the nation needs to get rid of US dollars within two years, he says, and if any cash is found after that time, it will be confiscated. As simple as that.

2. Noises off

Another Liberal Democrat, Yaroslav Nilov, complained that some MPs are too provocative and too noisy in their comments and interaction and urged the chairman of the Russian parliament to move those legislators to the furthest part of the house. He compared them with mischievous schoolboys who are relegated to the furthest desk.

3. Unsafe iPhones

Ilya Kostunov, from the United Russia Party, believes that iOS and Android-based devices are insecure saying that their use by state officials could undermine national security. Earlier, iPads were populized among the Russian elite after Dmitry Medvedev, a high-tech geek, began to use it extensively.

4. Kids before career

A local MP from Chelyabinsk decided it was high time to make Russian women birth before they turn 20. It’s too late to become a mother after you’ve become successful, she explained.

5. Tax on divorce

A divorce may set you back not just emotionally, but financially, too. Spouses no longer willing to live with each other may be forced to pay a lump-sum tax. The money will be accumulated in a special fund and used to help those families where fathers won’t or can’t make child support payments. The tax can total up 1,000 roubles, or $33. 

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Russian laws     

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