Russia may ban the cultivation and growth of genetically modified plants and animals. An adequate bill has already been submitted to the State Duma. The explanatory note says that the document was prepared to improve state regulation in the field of genetic engineering, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta wrote.
The document says that importers of such organisms and products will be required to undergo registration procedures in Russia, whereas the government will have the right to prohibit the import of GMOs. The bill also provides for administrative liability for the use of GMOs.
The bill also regulates procedures to create a network of laboratories to identify genetically modified organisms.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign