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A 'dark day' for freedom of expression in Russia

Headline Title:  A 'dark day' for freedom of expression in Russia 11 June 2013 The space for free expression in Russia shrank further today after the State Duma in Moscow passed two new bills aimed at stamping out minority views, Amnesty International said. Within hours of each other, the country’s lower house of Parliament passed bills to criminalize blasphemy and outlaw activism by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals and their supporters. The measures are expected to be approved in the near future by the upper house of Parliament and signed…

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