Magazine article Russian Life

Fastest Laws in the World, Urah!

Magazine article Russian Life

Fastest Laws in the World, Urah!

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The Russian parliament has been passing laws so quickly this year that the average bill has been discussed for only four minutes. Some of the laws have been ridiculed as poorly thought out and bordering on the absurd. Can you guess which initiatives were enacted and which ones were only proposed?

1. Tax Vacationing Russians

Russian senator Nikolai Zhuravlyov proposes responding to Western sanctions with an official policy discouraging foreign tourism. Under the provision, Russian tourists, who have come to represent a sizable share of the tourism business for EU countries like Greece and Spain, would be charged a special tax if they vacationed outside Russia, rather than on the Black Sea beaches in Crimea and Krasnodar.

2. Olympian Casinos

A new law would make it possible for private investors in Olympic venues and hotels to use them as gambling zones. Casinos are banned everywhere in Russia except specially designated geographic areas, but the law would make it possible to open them in Sochi's Olympic park, where Russia hosted the Winter Games in February, but which is now struggling to attract visitors. …

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