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Putin Faces a Tough Choice Over an Anti-Terrorism Bill

Jun 30, 2016 | 03:01 GMT
Putin Faces a Tough Choice Over Anti-Terrorism Laws
Riot police last year at a march in Moscow in memory of assassinated Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. Among other things, Russia's anti-terrorism law would criminalize public incitement of unrest.
(YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The upper house of Russia's parliament approved an anti-terrorism bill on Wednesday that, while stripped of its toughest proposals, is still being called some of the most repressive legislation since Soviet times. The bill went so far that even Vladimir Putin loyalists are pushing back on the legislation, an unheard of development. The Russian president must now decide whether to sign the bill into law....

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