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Russian parliament supports ban on 'disrespectful' foreign visitors

[JURIST] The Russian Duma [official site in Russian], the lower house of parliament, approved a bill Wednesday which allows the government to ban foreign visitors who show "disrespect" to the country. Anyone found by a court to have offended Russia's "generally accepted spiritual, cultural and social values" may be barred from entering the country, although the bill does not state what those values are. Additionally, the bill would prevent people with infectious diseases, such as HIV, from obtaining long-term visas to stay in the country. Rights groups have objected that such a ban could be used to keep government critics out of Russia. The bill must still pass an additional two readings in the Duma before it can be ratified. The bill was initially approved, without debate, by a vote of 353-44. BBC News more. From Russia, MosNews provides local coverage.

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