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    taken from 20 Dec 2001 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty s Russia Report: DEPUTIES REJECT ANTI-MOONSHINE BILLS. State Duma deputies approved on 13 December, on
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      taken from 20 Dec 2001 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Russia Report:

      DEPUTIES REJECT ANTI-MOONSHINE BILLS. State Duma deputies
      approved on 13 December, on the first reading, a constitutional law
      allowing regional parliaments and local governments to display the
      Russian state flag on their buildings on a constant basis, regions.ru
      reported. Some 302 deputies voted in favor of the bill. Previously,
      the flag was only allowed to be displayed on state holidays. The same
      day, deputies rejected two bills that would have amended the Criminal
      Code by imposing criminal penalties on producers of moonshine
      (samogon). Authors of the bills, proffered by the Bryansk and
      Kostroma oblasts legislatures, complained that action was needed as
      whole villages are addicted to alcohol. However, both presidential
      representative to the Duma Aleksandr Kotenkov and governmental
      representative to the Duma Andrei Loginov argued against the bill,
      according to ITAR-TASS. Loginov noted that "half of rural residents
      make moonshine, and giving new powers to law enforcement bodies could
      lead to more cases of misuse of power."



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