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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

State Duma Passes Code

The State Duma passed the new Administrative Code deemed repressive by human rights groups, the Lenta.ru online newspaper reported Friday.

The Duma overturned the Federation Council's October decision not to pass the bill on grounds that it is a threat to civil liberties and needs more work.

The code comes into effect Jan. 1. and includes measures requiring people to carry proof of identity in all public places and significantly broadens the powers of the traffic police.