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Has anybody else heard about this new Treason Bill that's soon to pass in Russia?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081217/ap_on_...sia_treason_law

http://www.gazeta.ru/politics/2008/12/12_a_2909748.shtml

http://www.mk.ru/blogs/MK/2008/12/15/society/386309/100/

I asked my brother in law about it, and he didn't seem at all happy. He said it's going to be very bad news for Russians who live outside of Russia. As near as I can tell, and as well as I could translate his explanation, it'll allow the government to declare anybody that has somehow "harmed" the Russian Federation to be a criminal. Harm, of course, is far from well defined in the legislation...

Is anybody else better informed on this issue? Any thoughts/opinions?

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Don't worry, we'll have one here in the U.S. soon too. Should go nicely with that Patriot Act.

I actually haven't heard anything about the bill in Russia. But, the more they try to get away from us, the more they become like us.


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i thought this was gonna be about bill clinton. :unsure:


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Don't worry, we'll have one here in the U.S. soon too. Should go nicely with that Patriot Act.

I actually haven't heard anything about the bill in Russia. But, the more they try to get away from us, the more they become like us.

I'd like to think that our laws are a little different than the Russians' laws are. The Patriot Act and others, while deplorable in their own right, weren't motivated by a paranoid desire keep this government in power. No matter how far overboard they may go, anti-terrorism laws are far from the same thing as laws that allow the government to criminalize anybody for something as generic as weakening it in some way.

But, none of that is my real concern. My worry is how/if this will end up effecting our foreign-married spouses in the future.

Think this is much ado about nothing?

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I'd like to think that our laws are a little different than the Russians' laws are. The Patriot Act and others, while deplorable in their own right, weren't motivated by a paranoid desire keep this government in power.

Actually, both the Russian government and our own government's goals have been to keep the current party in power, which is a lot different than keeping the government in power. If you look at it in that light, I think Slim's comparison to the PATRIOT act is pretty solid. The Russian government's wording is different, but as it stands right now our President can detain anybody (American citizen or not) indefinitely without charge, and without notifying anybody, effectively "disappearing" that person. That makes it even worse than the Russian bill, as I read it. At least with the Russian treason bill, there's an appearance of due process.

No matter how far overboard they may go, anti-terrorism laws are far from the same thing as laws that allow the government to criminalize anybody for something as generic as weakening it in some way.

I hate to be one of those people who throws quotes around, but Franklin said it best: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Anti-terrorism laws that take away essential freedoms are no different from laws that take away essential freedoms for other reasons.

But, none of that is my real concern. My worry is how/if this will end up effecting our foreign-married spouses in the future.

Think this is much ado about nothing?

I don't think there's going to be an effect for our foreign-married spouses. I'd be far more worried about the momentum gathering behind making it harder or even illegal for women to marry outside Russia. But if I worked for an aid organization or if I were an international journalist operating within Russia, I would be worried.

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i thought this was gonna be about bill clinton. :unsure:

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As always, mox, great job! You can also count me in as a big fan of due process. When it comes to things like treason, espionage, terrorism, etc., I'll take the Russian system over the American system any day.

Russia has always had the balls to say, "this is what we're doing and this is why. You don't like it, tough $#!T and please shut up or else you'll be there too."

America, on the other hand, has always tried to keep it secret squirrel while smiling in your face and telling you it's for your own good. "Kidnapped him? What are you talking about? We 'detained' him for some questioning for a few years, that's all. He's fine now. Anyway, we only had him for like six years. Trial? What trial? Dude, we only 'detained' him, that's all. It was a matter of national security. We kept you safe. Don't you like being safe?"


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Almost forgot the real reason of this thread - Do I think it'll have any affect on our spouses S/Os.

No.

Several reasons. First, most of those "shopping" for a bride or groom are doing so through easier countries (UA) now and although Russia's not off the list, if they're willing to go the extra mile (oh no, I have to get a visa?) then they'll be willing to do the extra paperwork (read: pay the extra bribe) necessary to get their new wife safely out of the country.

Second, for those already here or married or whatever, they'll be "grandfathered" in and/or will do something to make their trip to the US a "business trip" for the purpose of entry and exit from the Motherland. "I only go for visit my customer in USA" (while handing customs guy a picture of Ben Franklin.)


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Almost forgot the real reason of this thread - Do I think it'll have any affect on our spouses S/Os.

No.

Several reasons. First, most of those "shopping" for a bride or groom are doing so through easier countries (UA) now and although Russia's not off the list, if they're willing to go the extra mile (oh no, I have to get a visa?) then they'll be willing to do the extra paperwork (read: pay the extra bribe) necessary to get their new wife safely out of the country.

Second, for those already here or married or whatever, they'll be "grandfathered" in and/or will do something to make their trip to the US a "business trip" for the purpose of entry and exit from the Motherland. "I only go for visit my customer in USA" (while handing customs guy a picture of Ben Franklin.)

On NPR this morning, one of the leading opponents of the bill (I forget her name) was saying that because the bill is defined so broadly, you could be charged with treason for merely corresponding with a foreigner. That could be potentially worrisome.

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As with any broadly defined law, it all depends on how it is interpreted by the government. What we should all be concerned about is, if this is just the next step into consolidation of power by Putin. Unfortunately, this proposed legislation has many ways of turning any democratic positions upside down. Only time will tell, but as we have seen, Putin is not planning on retiring from public office any time soon. This has all the possibilities of returning to a totalitarian regime.

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On NPR this morning, one of the leading opponents of the bill (I forget her name) was saying that because the bill is defined so broadly, you could be charged with treason for merely corresponding with a foreigner. That could be potentially worrisome.

About as worrisome as being "detained" for suspected terrorism, held without trial or charge, and never guranteed due process. And let's not forget the ommission of necessity of warrants before all that even happens.

Fact of the matter is a rule like that is going to affect the average person there the same way the Patriot Act affects the average person here. Not at all. The average person of both countries gave up their rights a long time ago.

As with any broadly defined law, it all depends on how it is interpreted by the government. What we should all be concerned about is, if this is just the next step into consolidation of power by Putin. Unfortunately, this proposed legislation has many ways of turning any democratic positions upside down. Only time will tell, but as we have seen, Putin is not planning on retiring from public office any time soon. This has all the possibilities of returning to a totalitarian regime.

No matter how much we like or dislike Putin, he's here to stay. But, if we learned anything from Saddam Hussein, it was that even a totalitarian regime is better for the stability of a country than being invaded by a foreign power and "democratized."


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But, if we learned anything from Saddam Hussein, it was that even a totalitarian regime is better for the stability of a country than being invaded by a foreign power and "democratized."

You must be completely nuts.


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But, if we learned anything from Saddam Hussein, it was that even a totalitarian regime is better for the stability of a country than being invaded by a foreign power and "democratized."

You must be completely nuts.

Well...you have to admit that Iraq was more stable under Saddam Hussein than it is now. Having said that, I don't necessarily agree with the overall statement. Zimbabwe is a totalitarian regime that could possibly benefit from being invaded and democratized. The only problem is there is no country on the planet that has either the credibility or the ability to pull it off.

Edit: Having said that, I lack the conviction to actually defend this post. Feel free to disagree, anyone, you're probably right. I'm really not sure how I stand on this.

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But, if we learned anything from Saddam Hussein, it was that even a totalitarian regime is better for the stability of a country than being invaded by a foreign power and "democratized."

You must be completely nuts.

Well...you have to admit that Iraq was more stable under Saddam Hussein than it is now. Having said that, I don't necessarily agree with the overall statement. Zimbabwe is a totalitarian regime that could possibly benefit from being invaded and democratized. The only problem is there is no country on the planet that has either the credibility or the ability to pull it off.

Edit: Having said that, I lack the conviction to actually defend this post. Feel free to disagree, anyone, you're probably right. I'm really not sure how I stand on this.

well i have no love for saddam but at least there was schooling, clean water, electric, he had rape rooms yes but for the most part women walked around freer than now, he killed a lot of his people but we have killed more........they had a system maybe not one u or i like or would make the choice to live under but i dont see that their life as improved since we invaded and occupied that region, in fact i would go as far as to say it has gone so far backwards in time its anyones guess when they will come back to the stability that they had before we went there.

we have destabilized that region to the point that if we didnt have reason to worry about it before it is now become our worst nightmare

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well i have no love for saddam but at least there was schooling, clean water, electric, he had rape rooms yes but for the most part women walked around freer than now, he killed a lot of his people but we have killed more........they had a system maybe not one u or i like or would make the choice to live under but i dont see that their life as improved since we invaded and occupied that region, in fact i would go as far as to say it has gone so far backwards in time its anyones guess when they will come back to the stability that they had before we went there.

we have destabilized that region to the point that if we didnt have reason to worry about it before it is now become our worst nightmare

yes but.........? you make that sound like it's forgivable :blink: :blink: :blink: :blink:


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