The bill was endorsed by the lower house last week and would be sent to President Vladimir Putin
to sign if the Federation Council votes for it on Wednesday. It is one
part of a larger measure by angry lawmakers retaliating against a
recently signed U.S. law that calls for sanctions against Russians deemed to be human rights violators.
top government officials, including the foreign minister, have spoken
flatly against the bill, arguing that the measure would be in violation
with Russia’s constitution and international obligations.
people with posters protesting the bill were detained outside the
Federation Council Wednesday morning. “Children get frozen in the Cold
War,” one poster read.