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Deputies from President Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of the
Regions and their allies, who hold the majority in parliament,
rushed through the draft law’s first reading on Sept. 18. It
would have allowed prison terms of up to five years for
offenders.

However, last week Yanukovich criticised the timing of the
proposal on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly,
prompting the Regions deputy who introduced the law to remove it
from parliamentary discussion.

Yanukovich spoke against it after protests by Ukrainian
journalists and also after the opposition turned it into an
election issue.

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