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You're reading: Verkhovna Rada leads parade of stupid ideas

The number of stupid ideas and initiatives that has emerged since the end of the traditional mid-winter break is truly stunning.

Here are a couple of my favorites that were made public in the past week.

Oleh Tsariov, a Party of Regions deputy who came to parliament through a majority constituency in Dnepropetrovsk Oblast, filed a draft law on Jan. 22 called “On stimulation of the domestic market of food.” The basic idea behind it, according to the author, is to stimulate such a market by forcing all supermarkets and other large retailers to move out of the cities, and allowing them to only operate between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Working on Sundays will be outlawed, as will shops in the city operating in premises of more than 300 square meters. 

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