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10 Items Banned In Mother Russia

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Vladimir Putin's Russia has barred a lot of things in recent years. Some of the restrictions alarm human rights watchers, while others are more amusing to outside observers.
1. 'Gay propaganda'

"Propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors" is illegal in Russia. In practice, that means anyone campaigning for LGBT rights or equating straight and gay relationships can be prosecuted.

Human Rights Watch described the anti-gay propaganda law as "a profoundly discriminatory and dangerous bill that is bound to worsen homophobia in Russia."
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2. Anonymous blogs

According to a law passed last year, blogs with more than 3,000 daily visitors -- including those on social media platforms -- are required to register as media outlets and follow regulations set by Russia's media law.

Critics say the law restricts freedom of speech, as it makes opposition bloggers easier targets of prosecution.
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3. Western food

Moscow has banned most food imports from the United States, European Union, Canada, Australia and other countries, in retaliation for Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in Ukraine.

It recently started destroying food that has been smuggled into the country despite the ban.
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4. John McCain

Moscow banned U.S. Senator John McCain and other European and American officials from traveling to Russia as part of its retaliatory sanctions against the West.

McCain doesn't seem too troubled about not being able to visit Russia. "While I suppose this means I'll spend this Easter in Sedona rather than Siberia, I couldn't be more proud of being sanctioned by Vladimir Putin," he said.
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5. Memes

Remember those memes asking "Where is Putin?" They would be illegal in Russia.

The law prohibits doctored images that depict public figures in a way that have "no relation to their personality" and that defame their honor, dignity and business reputation.

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