The Russian upper house Wednesday adopted a controversial bill that will greatly increase fines for opposition protesters, hours after the lower house approved the measure in a stormy midnight vote.
The bill hikes the maximum penalty for organizers of illegal protests (just what constitutes an ‘illegal’ protest) to one million rubles ($32,100) and participants could be fined up to 300,000 rubles ($9,000).
That’s a disturbing decision. Will there be more countries doing the same?
Because eugenics is part of Himmler’s Lebensborn program, this blog follows the topic as it pertains to these activities in the U.S.
This blog has watched the process take place in North Carolina where it first apologized to victims, to then collect information about living victims, and now to decide how and if to compensate those who were sterilized.
Speaker Tom Tillis took the unusual step of leaving the Speaker’s chair this week to argue in support of the bill. He said, “Every once in a while I think you have a chance to make history, and this is one of those chances.” He went on to explain how he, as a conservative politician, came to be a chief proponent of compensation for eugenics victims.
“As somebody who has sat in this chamber and heard people talk about the wrongness of annexations, the wrongness of other government takings, the wrongness of imminent domain and how bad that is and how we need to correct it and how sometimes we even need to go back and reverse decisions of other elected officials – I look at this and I think it’s probably the most egregious example of that,” Tillis said.
Now N.C. State senators have their chance to consider the bill. If they pass it, their state will be the first of more than two dozen that had eugenics laws, to actually compensate victims.
Keep reading: More information next week on eugenics in the U.S. as it pertains to American Indians.
Germany learned, once the eugenics can is opened, it can lead to other nasty brews.