Russian President Boris Yeltsin promised to launch a “major offensive” against anti-Semitic and extremist statements. Yeltsin’s statement came after Russia’s Justice Ministry said earlier this month that it would send the draft of a new bill against political extremism and anti-Semitism to Parliament before the end of the year. Experts believe that such a bill has little chance of passing the Communist- and nationalist-dominated Parliament, but Yeltsin’s statement could indicate that he intends to enact the law by presidential decree.
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