by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia have raised the bar to new record heights in the fight against GMO’s. While Americans fight amongst themselves in an environment of greed and profit, Russia is going straight for the knockout blow in what is shaping up to be the super fight of the century. Move over Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, as this fight is for real! Russian legislators have drafted a bill, which if passed, will criminalize GMO related activities equating same to terrorist acts.
The bill would impose criminal liability on those who produce, sell or distribute GMO’s. In addition, the bill also provides fines for concealing or deliberately distorting information about the environmental impact of GMO’s. Co-Author of the bill, Kirill Cherkasov, reportedly maintains that the consequences of GMO’s can be greater than that of a terrorist act, “And punishment should be proportionate to the crime.”
Noteworthy is that in Russia, a terrorist act is punishable with a jail sentence of 15 years to life. The bill will likely face many challenges including, among others, enforcement and demonstrating a causal link to GMO ramifications that take years to manifest. Notwithstanding, it represents Russia’s no holds barred approach to Monsanto and the like.
In the movie Rocky IV, by the end of the fight the Russian people were cheering for the American Rocky Balboa to win the fight. In the very real fight of Russia v. Monsanto, this time it may be the American people that are cheering for the Russian to win.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.