As the Russian parliament prepares to vote on a law that would restrict smoking in public places, the leader of the country’s Liberal Democratic Party has called for additional regulations on excessive eating and sexual activity.
According to the The Moscow News, Zhirinovsky proposed the radical restrictions in a live interview with Business FM Radio. “We need a different formula,” he said. “Smoking is to be banned everywhere but in your own car if you close all the windows and stay there alone as well as in your own apartment if there is nobody else there. Shut all the windows and get yourself poisoned.”
“We need eating restrictions. Our people are overfed and too fat. Sex should also be restricted to one time per quarter through issuing licenses, quotas or coupons,” Zhirinovsky added. “People have too much sex, they eat, smoke and drink too much and die 20 years earlier. Everywhere – in Europe, America or Japan - they live longer. Why should we perish?”
The anti-smoking law bans smoking in public places such as restaurants, schools, government buildings, stadiums, railway and bus stations and hospitals. Russia’s lower house of Parliament approved the bill Tuesday and the upper house is expected to pass it within the next week.
Before Tuesday’s vote, Zhirinovsky threatened to expel all smokers from the Liberal Democratic Party. “In the Liberal Democratic Party, no one smokes, and those who do — we’ll throw them out,” he said. “And nobody drinks alcohol and there’s no sort of debauchery,”
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