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Cablegate: Russian Position On Human Cloning

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TAGS: TBIO UNESCO RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN POSITION ON HUMAN CLONING

REFS: A. STATE 114207
B. MOSCOW 3199

On October 29, Post delivered ref A demarche on human cloning to
both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and
Social Development, seeking Russian support on this issue at UNESCO
meetings of the International Bioethics Committee and
Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee in Paris October 28-29. On
November 27, we received a written response explaining the status of
Russian legislation from Ivan Dubov, Director of the Health
Ministry's International Cooperation Department. Dubov wrote that
that Russia passed a federal law banning human cloning for a period
of five years ending June 23, 2007. Draft amendments to the law
have been drafted and are in the process of being considered. These
amendments would continue the temporary ban on all human cloning,
including for reproductive, therapeutic, and scientific purposes.
The draft amendments provide for the ban to remain in place pending
the passage of a new law establishing regulations for the use of
cloning technology.

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