(Oct. 16, 2009) On October 2, 2009, the Minister of Health Care and Social Services of the Russian Federation announced a government decision to extend the ban on human cloning for another five years. This ban was introduced in 2002, and it expired on June 23, 2007. Even though the moratorium has been formally lifted since then, no work on human cloning has been authorized in this heavily regulated field.
The government plans to introduce in the State Duma (the legislature) a new bill on a human cloning moratorium that is expected to be passed within a few weeks. As soon as it is officially published in the state gazette, it will enter into force. The bill does not contain any provisions banning cloning of other organisms and follows the 2005 U.N. Declaration on Human Cloning. (Russia Extends the Ban on Human Cloning for Five Years, GAZETA.RU [in Russian], Oct. 2, 2009, available at http://www.gazeta.ru/news/lenta/2009/10/02/n_1409939.shtml; United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning, G.A. Res. 59/280, Annex, U.N. Doc. A/Res/59/280/Annex (Mar. 8, 2005), Ad Hoc Committee on an International Convention against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings website, available at http://www.un.org/law/cloning/ (click on link for Resolution 59/280).)