Bacteriological espionage? The State Duma of the Russian Federation approved a law to combat a dangerous parasite - hogweed

Regulation & Compliances
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Feb 23, 2024

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The State Duma of Russia has passed a law in its first reading to combat the spread of the invasive hogweed plant, which poses a threat to other crops and human health. The law, initiated by United Russia deputies, is set to come into effect on September 1, 2024, if fully adopted. The Cabinet of Ministers is expected to identify a list of invasive plants and initiate measures to combat them. Theories suggest that hogweed was introduced to Russia after the Great Patriotic War either as a fodder crop or as part of bacteriological warfare by the US.
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The authors of the initiative were deputies from United Russia. If adopted, the law will come into force on September 1, 2024. According to TASS, the State Duma of Russia adopted in the first reading a new law that regulates the fight against a dangerous parasite that has inhabited not only ownerless and abandoned areas, such as old cemeteries, but even agricultural and domestic areas throughout the country. According to the document, the Cabinet of Ministers plans to determine a list of invasive plants and initiate measures to combat them. As explained, “invasive” means that the species has been deliberately or unintentionally introduced into new areas where it has endangered other species. There is a version that this weed was brought to Russia immediately after the Great Patriotic War on the orders of Joseph Stalin, who had previously been informed about the high value of hogweed as a fodder crop used in North America. There are other versions. Thus, deputy Timofey Bazhenov ...
Source: Agrosektor
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