Putin watching a soccer match in Sochi in May (epa)
December 29, 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that ratifies the International Convention Against Doping in Sport.
The Russian Duma approved the legislation earlier this month, and it was later approved by the Federation Council.
The convention obligates signatory countries to take appropriate measures against the practice of doping in sport and encourages cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Democracy In Russia
Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)
DO RUSSIANS LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT? During a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington office on November 15, Richard Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Aberdeen, discussed the results of 14 surveys he has conducted since 1992 on Russian public opinion about democracy and the country's development. He discussed the implications of these opinions for relations with the West and for Russia's 2008 presidential election.