Ukraine

Ukraine's New Anti-Protest Law Similar to Russia's

Citizens not happy about it

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Anger swept through the Ukrainian opposition Friday after a package of laws that would prohibit almost any type of street protest was rushed through parliament.

The laws appear to borrow heavily from existing Russian legislation and seem to belie Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's declarations that he wants his country to build stronger ties with the European Union.

Under the new laws, any organization receiving money from abroad — which, in Ukraine's case, includes a huge number of groups including the Greek Catholic Church — must register as "foreign agents," just as they must in Russia.