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By Fernand Gagnier, for ExpatBriefing.com
21 January, 2015
Russia's Health Ministry has confirmed a list of persons with disabilities or illnesses who are not allowed to drive a vehicle in Russia, notably without controversial provisions that drew international criticism last month.
Russia passed a law late last year to draw up a new list of categories of persons precluded from driving, including those with various medical conditions and disabilities.
The legislation references the World Health Organization's classification of "mental and behavioral disorders," which includes a section under the heading "gender identity disorders." The Ministry has confirmed the law includes persons with certain physical conditions, such as eye diseases or those who have lost limbs, but it does not include transgender people, as had been reported in media internationally, drawing heavy criticism.
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