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Russian politician offers self for cloning

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 – Russian Liberal Democrats leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said Friday cloning must be permitted in Russia and proposed cloning himself "for the nation's benefit."

The State Duma – the Russian parliament's lower house – passed on Friday a bill prolonging moratorium on human cloning.

This moratorium was lifted in 2002 and expired in June 2007.

The law to be amended doesn't prohibit cloning of cells and organisms for scientific and research purposes, human organs for transplantation as well as cloning of animals.

"Scientists should work, we should not be afraid. Cloning is a remedy for humanity… Let us grow people and take their organs to replace [those damaged]," the controversial senior lawmaker said during a live broadcast on Russia 24 TV channel.

"We should clone clever, talented people. A list of people to be cloned should be created. We should have new Einsteins, Kurchatovs, Tsiolkovskys, Yesenins, Pushkins," he went on.

He said he'll be happy to be cloned.

"This would be good. This would be a benefit for the nation," he said, adding Liberal Democratic Party will push for the ban's cancellation. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

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