Russia v. Monsanto, The Super Fight of the Century


by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia have raised the bar to new record heights in the fight against GMO’s.  While Americans fight amongst themselves in an environment of greed and profit, Russia is going straight for the knockout blow in what is shaping up to be the super fight of the century.  Move over Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, as this fight is for real! Russian legislators have drafted a bill, which if passed, will criminalize GMO related activities equating same to terrorist acts. 

The bill would impose criminal liability on those who produce, sell or distribute GMO’s.  In addition, the bill also provides fines for concealing or deliberately distorting information about the environmental impact of GMO’s.  Co-Author of the bill, Kirill Cherkasov, reportedly maintains that the consequences of GMO’s can be greater than that of a terrorist act, “And punishment should be proportionate to the crime.”

Noteworthy is that in Russia, a terrorist act is punishable with a jail sentence of 15 years to life.  The bill will likely face many challenges including, among others, enforcement and demonstrating a causal link to GMO ramifications that take years to manifest.  Notwithstanding, it represents Russia’s no holds barred approach to Monsanto and the like.

In the movie Rocky IV, by the end of the fight the Russian people were cheering for the American Rocky Balboa to win the fight.  In the very real fight of Russia v. Monsanto, this time it may be the American people that are cheering for the Russian to win.

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit