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Group wants Yakima to drop Russian sister city to protest anti-gay laws

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YAKIMA — Would the Yakima City Council end a 22-year-long relationship with a Russian sister city in order to make a political statement?

That’s what the left-leaning grass-roots organization MoveOn.org and its members are asking Yakima and 26 other U.S. cities to do in protest of harsh new Russian laws that punish homosexuals and equal rights advocates.

Since 1991 Yakima has had an official, but fairly inactive, sister city relationship with the city of Derbent, Russia’s southernmost city bordered by…

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