Russia was expected to allow GM food production and distribution after entering the World Trade Organization. However, in March, Russia’s President Putin said the country would stay GM-free without violating its obligations to the WTO. A draft bill banning GMOs submitted to the Russian parliament likens GMO production and distribution to terrorism (www.globalresearch.ca, May 20, 2014). Geopolitical analyst William Engdahl predicted the move would increase productivity in Russia while that in Europe would decline. Sri Lanka has partially banned glyphosate (the herbicide Roundup) following a deadly kidney disease epidemic (www.i-sis.org.uk, April 9 2014).