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MOSCOW — Are Whoppers, Big Macs, french fries, and fizzy drinks as dangerous to the health of a nation as alcohol?

A Russian lawmaker and old judo partner of President Vladimir Putin is trying to make that case as he campaigns for a far-reaching, alcohol-style ban on the advertising of
sugary drinks and fatty foods.

Vasily Shestakov, a deputy for the United Russia party, on July 7 to submit amendments soon that “effectively equate fast-food advertising to alcohol advertising.”