Friday, June 10, 2022

RUSSIA: Parliament Considers Expanding Penalties For Treason

[world politics news]

Russia’s criminal code could be expanded to include an article that outlaws public calls to actions aimed at undermining the country’s security. A parliament committee has recommended that MPs approve a draft law on the matter.

The draft law envisages a fine of up to 500,000 rubles (around $8,000) or a prison term of from two to four years for the violation. If those calls are coming from a group of people or include threats of violence, the penalty increases to up to seven years behind bars with a fine of up to 2.5 million rubles (around $40,000).

The proposed legislation also suggests criminalizing the participation of Russian citizens in warfare abroad that is aimed against the interests of the country. The proposed penalty here is imprisonment for up to 20 years with a fine of up to 500,000 rubles (around $8,000).

These penalties are on top of penalties passed recently that criminalizes criticism of the government's military actions in Ukraine. Thousands of protesters and a few news reporters have faced criminal penalties for speaking out against the war, which is said to be quite unpopular.


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