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Majority party MP drafts tougher bill on high treason

Published time: May 05, 2014 09:08
AFP Photo / Natalia Kolesnikova

AFP Photo / Natalia Kolesnikova

The new draft is aimed primarily against law enforcers and financial officials who act in the interests of foreign nations and suggests life in prison as a maximum punishment.

The amendments to the criminal code are similar to those that had already existed in modern Russia, but were canceled in 1997 under pressure from the United States, the author of the bill, MP Yevgeniy Fyodorov (United Russia), told the Izvestia daily.

The new bill returns responsibility for “actions that inflict damages to the country’s sovereignty, inviolability and territorial integrity.” Such deeds would qualify as high treason. In the same draft law, Fyodorov suggests raising the maximum punishment for high treason from the current 20 years to life in prison.

According to Fyodorov, the need for a stricter norm has appeared after the recent events in Ukraine and the reactions to them by some of Russia’s politicians and state officials. He did not give any particular names.

It is wrong to expect that the new bill would punish certain citizens who hold pro-opposition talks in their kitchens. The new norm would target mainly state officials, who, through cooperation with their foreign colleagues, allow actions harmful for the national sovereignty, or detrimental to the territorial integrity of the state. Other potential targets are financial officials who act in the interests of foreign states,” the parliamentarian told the newspaper.

Fyodorov noted that, apart from formal changes in the legislation, it was important that the new norm was strictly executed. He said that a similar act exists in current Ukrainian law, but is not enforced in reality because under it all leaders of the recent coup d’état should have been sentenced to between 20 and 25 years for damaging their nation’s sovereignty by putting Ukraine under the influence of the West.

According to the Russian MP, similar laws exist in the world’s leading countries. For example, the definition of high treason in the German Criminal Code also includes jeopardizing the territorial integrity of the country.

Presently, the Russian Criminal Code has an article against calls for the country’s breakup. Such actions are punishable with fines of up to 300,000 rubles (about $8,300), or prison terms of up to five years. The law was passed in late 2013 as a reaction to the position of several media outlets.

Comments (17)


Joseph Walker 08.05.2014 08:29

Treason by any human in any country should be the death Penalty.


Pat Richards 08.05.2014 08:17

[quote name='seb o' time='05.05.2014 22:41']
You can't buy a SIM card for a phone in Russia without producing a passport, this applies to Russian citizens too,
Why do you suppose that is?

[/quote ]

That is because Russia is a country that has always been invaded from the west economically and by means of war. These are the main causes of such policies which are then deemed as dictatorial. But they are actually a reaction to all the invasions and sabotages of the Russian system and state carried by the west. Just remember that Gorbatchov dissolved USSR because he was a US agent in Supreme Soviet. and worked for them.


Pat Richards 08.05.2014 08:04

Ha ha 2 very funny things in this article. 1.) "but were canceled in 1997 under pressure from the United States" I wonder why. It surely doesnt have anything to do with oligarchs moving their money out of the country during Yeltsin with the help from US in order to make Russia poor country. 2.) "Such actions are punishable with fines of up to 300,000 rubles (about $8,300), or prison terms of up to five years." High treason costs 8300 $????? This is the most embarasing thing ever. It should be unconditional lifetime jail sentance or instant death. Also Gorbatchov called. He thanks you for not revealing him as traitor.

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