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Russia moves to criminalize Holocaust denial

Published time: March 26, 2013 12:44
Edited time: March 28, 2013 11:31
RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev

RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev

The Russian lower house has received a new bill suggesting up to five years in prison for publicly denying the Holocaust or portraying Nazis as heroes.

The sponsor of the bill is Boris Shpigel, an Upper House member who recently submitted his resignation after being elected president of international rights group 'World without Nazism,' as Russian laws do not allow senators to hold leading posts in foreign or international organizations.

The new bill suggests amending the Criminal Code article on inciting hatred or humiliation of human dignity. The current draft would criminalize the rehabilitation of Nazism, portraying Nazis or their aides as heroes, Holocaust denial and also humiliating the dignity of individuals or groups on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, language, background, religion or belonging to a social group. These offenses would be prosecuted if committed in public or in mass media.

The amendments would punish such crimes with fines ranging from 100,000 to 300,000 rubles (from $3,300 to $10,000), correctional labor for up to two years or, in severe cases, prison terms of up to two years. If the crime is committed through abuse of office or together with threats of violence, the fines are raised to 500,000 rubles (under $17,000) and a maximum prison term of five years.

Russian law mandates punishment for inciting racial and ethnic hatred, and Nazi movements are outlawed in the country. However, these norms have not been formalized into a single legislative act. Last May, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) political bloc approved a model law aimed at countering the glorification of Nazism, prioritizing mandatory punishment for such crimes.

Russian law enforcement has also noted a rise in nationalist sentiment in society, and called for rapid approval of laws to combat this threat.

The CIS model law also suggested the establishment of a special body to counter the rehabilitation of Nazism, which would inform society about the problem and present annual reports. However, this provision was not included in the Russian bill.

Comments (418)


JohnBrown 31.05.2014 15:51

Russia, having lost 20 million fighting the NAZI invasion, has a more developed understanding of the need to make Holocaust denial and fascist organizing a crime. Civil libertarians, including Noam Chomsky, defend the right to free speech for fascists, and deniers, yet experience shows they are a tool of capitalism in crisis and are used to crush the working class and prevent revolution. When they come to power they crush the workers organizations and murder with intention and therefore must be crushed everywhere they rise up and take to the streets for they are the shock troops of capitalist counter-revolution.


Ken O'Neill 10.05.2014 15:25

World Jewish Population pre and post ww2;

World Almanac, 1938, pg. 510 -- world Jewish population = 15,748,091, with 240,000 in Germany

Ame rican Jewish Committee Bureau of the Synagogue Council, 1939 -- 15,600,000

World Almanac, 1940, pg. 129: World Jewish Population -- 15,319,359

World Almanac USA, 1947, pg. 748: World Jewish Population -- 15,690,000

World Almanac, 1949, pg. 289: World Jewish Population -- 15,713,638

Statistical Handbook of Council of Churches USA 1951 -- 15,300,000


Jason Fowler 24.04.2014 10:28

If the Holocaust story were true why then must they pass laws to keep it from scrutiny? A truth should be able to stand on it's own right? The fact is it's a bullshit story to give Zionist Jews an excuse to act like terrorists to the rest of the world & most sadly their Palestinian neighbors. Zionists are the enemy of all mankind.

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