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Duma passes tougher punishment for hoax terrorist attack calls

Published time: April 15, 2014 14:16
Edited time: April 15, 2014 15:03
RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko

RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko

The Russian lower house has voted to increase the punishment for false alarms of terrorist attacks to 5 years behind bars, if they cause material damage or were made by persons previously convicted of the same crime.

The bill on toughening the laws against knowingly distributing false reports about terrorism was submitted to the parliament in late January this year by the government after police complained that the number of incidents was constantly growing and the number punished remained almost the same year-on-year.

According to the Interior Ministry that prepared the bill in the parliament, Russian police registered over 1,300 hoax calls of possible terrorist attacks in 2009. In 2010 the number of reports increased to 1,600, in 2011 – to 2,100, in 2012 – to 2,400. In the first 11 months of 2013 the number of registered false calls reached 2,245.

At the same time, the number of people who were apprehended, convicted and sentenced over hoaxes is much lower, the Interior Ministry said. In 2010 the number convicted was 437, with 70 people receiving prison sentences, in 2011 the figures were 595 and 75 and in 2012 – 475 and 53.

Russian law requires criminal prosecution for false reporting of terrorist attacks or preparations. The punishment varies from fines of up to 200,000 rubles (about $5500),or up to three years in a penal colony.

The fresh bill adds a new article to the same law introducing tougher punishment if the hoax causes material damage over 1 million rubles (about $27,700). Another aggravating condition is repeated crimes and also mentioning a place where a lot of people gather or potentially dangerous objects as well as the sites that are of critical importance to the country.

The maximum fine in these cases is raised to 1 million rubles and the maximum term of imprisonment to five years.

Last year Russia introduced another law in the fight against terrorism in which the relatives of terrorists will have to pay for damages caused by their attacks. In addition the authorities boosted penalties for launching, participating, or financing militant or terrorist groups.

Comments (4)


DoAskDoTell 16.04.2014 08:42

The Rest of the World should voice their concerns, disapprovals of the resurgence or coup d'etat

of neo-Nazi (indiscernible seam between US/Uk gov and Monopoly/oligopoly Multinationals) as puppets for mabsters o.t.u IMF/WB

The Rest of the World the Allies should demand talks as the only tool for resolving Ukraine crisis because neo-con Nazi wants chaos, blood spills


Free_DrVojislavSeselj 15.04.2014 21:25

>Last year Russia introduced another law in the fight against terrorism in which the relatives of terrorists will have to pay for damages caused by their attacks.<

This law in particular appears cosmetically tough, but does not address the black widows issue at all. The entire militant terrorist culture is one in which the terrorists' family are members of his political party, and good luck denying it.
It's true Russia would have troubles with those unscrupulous champions of terrorism for profit known as 'human rights lawyers' were it to pass laws designed to tackle the problem, but that can't be helped.


hurz kuhle 15.04.2014 19:14

World war is already happening, just spot all the battle fields of the US plague and you know war is out there.
Ukraine is just another spot, followed by Syria and Iran...

And when the US bast ards are playing on too many fields, they get a surprise. Please extinguish these monsters from the earth!

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