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Putin signs law requiring terrorists’ relatives to pay for damages

Published time: November 03, 2013 20:17
Edited time: November 06, 2013 09:54
A handout photo provided on October 21, 2013 by the Russian Emergencies Ministry shows a bus damaged by explosion in the city of Volgograd (RIA Novosti / Press-service of Russian Emergen)

A handout photo provided on October 21, 2013 by the Russian Emergencies Ministry shows a bus damaged by explosion in the city of Volgograd (RIA Novosti / Press-service of Russian Emergen)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that forces relatives of terrorists to pay for damages caused by their attacks. It also boosts penalties for launching, participating, or financing militant or terrorist groups.

Under the law, all damages – including moral damage – should be compensated “at the expense of the means of the person committing the terrorist act and also at the expense of the means of his [or her] family, relatives and close people.”

The term “close people” refers to those whose lives, health, and well-being are valued by the terrorist, due to the terrorist’s personal relationships with the individuals.

The law also stipulates that there should be “sufficient reasons” to believe that they received money, valuables, and other property as a result of terrorist activities, or that they generate income from such property.

Moreover, a special mechanism is being created to check the lawfulness of the property of terrorists’ relatives, meaning that the FSB will be given the right to demand such information.

If relatives and close acquaintances of suspected militants fail to provide documents proving their rightful acquisition, the law allows for the seizure of such property.

There is now a limitation of action under this law, which means it could be implemented regardless of the remoteness of a crime.

Harsher punishments for terror activities introduced  

The maximum penalty for taking part in trainings with an aim of carrying out terrorist activities, as well as participation in terrorist networks, is currently 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 500,000 rubles (US$15,700). Individuals convicted of organizing a terrorist network can receive 20 years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine of up to one million rubles ($30,800).

Penalties have also been increased for launching, leading, or financing militant groups, with a maximum jail term of up to 10 years (previously up to seven years).

Participation in such groups, including those based abroad, is punishable by up to six years in jail. Until Sunday, the crime was punishable by a maximum of three years in prison, and the law only referred to Russia-based networks.   

A special federal body is being created to coordinate the actions of the country’s counter-terrorism structures at all levels.

The law was proposed to parliament by Putin’s office on September 27. It was approved by the State Duma - the lower house of parliament - on October 25 and by the Federation Council – the upper house – on October 30.

Comments (78)


Xenia Lynn Teresa Williams 08.04.2014 22:32

francis lavelle 07.11.2013 12:12

The law guilty by association, would be a far more rewarding situation, those who supply arms to known terrorists, Syria comes to mined.


United States, France, U.K, Saudi Arabia, Qatar....list can go on.


Xenia Lynn Teresa Williams 08.04.2014 22:16

Jools Ferguson 11.11.2013 11:34

The only world leader with a full set of family jewels! I'm beginning to see Vladamir Putin in a very different light. Pity more leaders don't follow his lead. Just keep in mind, Russia has the biggest muslim population in the world outside the middle east, so he KNOWS what the dangers are of giving them any quarter!


Sincerely, I adore Putin, he is the greatest leader of our age. Still the law should be flexible if it isn't already to deal with variety of human pathos and ability for remorse and change.


Xenia Lynn Teresa Williams 08.04.2014 22:12

Maria Efremova 20.11.2013 03:00

Let me give the lost ones a breakdown of the logic here. Terrorists are generally emotional people. They blow stuff up, including themselves, because they are emotionally manipulated into doing it. Emotions, therefore human relationships, are an important part of them. They're going to blow stuff up, but with the law, they are prompted to reevaluate, because the consequences of their actions are collateral.


1. Provided the "family" is not goading them into the action, and 2. they and/or the family are not socio-pathetic.

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