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Lower House fast tracks tougher anti-extremist bill

Published time: January 22, 2014 14:28
RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko

RIA Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko

State Duma deputies have approved an increase in the prison terms for convicted extremists, passing the bill in the second and third readings simultaneously.

After the new law is passed by the Upper House and signed by the President it will increase the maximum penalty for the organizers of extremist groups from the current four years to six years in prison. Anyone involved in such organisations would face up to four years instead of the current two.

The maximum punishment for inciting ethnic, religious or other types of hatred changes from two to four years, and public calls for extremism can carry up to four years in prison instead of the current three.

The bill introducing tougher punishment for extremism was drafted by the government in June 2013.

The parliament is currently working on another bill that toughens the punishment for terrorists. Once passed into law it would increase the punishment for terrorist activities to life in prison.

Comments (2)


Santos LaVolpe 23.01.2014 08:20

Dude, all you have to do is have faith in any religion and say something like "People oughta just throw the bums out and start fresh, Congress can't get nothin' right" and you can be considered a possible extremist, and assigned surveillance agents to watch you for signs of "radicalization ". This is according to rules in their own manuals. Disgruntlement with having money stolen by bankers or being a soldier who's not receiving promised benefits upon returning home are directly sighted as things that may cause a person to radicalize in the "Analysts Desktop Binder", a DHS fusion center handbook.


Miserly Curmudgeon 22.01.2014 23:09

The government gets to determine who is an extremist and who is a terrorist. And then punish them for longer. That's actually kinda' scary.

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