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New Russian anti-extremist law comes into force

Published time: February 04, 2014 08:41
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Mihail Metzel)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Mihail Metzel)

President Putin has signed the bill introducing heavier fines and longer prison sentences for those convicted of extremism-related crimes.

The law was published on the official government portal on Tuesday and comes into force on the same day.

The maximum prison term for public calls for extremism is raised to four years. The minimum fine for the same crime is set at 100,000 roubles (about $2,850) while the maximum fine was left at 300,000 roubles (about $8,550).

The maximum punishment for inciting ethnic, religious or other types of hatred changes from two to four years, and the minimum fine was tripled and is now 300,000 roubles (about $8,550). The maximum fine again remains the same at 500,000 roubles (about $14,280).

The maximum penalty for the organizers of extremist groups is increased 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 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 (33)

 

captain-suricaten 31.03.2014 22:02

Just in the right time this law! It shows the Russian President V.V. Putin,is on top of every potential threat to the Russian society! Very Well! Keep on that good work! And as The President have underlined, he is very cautious not to let the laws interfer with ordinary people's freedoms! An admirable leader!

 

John M. Wadsworth 27.03.2014 23:08

Jason Wilson 05.02.2014 00:43

This sounds like censorship to me.

  


Oh, Ya think?

The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) reviewed this law. It concluded that the law's definitions were too broad, lacked clarity, invited arbitrary application, and had no link between extremism and violence in many of its provisions. The vague definitions have allowed for the suppression of speech of minority social and religious groups, and even criticism of government. Humiliating a "social group" (whatever that means) falls within the law.

Censor ship? You bet.

 

John M. Wadsworth 27.03.2014 22:41

WorkTogether 27.03.2014 15:15

The meaning of the word extremist is defined in the Oxford as: persons or a person who hold(s) extreme or fanatical political or religious views. Putin's anti-extremist law is therefore aimed at curbing the rampant practice of extremists whose radical views (often to overthrow legal governments) could cause murder and mayhem in certain parts of Russia, as it does all over the globe.

  


Ar e you sure that the law is so limited? I doubt that the Duma uses the OED when defining terms in criminal statutes. I would be concerned about the limits of this law.

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