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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 (35)


Roger Strandberg 25.06.2014 01:52

Christy 03.05.2014 18:47

The Putins of the world must control all media. I'm sure the internet is...


Poor comment I think.
First: Americans also did the same, as France. you can visit some dessert still in US.
Second: in sweden we have freedom of opinion, but not freedom of speech. The base is you can have any opinion as you want but you can't express it as you want. For example to say that a group is subhuman or tell people to commit a crime can give prison.
Funny is that in US such extremist would be labeled a terrorist, aka a threat to US and sent to the G base. No trial at all. odd?


Christy 03.05.2014 18:47

The Putins of the world must control all media. I'm sure the internet is Vlad's worst nightmare, so hard to contain, impossible to censor completely.
Word might get out about Putin's nuclear test subjects in Kazakhstan,where 3 generations later mjr genetic defects are still appearing en masse among residents forced to use "special" passports signifying their genetic mutations. Looks like Putin needs some genetic diversity in his citizens or they'll all end up freaks - hence Ukraine invasion?

S ee HBO documentary, aired May2, 2014 with VICE reporter Simon Ostrovsky (held hostage in Ukraine by pro-russian terrorists.)


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!

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