Those spreading “false information” on the work of the embassies and other entities face up to 15 years in jail
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Russia’s State Duma, the parliament’s Lower House, has adopted new legislation which could see those “disseminating false information” about Russian state bodies abroad jailed for up to 15 years. The move follows similar legislation challenging those spreading “fake news” about the actions of the Russian military forces.
On Tuesday, parliamentarians approved the amendments to the Criminal Code and to the Code of Administrative Offenses, both in the second and in the third reading.
Once the legislation comes into force, “public dissemination of knowingly false information under the guise of reliable messages” about work of state Russian agencies abroad might be penalized with a fine of 700,000 – 1.5 million rubles (approximately $6,700 – 14,500) or imprisonment for up to three years.The same act committed by somebody who uses an official position, or by a group of people, “with the artificial creation of evidence for the accusation,” “with mercenary motives”, or “based on political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred or enmity,” could be punished with a fine of 3 – 5 million rubles (appr. $28,800 – 48,400) or imprisonment for 5-10 years.