Russia expands laws criminalizing ‘fake news’ – POLITICO

Russian lawmakers dramatically on Tuesday hardened Fake news laws, the Kremlin’s latest move to crack down on domestic dissent amid its ongoing war against Ukraine.

The new laws, passed by lawmakers in the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, threaten those who “knowingly” spread so-called misinformation about any Russian state organ operating abroad with fines of 1.5 million rubles (about $13,000 Euro) and imprisonment up to 15 years.

The new amendments add to existing legislation criminalizing Russians for spreading “false information” about the Russian army and will now be submitted to the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, before being signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The laws are expected to come into force ten days after according to to the legal rights group Net Freedoms Project.

The move that works discussion of the Russian Guard, Russian embassies, prosecutors and other state, military, law enforcement and judicial agencies, comes amid a broader Russian state crackdown on the opposition amid broad Western condemnation of the war against Ukraine.

There were more than 15,000 Russians imprisoned between February 24 and March 20 to protest the deadly invasion of Ukraine, according to monitoring group OVD-Info.

The law, approved by the Duma, states that those who disseminate information “with the artificial creation of evidence of the allegation … based on political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred or enmity” should be jailed for 10 years or up to 15 Years can get years if their actions have “serious consequences”. Russia expands laws criminalizing 'fake news' - POLITICO

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