Krasnodar, 19 December – Yug Times. A draft law providing for the punishment for contempt of the state in the Internet has reportedly been submitted for the consideration of the State Duma. The bill establishes fines or administrative arrest for the dissemination of materials expressing obscene disrespect of the society, nation, official Russian symbols and bodies of power.
The authors of the bill are proposing fines of 3,000 to 5,000 roubles for physical persons and 400,000 to 1 million roubles for legal entities, for “untrustworthy (misleading) information.” “The offered initiative continues the policy of securing of information safety and defence of personal and public legal rights in the information sphere, with adherence to the right of information freedom,” the explanatory note states.
However, member of the Human Rights Council at Russian President, Director of Sova Information and Analytical Centre Aleksandr Verkhovsky considers it “unthinkable” to punish for the expression of disrespect to the authorities or the society in the Internet.
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