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Russian Government Approves Bills to Punish Fake News and “Flagrant Disrespect for the State” on the Internet
January 24, 2019
The Russian government has approved a bill criminalizing “flagrant disrespect for the state on the internet,” as well as stipulating fines for disseminating fake news, reports Interfax, which quotes Pavel Krasheninnikov, chair of the State Duma’s state building and legislation committee.
According to Krasheninnikov, the government’s commentary on the two law bills, which his committee had been waiting for, arrived tonight. Both reviews were positive.
Yesterday, the Prosecutor General’s Office sent the Duma a positive comment on the law bills, although previously it had refused to approve them.
In December 2018, MPs from the United Russia party tabled a law bill that would amend Article 20.1 of the Administrative Offenses Code (petty misconduct) by criminalizing the dissemination on the internet of information that “expresses in indecent form” a flagrant disrespect for society, the state, state symbols, and state bodies.
The law bill stipulates punishing violators with fines of up to 5,000 rubles or fifteen days in jail.
In addition, the bill’s drafters propose fines between 30,000 rubles and a million rubles for publishing false information.
Translated by the Russian Reader