The state Duma will increase prison sentences for extremism

The state Duma Committee on security approved the second reading amendments to the “anti-terrorist bill,” the Chairman of the Committee Irina Spring and the head of the Federation Council Committee on defense Viktor Ozerov.

According to the approved amendments will increase fines and prison terms under article 282 of the Criminal code (extremism). The incitement of hatred or enmity, humiliation of human dignity on grounds of gender, race, nationality, language, origin, attitude to religion, etc., committed publicly, in the media or on the Internet will be punished by fines of 300-500 thousand rubles. (instead of 100-300 thousand rubles under the current law), or by forced labour for a period from one year to four years with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions for up to three years, or by deprivation of liberty for a term of two to five years (four years under current law).

For the same acts, but committed with violence, or by abuse of official position or by an organized group threatening the penalty of a fine of 300 to 600 thousand rubles (in the current law the upper limit is 500 thousand rubles). Term of imprisonment for the above steps is also increased: if in the current criminal code is up to five years, the amendments impose a punishment of three to six years. The amendments proposed by the authors of the bill, and Spring lake.

“Anti-terrorism package” was submitted to the Duma in early April. The bill was developed after the terrorist attack on Board an A321 aircraft in Egypt in October last year, and a series of terrorist attacks in Paris on 14 November.

The amendments introduced into the criminal code a new article “Act of international terrorism” and punishment for it in the form of deprivation of liberty for a term of 15 to 20 years with restriction of liberty for a term up to two years or with life imprisonment. This bill also expands the list of grounds for prohibition of the Russian citizen to leave the country. In the case of the adoption of the law for persons who had been declared an official warning about the inadmissibility of actions creating conditions for Commission of crimes under articles of terrorism, the exit will be restricted for five years. In addition, the bill expands the grounds for cancellation of the decision on the assignment of Russian citizenship, as well as for the introduction of counter-terrorism operation. The authors propose to reduce the minimum age of responsibility for terrorist offences to 14 years.