In the state Duma proposed to impose criminal penalties for “discrediting Russia”


On the bill Deputy Oleg Mikheyev, who is in the party “Fair Russia” is responsible for political technologies, said “RIA Novosti”. According to the Agency, the document must be submitted to the Duma on Tuesday, although the lower house of the Parliament finished its work last week, on Friday. In September the elections to the state Duma.

The Agency refers to the text of the bill, which is an amendment to the criminal code. Mikheev proposed to add the article “Discrediting of the Russian Federation”. This term is defined as “dissemination of deliberately false, inaccurate or distorted information about political, economic, social, military or international situation of the Russian Federation, the legal status of citizens in the Russian Federation, discrediting the Russian Federation and its authorities”, says the Agency.

“Discrediting” provides the penalty to 500 thousand roubles or in the amount of wages or other income of the convicted person for a period up to six months, or obligatory works for the term up to 160 hours.

In addition, the bill involves a “discrediting Russia made publicly and with the media either electronic or information-telecommunication networks (including the Internet)” enter a fine of up to 1 million rubles or in amount of wages or other income of the convicted person for a period up to one year, or obligatory works for the term up to 240 hours.

At the same time for the same act committed with use of official position, provides for fines of up to 2 million rubles or in amount of wages or other income of the convicted person for a period up to two years with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to three years or compulsory work for a term of up to 320 hours with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to three years.

In the explanatory note to the bill States that the document is aimed at strengthening the foundations of statehood. Mikheev, commenting on the bill, said his proposal “does not contradict the world practice of law”. “Same for us, article 369.1 is in the Criminal code of Belarus”, — he explained.

Mikheyev, Deputy previously proposed to oblige the cinemas and cafes to expel visitors who foul language, enter the excise tax on chips and soda, and to prohibit discounts on alcohol.