The state Duma adopted a law to toughen punishment for “telephone terrorism”

MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. The state Duma at the meeting on 20 December adopted in the third final reading the draft law on increasing the maximum term of punishment for “telephone terrorism” from 5 to 10 years of imprisonment. The initiative was introduced by the speaker of the lower house Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of its committees on state construction and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov and safety by Vasily Piskareva.

The deputies approved amendments to article 207 of the Russian Criminal code (“Knowingly false report about an act of terrorism”). They stipulate that “obviously untrue report on preparing explosion, arson or other actions creating danger of death of people, committed towards social infrastructure or resulting in major damage, shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term from 3 to 5 years.” Stipulates that the objects of social infrastructure include systems of health care, education, preschool education, enterprises and organizations related to recreation and leisure services, passenger transport, sports and recreational institutions, the system of providers of legal and financial character. Large amount is an amount in excess of 1 million rubles.

In a separate article 207 of the criminal code of the Russian Federation allocated about calls with the aim of “destabilizing the activities of the authorities”. Punishment in these cases, up to 6-8 years of imprisonment.

Maximum penalties are imposed by law, if the result of linoone the terrorist attacks occurred the death of a person or other serious consequences. For this “telephone terrorists” will face 8 to 10 years of imprisonment. In the current edition of the criminal code an upper limit on article 207 envisages prison terms of up to five years.

As noted Krasheninnikov, “since September 11 this year, the country was swept by a wave of “telephone terrorism”. He recalled that “in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Perm, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Norilsk, Bryansk, Stavropol was evacuated schools, hospitals, shopping malls, hotels, office buildings, and various transportation facilities.” Only in Moscow, the evacuation took place at more than 30 properties, and all of Russia from 11 to 25 September 2017 was evacuated about 450 thousand people, there were about 1 thousand anonymous calls about “mining”, said the Deputy. In this case, said Krasheninnikov, the minimum damage from such false calls is 1 billion rubles.