Putin approves criminal liability for calls for sanctions against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that, among other things, provides for criminal liability for calls for the imposition of foreign sanctions against the Russian Federation, according to the Kremlin website.

The law implies the addition of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with a new article – “Calls for the introduction of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation or Russian legal entities.” For its violation, a fine of up to 500,000 rubles will be imposed. or in the amount of wages or restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years, arrest for a term of up to six months, or imprisonment for a term of up to three years with a possible fine of up to 200,000 rubles.

It will apply to calls for the application by a foreign state, state association, state or interstate institution of “restrictive measures” in the form of “introduction or extension of political or economic sanctions” against Russia, its citizens or legal entities.

In addition, the head of state signed two more laws – on the introduction of liability for discrediting the use of the Armed Forces (AF) of the Russian Federation and on the possibility of applying sanctions against citizens of any foreign states, not just the United States, and stateless persons who violated the rights of Russians or committed regarding the crime. The first law introduces liability for public calls to prevent the use of the Russian Armed Forces, and the second expands the scope of the decree adopted in 2012 “On measures to influence persons involved in violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms, the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation.”

Earlier, all initiatives were considered and approved by the State Duma and the Federation Council on Friday.

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