Vice Speaker of the State Duma Kara-ool called for tougher penalties for fakes

The former head of Tuva and deputy chairman of the State Duma Sholban Kara-ool spoke out in support of the bill on punishment of up to 15 years in prison for fakes about the Russian army.

“Until 15 years, we will punish those who spread panic with fakes,” Kara-ool said on March 3 at the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.

On March 3, the State Duma Committee on State Construction and Legislation approved an amendment on imprisonment of up to 15 years for fakes about the Russian army. The amendments were made by the chairmen of the State Duma security committees Vasily Piskarev and defense committee Andrey Kartapolov.

With a special article 207.3 of the Criminal Code (CC), the deputies want to establish liability for the dissemination of knowingly false information about the activities of the Armed Forces during the “fulfillment of the duty to protect the peace and security of Russian citizens and the state,” he said.

The new article of the Criminal Code is expected to consist of three parts. For the creation or distribution of fakes in relation to this article, you can get up to three years in prison, Piskarev said. More severe punishment will be provided for in parts 2 and 3. From 5 to 10 years in prison will be threatened in accordance with part 2: such a term can be obtained when distributing or even creating such information using one’s official position, organized by a group, using the Internet “and other opportunities for the wide dissemination of information.”

A longer term, up to 15 years in prison, according to Piskarev, will be threatened in accordance with part 3 of the draft article 207.3 of the Criminal Code. In particular, if the person who came up with the “fake information” knows in advance that the information will entail “socially dangerous consequences”.

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