The Russian Duma has passed legislation allowing 15 year prison sentences for people spreading “false information” about Russian forces. It comes after Vladimir Putin passed legislation in 2021 against “foreign agents” operating in Russia, which has been used to target journalists and activists.
Introduced on March 4, 2022, the law introduces fines and jail sentences for those who intentionally spread false information about the armed forces that has a serious impact, according to a statement by the lower house.
Those found to have broken the new law by spreading so-called “false information” about the actions of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine face up to three years in prison.
If it is published as part of an “organised group” or uses “false evidence”, the maximum sentence increases to 10 years in prison.
If it leads to “serious consequences”, the perpetrators will face up to 15 years in prison.
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