Bill on authorities’ responsibility for lack of respect for citizens prepared in Russia

Bill on authorities’ responsibility for lack of respect for citizens prepared in Russia

Lev Shlosberg proposed to impose a fine of up to one million rubles ($15,470) on deputies who voted for bills, which the court recognized as disrespectful for human rights.

Deputy of the Pskov Region Legislative Assembly from the Yabloko party, Lev Shlosberg, has reported on the preparation of a package of bill on the authorities’ lack of respect for the people. The Yabloko party’s website says Shlosberg plans to submit them to the State Duma through the Pskov Legislative Assembly.

Schlosberg proposes to introduce in the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses (CAO) a new article that provides for responsibility for public actions expressing “obvious disrespect” for constitutional human rights and freedoms, but not bearing signs of extremism. Punishment for this includes a fine of 500 thousand rubles ($7,740) or a 20-day arrest.

In addition, the politician proposed to extend responsibility of deputies who vote for the adoption of bills that the court recognizes as expressing disrespect for human rights. Responsibility for this should include a fine of up to 1 million rubles and arrest for up to 30 days. To hold the deputies accountable, Shlosberg proposed introducing a mandatory publication of roll-call voting results. 

According to the deputy, his project was a response to the law of contempt for the authorities adopted in Russia in March. “Laws no longer comply with the law and have become an instrument of power against the people,” Shlosberg said.

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