Russia’s State Duma suggests penal fines for contempt of government on the web

Russia’s State Duma suggests penal fines for contempt of government on the web
One of the law draftsman Adnrey Klishas Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS

The new standard is expected to be added to an article of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation on disorderly conduct (article 20.1).

Russia’s State Duma has suggested imposing penal fines for contempt of government on the web, reports Kommersant.

The draft law has been added to the lower house of parliament by head of the Federation Council committee for constitutional legislation Adnrey Klishas, his first deputy head Liudmila Bokova, and first deputy head of State Duma for development of civil society Dmitry Vyatkin.

The authors of the initiative suggest to complement an article 20.1 (disorderly conduct) of the the Administrative Offences Code with a standard on accountability for spreading on the web the information that “obscenely expresses contempt of society, government, national symbols, the Constitution, and State government bodies.” According to the Administrative Offences Code, disorderly conduct shall be punishable by a fine in the amount of 1-5 thousand rubles ($15-75) or administrative arrest for up to 15 days.

The law draftsmen note that the law of the Russian Federation stipulates punishment for contempt of State government bodies in public places, reports Meduza. The document’s interpretative note says the Internet network is a public place, and rules of permissible conduct focused on peacekeeping and respect of society and state institutions must be followed, as well.

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