Russia’s parliament will take into account a legislation permitting for the confiscation of cash, valuables, and different property from these deemed to unfold “intentionally false info” about Moscow’s navy actions, a senior lawmaker stated Saturday.
Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, wrote in a Telegram replace that the measure would apply to these publicly inciting “extremist actions” or calling for the introduction of sanctions in opposition to Russia, in addition to these “discrediting” the armed forces, a felony offense beneath a legislation adopted as a part of Moscow’s crackdown on dissent after it despatched troops into Ukraine in February 2022.
“Everybody who tries to destroy Russia, betrays it, should endure the deserved punishment and compensate for the harm inflicted on the nation, at the price of their property,” Volodin stated. He added that beneath the legislation, these discovered responsible of “discrediting” the military additionally face being stripped of any honorary titles.
Volodin stated the invoice could be delivered to the Duma, Russia’s decrease parliamentary chamber, on Monday.
The present legislation in opposition to “discrediting” the Russian navy, which covers offenses comparable to “justifying terrorism” and spreading “pretend information” in regards to the armed forces, is commonly used to silence critics of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. A number of activists, bloggers and unusual Russians have obtained lengthy jail phrases.
Russian state media reported final month that one of many nation’s bestselling novelists, identified beneath the pen identify Boris Akunin, had been charged beneath the legislation and added to the Russian register of “extremists and terrorists.” One other in style author, Dmitry Glukhovsky, was handed an eight-year jail time period in absentia after a Moscow courtroom discovered him responsible in August of intentionally spreading false details about Russia’s armed forces.
In November, a courtroom in St. Petersburg jailed Sasha Skochilenko, an artist and musician, for seven years for swapping grocery store value tags with antiwar messages. The month earlier than, Russian blogger Aleksandr Nozdrinov obtained a 8.5-year time period for posting photographs of destroyed buildings in Kyiv, together with a caption implying that Russian troops had been accountable.