Wednesday, March 13, the Federation Council of Russia passed a bill on the punishment of “fake news” and for distributing “information, expressed in an indecent form” “disrespect” to the society and the state. Now, these documents must be signed by the President of the country.
“Kommersant” says that the law on punishment for publishing “fake news” provides for fines for individuals of up to 100 thousand rubles, for officials — up to 200 thousand roubles, for legal — to 500 thousand rubles.
In case of repeated violations or in the case of a “disruption to critical infrastructure, infrastructure, industry or banks,” as well as “with serious consequences” the fines can reach up to 1.5 million rubles.
According to this law, Roskomnadzor at the request of the public Prosecutor will demand to remove “inappropriate material”, and in the case that the authors don’t respond “immediately”, they will be fined, says “Novaya Gazeta”.
In another adopted the law “on the establishment of administrative responsibility for distribution in information networks information expressed in indecent form clear disrespect for society, state, official state symbols of the Russian Federation, the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the bodies exercising the state power” — is punishable with a fine up to 5 thousand rubles or administrative arrest up to 15 days.
Bills introduced by senators Andrei Klishas and Lyudmila Bokova and the Deputy of the state Duma Dmitry Vyatkin.
We will remind, on March 11, after the adoption of both bills by deputies of the state Duma, the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on development of civil society and human rights (HRC) has sent to the Federation Council of expert opinioncriticizing these documents. The HRC called on to reject both bills and send them back for revision. The Council for human rights pointed to the “legal uncertainty concepts that allow arbitrary interpretation of the laws” which “constitute the basis for the arbitrary prosecution of citizens and organizations”.