Russia imposes criminal liability on online extremism

30 June 2014 16:03
(QHA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved criminal punishment for the financing of extremism and for online extremism, reads a document posted Monday on the government website of legal information. The financing of extremism could be punished with up to six years in prison. Criminal punishment would be also stipulated for the public encouragement of extremism, online encouragement of hatred or hostility and the abasement of human dignity. The forms of punishment include compulsory community service or up to five years of imprisonment for public encouragement of extremism not only in the media but also online. The bill also amends the article on “the encouragement of hatred or hostility and the abasement of human dignity” to include these crimes committed online. The document provides for stronger punishment for the creation of extremist public or religious organizations. This crime would be punishable by a fine of between 300,000 rubles ($8,920) and 500,000 rubles ($14,870), or two to eight years’ imprisonment, or up to five years of compulsory community service with or without two years’ imprisonment. In addition, the bill would formalize the authority of the president, the government and other federal and regional authorities in the area of combating extremism.