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Russia passes laws prohibiting “false news,” disrespect “for the government

March 7, 2019 World 1 Views Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting with Anatoly Bibilov, leader of Georgia's outbreak in South Ossetia, in the Moscow Kremlin, Russia, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP) Russian legislators passed two new bills Thursday imposing restrictions on the spread of what the Kremlin perceives as "false news" and criminalizing everyone for "blatant disrespect" by the state. The Kremlin controlled lower house, the state Duma, approved the bills, which are expected to quickly pass into the upper house before President Vladimir Putin signs them in law. The "fake news review" prohibits the dissemination of "unreliable socially important information" that can "jeopardize life and public health, raise the threat of massive public security violation and order or impede transportation and social infrastructure, energy and communications facilities and banks." RUSSIAN MILITARY, MODERNIZING SNICKT, PLANS FOR SELLING MISSILE SYSTEMS TO TURKEY: US COMMANDER The bill gives those who publish such information the day to correct or delete it. If they do not, the prosecutors will move to block them. Penalties for "false news" distribution vary. Individuals, officials, and businesses will face fines of $ 4,500, $ 9,000, and $ 15,000, respectively. The second bill for fines for publishing material shows respect for the state, its symbols and government bodies. First time offenders will be fined up to $ 1,500. Repeating criminals could face a 15-day prison sentence, the BBC reported. Members of the main Kremlin faction, United Russia, who drafted the new legislation, claimed that they were needed…

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Russian legislators passed two new bills Thursday imposing restrictions on the spread of what the Kremlin perceives as “false news” and criminalizing everyone for “blatant disrespect” by the state.

The Kremlin controlled lower house, the state Duma, approved the bills, which are expected to quickly pass into the upper house before President Vladimir Putin signs them in law.

The “fake news review” prohibits the dissemination of “unreliable socially important information” that can “jeopardize life and public health, raise the threat of massive public security violation and order or impede transportation and social infrastructure, energy and communications facilities and banks.”

RUSSIAN MILITARY, MODERNIZING SNICKT, PLANS FOR SELLING MISSILE SYSTEMS TO TURKEY: US COMMANDER

The bill gives those who publish such information the day to correct or delete it. If they do not, the prosecutors will move to block them.

Penalties for “false news” distribution vary. Individuals, officials, and businesses will face fines of $ 4,500, $ 9,000, and $ 15,000, respectively.

The second bill for fines for publishing material shows respect for the state, its symbols and government bodies. First time offenders will be fined up to $ 1,500. Repeating criminals could face a 15-day prison sentence, the BBC reported.

Members of the main Kremlin faction, United Russia, who drafted the new legislation, claimed that they were needed to protect the state.

“Where there is no talk of censorship,” says Sergei Boyarsky, a deputy head of the Duma Information Policy Committee. “It does not prohibit criticism of officials or opinion of opinions and opinions different from the official line.”

He claims that the bill is necessary to block information that may threaten public security, cause panic and provoke bankruptcies. 19659005] CLICK HERE TO FOX NEWS APP

The critics see the legislation as part of the Kremlin efforts to stifle criticism and tight control.

During Thursday’s debates, communist lawyer Alexei Kurinnyi warned that the authorities

Valery Gartung of the Just Russia faction also criticized the legislation and said its vagueness would open the way to selective interpretation. ] The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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