‘Internet Extremism’ Now Illegal in Russia

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People found guilty of financing extremist activities or expressing supporting for them online now face prison terms under a bill signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.

Once the law takes effect, the dissemination of online material deemed extremist will be a criminal offense, meaning that even “liking” or reposting content on a social network could land users in hot water with the authorities.

In January, Vyacheslav Dmitriyev, a member of Moscow State University’s philosophy department, was briefly detained and questioned by the Federal Security Service for reposting an article about a theoretical coup d’etat on a social network, Slon.ru reported at the time.

The bill was approved by the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on June 20 and by the Federation Council, the upper chamber, on June 25. It was published with Putin’s signature on the government’s legal information portal Monday.

The law also entails the addition of a new article — “financing of extremist activities” — to the Criminal Code.

Those found guilty of providing or collecting funds for an organization known to be preparing an extremist crime will face up to three years in prison, as well as up to 500,000 rubles ($14,700) in fines and being barred from holding certain positions.

Public incitement of extremism — including in the media and on the Internet — will get the offender up to five years in prison.

Anyone found guilty of organizing the activities of a group deemed by the authorities to be extremist will also face time behind bars: up to eight years in prison and up to 500,000 rubles in fines.

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s official media watchdog, is in charge of compiling and updating the government blacklist of websites found to contain extremist material. Currently, there are more than 2,000 websites on the list.

via The Moscow Times

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  • Echar Lailoken

    Nope, that’s not dictatorial at all.

  • HCE

    Russia and Amurica, more alike than many care to admit.

    • BuzzCoastin

      when Russia’s military spans the globe
      and has military bases in over 50 kunteries
      then they’re closer
      right now Russia’s just a bad imitation

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      Every Tweedledee
      Has its Tweedledum
      The trick
      Is figuring out
      Which is which

      • http://facebook.com/goodman Dreg Life

        nope

        • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

          ⸘ÿ‽

  • Mr B

    ‘On 5 August [2006], [the then UK Prime Minister] Tony Blair made a statement at his regular monthly news conference which included a mention of the proposed legislation. He said:

    “… there will be new anti-terrorism legislation in the Autumn. This will include an offence of condoning or glorifying terrorism. The sort of remarks made in recent days should be covered by such laws. But this will also be applied to justifying or glorifying terrorism anywhere, not just in the United Kingdom.”‘

    ~ h**ps://en.m.wikipedia.*rg/wiki/Terrorism_Act_2006

    • Snowonweb

      But when usa or gb does it, its democracy, when Russia does it, its dictatorship

      • Mr B

        Quite.

  • Anarchy Pony

    “Anyone found guilty of organizing the activities of a group deemed by the authorities to be extremist”

    How convenient for the authorities.

    • BuzzCoastin

      all authorities everywhere enjoy that convenience
      some don’t bother to pretend otherwise

    • Liam_McGonagle

      They’re only doing it for our own good. We’re lucky to have a powerful advocate protecting us.

    • http://lambright.com/ wayne lambright

      100% Convenient, just like the UnAmerican Patriot Act. Written before 9/11.

      • Andrew

        …largely by the Clinton Administration.

        • http://lambright.com/ wayne lambright

          There seems to be a force in government that just does what it wants outside the law. Has it always been this way? or when did it go wrong? USA wise.

  • BuzzCoastin

    see aMerka
    your gruberment isn’t worse than that
    unless you’re of Arabic ancestry
    they just acquire your white meta data for safe keeping

  • emperorreagan

    I want to be on everyone’s blacklist.

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      That’s pretty much why ÿ comment here.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    But wait a minute–it’s the USA that’s the bad guy.

    This must be CIA propaganda. No room for more than one guy in any narrative arc.

  • http://lambright.com/ wayne lambright

    Stalin would be proud of Putin.

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