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Russian Duma gives second nod to bill criminalizing the spreading of fake news

The Russian Lower House has passed, in the second and main reading, a bill criminalizing the persistent spreading of false or illegal reports in mass media with punishments varying from heavy fines to up to one year in custody. The bill outlawing the spreading of fake news was drafted in May by several lawmakers from parliamentary majority party United Russia. ...

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Duma gives first nod to Putin’s bill on responsibility for sacking workers of ‘pre-pension age’

The Russian Lower House has approved the bill granting additional social protection to people approaching retirement age, like substantial fines for employers who fire such workers or refuse to hire them without valid reasons. In particular, the bill states that unmotivated sacking or refusal to hire workers of pre-retirement age should be punished by fines up to 200,000 roubles (about ...

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Facebook & Instagram remove deputy Duma speaker’s posts about murder of Donetsk leader Zakharchenko

Deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma, Pyotr Tolstoy, says that both Instagram and Facebook have deleted his posts on the recent killing of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko. “Instagram has deleted my post about Aleksandr Zakharchenko’s death together with his photo. This is “freedom of speech” according to [Facebook founder and CEO Mark] Zuckerberg,” Tolstoy ...

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Duma committee approves draft law to protect Russian children from ‘Columbine’ web groups

The Russian Lower House committee for family, women and children has approved a bill ordering urgent action against internet groups – known as ‘Columbine’ communities – promoting child suicide and school attacks. The bill was drafted by State Duma Deputy Speaker Irina Yarovaya (United Russia), who said certain legislative “blank spots” must be removed, particularly by amending the law against ...

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‘Air hooliganism’: Fines for misbehaving on planes to rise tenfold under Duma committee plan

Russia’s Lower House Committee for Legislative Work has upheld a proposal to increase fines for violent behavior on board passenger aircraft and for those refusing to comply with the captain’s orders. If the new bill is passed into law, the maximum fine for disobeying the captain’s orders would increase practically tenfold and become 40,000 roubles or about $ 645. The ...

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Duma gives first nod to bill ordering life sentences for sex crimes against minors

The Russian Lower House has passed, in the first reading, a motion to tighten laws on sex crimes against children – with punishments of up to life in prison and the removal of the statute of limitations in all such cases. Currently sex with minors is punished with up to four years behind bars, but the term can be increased ...

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‘Black lies’: Deputy Duma speaker slams Lithuanian president’s ‘Russian threat’ claims

Deputy speaker of the Russian Lower House has described the Lithuanian president’s warning about looming Russian military aggression as “black lies” and called for an end to irresponsible and false political games. Russian MP Irina Yarovaya issued her comment after Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite alleged in a recent interview with Der Spiegel magazine that the likelihood of a Russian invasion ...

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Head of Duma Family Committee proposes Father’s Day holiday in Russia

The head of the lower house Committee for Women, Family and Children has proposed that Russia institutes a separate holiday honoring fathers, in addition to Mothers’ Day, which was introduced 20 years ago. The draft bill submitted to the State Duma by MP Tamara Pletneva provides that, starting from 2019, Russia would celebrate Father’s Day on the last Saturday of ...

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Russian Duma introduces hefty fines for promoting banned anonymity on internet

Russian lawmakers have passed a bill that introduces fines for search engines that give users prompts on using the so called anonymizers – computer programs that allow bypassing government restrictions to access banned web sites. The freshly passed bill, orders that ordinary citizens who contribute to situations in which search engines show users links to anonymizer pages should be fined ...

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World nations understand futility of one-sided anti-Russian sanctions, Duma speaker says

The Russian lower house speaker has praised public diplomacy for de-escalating confrontation in international relations, and noted that more nations were understanding the uselessness of one-sided anti-Russian sanctions. “In a world where unilateral sanctions policy becomes a dominating tool and in which the relations between nations start to fall apart, parliamentarians can help save some trust and connection between peoples,” ...

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