Putin signs into law bill increasing punishments for extremism

posted 5 Feb 2014, 07:26 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Feb 2014, 07:30 ]
4 February 2014

Source: HRO.org (info
On 3 February 2014 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed into law the bill ‘On amending the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (in order to strengthen liability for extremist activity)'. On 4 February 2014 the law was published on the official Internet portal for legal information.

The law increases punishments under Articles 280 (incitement to extremist activity), 282 (provoking hatred), 282.1 (taking part in an extremist group) and 282.2 (continuing the activity of an organization banned for extremism).

Under all the articles, the size of the fines and the periods of obligatory labour will be increased; under three of them (all except Article 282), the maximum lengths of prison terms will be raised.

As Sova Centre points out, crimes that fall under Article 280, Section1, Article 282, Section 2, and Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code that earlier were treated as crimes of a minor nature have now become crimes defined as serious or very serious, with corresponding consequences in terms of penalties.