4 February 2014
Source: HRO.org (info)
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.
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