Kolokoltsev proposes criminal liability for extremism on the Internet

posted 31 Oct 2013, 13:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 31 Oct 2013, 13:35 ]
31 October 2013 

Source: HRO.org (info)
Speaking in the Council of the Federation, minister of the internal affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev has proposed that criminal liability be introduced for extremism on the Internet.

He said that recently the world wide web was being used not only for communication, but also to influence various audiences, in particular young people and football fans.

Kolokoltsev said that this had happened during the recent riots in Moscow’s Biriulevo district when a ‘peaceful gathering’ of citizens had been used by provocateurs to bring about hooliganism and incitement of hatred.

The minister believes that, if a federal law providing for criminal liability for publications on the Internet had been passed, such conflicts and similar situations in the future could be prevented, the Internet journal New Politics reports.