New Law on State Secrets Comes into Force

posted 19 Nov 2012, 03:00 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Nov 2012, 03:01 ]
14 November 2012 

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The law, which introduces amendments to the Criminal Code’s articles on treason and espionage, took effect on 14 November. The law, published in Rossiiskaya gazeta, introduces an article on illegally obtaining information constituting a state secret into the Criminal Code, as well as changes to three existing articles: Treason, Espionage, and Divulging state secrets. In particular, the definition of 'treason' is being expanded: criminal prosecution is now stipulated, not only for handing over state secrets, but also for any assistance given to a foreign state, international or foreign organisation engaged in activity directed against Russia's security. [Read more]