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24 June 2016

posted 25 Jun 2016, 23:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Jun 2016, 23:32 ]
Russian Duma Passes Contentious Antiterror Bill

Russia's lower house of parliament has passed controversial antiterrorism legislation that human rights activists have denounced as unconstitutional. The State Duma passed the legislation in a second and third reading on June 24. To become law, it must now be approved by the upper house of the Russian parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin. The bill includes provisions stiffening punishment for extremism and terrorism, increasing the government's surveillance capabilities, and holding individuals criminally responsible if they fail to report others to authorities in connection with certain crimes. The bill has been championed by Putin's ruling United Russia party and was passed in the Duma's final session before parliamentary elections in September. [...]
Source: RFE/RL