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29 June 2016

posted 29 Jun 2016, 13:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Jun 2016, 13:57 ]
Federation Council Approves Controversial Anti-Terrorism Laws

The upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council (FC), has passed a controversial anti-terrorism legislation package, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday. The laws include far-reaching surveillance initiatives, harsher punishments for inciting or justifying terrorism online, and an increase in the number of crimes with which children aged between 14 and 17 can be charged. The lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved the laws on June 24. Independent Duma Deputy Dmitry Gudkov took to social media to call the vote a “revolution” after five of the 170 council members voted against the legislation. The FC usually passes legislation unanimously. Many analysts and officials have raised concerns about the new laws. [...]