Insulting Russian President Putin Can Result With You Going To Jail

Russian President Vladimir Putin. © Alexey NikolskyTASS

Moscow Times: Putin Signs 'Fake News,' 'Internet Insults' Bills Into Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial set of bills that make it a crime to “disrespect” the state and spread “fake news” online, Russian media reported on Monday.

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

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WNU Editor: Recent exposes on how rich Putin's inner circle have become in the past few years have caused a lot of embarrassment in the Kremlin. This law is their attempt to block it. In my opinion this banning will fail, but unfortunately a lot of people are going to find themselves in the courts losing time and money defending their actions.

More News On Russia Banning 'Fake News' And 'Insults' To The State

Putin signs new law BANNING 'fake news and 'insulting the state' with jail as punishment -- Daily Mail
Russia's Putin Signs Into Law Bills Banning 'Fake News,' Insults -- RFE
Putin signs bills outlawing 'fake news' -- The Hill
Russia Criminalizes The Spread Of Online News Which 'Disrespects' The Government -- NPR
With Putin’s signature, ‘fake news’ bill becomes law -- The Washington Post

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