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A bill on 15 years in prison for discrediting participants in a military operation has been submitted to the State Duma

State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin, together with a group of deputies, presented amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses, which provide for the introduction of liability for discredited participants in an operation military in Ukraine. About this he writing in the telegram channel.

“This legislative initiative will protect all those who today, at the risk of their lives, ensure the security of the country and our citizens,” Volodin explained.

As a punishment, the deputies propose to introduce fines of up to 5 million rubles, or hard labor for up to 5 years, or imprisonment for up to 15 years.

According to the Chairman of the State Duma, any public dissemination of deliberately false information, as well as public actions aimed at discrediting the Russian armed forces, volunteer formations, organizations and individuals who help in the performance of tasks assigned to the RF Armed Forces, are unacceptable.

The second reading will take place on March 2, and the last, if the bill is supported, on Tuesday, March 14.

In early February, the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption prepared amendments that would introduce liability for discrediting volunteers participating in hostilities.

Introduce criminal liability for discrediting not only the Russian armed forces, but also all participants in the special operation at the end of January Free founder of PMC “Wagner” Yevgeny Prigozhin. According to him, it is necessary to prohibit any criticism of the participants in the military operation, as well as the publication of information on their past infractions. Prigozhin noted that the maximum sentence should be five years.

In the spring of 2022, after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, administrative and criminal articles on discredit the Russian army and “fake” on the armed forces. The first convicted under the article about “false” was the Moscow city deputy Alexei Gorinov. In July, he was sentenced to seven years in prison. In December, politician Ilya Yashin* was sentenced to 8½ years in prison under the same article. In late February, the head of the investigative commission, Alexander Bastrykin, said that in less than a year, 152 criminal cases had been opened in Russia for discrediting the Russian military and “false” the armed forces.

*registered by the Ministry of Justice of Russia in the register of foreign agents

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