In the third (and final) reading, the State Duma (the lower chamber of Russia’s Parliament – RRT) approved the “anti-terrorist” bill, introduced by Irina Yarovaya.
According to the document, the imprisonment terms and fines are increased for several articles of the Criminal Code, also the age of responsibility is lowered to 14 years for some crimes. Thus, the responsibility for incitement to terrorist activity and terrorism justification on the Internet is hardened. The Criminal Code also introduces the article “Failure to report a crime”. The maximum penalty for this article – imprisonment for up to one year.
The bill also requires carriers to store customer data for 6 months, and to make them available for law enforcement authorities. This is correspondence, phone calls, and files that are exchanged between users.
The approved amendments reduce the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 14 years for participating in riots, hijacking a plane, organizing an illegal armed group, and for failing to report crimes.
The “anti-terrorism” bill was submitted for consideration at the end of April 2016. In the original version, it was proposed to ban Russian citizens from leaving the country in case if they were previously convicted for carrying out terrorism-related activities, including the forcible retention of power, armed rebellion, or offenses of an extremist nature.
On Thursday, June 23, the State Duma Committee for Security and Anti-Corruption excluded deprivation of citizenship from the draft of the bill.
Also, the new version of the bill does not contain the norm that people with 2 or more citizenships will be deprived of Russian citizenship for their work for foreign intelligence agencies, as well as for terrorist and extremist crimes.
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