Lower house of the Russian Parliament passed the so-called anti-terrorism package of bills
It includes amendments to the bills that significantly restrict the rights of common Russian citizens
Network operators will have to keep records of phone conversations and messages for half a year. Web services and messengers will be fined if they refuse to decode messages at the request of the FSB, Russia’s federal security service.
The package also foresees criminal punishment – a year in jail – for the so-called non-notification about preparations for an armed rising. A person found guilty of involving other citizens into massive riots will get 5 years of prison. Criminal responsibility, specifically for terrorism, will be applied starting from 14 years old. Most of the amendments will take effect July 20.
However, former Russian MP Ilya Polomarev says the toughest laws were passed long time ago, while these ones are merely continuation of the Kremlin’s policy.
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