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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:35 pm

“Soon we’ll be telling jokes about the authorities in whispers in the kitchen,”

Russia’s parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online “disrespect” of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin.

The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (£1,155) for “indecent” online posts that demonstrate a “blatant disrespect for society, the country, Russia’s official state symbols, the constitution, or the authorities”.

Repeat offenders can be hit with fines of up to twice this sum, or 15 days behind bars.

Alexander Verkhovsky, the head of the Moscow-based Sova Centre, which monitors abuse of anti-extremism legislation, said people could face prosecution for online comments such as “Putin is a bastard”, or jokes about parliament. Others expressed concern that the law was so vaguely worded that almost any online criticism of the authorities, including satirical memes, could be construed as “disrespect”.

“Soon we’ll be telling jokes about the authorities in whispers in the kitchen,” Sergey Shvakin, a Moscow-based lawyer, wrote on Facebook.

The law, which was authored by Andrei Klishas, a senator from Putin’s ruling United Russia party, was criticised by some MPs and government officials. “One of the tasks of government bodies is to calmly hear out criticism of its work,” Alexei Volin, the deputy communications minister, told the Vedomosti newspaper.

“If we stop calling a fool a fool, he won’t stop being a fool,” said Sergei Ivanov, an MP with the nationalist LDPR party, which usually backs the Kremlin on major issues.

Klishas denied the law was a form of censorship and said the authorities were “in and of themselves worthy of respect”. Putin is expected to sign the law into force in the coming weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/06/russian-parliament-outlaws-online-disrespect



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Post by Lurker on Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:51 pm

Trump will probably try to do the same in the US. He's the most hated president in history and deservedly so.

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:59 pm

Lurker wrote:Trump will probably try to do the same in the US. He's the most hated president in history and deservedly so.

He’s certainly a horrible man but Clinton was a sexual groomer and predator...so... Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for 'disrespecting' government 2190311264

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:10 pm

I just think things like this add to the pile of evidence that the values of the Putin administration aren't very compatible with Western values. That's why I don't trust Trump or Corbyn or any other politician who says we should warm to Putin.

Putin has had political foes jailed and even murdered, and Trump's argument that other politicians have done the same is bullshit -- it's like he's saying we should just accept it.

Democracy fails when the people give up on holding leaders accountable. That's not a left thing or a right thing.

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:14 pm

Okay to be fair, this is a thread about Russia, not Trump.
Let’s beat him up elsewhere.

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