The Russian Federation introduces criminal liability for discrediting participants in a special military operation and disseminating fake information about them. It was signed today by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the document itself is presented on the portal of legal information.
In accordance with the new law, amendments are made to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Recall that the State Duma of the Russian Federation voted for the new law on March 14, after which it was approved by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and sent for signature to the head of state.
According to the law, the responsibility for discrediting the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation abroad, provided for by Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, is being tightened. Now liability is being introduced for discrediting not only servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, but also volunteers. The maximum term of imprisonment under this article will be seven years instead of the previous five.
In addition, the law introduces amendments to Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Public dissemination of knowingly false information about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the exercise by state bodies of the Russian Federation of their powers.” This is an article about the so-called "fakes".
As in the first case, now in Russia they will also punish fakes about volunteer formations and individual volunteers. The President has toughened the criminal liability for this crime. Now for the spread of fakes about the participants of the special operation, including volunteers, the maximum term is 15 years in prison.
Thus, "Internet warriors" who spread information about the RF Armed Forces and volunteers in a negative way should think about whether this "game" is worth it, even if it is paid by someone for seven, ten, or even fifteen years. deprivation of liberty. It is possible that the number of fakes spreading in social networks will significantly decrease after the toughening of punishment, but much will also depend on the prompt response of law enforcement officers to such crimes.