The State Duma will amend the criminal penalty for the implementation of sanctions in Russia

On April 4, the State Duma will make amendments to the criminal penalty for the implementation of Western sanctions in Russia. This was announced in the Telegram by the head of the Committee of the Federation Council on State Construction Andrei Klishas.

“My colleagues from the State Duma and I have completed our work and on Monday we will amend the Criminal Code for the implementation of restrictive measures imposed by foreign states (sanctions) in Russia and look forward to prompt consideration of amendments by the State Duma,” the senator wrote.

Andrei Turchak, secretary of the General Council of the United Russia party, announced the preparation of such amendments on March 14. “I believe that the facts of following foreign sanctions within the country are indirect evidence of their support! It can’t be called anything but betrayal, “he said. Turchak called for “establishing a strict, including criminal, responsibility” for following Western sanctions inside Russia and “in fact directly contributing to the deterioration of the economic situation.”

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Earlier, President Vladimir Putin signed a law that included responsibility for calls for anti-Russian sanctions. Failure to comply with the law is punishable by a fine of up to 500,000 rubles or restriction of liberty for up to three years.

At the end of February, Russia became the world leader in the number of sanctions imposed on it. Until February 22, Russia was on the second line after Iran, against which at that time 3616 restrictions were imposed. But since February, 2,778 new sanctions have been imposed on Moscow, the total number of restrictions has reached 5,532, and Russia is now significantly ahead of Iran.

Western countries have stepped up sanctions on Russia since Moscow recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR on February 21 and launched a Russian “special operation” * in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin was on the sanctions list.

* According to the request of Roskomnadzor, when preparing materials on a special operation in eastern Ukraine, all Russian media are obliged to use information only from official sources of the Russian Federation. We cannot publish materials in which the operation is called “attack”, “invasion” or “declaration of war”, if it is not a direct quote (Article 53 of the Federal Law on the Media). In case of violation of the requirement from the media, a fine of 5 million rubles may be imposed, and the publication may be blocked.

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