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Putin signs law allowing 5 years imprisonment for protest ‘infringements’


  Person detained for protesting against the bill described below on July 1 [photo: Dmitry Zykov,]

Among the bills signed by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on July 22 was one which seriously toughens penalties for “infringement of order” in holding or organizing public events.  A person who has incurred administrative penalties more than twice in six months could face imprisonment for up to 5 years if charged with the same ‘offence’.  Otherwise they face large fines. 

The maximum term of administrative detention has been increased from 15 to 30.

A new article of the Code of Administrative Offences imposes liability for “repeated failure to obey the legitimate demand of a police  or FSB [Security Service] officer”.  This can result in administrative arrest of up to 30 days.

Other ‘innovations’ include administrative arrest of up to 10 days for infringements of the rules for holding mass events.  Up till now this was punishable only by a fine or compulsory labour.

An article has been introduced imposing liability for hampering the work of infrastructure, with this punishable by administrative arrest of up to 15 days.

The ruling United Russia party deputies who proposed the bill back on March 31 claimed that “citizens’ rights and freedoms need to be protected against actions caused by unauthorized meetings”.

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