In the state Duma a bill on fines for the defamation of the person in the media or on the Internet, reported on the official website of the lower house of the Russian Parliament.
The author of the bill is the Deputy from LDPR Sergey Ivanov. According to the document, discredit the person in the Internet or media will result in a fine of up to 300,000 rubles. Also, insults on the web may be followed by a ban to hold certain positions.
Under the bill, the punishment will come when “the propaganda of exclusivity, superiority or inferiority of a person or group of persons on grounds of sex, race, nationality, language, origin, attitude to religion, and likewise affiliation to any social group, committed publicly or through mass media or in a network “the Internet”.
The author proposes to punish for such offenses by a fine of from 100 to 300 000 rubles or deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions for up to three years.
The explanatory note States that at present used in the law the wording has a broader interpretation than constitutional concept of “agitation” and “propaganda”. The consequence of this is ambiguity is the norm.
According to the author, these changes will help to eliminate the existing ambiguity and would “draw a clear line between administrative and criminal liability in the protection of the constitutional order and security of the state”.