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Monday, March 19, 2018

A mysterious someone tamed Spring: to prevent exit from Russia will not

We have two news: good and bad.

Let’s start with the good. The state Duma has decided not to revoke the citizenship of the Russians, entered the service (work) in the army, the police, the courts of foreign States or international organizations in which Russia is not involved. It’s hard to believe, but she decided not to prohibit leaving the country to terrorists and indefinitely wide circle of “extremists”, although just a day ago strongly was going to do it!

The so-called “anti-terrorism package” will be adopted at the last plenary meeting of deputies of this convocation June 24, 2016 without these exorbitant odious provisions. The car, whose brakes failed, and which was sweeping right to the edge, suddenly was hanging over the abyss, swinging in a precarious balance. We know that that happens more in movies than in real life. But in life, as you can see, it happens…

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Two bills (one of them makes changes to the criminal and Criminal procedure codes, the other 18 existing laws) was prepared in the bowels of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, but introduced in the state Duma signed by the heads of the security Committees of both chambers of the Russian Parliament Irina Yarovaya (United Russia) and Viktor Ozerov. Later, the “authors” are even United Russia’s Alexei Pushkov and Nadezhda Gerasimova, and some amendments to the second reading signed spravoross Igor Zotov (which is his religious organization have to thank for them inconsistent with the rules, strictly regulating missionary activity).

As already wrote “MK”, among other measures, was intended to Supplement the law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation” with a new article that declares “voluntarily has withdrawn from citizenship” Russians convicted of terrorism, and at the same time enlisted in the army, the police, the court of a foreign state, or associated with some “international organization”. The absence of a second nationality of the authors are not embarrassed: rather, they believed, if the “disenfranchised” will be a kind of incomprehensible “guarantee” that a new citizenship he will get it.

Work in any “international organizations” will face a loss of connection with homeland? Who and how will keep track of “disloyal” employment abroad? Is to deprive the Russian citizenship will have all Israelis, Abkhazians, South Ossetians, who serve in the armies of their (foreign) countries?

The questions arising from any who read silently approved on 20 June the Duma Committee for security and combating corruption of the amendments to answers in the Duma journalists failed. Flatly refused to give an explanation and Ms. Spring, and other deputies. Other members generally know about these amendments from journalists…

Seemed, article 6 of the Constitution prohibits to deprive Russian citizenship, ordered to live long. But on 22 June at the request of the safety Committee included in the agenda of the plenary meeting, the package was moved. This meant that someone with sufficient influence finally read the product of collective work of the security Council and Ms. Spring, and thought. Or someone to someone reach out and, as they say in such cases, “reported a concern”. Attempts to find out where this “someone” is sitting until I succeed. May have played a role, and the proximity of elections. But in the end, the morning of June 23, there are new bills – they will be the final chord of the last session of the sixth convocation.

So, deprived of citizenship WILL NOT. And to prohibit travel abroad until the removal of a conviction for committing extremist crimes, which we increasingly share on the Internet, too, WILL NOT.

Until: the amendment eliminates mushrooming these arbitrary rules signed by the same Ms. Spring and Mr. Ozerov, who two days ago offered quite another.

And now for the bad.

Unchanged remained amendment, which requires providers and organizers of information dissemination in the Internet from 20 July 2016 to keep within 3 years is information of all facts of information transfer. And from 1 July 2018 for 6 months to store information not only about facts but also about the contents of the entire transmitted information: SMS messages, emails, photos, videos, and audio recordings…

At the request of law enforcement agencies this information should be passed to them. For violation of the new rules is huge, up to one million rubles and fines.

The Internet company considered: storing information only about the facts of the transfer will cost 15-20 billion. But the mobile operators said that enforcement of the law will leave them without profits for decades to come. At the meeting of the Committee on security and combating corruption June 20, Ms. Spring said that the figures named by the industry are not true, but the other is not called…

And “criminal” part of the package is impressive. In addition to stiffer penalties in some of the “terrorist” articles made important additions. For example, a criminal will be punished “not informing about a crime – failure to report those who prepares, commits or has committed at least one terrorist offence: fine up to 100 thousand rubles (it was initially proposed from 200 to 500 thousand rubles), the maximum penalty is up to a year in prison. Close relatives are exempt from liability.

In article 212, entitled “Mass riots” (sit on it, “prisoners of the Swamp”) will be a new part about “declination, recruitment or other involving of the person in these same riots: a fine of between 300 and 700 thousand rubles, the alternative is deprivation of liberty for a term of 5 to 10 years. What can be considered in this case “decline” is unknown.

And in “beloved” politicians extremist article 282 of the criminal punishment tougher. Now for public actions aimed at inciting hatred and enmity, and also humiliation of a person or group of persons” on various grounds, including “membership of a particular social group, you can get away with a fine from 100 to 300 thousand rubles, the most severe punishment – up to 4 years in prison.

From 20 July, the fines will increase to 300-500 thousand rubles, and the terms of imprisonment of up to 2-5 years. However, in the first reading were asked to leave as punishment one imprisonment…

The text of these bills at 17-00 has not yet appeared in the official electronic database of the state Duma. So who knows what we will see tomorrow morning.

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