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Russian authorities offer to introduce criminal responsibility for the "referendum" denial in Crimea

April 18, 2016 12:21 0 2499 QirimInfo
It is proposed to equate Crimean “referendum” denial with extremism.

Russian Investigative Committee chairman Oleksandr Bastrykin reported in his article published in "Kommersant-Vlast" magazine, that the denial of the results of Crimean referendum should be recognized as extremist activities.

"There are attempts to form anti-Russian moods in Crimean Federal District, and, by means of falsification of information on historical facts and distortion of interpretation of modern events, to question the results of the referendum on reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation... Taking into account the place of this act in the hierarchical system of value orientations of Russian state and society, undoubtedly, it needs special legal protection, including it’s protection by means of criminal law", — Bastrykin writes.

Also the head of the IC noted, there were it’s own peculiarities of extremist activity in Crimean Federal District.

Let us recall, that in July 2014 the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted an amendment to the Criminal Code, which toughens responsibility for public calls "to actions that are aimed at violation of the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation". The requirement to return Crimea to Ukraine also falls under these amendments. The punishment includes a heavy fine and imprisonment for the period until 5 years.

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