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Slander is Now Costly in Russia
11.01.2012 13:43
Slander is Now Costly in Russia

On January 1, a new law came into effect which has doubled the maximum sentence for insulting a state official. The punishment for insulting an official has doubled from a maximum six months of community service to as much as one year.

      At the same time, slandering and insulting an ordinary person in Russia are no longer treated as criminal offenses. But it is still considered as an administrative infraction which demands for payment of a penalty. Under the reform, slandering and insulting a regular citizen in Russia is subject to a fine of up to about $1,600 for an individual or up to $16,000 for a legal entity.

      The new law was signed on December 7, in complex of measures presented by President Dmitry Medvedev as a bid to liberalize the Criminal Code. 


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Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian law Russian reforms    

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