After a brief debate, Russia's upper house of parliament unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday that will allow authorities to confiscate money, valuables and other property to those convicted of spreading “intentionally false information” about the country's army.
The law, which passed just as quickly in the lower house last week, is expected to be signed into law soon by President Vladimir Putin.
The speaker of the Duma, the lower house, Vyacheslav Volodin, said that the measure will toughen the punishment for “traitors” who throw mud against our country and our troops” and “would strip these scoundrels of honorary titles, confiscate their property, money and other valuables.”
The Russian authorities have used the law against the “discredit” of the Russian army, which includes crimes such as “justifying terrorism” and spreading “fake news” about the armed forces, to silence Putin's critics, when next month There are presidential elections in Russia.
Furthermore, the war in Ukraine that began in late February 2022 has become on a battlefield where both armies are stagnant, eternalizing the conflict, while casualties continue to occur.
A Putin doll on the occasion of the carnival in Cologne, Germany. Photo: EFE
Many activists, bloggers and ordinary citizens They have been sentenced to long prison terms.
The new confiscation law will apply to those convicted of publicly inciting “extremist activities,” for calling for measures that threaten state security, or for “discrediting” the armed forces.
Discredit the armed forces It is already a criminal offense based on a law adopted within the broad government repression of dissent after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The rule does not affect real estate assets among the assets that can be seized, unlike the draconian Soviet legislation that authorized the confiscation of homes.
Ukraine also moves forward with a controversial law
The Ukrainian Parliament in turn approved this Wednesday in first reading a controversial bill for simplify enlistment procedures in the army, after two years of war against Russia, the deputies announced.
A total of 243 deputies voted in favor of the project, according to several legislators writing on social networks. To be approved, the document needed a minimum of 226 votes.
The text, however, must still be debated in the chamber and undergo a second reading to be definitively adopted.
The Ukrainian military has suffered losses in the war against Russia, although it has not reported the extent of them. Photo: Reuters
The procedure can take several weeks and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenki will have to promulgate the document.
A debate on mobilization has been taking place in Ukraine for several weeks. The army has suffered losses in the war against Russia, although has not communicated about its scope.
But unlike the beginning of the conflict, The army is now looking for volunteers for the front.
The document voted on this Wednesday provides simplify enlistment procedures in the army and introduce sanctions for refractory ones.
The sanctions must, however, be approved by a court, unlike a first project presented by the government in January.
According to critics, the proposal does not solve the problem of the demobilization of those who have been at the front for a long time.
Zelensky had stated in December that the army had proposed to him to mobilize up to 500,000 additional people.
With agency information