On April 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law punishing individuals and corporations for publicly identifying the role of the USSR and Nazi Germany in World War II. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
A new article has been introduced in the Code of Administrative Offenses (CAO), which provides that Russian citizens in case of violation may be subject to a fine of 1-2 thousand rubles or administrative arrest of up to 15 days, officials – a fine from 1 to 4 thousand rubles, legal – from 10 to 50 thousand.
For repeated violation, the fine will increase to 2.5-5 thousand rubles, for officials – up to 5-20 thousand (or disqualification from six months to a year), for legal entities – from 50 to 100 000 rubles (or administrative suspension of activities for up to 90 days), reports “fontanka “.
The identification of the goals, decisions and actions of the leaders of the USSR and Nazi Germany during World War II, as well as the denial of the “decisive role of the Soviet people in the defeat of Nazi Germany and the humanitarian mission of the USSR in the liberation of the countries of Europe” was declared illegal in 2021. But then the law did not specify the punishment for its violation.
The bill was approved by the Federation Council on April 13. On April 6, amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses in the third final reading were adopted by the State Duma of the Russian Federation.