For disrespect for veterans of the Great Patriotic War, a fine from 3 million to 5 million rubles is now provided or imprisonment for five years.
The corresponding law was signed today by President Vladimir Putin. The document was published on the official portal of legal information.
Punishment is provided for, among other things, for denying the facts established by the verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal, approving Nazi crimes and spreading false information about the activities of the USSR during World War II, as well as for explicit disrespect for the dates and symbols of Russia’s military glory.
The minimum punishment for violating legislation in this area is 3 million rubles. or forced labor for three years. For another three years, the offender will not be able to hold positions determined by the court or conduct activities determined by the court.
If the violation was committed using an official position, as part of a group of persons, via the media or the Internet, the fine will be 5 million rubles. The term of forced labor in this case will be five years and the same amount of time will not be allowed to hold certain positions and conduct certain activities. In addition, the court can sentence the offender to five years in prison.
A bill on tougher responsibility for insulting veterans was submitted to the State Duma by a group of deputies from United Russia headed by Irina Yarovaya on February 22. The proposal came after the veteran was fined 850 thousand rubles in the case of libel. opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The reason was the comment of the politician to the video published last summer, urging people to vote for the amendments to the Constitution. Navalny called the participants of the video, among whom was the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko, “corrupt lackeys.” The prosecution considered this to be slanderous against the veteran. The defense pointed out that this is the personal opinion of the politician.
On March 31, a bill to toughen the liability for insulting veterans was approved by the Federation Council.