Sunday, May 17, 2015

Russia Increases Fines For Organizations Disseminating "Extremist" Materials

Forum 18 reported Friday that amendments to Russia's Code of Administrative Offenses, Sec. 20.29, that became effective May 6 have sharply increased the fines imposed on "juridical persons" for mass dissemination of extremist materials on the Federal List.  Juridical persons include commercial, publishing, media and registered religious organisations. Fines for legal entities under the section previously were 50,000 to 100,000 roubles. The amendments increase the fines to 100,000 to 1 million roubles. Sanctions for individuals and other sanctions applicable to organizations did not change. This section of the Administrative Code has often been used in connection with materials confiscated from Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses. According to Forum 18: "The Federal List now runs to over 2,500 items, often does not include full bibliographical details, and is irregularly updated, making it difficult for anyone to keep abreast of recent bans..."