Russia to Take Strong Measures Against Terrorism

President of Russia Vladimir Putin
President of Russia Vladimir Putin

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed Thursday Federal Law On Amendments to the Russian Federation Criminal Code and the Russian Federation Criminal Procedural Code as concerns Introduction of Additional Measures to Counter Terrorism and Guarantee Public Security.

According to a statement released by the Kremlin, the Federal Law expands the list of terrorism-related crimes for which legal liability begins at age 14.

The Law also toughens criminal penalties for crimes of a terrorist or extremist nature and clarifies the definition of financing terrorism.

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The Law, according to Kremlin, adds to the Criminal Code the article Failure to Report a Crime, and the article Act of International Terrorism, establishing as a separate crime the act of carrying out beyond Russia’s borders an explosion, act of arson or other action that endangers the lives, health, freedom and inviolability of Russian Federation citizens, seeks to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of nations and peoples, or is directed against the Russian Federation’s interests.

The Law also makes several amendments to the Criminal Procedural Code.

Photo courtesy: Kremlin

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