New amendments to
Among others things, the bill has measures to fine publishers who print material deemed “extremist” up to $4000. Explains the
The publishing industry could also be affected by a new provision that was added to the bill before its second reading. The provision says that if media outlets refer to groups that have been banned for extremism, the outlets must mention the fact that those groups have been banned. The provision appears similar to an initiative last year to prevent media outlets from referring to the unregistered National Bolshevik Party.
Newspeak in its finest form. Such and such organization only exists as the State deems them.
The Duma’s actions come at the same time the Interior Ministry arrested Maxim “Tesak” Martsinkevich after he and 20 others interrupted a debate between journalists Maxim Kononenko and Yulia Latynina at the
The NTV report on Martsinkevich’s arrest can be viewed here.
Can’t say I have any sympathy for Martsinkevich. For once I stand with the Interior Ministry.
Update: I forgot to add that Tesak was arrested under article 282, section 2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, “Incitement of Ethnic Strife with the Threat of the Use of Violence.” Conviction caries a prison sentence of 3-5 years.