Putin tightens rules on spreading “false information” even further

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Friday evening punishing “false information” about Moscow’s actions abroad with prison terms of up to 15 years. It is a new repressive weapon to control information about his offensive in Ukraine.

The law, which came into effect with the president’s signature, “punishes the public dissemination of deliberately false information under the guise of reliable information about the activities of Russian state organs outside Russian territory.”

The law supplements the rule passed in early March that provides for a 15-year prison term for publishing “false information” about the Russian military. In response, many Western media withdrew from Russia, saying they could no longer provide an objective report.

By Editor

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