The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill establishing responsibility for discrediting the volunteer units of the Russian Guard. About it reports press service of the lower house.
Amendments are being made to the Criminal Code and the Administrative Code. The authors propose to establish responsibility for the public dissemination of fakes about volunteers, for discrediting them, as well as for assistance in the implementation of decisions of international organizations in which the Russian Federation does not participate, on the criminal prosecution of volunteers.
The punishment will be the same as for fakes and discrediting about the army. Dissemination of false information will result in 10 to 15 years of freedom. For discrediting, the minimum penalty is a fine of 100,000 to 300,000 rubles, and the maximum is imprisonment for up to five years.
The bill was submitted to the State Duma on September 22 as part of a package of bills allowing the Russian Guard to have its own volunteer formations. Its authors were State Duma deputies Alexander Khinshtein, Vasily Piskarev, Andrei Kartapolov, senators Andrei Klishas, Sergei Perminov and others.
In March 2022, the State Duma added several new articles to the Criminal Code and the Administrative Code concerning discrediting the Russian army and fakes about the military. According to Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation), the violator faces a fine of up to 100,000 rubles. Repeated violation entails criminal liability (up to five years in prison). The maximum penalty for violating Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fakes about the army) is 15 years in prison.