Putin Tightens Fines for Protesters, ‘Biased’ Social Media Giants

Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorized a handful of new legislations Wednesday that impose hefty fines on protesters and “international agents,” as well as on social networks giants implicated of “differentiating” versus Russian media.

Onlookers have described lawmakers’ current task as component of the Kremlin’s efforts to tighten limitations on dissent ahead of this fall’s legislative political elections, which will take place amid simmering public temper over falling earnings.

Below’s a check out a few of the legislations that Putin approved in a post-holiday signing spree:

— Unruly militants

Putin boosted fines for protesters that are found guilty of disobeying law enforcement orders to between 2,000 and 4,000 rubles ($ 27 and $55, respectively). Repeat violations are subject to penalties of 10,000-20,000 rubles ($ 135-270) or as much as 30 days in jail.

Putin additionally imposed penalties of approximately 20,000 rubles for violating fundraising regulations while organizing demonstrations, consisting of for cash transfers by nonprofits classified as “foreign representatives.”

–‘ Foreign agent’ discusses Russians can

now be fined approximately 2,500 rubles for sharing details regarding “international agents” or republishing their work without referring to them with the designation.

The “foreign agents” themselves, including politically active individuals or organizations, can be fined up to half a million rubles ($ 6,800) for releasing their own products without the “international agent” label.

The legislation works March 1.

— ‘Prejudiced’ IT giants

Social network giants YouTube, Facebook as well as Twitter can currently be fined as much as 1 million rubles ($ 13,600) for ignoring federal government warnings concerning bias toward Russian individuals. Repeat infractions undergo penalties of as much as 3 million rubles ($ 41,000).

Formerly passed regulations already permits Russia to obstruct systems that are located to “differentiate” against Russian media.

A separate piece of Putin’s recently signed IT legislation likewise imposes penalties of up to half a million rubles for new violations of Russia’s push toward net “sovereignty.” Repeat infractions carry penalties of approximately 1 million rubles.

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