Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill imposing criminal liability for public rehabilitation of Nazism. The law imposes a fine of up to 500,000 rubles or imprisonment for up to five years.
The relevant amendments have been made to the Russian Criminal and Criminal Proceedings Codes. The Rehabilitation of Nazism article has been added to the Criminal Code.
It reads: "Denial of the facts established by the international military tribunal for trying and punishing the main war criminals from the European nations of the Axis, approval of the crimes established by the said verdict, and the spread of knowingly false information about the Soviet activities during the Second World War, coupled with a public accusation of committing the crimes established by the said verdict, will be penalized by a fine of up to 300,000 rubles or imprisonment of up to three years."
Tougher sanctions are proposed for the same in the event of an abuse of public office or mass media, "as well as an artificial creation of the prosecution's evidence."
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