Feeds

New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

Terror propaganda, spreading non-Russian values, can earn you trip to labour camps

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Foreign non-Government organisations, football hooligans and possibly even hacktivists could be jailed for six years for creating or sharing unpalatable content online under new anti-extremism laws signed off by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

The laws use a loose definition of "extremism" that Russia Today reports is partly intended to combat terrorism but also aimed at slowing the flow of information online to prevent erosion of traditional values. The latter aim is what has earned non-government organisations their place in the law.

Even looser was the concept of association which could see internet users nabbed by Ruskie police for as little as sharing or 'liking' online content badged as extreme over social networks.

The law will also impact those organising extremist events, an act that now attracts penalties such as eight years behind bars, fines of up to 500,000 Rubles (US$14,600) or three years' income, or even correctional labour for up to two years.

President Putin signed the laws published Monday along with a strategy document [Russian].

The legislation amended federal laws "On Countering Extremist Activities" granting powers to the executive and public authorities to crack down on extremism and was coupled with changes to the law "On Combating Terrorism" which clarified roles in fighting the perceived threats.

Moscow also increased the penalties for organising public or religious association with court banned entities. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.