Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed into regulation a invoice introducing jail phrases of as much as 15 years for faux information concerning the Russian military, as Moscow pushes ahead with its invasion of Ukraine.
The invoice, adopted by lawmakers earlier on Friday, units out jail phrases of various lengths and fines towards individuals who publish “knowingly false information” concerning the army, with harsher penalties to hit when dissemination is deemed to have severe penalties.
Putin additionally signed a invoice that might enable fines or jail phrases of as much as three years for calling for sanctions towards Russia with Moscow dealing with harsh financial penalties from Western capitals over the invasion.
The previous 12 months has seen an unprecedented crackdown on unbiased and demanding voices in Russia that solely intensified after the beginning of the invasion.
Russia’s media watchdog stated Friday it had restricted entry to the BBC and different unbiased media web sites and blocked social media big Facebook.
Two information shops stated they’ll cease reporting on Ukraine to guard their journalists, whereas the BBC introduced a halt of its operations in Russia.
Russian media have been instructed to solely publish data offered by official sources, which describe the invasion as a army operation.
State-controlled broadcasters have in the meantime strengthened authorities narratives about nationalism in Ukraine and Moscow’s declare that Ukrainian troopers are utilizing civilians as human shields.
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