The lower house of the Russian Parliament (Duma) has passed a draft law punishable by sentences of up to ten years for prison measures that encourage the secession of territories of the Russian Federation, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
The text was approved along with another legislative project providing administrative sanctions to punish violations in favor of secession of areas. The two bills were drafted in the spirit of the constitutional amendments advocated by the country’s President Vladimir Putin and approved in a referendum.
Both provide that the criminal sanction is imposed from the second offense in favor of secession, since the first is punished with administrative sanctions. If the violation occurs for the first time, the perpetrator pays a fine from a minimum of 30,000 rubles (336 euros) to a maximum of 300,000 rubles (3,360 euros). If the offense consists of a public complaint published on the Internet, the fine will be from 70,000 to 500,000 rubles.
In a second public remedy, the perpetrator faces a fine of at least 200,000 rubles and a maximum of 400,000 rubles or a sentence of up to four years in prison. For acts that promote or lead to the separation of territories, the offender is punished with a prison sentence of six to ten years.