MOSCOW, February 24 – RIA Novosti. Amendments on the terms and fines for insulting veterans to the project on punishment for the rehabilitation of Nazism were submitted to the State Duma's specialized committee on state construction and legislation, said one of the authors of the amendments, vice speaker of the lower house of parliament Irina Yarovaya.
The proposed amendments to the Criminal Code and the Administrative Offenses Code, toughen the punishment for the rehabilitation of Nazism on the Internet: for denying the facts established by the Nuremberg Tribunal and spreading deliberately false information about the USSR during the Second World War on the Internet, a fine of up to three million rubles for legal entities or imprisonment up to five years.
The parliamentarians for the second reading of the bills proposed to introduce responsibility for the public dissemination of knowingly false information about veterans of the Great Patriotic War and criminal liability for humiliating the honor and dignity of a veteran and for insulting the memory of defenders of the Fatherland: now such actions will be considered one of the forms of rehabilitation of Nazism. Insulting veterans can face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to five million rubles.
In the first reading, which took place on February 10, the deputies unanimously supported them.
The authors of the amendments are Alexander Khinshtein, Chairman of the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications, and Sergey Boyarsky, Deputy Chairman of this Committee. Co-authors – Yarovaya and Chairman of the Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov.
The last high-profile case of libel against a veteran was the proceedings against Alexei Navalny, who commented on the video in support of the amendments to the Constitution, where the participant of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko starred. On February 20, the Magistrates' Court of the Yuzhnoye Medvedkovo District ordered Navalny to pay a fine of 850 thousand rubles.