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Opposition party proposes 5 year jail term for insulting patriotism

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The Fair Russia party has put forward a bill that classifies insulting a Russian’s patriotism as extremism, making it a criminal offence punishable with a prison term.



The author, MP Oleg Mikheyev describes patriotic feelings as the emotional connection between a person and his or hers country of citizenship. The feeling must also involve the love to this country, responsible attitude to its fate and respect to its culture and history. If approved, the bill would make insults to such feelings equal to extremist activities – a criminal offence with punishment ranging from 100,000 ruble fine (about $3000) up to five years behind bars.
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