Russian lawmakers pass bill to confiscate assets of those who discredit the military | Russia-Ukraine War

It allows for the seizure of money, valuables and other property from people found guilty of spreading “false information” about the military.

Lawmakers in Russia’s lower house of parliament have approved a bill that will allow authorities to confiscate the assets of people found guilty of spreading “deliberately false information” about the military.

The State Duma was voted the measure Wednesday and the bill is expected to be approved by the upper house before being signed by President Vladimir Putin.

Once it becomes law, the legislation will allow the government to seize money, valuables and other property from these people. criticizing the war in Ukraine.

The new law would apply to people convicted of publicly inciting “extremist activities,” calling for actions that could harm state security or “discredit” the armed forces.

Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said the bill targets “the scoundrels and traitors, those who today spit on the backs of our soldiers, who betrayed their homeland, who transfer money to armed forces of a country at war against us.”

“Discrediting” the armed forces is a criminal offense under an existing law that was passed as part of a broad government crackdown on dissent after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

It covers offenses such as “justifying terrorism” and spreading “fake news” about the military, and has been widely used to silence critics of Putin.

Thousands of activists, bloggers and other Russians have been sentenced to long prison terms, or arrested or fined for speak out against the war amid a growing crackdown on free speech and opposition to Putin.

Popular writer Dmitry Glukhovsky was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison after a Moscow court found him guilty in August of deliberately spreading false information about the Russian armed forces.

Grigori Chkhartishvili, one of the country’s best-selling novelists and known by his pseudonym Boris Akuninwas charged under the law and included in Russia’s register of “extremists and terrorists” in December.

In November, a St. Petersburg court sentenced Sasha Skochilenkoartist and musician, for seven years for swapping supermarket price tags for anti-war messages.

The previous month, Russian blogger Alexander Nozdrinov was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for posting photos of destroyed buildings in kyiv, accompanied by a caption implying that Russian troops were responsible.

Despite the crackdown on dissent, the Kremlin has repeatedly asserted that Russian society is united in its support for the war.

Scroll to Top