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Law toughening criminal penalties for terrorism and extremist crimes

July 7, 2016

Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law On Amendments to the Russian Federation Criminal Code and the Russian Federation Criminal Procedural Code as concerns Introduction of Additional Measures to Counter Terrorism and Guarantee Public Security.

The Federal Law expands the list of terrorism-related crimes for which legal liability begins at age 14.

The Law also toughens criminal penalties for crimes of a terrorist or extremist nature and clarifies the definition of financing terrorism.

The Law adds to the Criminal Code the article Failure to Report a Crime, and the article Act of International Terrorism, establishing as a separate crime the act of carrying out beyond Russia’s borders an explosion, act of arson or other action that endangers the lives, health, freedom and inviolability of Russian Federation citizens, seeks to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of nations and peoples, or is directed against the Russian Federation’s interests.

The Law also makes several amendments to the Criminal Procedural Code.

July 7, 2016