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Amendments to Criminal Code and certain legislative acts in the aim of protecting religious convictions and feelings

June 30, 2013

Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law On Amendments to Article 148 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in the Aim of Protecting Religious Convictions and Feelings of Citizens Against Insults

The federal law introduces liability for public action that shows clear and obvious disrespect for society and intent to offend religious believers’ feelings. The maximum penalty for such offences is imprisonment for up to one year. If the offence is committed in a place specifically intended for holding worship, the maximum penalty can be up to three years’ imprisonment.

The law also increases the penalties for violating legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of worship, and religious organisations. 

June 30, 2013