Russia intensifies repression against anti-war sentiment – ISW
The new laws will further expand Russia's repressive capabilities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his campaign to crack down on anti-war sentiment.
This is stated in the report of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Vladimir Putin has signed laws significantly increasing fines and prison terms for discrediting Russian troops in Ukraine and for selling Russian weapons to foreigners.
The Russian dictator continues to fight with everyone whose opinion does not coincide with the official position of the Kremlin.
On February 28, after Putin ordered increased counterintelligence measures and the suppression of the spread of pro-Ukrainian ideology, FSB officers reportedly raided Moscow bars suspected of financing the Ukrainian military, detaining more than 40 people.
Recall that the Russian Federation has tightened the punishment for discrediting the army. The corresponding decree, signed by Putin, is posted on the state portal.
The document amends the already existing article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses and article 280.3 of the Criminal Code, which provide for the “discredit” of the army, as well as article 207 of the Criminal Code on the public dissemination of clearly false information about the use of the RF Armed Forces.
Now they will be punished in Russia for information not only about regular military personnel and those mobilized, but also about all “volunteer formations”, organizations and individuals helping the Russian army to wage war in Ukraine. So the law will protect PMC “Wagner” and other mercenaries.