Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for 'disrespecting' government

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Law allowing courts to fine or jail offenders is reminiscent of Soviet-era laws used to target dissidents, say critics

Russia’s parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online “disrespect” of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin.

The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (£1,155) for “indecent” online posts that demonstrate a “blatant disrespect for society, the country, Russia’s official state symbols, the constitution, or the authorities”.

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