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Russia Criminalizes Sanctions Calls, ‘Fake News’ on Military

  • Lawmakers back fines, jail for criticism of army’s actions
  • Russia tightens control on information amid war in Ukraine
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Russia’s parliament passed harsh laws that would impose prison terms for people charged with spreading “fake news” about the military or calling for sanctions against the country. 

People convicted of spreading what the authorities deem to be false information concerning the military’s activities face fines and imprisonment for as long as 15 years under the legislation, which now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign.