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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:50 AM

Russia's Putin signs new treason law

Source: Yahoo / Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia introduced a new law broadening the definition of treason on Wednesday, alarming opponents who say Vladimir Putin will use it to silence his critics and that almost anyone in contact with foreigners will be at risk.

The legislation allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign states and bodies, and expands the range of actions that can be considered treasonous.

Putin signed the law on Tuesday and it took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, despite a promise by the president on Monday that he would review it.

Political opponents and rights activists say the legislation is the latest in a series of laws intended to crack down on the opposition and reduce foreign influence since he returned to the Kremlin in May for a six-year third term.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/russia-expands-definition-treason-under-law-110613866.html

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Reply Russia's Putin signs new treason law (Original post)
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 OP
AAO Nov 2012 #1
madrchsod Nov 2012 #2
happyslug Nov 2012 #6
Raster Nov 2012 #3
Drale Nov 2012 #4
happyslug Nov 2012 #7
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #9
msongs Nov 2012 #5
Bucky Nov 2012 #8

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:58 AM

1. Sound like a good idea, in light of the crazy violent minded Teanuts.

 

Oops, better add this lest someone think I'm a communist.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:01 PM

2. he threw two members of pussy riot in a far western gulag...

he`s becoming even more dangerous than we was....

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:22 PM

6. According to Wikipedia, not a bad prison.

As to the actual prison:

The IK-2 and IK-14 penal colonies in Yavas, Zubovo-Polyansky District, Mordovia, are the most common destinations for women prisoners sentenced in Moscow. It is the former location of the DUBRAVLAG prison complex of the Gulag system. Tolokonnikova is incarcerated in IK-14, whereas Alyokhina was sent to IK-32 in Perm.The latter is a colony for first-time offenders, which houses a sewing factory, and an experimental vocational program to re-train women prisoners to become digital cartoon animators.Circumstances in IK-32 are relatively favorable, and neither prisoners nor human rights monitors have filed complaints about its conditions. Meanwhile, IK-14 has a harder reputation.

Please note this prison is in Mordavia, a Russian Republic within the Russian Federation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordovia

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:06 PM

3. Once a KGB thug, always a KGB thug.

Perhaps we better ask ol' Gee-Dubya* to go to Moscow for a soul check.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:09 PM

4. Wow Putin is just asking for a rebellion

The tsar's were not as crazy as this guy.

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Response to Drale (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:41 PM

7. For passing a law similar to the America's Law as to registration of Foreign agents???

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57549517/russia-implements-law-broadening-definition-of-treason-despite-putins-promise-for-review/

Similar US Law:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Agents_Registration_Act

http://www.rapsinews.com/legislation_publication/20120727/263954264.html

While the above article makes a big deal that the US Act is not regularly used against anyone but a lobbyist, its ignore that it has been used as such in regards to Agents from Cuba sent to Florida to spy on Cuban dissenters and then JAILED when those agents report to the FBI that the Floridian Cuban Dissenters were actively engaged in terroristic plans (such planing is an violation of US law) against Cuba. The Federal Government went after these "Spies" under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, not the people planning to plant bombs.

More on the "Cuban Five":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Five#cite_note-alarcon270805-18

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Response to happyslug (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:08 PM

9. Other than your's

a lot of pot to kettle responses here.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:04 PM

5. Vladamir Stalin nt

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:57 PM

8. Well, he should be safe from anyone giving him the ol' stink-eye now.

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