The State Duma of the Russian Federation at a meeting on Wednesday, April 6, adopted in the third, final reading, a law providing for fines or arrest for publicly identifying the USSR with Nazi Germany. The authors of the initiative were United Russia deputies Elena Yampolskaya and Alexander Zhukov, and senators Alexey Pushkov and Olga Kovitidi.
The Law supplements the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation with a new Article 13.47: "Violation of the prohibition established by federal law of public identification of the goals, decisions and actions of the leadership of the USSR, the command and military personnel of the USSR with the goals, decisions and actions of the leadership of Nazi Germany, the command and military personnel of Nazi Germany and the European Axis countries during World War II, as well as denial of decisive the role of the Soviet people in the defeat of Nazi Germany and the humanitarian mission of the USSR in the liberation of Europe."
Violation of the ban in a public speech, a publicly demonstrated work, the media, or when posting information on the Internet, will entail the imposition of a fine on citizens in the amount of one to two thousand rubles or administrative arrest for up to 15 days. For officials, a fine of two to four thousand rubles is provided, for legal entities, from 10 to 50 thousand rubles.
Repeated offense will entail a fine for citizens in the amount of one to five thousand rubles or arrest for up to 15 days, for officials, a fine of five to twenty thousand rubles, and for legal entities, from 50 to 100 thousand rubles or administrative suspension of activities for up to 90 days.