Russia tightens punishment for treason and espionage

Russia tightens punishment for treason and espionage
# 15 December 2008 13:25 (UTC +04:00)
Moscow–APA. The Russian government has submitted to parliament a new bill expanding the definition of treason to not only acting against national security but also against the constitutional order of the country and state integrity. In the bill, treason is defined as ’a deed aimed against security of the Russia Federation, including her constitutional order, sovereignty, territorial and state integrity.’ Five years of imprisonment or 500 thousands rubles of fine was set for getting of national security information. “Hostile activity” was removed from the bill on treason, which argued that in the most cases “hostile activity” of the people charged with treason is not proved and lawyers used this void to help their clients to avoid the responsibility. The definition of espionage was also expanded in the bill submitted to the State Duma. According to the new edition, people delivering secret information not only to foreign countries, but to the international organizations as well, will also be charged with espionage.
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