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Duma concerned about the spread of extremism in RuNet

January 15 2006

The tragedy in a Moscow synagogue has forced members to think about amending existing legislation to toughen the fight against various kinds of extremism in the Russian Internet segment.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on civil, criminal, arbitral and procedural legislation, Pavel Krasheninnikov announced his intention to fight extremism in the Internet and reinforce the responsibility for distributing extremist information. According to the deputy Krasheninnikov, currently drafted amendments to the law "On Countering Extremist Activities", which will shortly be submitted to the State Duma.

"We are certainly not talking about the fight to the Internet, and against the extremists who use the network for their own purposes. The Internet is a means of disseminating extremist information, - said deputy Krasheninnikov. - Amendments to the bill designed to toughen the penalties for spreading extremist information, including through the Internet. Planned tightening of criminal responsibility, perhaps - to 5 years. In this case, under the extremist information, we mean material that promotes fascism, nationalism, inciting ethnic and religious strife. "

Krasheninnikov said, remembering the tragedy of the synagogue, that the deputies were able to personally ensure that the web is placed weight extremist material, including games and an extremist, transfers Cnews.

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