In the latest attempt to turn Russia inward on itself the country’s national parliament, the State Duma, approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online “disrespect” of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin.
The law is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation that was used to target political dissidents and anti-Communist activists fines of up to €1,400 for “indecent” online posts that demonstrate a “blatant disrespect for society, the cou...

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