Monday, March 24, 2014

Crimeans who want Crimea to be Ukrainian could get 5 years in jail

This is exactly what I said earlier: the door of Crimea's "self-determination" only swings one way, toward Russia.  

Here's my translation:

From May 9, calls to action for the return of the Crimea to Ukraine will be punished by a heavy fine or up to five years, which follows from the act signed at the end of 2013 by Vladimir Putin, Law on Amendments to Article 280 of the Criminal Code.

Newly introduced Article 280.1 "public calls for action to violate the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation" complements article on punishment for calls for extremism and states that such appeals shall be punished by a fine or up to 300 thousand rubles, or two years of income, or by compulsory works for a term of up to 300 hours, or imprisonment for up to three years.

If those appeals will be in the media or on the Internet - by compulsory works for a term of up to 480 hours or by imprisonment for up to five years.

Funny, but I don't remember that little detail being discussed by Aksyonov, Putin, et al in the run-up to the March 16 referendum!....

By Liliya Chalbash
March 24, 2014 | 15Minut

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