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Valdimir Putin signs controversial amendments on counter-terrorism law

The new amended law, doubles the number of crimes for which Russians as young as 14 can be prosecuted and telecommunications companies will have to store logs and data for months.

By: AP | Moscow | Published: July 7, 2016 5:38:30 pm
Russia, Vladimir Putin, counter-terrorism Law in Russia, controversial counter-terrorism amendments in Russia, counter-terrorism amendments in Russia, counter-terrorism amendments accepted by Vladimir Putin, Russia news, latest news, Internationa news Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial counter-terrorism amendments that the parliament adopted last month has sent chills down the spine of human rights activists.

A spokesman for the Russian president says Vladimir Putin has signed into law controversial counter-terrorism amendments that have sparked alarm among rights activists.

The amendments that the parliament adopted last month include introducing prison sentences for failure to report a grave crime and doubling the number of crimes for which Russians as young as 14 can be prosecuted.

Another forces telecommunications companies to store logs and data for months, a measure that threatens to eat all of the companies’ profits.

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In an apparent concession to the disgruntled businesses, Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Putin also signed a decree instructing the government to oversee and if necessary modify the implementation of the amendments in the light of possible “financial risks”.

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