Putin About To Sign Law Punishing “Fake News” And Government Critics
Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely sign new legislation which will punish online media outlets for spreading “fake news” – or material that insults state officials, according to Bloomberg.
The new laws were passed by the upper house of parliament on Wednesday in a near-unanimous vote – which Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said were “undoubtedly” necessary and “well thought-out.”
“One can hardly agree with the view that this is some sort of censorship,” suggested Peskov.
Under the new laws, prosecutors will be able to complain about