Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the Duma, Lower House of the Russian Parliament (Archive photo)< /p>
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Vyacheslav Volodin said the bill will be presented to the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, on Monday.
The current law against “discrediting” the Russian military, which covers crimes such as “justifying terrorism” and spreading “fake news” about the armed forces, is regularly used to silence criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Many Russian activists, bloggers and citizens have been sentenced to long prison terms.
Russian state media reported last month that one of the country's best-selling novelists, known under the pseudonym Boris Akunin, had been charged under the law and added to the Russian register of “extremists and terrorists.”
Another popular writer, Dmitry Glukhovsky, was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison after ;a Moscow court found him guilty in August of deliberately spreading false information about the Russian armed forces.
In November, a St. Petersburg court sentenced Sasha Skochilenko, an artist and musician, to seven years in prison for replacing price tags at the supermarket with anti-war messages.
The previous month, Russian blogger Alexander Nozdrinov was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for publishing photos of destroyed buildings in Kiev, accompanied by a caption that suggested Russian troops were responsible. .