Adalbi Shkhagoshev, a member of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, explained on Wednesday, March 2, the need to introduce amendments on the punishment for spreading fakes about the actions of the Armed Forces (AF) of Russia.
“This is the legislative and image response of the State Duma in defense of the Russian Armed Forces,” the deputy said in an interview with RT.
The parliamentarian stressed that attempts are being made to destroy the professional image of the Russian Armed Forces with the help of fake news.
According to Shkhagoshev, the proposed amendments are aimed at protecting against such incidents. He also expressed hope that the amendments would be adopted in the near future.
Earlier that day, a draft amendment to the Russian Criminal Code was submitted to the State Duma (DG) on punishment of up to 15 years in prison for disseminating disinformation about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces in military operations, the TV channel reports.Star“.
It is expected that this bill, together with amendments, will be adopted in all three readings at the next meetings of the State Duma, which will be held on March 4, 9 and 10.
On March 1, Ekaterina Mizulina, head of the Safe Internet League, member of the commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on the development of the information community, media and mass communications, said that about 1.3 million fake publications about events in Ukraine and Donbass appeared on the Web.
On February 27, Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasts of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation Nikita Danyuk, spoke about the fake news surrounding the operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. He expressed confidence that Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have become tools of the information war against Russia.reedus“.
On February 26, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced an increase in the number of fakes as the Russian Armed Forces successfully completed combat missions as part of a special operation in Ukraine. According to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, NATO intelligence services are behind the fakes about Russia’s special operation to protect Donbass.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. The Ukrainian authorities accused Russia of hitting its military infrastructure, martial law was introduced throughout the country. Kyiv also severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and recalled its diplomats from the embassy.
Prior to that, on February 21, the President of Russia signed decrees recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR, as well as agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with the republics. The documents were ratified the next day.
The head of state took the relevant decisions against the backdrop of the aggravation of the situation in Donbass that began on February 17. The DPR and LPR reported heavy shelling by Ukrainian security forces, including from heavy weapons. The republics announced a general mobilization and evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.
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