The State Duma has developed a draft law on responsibility for public calls for genocide, said Olga Zanko, deputy chairman of the lower house committee for the development of civil society.
“We need to move on to a specifically fixed separate article that would provide for liability for public calls for genocide,” Zanko said (quote according to RIA Novosti).
According to her, the deputies are now working on amendments to the Criminal Code, according to which public calls for genocide will be punished in the form of forced labor for up to four years or imprisonment for up to five years.
The deputy added that if civil servants carry out appeals through the media, then punishment in the form of forced labor for up to five years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions, or imprisonment for up to six years may follow.
In international law, incitement to genocide is a crime even if the act itself has not been committed. It is also considered an extreme form of hate speech. Direct and public incitement to commit genocide was prohibited by the Genocide Convention in 1948.
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