Vladimir Putin signed a new law that can fine and even jail citizens for insulting the Russia state, its flag, or Putin himself.
People who show “blatant disrespect” can be fined up to to 100,000 rubles ($1,550) and repeat offenders can be jailed for up to 15 days.
Putin also signed a law mandating fines for those who spread what authorities deem to be “fake news.”
Critics say the laws amount to state censorship.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law that can jail citizens for insulting government officials — including him.

People who show “blatant disrespect” for the state, the government, the Russian flag, or the constitution can be fined up to 100,000 rubles ($1,550) under the new law, which Putin signed on Monday, Reuters reported.

Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to 15 days under the new law.

Punishments became more severe as the bill moved through Russia’s government. Earlier drafts of…

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