Russia may introduce criminal liability for promoting drugs on the Internet

Internet drug propaganda

The introduction of criminal liability for drug propaganda in the media, social networks and the Internet is considered by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs to be a rather serious step in countering and preventing the spread of prohibited substances. The department is finishing work on the corresponding project, said Kirill Smurov, deputy head of the main drug control department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. According to him, police officers pay considerable attention to the evaluation of information disseminated on the Internet, writes June 24 RIA Novosti.

Now in Russia, drug propaganda is subject to administrative liability. Fines were imposed, for example, on blogger Yuri Dudya and rapper Morgenstern (both recognized by the Ministry of Justice as foreign agents).

In early February, the State Duma adopted the bill in the third reading on imprisonment for up to 10 years for inducing the use of drugs and psychotropic substances on the Internet. At the same time, increased liability was introduced for a crime that negligently caused the death of two or more persons. In this case, we are talking about imprisonment for 12 to 15 years. Appropriate changes have been made to Article 230 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

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