The Federal Law introduces tougher measures for combating extremism in Russia.
Under the Federal Law, the Criminal Code will include a new article that sets criminal liability for providing or collecting money or providing financial services known to be intended for financing extremist activity. The notes to the article state that people who have committed a crime under this article will be freed from criminal liability if they provide timely information to the authorities or in some other way help to prevent or stop the criminal activity that they were financing, and help to stop the activities of the extremist organisations or groups for which they were providing or collecting money or providing financial services, if these said people’s acts do not involve any other crime.
The Federal Law introduces criminal liability for committing extremism-related crimes with the help of information and telecommunications networks, including the internet, and provides for confiscation of assets obtained through carrying out crimes of an extremist nature.
The Federal Law also amends the Criminal Procedural Code so as to clarify investigations and trial procedures for extremism-related crimes and also procedures for seizure and confiscation of the property of people found guilty of committing such crimes.
The Federal Law amends the Federal Law On Preventing Extremist Activity, clarifying the powers of the President, Government, federal executive authorities, regional authorities, and local self-government bodies in preventing extremism. The amendments also increase liability for disseminating extremist material.
The Federal Law also amends the Federal Law On Preventing Terrorism, clarifying the liability for organisations for participation in terrorism.