The Federal Law aims to oppose attempts to infringe on historical memory in relation to events that took place during World War II.
The Federal Law makes it a criminal offence to deny facts recognised by the international military tribunal that judged and punished the major war criminals of the European Axis countries, approving the crimes this tribunal judged, and deliberately spreading false information about the Soviet Union’s activities during World War II.
Criminal penalties are increased if the above-mentioned activities are carried out by individuals using their official position or mass media, or by fabricating proof of accusations.
The Federal Law also makes it a criminal offence to publicly spread information on military and memorial commemorative dates related to Russia’s defence that are clearly disrespectful of society, and publicly desecrate symbols of Russia’s military glory. The Federal Law sets administrative liability for legal entities that commit these offences.