Rus­sia tough­ens pun­ish­ment for ter­ror­ism fi­nancers

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD - ●AGEN­CIES Moscow

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has signed amend­ments to the Crim­i­nal Law to toughen pun­ish­ment of those who fi­nance ter­ror­ism or re­cruit ter­ror­ists. The amend­ments were pub­lished on Rus­sia's of­fi­cial web­site of le­gal in­for­ma­tion on Fri­day, Xin­hua news agency re­ported. Sus­pects con­victed of fund­ing ter­ror­ism or re­cruit­ing ter­ror­ists will face eight to 20 years in jail to­gether with a fine of 300,000 rubles (about $5,172) to 700,000 rubles or a life im­pris­on­ment. Be­fore the amend­ments, such crim­i­nals will face a prison term of up to 10 years. The amend­ments also in­tro­duced "pro­pa­ganda of ter­ror­ism" to the Crim­i­nal Law, and the con­victed will face five to seven years in prison with a fine of 300,000 to one mil­lion rubles. Ear­lier this month, Rus­sian Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Ser­vice direc­tor Alexan­der Bort­nikov said ter­ror­ists from the Mid­dle East are at­tempt­ing to pen­e­trate Rus­sia and other for­mer Soviet re­publics af­ter de­feats in Syria and Iraq. On April 3, sev­eral Cen­tral Asian na­tion­als det­o­nated a bomb in St. Peters­burg's metro sys­tem, killing 14 peo­ple and in­jur­ing more than 50 others.

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