Dec 17, 2008
According to YahooNews, a new law drafted by Putin's Cabinet would allow authorities to label any government critic a traitor — a move that leading rights activists condemned Wednesday as a chilling reminder of the times under Soviet dictator Stalin.
The draft extends the definition of treason from breaching Russia's external security to damaging the nation's constitutional order, sovereignty, or territorial integrity. That would essentially let authorities interpret any act against the interests of the state as treason — a crime prosecutable by up to 20 years in prison.
One question: Is this really happening?