Dec 17, 2008

'Tis the Season for Treason Bills in Russia

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?


BabaYaga said...

Treason will also likely fit under the new exceptions for right to a trial by jury. Another Soviet throwback...

Ern said...

Some are less equal than others.