Russia’s parliament votes to expand definition of high treason

Russia’s parliament votes to expand definition of high treason

By Gabriela Baczynska
MOSCOW | Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:44am EDT

(Reuters) – Russia’s parliament on Tuesday voted to expand the country’s definition of high treason in a move that critics said meant any Russian citizen who had contacts with a foreigner could be accused of trying to undermine the state.

The proposed changes – that still need to be approved by the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin before they become law – redefine high treason to include “granting financial, technical, consulting or other help” to those seeking to damage Russia’s security, including its “constitutional system, sovereignty, territorial and state integrity.”

The vote follows Putin’s return to the presidency in May which was preceded by the biggest anti-Putin protests of his 12-year rule. The Kremlin has pushed a raft of laws through parliament…..   Read More: Reuters

A little Info and History on Vladimir Putin:

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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин; IPA: [vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪr vɫɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ ˈputʲɪn] ( listen); born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician who has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012 and the General Secretary of the United Russia since 1 January 2008. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. Putin was also previously the Chairman of United Russia.”
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