Russia approves ‘anti-terrorist’ package

Russian President signs on of the most contradictious set of laws – the so called ‘anti-terrorist’ package
Russia approves ‘anti-terrorist’ package
07 July 14:35 2016 Print This Article

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the so called set of ‘anti-terrorist’ laws which was approved by the Federal Council last week, reports RIA Novosti with the reference to the Press Secretary for the President Dmitry Peskov on Thursdays.

Drafted by Deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov the legislation amends nearly a dozen of different law tightening the so called ‘anti-terrorist’ legislation by lowering the age of criminal responsibility for terrorist activities and introducing several new laws, in particular it creates new regulations for telecom providers (‘organizers of information distribution’) by requiring them to store copies of nearly all information they transmit up to six months starting from June 1, 2018, reports RBK. This applies to recordings of phone calls, as well as the contents of text messages. They will also be obliged to keep copies of metadata of these communications (the information about when and between whom messages occurred, but not the actual content of the messages) up to 3 years. Companies will additionally be required to help Russia’s Federal Security Service decrypt all the data.

Previously the ‘anti-terrorist’ package contained provisions on the revoke of Russian citizenship and the introduction of travel restrictions which, however, were removed for the third reading at the State Duma.

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