Russia mulls 70-year social media & press interview ban for murderers, rapists & pedophiles in bid to cease glamorization of evil


A Russian lawmaker has put ahead a draft invoice that will block these convicted of surprising and violent crimes from chatting with journalists, writing memoirs or sharing their ideas on social media for prolonged stretches of time.

Dmitry Sablin, an MP from the governing United Russia social gathering unveiled the proposals on Thursday. The extra measures might be tacked on to sentences handed down by judges for probably the most severe offenses, together with homicide, rape and pedophilia.

If handed, the rule change would give judges the ability to increase bans for as much as 70 years, which might cowl “appearances in any media, at public meetings, cultural events, meetings and on the internet.” It would additionally allow them to ban convicts to take care of social media accounts, publish memoirs or be paid for performances or speeches.

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Organizations falling foul of the restrictions on publishing materials from killers and different severe criminals would doubtlessly face fines of at the least 300,000 rubles ($4,160 USD) and might be ordered to droop operations for as much as six months.

“A recent interview with a maniac, who made jokes and promised to ‘take care of’ a surviving victim – which cynics tried to call ‘research into evil’ – proves the urgent need for these measures,” Sablin mentioned.

In March, influential Russian presenter and one-time presidential candidate, Ksenia Sobchak, printed a sit-down dialog held with Viktor Mokhov, who served 16 years behind bars for kidnapping, drugging and repeatedly raping two teenage ladies. He held the pair captive in a basement near his home within the city of Skopin, south of Moscow, for greater than 40 months, the place one lady gave beginning to 2 sons. Branded by Russian media as ‘the Skopinsky maniac’, he was launched from jail simply days previous to the interview.

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The video, wherein he offered particulars of his crimes, led one in every of his victims to complain to prosecutors. However, a court docket refused to implement a ban on Mokhov speaking with journalists.

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