I think that many of us have already ceased to be surprised when in Russia first specific laws are adopted, and then the government decides that they still need to be canceled. So it happened with Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
The article provides for criminal liability for reposts on the Internet and the publication of provocative memes. The penalty for a thoughtless click with the mouse can be from 300 to 500 thousand rubles. There is also a variant of punishment in the form of imprisonment from two to five years.
Realizing that such a penalty is too harsh, the Ministry of Communications proposed to refuse from bringing to criminal responsibility for reposts on the Internet. The corresponding bill will be considered by the State Duma.
First, for the publication and repost of materials in which there is an extremist overtones, the deputies plan to recognize not a criminal but an administrative violation.
Secondly, for such reposts the size of the fine will significantly decrease, amounting to 10 to 20 thousand rubles. Among the options for administrative punishment are: arrest for up to 15 days or compulsory work for up to 100 hours.
I am glad that the government of the Russian Federation realizes that it is really excessive to put people behind reposts. However, bills still have to pass approval by the State Duma. [Parlament.gov.ru ]