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Russian MPs give initial backing to 'Nazi rehabilitation' Bill

Published on Apr 5, 2014 1:54 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian lawmakers on Friday gave initial approval to a Bill forbidding "rehabilitation of Nazism" that will punish historians denying Nazi crimes during World War II but could also be used against the opposition.

The Bill introduces a new criminal charge for "denying facts" established by the Nuremberg tribunal regarding the crimes of the Axis powers, as well as "disseminating false information about Soviet actions" during the war.

Punishment for such violations would range from a fine of 300,000 rubles (S$10,705) up to prison terms of five years. The harshest punishments would be reserved for those who disseminate such views in the media or using public office, according to the text of the Bill which went through a first reading on Friday.

Conservative pro-Kremlin MP Irina Yarovaya called rehabilitation of Nazism "not only a gunshot into the past and a crime against millions of victims of fascism, it is the execution of the future", because it could lead to the repetition of similar crimes.

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