The deputy of the Russian parliament, Boris Nadezhdin (Union of Right Forces faction) advised that he was going to submit five amendments to the bill on the criminal responsibility for the outrage upon the state anthem. The main goal of them, as Nadezhdin said, was to clarify the notion of “outrage” in order to show the “insanity of those, who pass such laws.”
The members of the law-making committee, to which Nadezhdin intends to submit the amendments, may not understand his humor. If the changes are going to be passed, then the outrage upon the anthem will include “Listening to it while sitting, lying, or standing on the head, as well as pronouncing obscene texts, or singing the anthem out of the tune, with considerable deviation from the score.”
Nadezhdin is not going to stop at that. His next goal is introducing the amendments to the Criminal Code, in the part pertaining to the responsibility for the outrage upon the president of the Russian Federation. The punishment for that should be very strict – up to 15 years of imprisonment, lifetime imprisonment, or even the death penalty.
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
Alexey Navalny returned to Russia on January 17. He was detained upon arrival at the Sheremetyevo Airport. A court arrested Navalny for 30 days