Russian legislators crack down on citizen protests

The Russian lower house of parliament has adopted a controversial bill that raises fines 150-fold for people taking part in unsanctioned protests, a move aimed at discouraging the opposition from challenging the Kremlin.

The bill would increase maximum fines from the current 2,000 rubles ($60) to 300,000 rubles ($9,000), and comes after a series of massive protests that have reflected growing public frustration with President Vladimir Putin’s effective 12-year rule.

The bill raises the fine for organizers of illegal protests to one million rubles ($32,100)

via Russian legislators pass protest-fines bill – Europe – Al Jazeera English.

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