Russia passes tougher anti-extremism law

Jan. 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

MOSCOW, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Russia has passed tougher anti-extremism legislation critics said is meant to crack down on political dissent rather than guard against terror groups.

The Russian Parliament passed the measure, which increases prison sentences to three to four years from two and raises the maximum fine from $8,800 to $14,000, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday. The sentence can also include forced labor.

Human rights groups have criticized the legislation because it does not define what constitutes "extremism," leaving it up to the government to make the determination.

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