Russia’s law on extremism must be revised to target real threats: expert

The law on extremism must be adjusted to apply the notion of extremism only to real threats of violence, and not social media jokes, Chairman of Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov told a visiting session of the council in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on Wednesday. “The Council is working on proposals to adjust the laws. The notion of extremism must be specified, it must be associated with violence or a real threat of violence. Jokes on the Internet are not extremism, of course. Everything must be done to review the law so that it hit the target, the extremists,” Fedotov said.

 

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