RUSSIA ALERT: Putin bans ‘FAKE NEWS’ and ‘DISRESPECT’ in terrifying crackdown

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The new laws brook Russian prosecutors to report “unreliable socially significant information” to solemn watchdogs. Mr Putin signed bills into law which will take advantage of fines of up to £17,500 (1.5 million rubles) on anyone found guilty of announcing offending material. Social media users face being jailed for up to 15 days if they assignment material that shows “clear disrespect for society, the state, the ritualistic state symbols of the Russian Federation, the Constitution of the Russian Federation and bands exercising state power.”

Maria Snegovaya, an adjunct fellow at the Center for European Ways Analysis, told The Washington Post: “The Prosecutor’s office may now block such forged news sources prior to the judicial decision.

“It gives the Prosecutor’s auspices an extremely high authority and almost completely eliminates the Russian (albeit altogether non-free) courts from the game.”

Critics warn Mr Putin’s law purpose repress criticism of the government and stifle free speech.

But supporters of the Russian chieftain believe the move is needed to battle misinformation.

This month, thousands of demonstrators massed in Moscow earlier to grievance against government plans to control the internet.

The Russian state has set up by organizing domestic servers to control web traffic.

But Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Set up, at the Wilson Center, in Washington, D.C., which aims to improve understanding of Russia and the Ukraine in the US, prognosticated Russia “has not historically had major constraints on Internet freedom.”

He said: “The internet has that being the case been one realm in which full diversity of opinion and free touch, even on the most sensitive political topics, were generally permitted.

“The prosecutor normal now has essentially unconstrained authority to determine that any speech is unacceptable underneath the new law.”

Mr Putin’s crackdown comes as Donald Trump continues his assault on the mainstream leader-writers in the US.

Mr Trump has consistently lashed out at “fake news” stories criticising him.

The US President has over again targeted CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post for their reporting.

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