On June 24, on the last day before taking a summer recess, Russia’s State Duma passed the so called “antiterrorist package”—a number of amendments to various legislations to toughen penalties for terrorism and extremism. The package is a brainchild of Deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Victor Ozerov. According to independent experts, these amendments directly contradict Russia’s Constitution. Even Edward Snowden called them “Russia's new Big Brother law” that is “unjustifiable violation of rights.”.
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