Communist Party deputies respond to Russia’s proposed ban on insulting the government by proposing a ban on insulting voters
As a bill that would fine Russian citizens for insulting state symbols, agencies, and officials continues to make its way through Russia’s State Duma, a faction of the country’s Communist Party has responded by proposing fines for government officials who insult their voters.
Deputy Sergei Kazanov, one of the project’s co-authors, said fines of 10,000 – 30,000 rubles (about $150 – $450) would make for an appropriate punishment in such cases. He added that repeated offenses or particularly rude comments could merit a three-year ban on participating in government service.
At the time of Kazanov’s announcement, his proposed bill was not yet listed on the website of Russia’s State Duma.