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Putin signs law making 'sabotage' punishable by life in prison

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law making activities classified as “sabotage” punishable by up to life in prison.

The law adds three new paragraphs to the country’s Criminal Code. Under the changes:

  • “Aiding sabotage” is now punishable by either a prison sentence of 10–20 years or a life sentence.
  • “Training for the purposes of sabotage” or “organizing” sabotage is punishable by 15–20 years in prison or a life sentence.
  • “Participating in a sabotage group” is punishable by 5–10 years in prison.
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