State Duma Deputy from the LDPR Sergey Ivanov proposed to introduce criminal penalties for the promotion of the uniqueness of humanity. The bill he introduced in the lower house of Parliament on Tuesday, February 14. The document was registered in the parliamentary basis of legislation.
“The use of article 282 of the criminal code”inciting hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity”] raises a number of complaints and disputes as representatives of the media and in the legal community. Vague wording, on the one hand, the difficulty of proving direct intent in incitement to hatred, on the other, make this provision ineffective,” — said in the explanatory note (original spelling preserved).
The MP in this regard proposes to amend the relevant article, in particular, to Supplement the description of the first paragraph as a qualifying attribute: causing “substantial harm to rights and legitimate interests of citizens or organizations”. The bill also proposed to add to article third paragraph, prescribing punishment for public “propaganda of exclusivity, superiority or inferiority” of a person or group of people. Ivanov believes that this crime must be punished by a fine of up to 300 thousand roubles or deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions.
In June 2016, the liberal Democrats Alexei Didenko, Mikhail Degtyarev and Ivan Sukharev submitted to the state Duma a bill abolishing the article 282 of the criminal code. They argued that it could be used in situations in which anything illegal, including for political purposes. The head of the Duma Committee on legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov then stressed that this could lead to adverse consequences, including the bloody.