Ukraine, Putin signs new law against ‘fake news’ on war

Criticism of Wagner mercenaries also punished with fines of 500,000 rubles and up to 15 years in prison

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed new law criminalizing criticism of all war participants in Ukraine, including Wagner mercenaries. This was reported by the Russian press agencies.

The Russian penal code punished any form of discrediting of the armed forces engaged in the “special operation” in Ukraine. Now the crime also extends to those who spread “fake news” about all participants in the special operation, including individuals and organizations that facilitate the missions of the armed forces and volunteer units at the front, with the sentences that are raised from five to seven years. Furthermore, anyone who spreads “fake news about the volunteers participating in the special operation”, i.e. the Wagner mercenary group, could be jailed for up to 15 years. are also provided fines of up to 500 thousand rubles (about $6,500).