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Putin signs law extending definition of treason

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 11/14/2012 @ 11:08 pm In World | No Comments

(Reuters) Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law broadening the definition of treason which opponents say could be used to smother dissent and put almost anyone who has contact with foreigners at risk.

The law allows Russians representing international organizations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign intelligence. It took effect on Wednesday when it was published in the official gazette, despite a promise by Putin on Monday that he would review it.


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