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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Insults Allowed

KAZAN, Central Russia () -- The president of Tatarstan doesn't mind a little criticism, as long as it's gentle. Very gentle.

On Monday, President Mentimer Shaimiyev made it illegal to "insult" him. "The president can be criticized," Itar-Tass said. "But he must not be insulted."

Shaimiyev issued a decree saying anyone who insults him will be fined 20 times the minimum monthly wage, or 4 million rubles ($800). Repeat offenders whose insults are reported by the media are liable for fines up 7 million rubles ($1,400), Itar-Tass said.

Fines for newspapers and magazines are higher. The decree says the offending publication will pay 30 million ruble ($6,000) and face confiscation of all issues that report the "insult."