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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Media Bill Clears Vote

The State Duma passed in a second reading Wednesday a package of bills that would, among other things, establish tight control over how the media reports on terrorist attacks.

Under the bill, law enforcement officials would have the power to dictate to journalists how they gather information during an anti-terrorist operation.

Reporters who fail to follow officials' instructions would be fined.

The package also included a bill allowing the courts to confiscate convicted criminals' property. Democracy watchdog the Council of Europe has recommended that countries allow confiscation for certain crimes linked to terrorism. But the bill also makes crimes like breaching copyright, taking bribes and robbery subject to confiscation.