Russian MP proposes prosecuting individuals who justify Nazi crimes
MOSCOW, June 24 (RAPSI) - State Duma deputy Irina Yarovaya, together with a group of supporters from the All-Russia People's Front, has proposed adding an article to the Criminal Code stipulating fines and prison terms for trying to deny or justify Nazi crimes and criminals, or for condemning the anti-Hitler coalition's actions, Izvestia reports on Monday.
The bill, which Izvestia has obtained access to, proposes to introduce an article on exonerating Nazism to the Crimes Against Peace and Human Security section of the Criminal Code.
Any statement denying that the Anti-Hitler coalition countries' armies acted to support global peace, and spreading false information about their actions will be punished with a fine of up to 300,000 rubles ($9,160).
If the false information is proliferated through an individual's office or via the media, the fine will be increased to 500,000 rubles ($15,270). The perpetrator will also face up to five years in prison and will not be allowed to hold any positions of importance for the next three years.
The Berlin Declaration of June 5, 1945 includes a list of the Anti-Hitler Coalition countries, the initiators of the bill said in an explanatory note. It also lists the countries which fought on the side of the aggressor. Article 107 of the UN Charter states that any reassessment of the international tribunal decisions, such as approving the Nazis aggressive policy or denying their crimes in occupied territories, is an international crime.