MOSCOW, April 7 (RAPSI) – Irina Yarovaya, head of the State Duma's Security and Anti-Corruption Committee, told journalists on Thursday that she had submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament a package of antiterrorist bills.

The bills propose additional ways of fight against terrorist and extremist threats as well as toughen punishment for terrorism and extremism, according to Yarovaya.

The legislation would define new elements of crimes including “failure to report of a terrorist nature crime” and “aiding and abetting extremism”.  

Criminal punishment of up to 20 years in prison would be introduced for accessory in hostage taking and organization of illegal armed groups, Yarovaya said.