Russian Lawmakers Approve Prison for ‘Fake’ War Reports

Russians could face prison sentences of up to 15 years for spreading information that goes against the Russian government's position on the war in Ukraine.

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DUSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Russians could face prison sentences of up to 15 years for spreading information that goes against the Russian government’s position on the war in Ukraine, a move that comes as authorities block access to foreign media outlets. The Russian parliament voted unanimously Friday to approve a draft law criminalizing the intentional spreading of what Russia deems to be “fake” reports. Russian authorities have repeatedly decried reports of Russian military setbacks or…

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